Open Wardrobes: The Theater and Writing of T. James Belich
Illinois Jane and the Rainforest of Retribution
by T. James Belich

Genre: Adventure comedy
Length: 50 minutes
Total Cast: 7 (3 women, 3 men, 1 man or woman) – Plus possible extras
Set: Representational
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Deep in the Amazon rainforest an ancient empire has left behind a powerful Oracle.  With its ability to see the future, the evil Russian Countess Natasha Novelova plans to take back the throne of Russia and only Dr. Illinois Jane, cartographer extraordinaire, can stop her!  Illinois Jane and her sidekick, Sid Knickerbock, return in this all-new adventure to pursue the Countess and Ivan the Irritable, ex-Russian ballet, into the jungle where they'll face crocodiles, a giant anaconda, and more!  And when the Countess kidnaps (and falls for) Sid, Illinois' sister Louisiana tries to take over her adventure, and they're all trapped on an erupting volcano, it seems that the Countess may succeed in exacting her revenge in the depths of the Rainforest of Retribution!

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Production History

Illinois Jane and the Rainforest of Retribution was first performed by Sauk Rapids-Rice High School in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota in January and February of 2008.  It was directed by Julie Christenson with the following cast and crew:

      DR. ILLINOIS JANEAbbey Gooch
      SID KNICKERBOCKBlake MacKenzie
      NATASHA NOVELOVAKatie Sigler
      IVAN THE IRRITABLEPeter Fradette
      DR. THADDEUS JANEDerek Schultz
      LOUISIANA JANEErika Azure
      THE MONKEYEmily Murphy
      RAINFOREST ANIMALS / LAVA /     Aimee Josephs
      ANACONDA / CROCODILESJeremy Karnik
       Dani Meyer
       Jennifer Schroeder
       Mercedes Tenter
      ANACONDA / RIVER /Rachel Frerich
      STAGE CREWRussell Johnstone
       April Josephs
       Aaron Lucas
       Jason Mo
      LIGHT CREWDerek Freese
       Tim Roth