The collaborators on Chess are giants of rock music and rock musicals, and here they have created a complex rock opera that played to full Broadway houses and standing ovations. In this musical, the ancient game becomes a metaphor for romantic rivalries, competitive gamesmanship, super-power politics, and international intrigues. The pawns in this drama form a love triangle: the loutish American chess star, the earnest Russian champion, and a Hungarian American female assistant who arrives at the international chess match in Bangkok with the American but falls for the Russian. From Bangkok to Budapest the players, lovers, politicians, and spies manipulate and are manipulated to the pulse of a monumental rock score that includes “One Night in Bangkok” and “Heaven Help My Heart.”

Production Team

Director: Richard Biever

Music Director: Alex Shields

Choreographer: Connor Weigand

Stage Manager: Ronda Craig

Costume Designer: Julie Snyder

Lighting Designer: Tyler Sperrazza

Sound Designer: Michael Blake


Young Florence: Lexi Smith
Florence’s Father/Arbiter: Chris Hirsh
Frederick Trumper: Matthew Hydzik*
Florence Vassy: Natalie Weiss*
Anatoly Sergievsky: Kevin Toniazzo-Naughton*
Walter de Courcey: Wil Hutton
Alexander Molokov: John Nichici
Svetlana Sergievskaya: Nicole Johndrow Wilson*
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association

Mark Werner, Connor Henderson, Taylor Elliott, Noah Hanahan, Jeff Buterbaugh, Austen Auriemma, James Ruth, Nathan Titkemeier

Mackenzie Jones, Taylor Bigelow-Sperrazza, Michaela Rae Martz, Anna Henderson., Katelyn Ann Mullen

Venue: Schwab Auditorium

Schwab Auditorium is located on Pollack Road behind Old Main on campus.

Parking Recommendations

We recommend parking downtown in one of the garages. From there it’s a short walk, using the footpath directly across from the Corner Room.

People can be dropped off near the auditorium on Pollack and the cars parked at the Hub parking deck.