Backstage with BJ
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by Sharyn Rothstein
directed by Jess McLeod
March 14 - April 20, 2019
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Self-made landlord Marti and her new tenant Christine strike up a complicated relationship in this compelling world premiere. Despite a tentative friendship, neither can afford the luxury of forgetting her own best interests. Faced with impossible dilemmas of fairness versus kindness, honesty or eviction, these two women reveal the vulnerability as well as the ingenuity of people who know the value of having a home, and the threat of losing one.
This production is supported in part by an Edgerton Foundation for New Plays Award.
Chicago credits include: Mrs. Wilkinson in Billy Elliot the Musical (Porchlight Music Theatre); Queen Margaret in Richard III (The Gift Theatre); Amanda in The Glass Menagerie, Inez in Our Lady of 121st St. (Steppenwolf Theatre); Mayetta in Brothers of the Dust (Best Actress, Black Theater Alliance Award, Black Excellence Award), Evie in What I Learned in Paris (Congo Square Theatre); Evy in Immediate Family, Hannah in Drowning Crow, Amy Jacques in Black Star Line (Goodman Theatre); Hannah in Native Son, and Othello (Court Theatre), among others. Regional credits include: Violet in Jazz (Baltimore Center Stage); Evy in Immediate Family (Mark Taper Forum); Nella in Gee’s Bend (Cleveland Playhouse); Salamina in The Syringa Tree, Ruth in A Raisin in the Sun (Kansas City Repertory Theatre); Ester in Intimate Apparel (Baltimore Center Stage, South Coast Repertory); and Ophelia in Hamlet (San Diego Repertory Theatre). Film credits include: Blueprint, External Rivals, Consumed,Morning Due,The Weatherman, Life Sentence, and Chicago Cab with Honors. Television credits include: The Chi; Cleveland Abduction; Empire; Chicago Fire, Making a Case for Murder: The Howard Beach Story; CRISIS; Detroit 187, Missing Person, and Early Edition. Ms. Davis is an artistic associate of Congo Square Theatre and teaching artist at The School of Theatre & Music, UIC.
Chicago credits include: Buena Vista, The Glass Menagerie, and The Hot L Baltimore (Steppenwolf); Appropriate, The Whale, and We Are Proud to Present… (Victory Gardens); Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom (Strawdog); and Punk Rock (Griffin). Regional credits include: 4000 Miles (Long Wharf), Ten Chimneys (Milwaukee Rep), Half And Half (Penguin Rep), The Play About My Dad (CollaborationTown), and Evanston: A Rare Comedy (HERE Arts/PS 122). Leah received her BFA from Boston University and is a graduate of The School at Steppenwolf.
Julian Parker is a founding member and the casting director of Definition Theatre Company. Julian received his BFA from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Professional credits include: Genesis, Dutchman, The Brothers’ Size (Definition); The Royale (American Theatre Company); Hamlet (Writers); BlackTop Sky (Theatre Seven of Chicago in the Steppenwolf Garage Repertory); and understudy in the world premiere of Head of Passes (Steppenwolf). Julian also originated the role of William in Gospel of Franklin (Steppenwolf First Look Series). Television credits include Chicago PD. Julian also had the privilege of studying abroad at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.
Ms. McLeod is the resident director of Hamilton Chicago and a resident director at Victory Gardens Theater. Other Chicago credits include: Marry Me a Little and Babes in Arms (Porchlight Music Theatre); How We Got On (Haven Theatre); Season on the Line (The House Theatre of Chicago); L-vis Live! (Victory Gardens Theater); and Venus (Steppenwolf Garage Next Up). NY credits include The Unauthorized Musicology of Ben Folds. She has served as director of programming at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, Louder Than A Bomb festival coordinator, teaching artist at Storycatchers Theatre, and spent two seasons with Chicago Voices (Lyric Opera of Chicago). She received her MFA from Northwestern University, and was the Goodman Theatre’s 2017 Michael Maggio Directing Fellow.
Sharyn is a playwright and television writer, whose plays and musicals have been workshopped and produced around the country, as well as internationally. Her play By The Water was first produced by Manhattan Theater Club and Ars Nova in 2014 and was the recipient of the 2015 American Theater Critic’s Association Francesca Primus Prize for a play by an emerging woman playwright. Her play All The Days was the recipient of the Edgerton Foundation Award and was produced at the McCarter Theater Center in 2016, directed by Emily Mann. In addition to playwriting, Sharyn is a writer for the USA Network drama Suits. She holds an MFA in dramatic writing from NYU and a Masters in Public Health from Hunter College, with a concentration in Urban Health.
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