playwright Bruce Norris
Bruce Norris (b.1960 - ) graduated from Northwestern University and became an actor and playwright based in Chicago and New York. He is currently an ensemble member of Steppenwolf Theatre, but his plays have been produced across the country as well as abroad. Clybourne Park is his most acclaimed work, winning a Tony Award, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Laurence Olivier Award, the Evening Standard Award, and the London Critics Circle Award for Best New Play. His catalogue of plays also includes The Infidel, Purple Heart, We All Went Down to Amsterdam, The Pain and the Itch, The Unmentionables, A Parallelogram, Domesticated, The Qualms, and Downstate all of which had their premieres at Steppenwolf Theatre over the course of 18 years. He has also written The Actor Retires, The Vanishing Twin, The Low Road, and an adaptation of Brecht’s Arturo Ui. He was the recipient of the Steinberg Playwright Award, the Whiting Foundation Prize for Drama, as well as two Joseph Jefferson Awards for Best New Work.
director Mark Baer
Mark Baer is in his ninth year teaching Acting and Directing for Indiana University Northwest. In that time he has directed 13 productions including Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice, Phillip Dawkins’ Failure: A Love Story, and Lisa Kron’s Well. Mark is co-founder and president of Gary Shakespeare Company with whom he has directed Twelfth Night, As You Like It, and Hamlet. He has also directed around the Midwest including A Streetcar Named Desire for St. Croix Festival Theatre, The Nightmare Room for Towle Theatre and Sweeney Todd for City Circle Acting Company. Mark is a member of the Society of American Fight Directors and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. He resides in Crown Point with his wife Kelly and daughter Samantha.
dramaturg Annaliese McSweeney
Annaliese McSweeney is a freelance dramaturg in Chicago and northern Indiana. She previously worked with IUN on Failure: A Love Story (2016). She has also worked with Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame on 9 to 5 (2018). Her professional work includes Detour Guide by Karim Nagi (Silk Road/Stage Left, 2019), Her Majesty’s Will by Rob Kauzlaric (Lifeline Theatre, 2017), The Bottle Tree by Beth Kander (Stage Left Theatre, 2016), Mosque Alert by Jamil Khoury (Silk Road Rising, 2016), Miss Buncle’s Book by Christina Calvit(Lifeline, 2015), The White Road by Karen Tarjan (Irish Theatre of Chicago, 2015) and numerous development projects with Stage Left Theatre where she was the literary manager from 2016-18. She has also worked on research with Irish Theatre of Chicago, Lifeline Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, and American Theater Company. Annaliese has a BA in Theatre and Psychology as well as an M.Phil in Theatre and Performance from Trinity College, Ireland.
scenic design Katherine Arfken
Katherine Arfken is an IUN faculty member and resident scenic designer with Theatre Northwest where she recently designed scenery for Well and afterlife: a ghost story. Chicago credits include work with Infamous Commonwealth Theatre and The Bottle Tree, Mutt, The Coward, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg and Insurrection: Holding History with Stage Left Theatre, where she is an artistic associate. Kathy is a graduate of Knox College and Brandeis University. more information at www.katherinearfken.com
costume design Brenda Winstead
Russ (white, 40s)
Bev (married to Russ; white, 40s)
Francine (black, 30s)
Albert (married to Francine, black, 30s)
Jim (white, 20s)
Karl (white, 30s)
Betsy (married to Karl, late 20s)
Tom (played by the actor who played Jim)
Lindsey (played by the actor who played Betsy)
Kathy (played by the actor who played Bev)
Steve (married to Lindsey; played by the actor who played Karl)
Lena (played by the actor who played Francine)
Kevin (married to Lena;played by the actor who played Albert)
Dan (played by the actor who played Russ)
Kenneth (played by the actor who played Jim)