Backstage with BJ
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by Dominique Morisseau
directed by Ron OJ Parson
Jan 25 - March 4, 2018
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At the start of the Great Recession, rumors of impending closure surround one of the last auto plants in Detroit. The nation’s financial crisis gets personal as each of the workers confronts the life-altering choices they must make if their plant goes under, while the supervisor is torn between allegiances to his makeshift family of co-workers and management’s “cost-saving” demands. When pushed to the limits of survival, how far over the lines are people willing to cross?
The third play in Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit trilogy, Skeleton Crew was named one of Time Magazine’s 10 Best Shows of the Year.
Bernard makes his Northlight debut. His other theatre credits include The Royale (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; and City Theatre, Pittsburgh), the world premiere of Man in the Ring(Court), Letters Home (Griffin Theatre), and Our Lady of 121st Street (Eclipse Theatre). Bernard is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul.
Kelvin is very excited to be making his Northlight debut. Credits include: Dreamgirls as James “Thunder” Early (Theatre Orb [Tokyo, Japan], Festival Hall [Osaka, Japan], Maine State Music Theatre [Brunswick, ME], Fulton [Lancaster, PA], Marriott Lincolnshire), Crowns (Goodman), The Jackie Wilson Story as Jackie Wilson (Black Ensemble – Jeff Award nominee, BTAA winner, Black Excellence Award winner), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Porgy and Bess (Court),The Old Settler (Writers), Pill Hill (eta Creative Arts Foundation – BTAA winner). Regional credits include: Ruined, Death and the King’s Horseman, Dreamgirls (St. Louis Black Repertory), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (HotCity), Beowulf (Metro),Mama (Unity), and Porgy and Bess (Union Avenue Opera). Kelvin is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. “We are the portals through which our story continues.”
Chicago credits include The House That Will Not Stand (Jeff Award Recipient- Victory Gardens), The Gospel Of Lovingkindness, Waiting To Be Invited, Colored Museum, Shoes. Chicago: Gem of the Ocean, The Good Book, Electra (title role), Caroline or Change, Fences, Man In The Ring (Court ); Stop. Reset, Pullman Porter Blues, Camino Real, Trinity River Plays, Blues For An Alabama Sky, Amen Corner (Goodman); The Christians, Airline Highway, Head of Passes, Hot L Baltimore, Brother Sister Plays, No Place Like Home (Steppenwolf); Gee’s Bend, The Miser (Northlight Theatre); Yellowman, Fabulation (Next); Maya’s Last Poem (as Maya Angelou), Going to St. Ives, Having Our Say (Fleetwood-Jourdain). National tours: Crowns, Born In the RSA (Market Theatre of Johannesburg). Broadway: Young Man From Atlanta. Off-Broadway: From The Mississippi Delta (co-produced by Oprah Winfrey), Mill Fire, Talented Tenth. Regional: La Jolla, ACT Seattle, Berkeley Rep, Arena Stage, Hartford Stage, Huntington Playhouse, Asolo Rep, Portland Stage Co. Film/TV: Heartlock, The Break Up, The Lake House, Hardball, “Turks,” “Chicago PD,” “Chicago Fire,” “Empire,” “Chicago Code,” “Prison Break.” Awards/Nominations: Jeff, Helen Hayes, BTAA, Lunt-Fontanne (Shakespeare) Fellow, 3Arts, American Arts Council, Drama Desk, Sarah Siddons, Excellence in the Arts, After Dark, others.
Her Chicago credits include The Project(s) (American Theatre Co.); Faulation, or the Re-education of Undine (Pulse Theatre); Forgotten Future Remount (Collaboraction Theatre); Mud, River, Stone (Eclipse Theatre); Ithaka (Infusion Theatre); Rent (American Theatre Co.) and Soul Samari (Infusion Theatre). She’s also had the opportunity to understudy Clybourne Park (Steppenwolf) and Regina Taylor’s Trinity River Plays (Goodman).
A writer and actress, Morisseau is an alumna of the Public Theater Emerging Writer’s Group, the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab, and Lark Playwrights Workshop. Among her playwriting credits are: Detroit ’67 (Public Theatre; Classical Theatre of Harlem/National Black Theatre), Sunset Baby (Labyrinth – NYC; Gate – London), and Follow Me to Nellie’s (O’Neill; Premiere Stages). Her produced one-acts include: Third Grade (Fire This Time Festival), Black at Michigan (Cherry Lane Studio/DUTF), Socks, Roses Are Played Out, and Love and Nappiness (Center Stage, ATH), love.lies.liberation (New Group), Bumrush (Hip Hop Theater Festival), and The Masterpiece (Harlem9/HSA). Dominique is currently developing a 3-play cycle on her hometown of Detroit titled The Detroit Projects. Detroit ’67 is the first of the series. The second play in the series, Paradise Blue, was developed and/or read with Voice and Vision, the Hansberry Project at ACT, New York Theatre Workshop, McCarter Theatre, Williamtown Theatre Festival, and the Public Theater. Dominique’s work has also been published in the NY Times bestseller Chicken Soup for the African American Soul and in the Harlem-based literary journal Signifyin’ Harlem. She is a Jane Chambers Playwriting Award honoree, a two-time NAACP Image Award recipient, a runner-up for the Princess Grace Award, a recipient of the Elizabeth George commission from South Coast Rep, a commendation honoree for the Primus Prize by the American Theatre Critics Association, winner of the Barrie and Bernice Stavis Playwriting Award and the Weissberger Award for Playwriting, the U of M – Detroit Center Emerging Leader Award, and a PoNY (Playwrights of New York) Fellow. She is an artist that believes wholeheartedly in the power and strength of community.
Ron is a native of Buffalo, New York and a graduate of the University of Michigan’s professional theatre program. He is the co-founder and former Artistic Director of the Onyx Theatre Ensemble of Chicago, and a co-founder and co-director of Ripe Mango Productions. Ron currently resides in Chicago and is a Resident Artist at the Court Theatre. Since moving to Chicago from New York in 1994, he has worked as both actor and director. Chicago theatres Ron has worked with include The Chicago Theatre Company, Victory Gardens, Goodman, Steppenwolf, Chicago Dramatists, Northlight, Court, Black Ensemble, ETA Creative Arts Foundation, Writers, Congo Square, and Urban Theatre Company. Regional theatres include Virginia Stage, Portland Stage, Studio Arena, Studio, Roundabout, Wilshire, Mechanic, Center Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Milwaukee Rep, St. Louis Black Rep, South Coast Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, Alliance, Signature, and Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada. An accomplished actor, TV and film credits include ER, Early Edition, Turks, American Playhouse, Vamping, Ali, Barbershop 2, Primal Fear, Drop Squad, and most recently, Starz Network’s Boss. Ron is a proud member of AFTRA, SAG, AEA, and SDC.
Chicago credits include productions with: Northlight, Chicago Shakespeare, Steppenwolf, Court, Paramount, Victory Gardens, Drury Lane, American Theater Company, Griffin and Northwestern University. International credits include productions with: Shakespeare’s Globe, Unicorn Theater (London) The Market Theater (South Africa), The Neuss (Germany), Gdansk Shakespeare Theater (Poland), The Cultch (Vancouver), DUCTAC Theater (Dubai), Brice Mason Center (New Zealand) and The Edinburgh Festival (Scotland). Regional credits include productions with: Milwaukee Repertory, Asolo, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Rep Stage and Dallas Theatre Center. Mr. Davis serves as adjunct faculty at Columbia College having received degrees from the University of Maryland College Park and Northwestern University. www.scottadamdavis.com
Previous Northlight credits include Gee’s Bend, At Wit’s End, The Last Five Years. Off Broadway credits include Lookingglass Alice at The New Victory Theatre. Regional theatres include Goodman, Steppenwolf, McCarter, Long Wharf, Milwaukee Rep, Court, Hartford Stage, Congo Square, The Alley, American Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare, Drury Lane, Lookingglass, Victory Gardens, Meadow Brooke, Northwestern, Notre Dame Summer Shakespeare, Shakespeare On The Green, Oak Park Festival, American Girl Theatre (New York, Chicago), Skylight Opera and Wright State University Theatre. He has recorded, mixed and produced cast albums for eight musicals and over 400 film, TV, DVD and computer game credits worldwide. He has been nominated nine times for a Jeff Award and won four times. His memberships include USA #829, ASCAP and IATSE #2.
Rita is proud to be starting her 11th season at Northlight, where she has been fortunate to be the stage manager for 27 productions as well as two trips to Galway. Recent credits elsewhere in the Chicagoland area include productions at Theatre at the Center (Munster, IN), Victory Gardens, Route 66 Theatre Company, Goodman, and the annual Christmas Schooner at the Mercury Theater. She is the proud wife of actor Tom Hickey and mom to four-year-old Charlie, and has been a member of Actors’ Equity for over 15 years. Thank you for supporting live theatre!
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