Born on May 24, 1965, and raised in a working-class neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, Reilly became interested in theater early on and debuted in his first stage production at the age of eight. As a teen, he migrated between school cliques, but felt most at home in school plays and regional theatres – with his older brothers “taking care of” anyone who had a problem with their kid brother singing in musicals. After graduating from an all-boys Catholic school, Reilly was accepted into Chicago’s DePaul University, home of the famed Goodman School of Drama. The quick-witted and admittedly soft-hearted actor still had not considered the theater as a career option, but after several years in the drama program, he decided there was probably nothing else he was better suited to do, so he would try to make a living in the Windy City’s unusually fertile theater scene.
Reilly made his professional debut with Chicago’s Organic Theatre, where he also wrote and directed a series of monologues… read more