CHICAGO — A 2001 Logansport High School graduate can be found on a Windy City stage four nights a week.
Danni Smith, who grew up in Logansport, has been cast in the role of Fosca in "Passion." The musical continuing Thursdays through Sundays until April 27 is set in 19th century Italy and follows a young soldier and the changes in him brought about by the obsessive love of Fosca, his Colonel’s ailing cousin, Smith said.
Music and lyrics in the production are by Stephen Sondheim. It’s based on the film “Passione d’Amore,” which is based on the novel "Fosca" by Iginio Ugo Tarchetti.
Smith said her character is an ill woman at the end of her life. Fosca becomes attached and feels an “intense connection” for a new captain who arrives, Smith said.
“It’s a very dark and complex role, and I feel quite lucky to have the opportunity to sink my teeth into it four nights a week with the help of our incredible cast and crew,” Smith said.
She got the role after Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre posted auditions. After an audition and two call backs, she was offered the role of Fosca.
This won’t be her first time with Theo Ubique as she also participated in the productions of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” and “Some Enchanted Evening.”
Smith said she is thrilled to be performing in the “intimate storefront theater” again.
“There is an inescapable connection between the audience and the actors that is really something special,” Smith said.
Passion is running Thursday through Sunday evenings through April 27 at The No Exit Café in Chicago’s north side.
In Logansport, Smith spent her days at Stillwater Preschool, Franklin Elementary, Columbia Middle School Dykeman Golf Course and Logansport High School, she said.