by Bruce Graham (Funnyman, The Outgoing Tide, White Guy on the Bus)
This reading is a part of Northlight’s Interplay Program, providing customized support for new work in the critical stages of early play development.
ABOUT THE PLAY: A university athletic department returns to the big business of college football after their NCAA probation is lifted, but staff conflict and a new scandal involving a freshman tutor threaten to blow up the whole program.
The reading will feature: Mary Beth Fisher, James Vincent Meredith, Patrese McClain and Lindsay Stock.
Catch a glimpse of this timely new drama while still in the process of new play development. Reading at 7:00pm. Post-show discussion with the playwright immediately following.
Suggested Donation $10
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Mary Beth Fisher
Mary Beth most recently appeared in the West Coast premiere of Rebecca Gilman’s Luna Gale in Los Angeles. Select Chicago credits: Luna Gale, The God of Carnage, The Seagull, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Boy Gets Girl,Spinning into Butter (Goodman); Dead Man’s Cell Phone, The Dresser, The Memory of Water (Steppenwolf);Angels in America, Three Tall Women, The Year of Magical Thinking (Court, Jeff Award). NY credits: Frank’s Home (Playwrights’ Horizons); Boy Gets Girl (Manhattan Theatre Club, Drama League Honoree, Drama Desk and Lucile Lortel nominations); The Night of the Iguana (Roundabout); Extremities (Westside Arts). Select regional credits: the world premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s Dear Elizabeth at Yale Repertory Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Select TV/Film credits: Chicago Fire, Chicago Code, Without a Trace, Numb3rs, Prison Break, NYPD Blue. Ms. Fisher received the 2010 Chicago’s Leading Lady Award from the Sarah Siddons Society and was named Best Actress in Chicago Magazine‘s “Best of Chicago” issue. She was an Inaugural Lunt-Fontanne Fellow at Ten Chimneys Foundation and a Beinecke Fellow at Yale University.
Patrese D. McClain
Patrese is thrilled to make her Northlight debut. Originally from Chicago, she has worked with many theater companies here including Goodman, Lookingglass, Collaboraction and Chicago Shakespeare. Her recent credits include: Tartuffe, The Misanthrope, Spunk (Court); For Colored Girls… and No Child… (Black Rep); Two Trains Running (Geva); Crumbs from the Table of Joy (Mustard Seed). Awards and acknowledgements include: Jeff Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress (Spunk), St. Louis Circle Theatre Award for Best Actress (No Child…) and a Kevin Kline Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress (Crumbs…). Recent TV credits include: Chicago Fire, Sirens and Detroit 1-8-7. Patrese is the Executive Director of Pure ART, a nonprofit dedicated to facilitating arts education outreach programs in underserved communities. Patrese is a proud member of Actors’ Equity, company member of Collaboraction, and a resident teaching artist with Court. Representation: Paonessa Talent. www.patresedmcclain.com
James Vincent Meredith
Chicago credits include Julius Caesar, King John, Much Ado About Nothing, Measure for Measure and The Merchant of Venice (Chicago Shakespeare); The Pain and the Itch, The Crucible, The Tempest, The Hot L Baltimore, Superior Donuts, Carter’s Way, The March (Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where he is an ensemble member); Othello, The Dutchess of Malfi (Writers Theatre); and Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Piven Theatre Workshop). Broadway credits include Superior Donuts. National tour credits include The Book of Mormon. Television credits include: Prison Break, Chicago Code (FOX), ER, Law and Order SVU (NBC), Detroit 187, Betrayal (ABC) and BOSS (Starz).
Lindsay is excited to make her Northlight debut. Chicago credits include Soup, Stews, Casseroles 1976 (Goodman); Sketchbook 15 (Collaboraction); EL Stories and Art on Track (Waltzing Mechanics) as well as staged readings and workshops with The Gift Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, and Pride Films and Plays. Additionally, she has appeared on NBC’s Chicago PD and is represented by Big Mouth Talent.