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The Blue Shadow
March 13 – May 2, 2010

Illustration by Polina Ben-Sira

Ben Chang (Wei)
Ben is thrilled to work with Lifeline for the first time. In Chicago, Ben has appeared in an outreach production for Shaw Chicago, an episode of Television Reruns with ARFTCo, and will be performing the title role in The Man Who Turned Into a Stick for Geopolis Theatre this spring. Other credits include touring as Romeo for North Carolina Shakespeare Festival; and in Santa Barbara, California: The Paper Dragon for Ensemble Theatre, Twelve Angry Men for DIJO, and Red Herring for Circle Bar B Dinner Theatre. Ben is a graduate of Stanford University.
Susaan Jamshidi (Shadow)
Susaan was most recently part of the Goodman Theatre’s New Stages Series as Yasmina in Yasmina's Necklace by Rohina Malik, directed by Henry Godinez. This summer she played Sympathy the Learned in Mary Zimmerman’s The Arabian Nights at Lookingglass. Other Chicago credits include The Arab-Israeli Cookbook, Terman Vox Machina, Skin in Flames, and the World Premiere of Mia McCullough’s Spare Change. Susaan received her MFA in Acting from The Theatre School at Depaul University.
Mallory Nees (Roksana)
Mallory is a recent graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University. Some favorite roles include Pennywise in Urinetown (dir. Dexter Bullard), Florina in Mad Forest (dir. Carlos Murillo) and Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest. Before coming to Chicago, Mallory performed at various venues in her home state of Wisconsin as Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Gilda in Design for Living, and Sarah in Spinning Into Butter. Since graduation, she's been blessed to have worked on FIVE shows with Lifeline Theatre! You may have seen her earlier this season in the KidSeries productions of Dooby Dooby Moo and The Last of the Dragons.
Miguel Nunez (Ernesto)
Miguel is making his first appearance in a Lifeline production. Some of his latest Chicago credits include the stage reading of Salt for Teatro Luna; Lorca In a Green Dress and Heads for Halcyon Theatre; 12 Hungry Men for Chicago Fusion Theatre; Four Boxes for Epic Players. He has worked for Salsation! Theatre Company; Redmoon Theatre and many more. He was an ensemble member with New World Players in Indiana where he was seen in Cloud Tectonics; Carthaginians; Sadomasochism and more. Miguel studied at the National Theatre University in Caracas, Venezuela, and is currently a student at Black Box Acting Studio.
Dawn Pryor (Zuri)
Dawn is native of Miami Florida with a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Central Florida. This marks her first appearance with Lifeline. Chicago credits include Dear President Obama and The Day Santa Cancelled Christmas (Studio One Productions), A Devil in God’s House (Tiny Production), Milk (MPAACT), This Far by Faith (ETA), Sarafina! The Music of Liberation (Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre), and other local theatre/performance groups such as Black Ensemble Theatre and Chocolate Chips Theatre. Other credits include Once upon a Mattress, Little Shop of Horrors, Once on this Island, Lysistrata, and Good Woman of Setzuan.
Scott Allen Luke (Understudy)
Scott most recently performed the role of Prince Stanley of Tuscany in the Lifeline KidSeries production of The Last of the Dragons, and last year he appeared in the KidSeries production of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. Scott has worked extensively in the theatre scene around Chicago with companies like Next Theatre, Light Opera Works, Raven Theatre, Circle Theatre, The Mill Theatre Co., Keyhole Theatre, Chase Park Theatre, Lincoln Square Theatre, and Rubicon Theatre Project, which he co-founded.
Jennifer Young (Understudy)
Jennifer is delighted to be working with Lifeline on such a beautiful story as The Blue Shadow. As both an actor and musician, Jennifer was last seen up the road in Theo Ubique's Man of La Mancha and down the road in the orchestra of Quest's Evolution/Creation. Other delightful roles have been Sally in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown; Bloody Mary in South Pacific; and Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical, The Musical.
Nambi E. Kelley (Playwright)
Nambi's projects include plays for the Steppenwolf and Goodman Theatre in Chicago and Lincoln Center in New York. Recent awards/nominations: The Friends Fellowship (Ragdale Foundation), the 3 Arts Fellowship, TCG Candidate for Playwriting: Goodman Theatre, the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference nomination and honors at the Black Ensemble Theatre for playwriting. Kelley guest lectures at Lake Forest College. An accomplished award-winning stage actress whose work has entertained nationally and internationally, Ms. Kelley holds a B.F.A. from The Theatre School at DePaul University and is currently an M.F.A. candidate at Goddard College in Vermont.
Xavier Kelley (Writer/Adaptor, The Muddy Foot)
Xavier is a 3rd grader at Decatur Classical Elementary School. He likes Pokemon, Transformers, chess, and lives with his family on the North Side.
Joe Plummer (Composer & Sound Designer)
Joe is also a playwright and an actor. He was a Jeff nominee and a BTA Award nominee for his portrayal of Louis Armstrong in Apple Tree’s production of Jammin’ With Pops and a Jeff nominee and a BTA Award winner for Best New Writing of a Play and a Jeff nominee for Choreography for Get Ready at Victory Gardens. Other sound design credits include The State of Missippi vs. Emmett Till (Pegasus Players); Black Nativity (Congo Square), for which he won a BTA award both times for best sound design; BTA award nominee for Stick Fly (Congo Square); Layla’s Dream and Seven Guitars, also for Congo Square; Heat and Hove VI (Chicago Dramatists).
Ilesa Duncan (Director)
Ilesa has worked for such theatres as Victory Gardens, Chicago Dramatists, Writer’s Theatre, Pegasus Players, Rivendell, Prop Theater, Black Ensemble, ETA, Chicago Theater Company, and the Goodman. Some Chicago credits include the Jeff Nominated The Shape of a Girl and Tick Tick Boom! for Pegasus Players, Hope Six for Chicago Dramatists (written by Nambi Kelley), Waiting to be Invited at Victory Gardens, Aloha Say The Pretty Girls and F**king A for the Theatre School/DePaul. She also directed Red Rain for Lincoln Center Theatre’s Director’s Lab/HERE, and the hit dark comedy Love Child at Chicago Theater Co., Theatre on the Lake and Live Bait Theater. Additional regional credits: Crowns, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill and A Raisin in the Sun (CATCO), and Shakin' The Mess Outta Misery (Indianapolis’ Phoenix Theatre). A member of Lincoln Center Theatre’s Director’s Lab, Ilesa is a NEA/TCG directing fellow and an Associate Artist at Chicago Dramatists.
Jennifer Aparicio (Stage Manager)
Jennifer Aparicio (Stage Manager) is excited to be back at Lifeline where she just finished stage managing The Last of the Dragons. She also stage managed their 2008 production of Snowflake Tim's Big Holiday Adventure. She has worked with The Second City, etc., Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, New World Repertory Theater and 16th Street Theater. She graduated from Columbia College with a BA in Theater.
Sarah Hughey (Lighting Designer)
Sarah is returning to Lifeline for a second KidSeries production this season, because she had so much fun on The Last of the Dragons. She also designed lights for Mariette in Ecstasy on Lifeline's MainStage last season. Recent Chicago credits include Wilson Wants It All (House Theatre of Chicago), Dancing at Lughnasa and Mojo Mickybo (Seanachaí Theatre Co.), Girls vs. Boys (House Theatre of Chicago with American Musical Theatre Project/Northwestern University), Little Brother and On the Shore of the Wide World (Griffin Theatre), and Parlour Song (Steep Theatre). Sarah earned her MFA from Northwestern University.
Joanna Iwanicka (Puppet Designer)
Joanna is thrilled to be back at Lifeline, where she first exhibited her passion for puppets in The True Story of 3 Little Pigs. She recently graduated from The Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland with a MA degree in Scenic Design. Upon returning to the United States, she showcased some of her acquired skills in Lifeline's recent production of Dooby Dooby Moo (talent show judges) and The Last of the Dragons (dragon puppet). Joanna has also designed sets for Congo Square Company, Chopin Theatre, The Library Theatre, Vintage Theatre Collective and Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, worked for Santa Fe Opera, Denver Center Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Fesival, Des Moines Metro Opera, and most recently Redmoon Theatre.
Camille Kuthrell (Choreographer)
Camille is a dancer and actress from Chicago, IL. She currently dances with the Joel Hall Dancers; dances/choreographs for A Long Walk Home’s production of S.O.A.R.S. (Story of A Rape Survivor); and recently choreographed Trap Door Theatre Company’s 12 Ophelias. A graduate of Indiana University-Bloomington, where she earned a degree in Public Policy, Camille was member of Indiana University’s African-American Dance company. This is Camille’s first production with Lifeline Theatre.
Christine Pascual (Costume Designer)
Regional Credits: Joe Turner's Come and Gone (Centerstage Baltimore); The House on Mango Street, Elliot: A Soldier's Fugue (Steppenwolf Theatre); The Piano Lesson, The First Breeze of Summer, Flyin' West ( Court Theatre); The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity - world premiere, Relatively Close, The Romance of Magno Rubio, Symmetry (Victory Gardens Theatre); Sanctified, St. James Infirmary, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Seven Guitars, Black Nativity, The Talented Tenth, Stickfly - world premiere (Congo Square Theatre); Our Lady of the Underpass - world premiere, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Another Part of the House, Living Out (Teatro Vista); Our Enemies: Lively Scenes of Love and Combat (Silk Road Theatre Project); Ten Cent Night - world premiere (Chicago Dramatists); Capriccio Barocco (Yale Baroque Opera Project); Defiance, Fabulation (Next Theatre); Topdog Underdog, True West (American Theater Company). She is an artistic associate of Teatro Vista. Upcoming projects: Welcome to Arroyo's at ATC, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at Second Stage in NYC, and Sizwe Bansi is Dead at the Court Theatre.
Ian Zywica (Scenic & Props Designer, Technical Director)
Ian has been freelancing in Chicago as a Scenic Designer and Technical Director for the past three years. He recently designed Miracle on 34th Street (Porchlight Music Theatre), Under Milk Wood (Caffeine Theatre), and The Foreigner (Triton College).
Cortney Hurley (Production Manager)
Cortney is excited to be kicking off her fourth season with Lifeline after working on such productions as The Island of Dr. Moreau and The Mark of Zorro. Previous production management positions include the last three seasons at Strawdog Theatre, Ellen Under Glass with the House Theatre of Chicago, and One False Note with Plasticene. She currently serves as the Production Manager and General Manager at Strawdog Theatre, as well as the Assistant Production Manager at Theater on the Lake since 2004.


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