A couple of small town Irishmen hope to hit it big when hired as extras for an epic American movie filming in their scenic County Kerry village. Two actors portray a colorful cast of dozens in this rollicking tale that pits harsh reality against Hollywood endings.

at Northlight Theatre
9501 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, IL 60077

Cast

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David Ivers

Jake

David is Artistic Director of the Utah Shakespeare Festival with Brian Vaughn, and has appeared in thirty productions over sixteen seasons, including Much Ado about Nothing, The 39 Steps, As You Like It, Stones in His Pockets, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Servant of Two Masters, The Tempest. He directed Cyrano de Bergerac, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), Romeo and Juliet for the Festival. He was a resident company member at the Denver Center Theatre Company where he appeared in A Prayer for Owen Meany, Noises Off! and The Pillowman, and has worked with the Oregon, Alabama, Idaho Shakespeare festivals; Portland Center Stage; Portland Repertory Theatre; ACT; Seattle Repertory Theatre. He is the recipient of the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s Michael and Jan Finlayson Award and has taught as a guest artist, faculty, director at universities and conservatories, including Southern Oregon University, University of Michigan, National Theatre Conservatory.

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Brian Vaughn

Charlie

Brian is co-­artistic director of The Utah Shakespeare Festival with David Ivers, where he has appeared in over 50 roles in 18 seasons including the title roles in Hamlet, Henry V, and Cyrano de Bergerac. Other festival credits include Javert in Les Miserables, Harold Hill in The Music Man, Leontes in The Winter’s Tale, Benedick in Much ado About Nothing, Prince Hal and Hostpur in Henry IV pt. 1(1996, 2004) and Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps. Regional credits include The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre (Resident Company Member 1996-2010 (Amadeus, Bach at Leipzig, Doubt, Proof, The Voysey Inheritance, Beauty Queen of Leenane, A Skull in Connemara, The Lonesome West, The Shaughraun) Arizona Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, PCPA Theatrefest, Renaissance Theatreworks, and Skylight Opera. His directing credits include Othello for Orlando Shakespeare Theatre; Dial M for Murder, Greater Tuna, and the regional premiere of Peter and the Starcatcher (summer 2013) for Utah Shakespeare.

Production Team

Marie Jones

Playwright

Marie Jones is a playwright whose work has been produced around the world. Her play Stones in His Pockets was produced on Broadway in 2001.  She founded the Charabanc Theater Company in 1983 and later co-founded DubbleJoint in 1990.  Other Credits: A Night in November; Convictions; Don’t Look Down; Eddie Bottom’s Dream; Gold in the Streets; Hang All the Harpers; Hiring Days; It’s a Waste of Time Tracey; Now You’re Talkin’; Oul Delf and False Teeth; Ruby; Somewhere over the Balcony; Stones in His Pockets; The Blind Fiddler of Glenadauch; The Cow, the Ship and the Indian; The Girls in the Big Picture; The Hamster Wheel; The Terrible Twins’ Crazy Christmas; Under Napoleon’s Nose; Weddin’s Wee’ins and Wakes; Women on the Verge of HRT; Yours, Truly; book for the musical The Chosen Room.  Awards: TMA Award, Glasgow Mayfest Award, Irish Times/ESB Award, three Tony Award nominations for Stones in His Pockets, John Hewitt Award, Special Judges Award, Belfast Arts Award in 2000, the Order of the British Empire in 2002.

J.R. Sullivan

Director

J.R. previously directed Northlight’s Benefactors and The Last Survivor. He has been the artistic director of The Pearl Theatre Company in New York City since 2009, directing six shows for the company’s three-season residency at New York City Center, including Moon for the Misbegotten, Richard II, Wittenberg, and Hard Times. For seven seasons, Sullivan served as associate artistic director of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, directing productions there of Henry V, Hamlet, King Lear, Gaslight, ‘Art,’ and Stones in His Pockets among others. J.R. Sullivan’s work has also been seen at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, American Players, The Arden in Philadelphia, The Studio Theatre in Washington DC, and Delaware Theatre Company, among many others. His 1995 production of Faith Healer was a great success for the Turnaround Theatre Company located at Halsted and Belmont, garnering critical acclaim and later continuing in an extended run at Steppenwolf.

Scott Davis

Set Design/Props

David Kay Micklesen

Costume Design

David has designed twenty-two productions for Utah Shakespeare Festival since 2000, including Scapin, To Kill a Mockingbird, The 39 Steps, Richard III, The Merchant of Venice, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, Stones in His Pockets, and Romeo and Juliet. Off-Broadway he has worked with Irish Repertory Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre and Jean Cocteau Repertory Theatre. He has worked on over 300 productions throughout the country, including at the Guthrie Theatre; The Denver Center; Arizona, Pioneer, GeVa, Northlight, Fords theatre companies; the Old Globe; the Pasadena, Geffen, Laguna, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Hampton, Timberlake playhouses; the Oregon, Colorado, Illinois Shakespeare festivals; Berkeley, Seattle, South Coast, Tennessee, Missouri, San Diego, New Mexico, St Louis Repertory theatres; Williamstown, Sundance theatre festivals; Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis; A Contemporary Theatre; Florida Stage; Portland, Pennsylvania Center stages.

Casey Diers

Lighting Design

Recent Northlight Theatre credits include relighting Outgoing Tide at the Galway Arts Festival in Galway, Ireland. Other recent lighting design credits include Speaking in Tongues (MPAACT) [Black Theatre Alliance Award – Best Lighting Design], Pretty Ballet (Joffrey Ballet), What Once We Felt (About Face Theatre), Black Nativity (Congo Square Theatre) andBrothers of the Dust (Congo Square Theatre). Associate designs include Chesapeake Bay (Remy Bumppo), The Farnsworth Invention (Timeline) and War With the Newts (Next). Other credits include assistant and associate work for The Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, Steppenwolf, the TV shows The Playboy Club, Mob Doctor, Chicago Fire, Chicago Code and others. For more information visit: www.CaseyDiers.com

Lindsay Jones

Sound Design

Northlight credits include: Snapshots, A Life, The Miser, Lady, Bee Luther Hatchee and Rounding Third. Off-Broadway credits include: Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, NYTW, Vineyard Theatre, Pearl Theatre and Primary Stages. Regional credits include: Center Stage, American Conservatory Theatre, Hartford Stage, South Coast Repertory, Alliance, Goodman, Arena Stage, Yale Repertory, The Old Globe, Chicago Shakespeare, Alley, Steppenwolf and Lookingglass. International credits include: Stratford Shakespeare Festival (Canada), Royal Shakespeare Company (England), as well as productions in Austria, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Scotland. Jones has received six Joseph Jefferson Awards and 16 nominations, two Ovation Awards and three nominations, LA Drama Critics Circle Award, two ASCAP Plus Awards and two Drama Desk Award nominations. Film scores include The Brass Teapot for Magnolia Pictures and 2006 Academy Award-winning A Note Of Triumph for HBO Films. www.lindsayjones.com

Christine D. Freeburg

Stage Manager

Christine is thrilled to finally be working at Northlight Theatre. Steppenwolf credits include The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Good People, The March, Penelope, Sex with Strangers, A Parallelogram, American Buffalo (also at McCarter Theatre), The House on Mango Street, The Tempest, The Seafarer, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Good Boys and True, The Diary of Ann Frank, Sonia Flew, Love-Lies-Bleedin, after the quake, and Cherry Orchard. International credits include The Outgoing Tide with John Mahoney and Rondi Reed (Northlight Theatre at the Galway Arts Festival in Galway, Ireland). Other Chicago credits include The Vanishing Twin, In the Eye of the Beholder, Arabian Nights (Lookingglass Theater); Hamlet, Fraulein Else, Scapin (Court Theater); Once on This Island, Madame Butterfly, Old Wicked Songs, Violet (Apple Tree Theater). Christine also spent nine summers stage managing at the Weston Playhouse. Chris is happily married to Thom Cox and the proud mother of Joan Marie.