Welome to Festive Pines

Welcome to Festive Pines!

Fine evergreens and entertainment

Chicago, IL

Closed for the season, happy christmas!

Thank you to all who came to visit us at 1401 W. Devon Ave in Chicago. See you in 2018!

The Play

Pine: A Holiday Comedy


By Jacqui Honess-Martin
Directed by Arianna Soloway

Cozy up with a blanket, a hot drink, and the staff of the Festive Pines tree lot. Join Gabby, Sami, Taj, Betty, and Joe: 5 people from very different backgrounds thrown together by a seasonal job selling Christmas trees. As the weeks count down to Christmas they must lean on each other to figure how to keep moving forward when life doesn't turn out the way they planned. A delightfully unfestive comedy about pursuing your dreams, managing your expectations, and working retail.

The Actors

Taj - Sunny Anam
Sami - Martin Hanna
Joe - Logan Hulick
Gabby - Elise Spoerlein
Betty - Aria Szalai-Raymond

The Team

Director - Arianna Soloway
Set Design - John Holt
Lighting Design - Jessica Doyle
Sound Design - Eric Backus
Costume Designer - Kelsey O. Cox
Stage Manager - Lorianne Trephibio
Production Manager - Jamie Crothers

Sunny Anam "TAJ"

Sunny Anam has had the pleasure of working with Remy Bumppo, The Public House Theatre, Silk Road Rising, The Agency Collective Theatre, Rasaka Theatre and Broken Nose Theatre, among others.


Born in Baghdad, Iraq, Hanna has called Chicago his home for the past fifteen years. He is a proud new company member with Broken Nose Theatre. Some Chicago credits include: Yasmina's Necklace (Goodman Theatre); Human Terrain (Broken Nose Theatre); The Hard Problem (Court Theatre); The Invisible Hand, A Christmas Carol and Dreamgirls (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre); Macbeth, A Comedy of Errors, Failure: A Love Story and The Magical Mind of Billy Shakespeare (Illinois Shakespeare Festival). He holds a BFA from the Arts University Bournemouth (England) and is represented by Stewart Talent.

Logan Hulick "JOE"

Logan Hulick recently played “Joe” in Bachelorette, “Rick Baldwin” in The Irish Curse, and “Pony” in SubUrbia with Level 11 Theatre, where he is an associate artistic director. Hulick has enjoyed working with many great theatre companies in Chicago including the Arc Theatre, Prologue Theatre Company, The Agency Theatre Collective, Interrobang Theatre Project, TUTA Theatre and Trap Door Theatre where he is an associate ensemble member. He is a co-founder/producer of famed improv group Lindsey’s Calling, as well as an acting teacher for The Second City Training Center and is
represented by BMG Talent.

Elise Spoerlein "Gabby"

Elise Spoerlein is the associate artistic director and casting director of Broken Nose Theatre, where she was last seen in the recent Jeff Award-winning production of At The Table. She is also a company member with The Factory Theater. Her Chicago acting credits include the Lyric Opera, Artemisia, Strawdog, Route 66, The New Colony, Midsommer Flight, Level 11 Theatre, American Blues, Hobo Junction and Pride Films and Plays. As a playwright, she has had her work performed at First Floor Theater, Broken Nose Theatre and Arc Theatre, while her play, A Phase, has been taught at the University of Chicago.

Aria Szalai-Raymond "BETTY"

Aria Szalai-Raymond is an artistic associate with Broken Nose Theatre where she has performed in two of their short play festivals: Bechdel Fest and written for one. Other credits include productions at A Red Orchid Theatre, where she is a founding youth ensemble member. She is currently a junior at the University of Illinois at Chicago getting her BFA in acting. Szalai-Raymond has worked with members of Lookingglass, Steppenwolf and Barcelona’s Performing Arts school, Eólia. She has performed on their main stage in Secret in the Wings and Life is A Dream. She has also appeared on USA network’s television show “Sirens” and is represented by Stewart Talent in Chicago.