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The Dark

Fall 2022 Season


Directed by Kayla Adams

Kayla is a Chicago-based director and producer. Favorite directing credits include Vanya on the Plains, and How I Learned to Drive (Jeff nomination for best performer) at The Artistic Home, The Aliens at The National Autonomous University of Mexico and Wit at Bellingham TheatreWorks. She is currently an ensemble member at The Artistic Home Ensemble located in the Avondale neighborhood of Chicago, IL where she also served as Associate Artistic Director from 2017 - 2021. While AAD she produced and co-produced numerous Jeff Award-nominated and winning productions, including Requiem for a Heavyweight which won awards for best leading performer, direction, and production.

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Minnie played by Katherine Schwartz

Katherine is thrilled to be back onstage playing Minnie in "The Dark." Recent credits inclue Anka in The Artistic Home's "Vanya on the Plains," “Miracle on 34th Street: A Radio Play” with The Artistic Home as all the female ensemble voices, Lucrece in “The Liar" with Promethean Theatre (Broadway World nominated Best Ensemble), and Bessie in "The Drowning Girls" with Signal Ensemble, (Jeff nominated Best Ensemble). Additional credits inclue  "Zoyka's Apartment" with Bluebird Arts, “Fault Lines” with Broken Road Theatre, “Tale of Two Cities” with Lifeline Theatre Company, “In Pigeon House” with The Irish Theatre of Chicago, and Viola in "Twelfth Night" with Leftend Productions. Katherine has also performed with Shattered Globe, Eclectic Theatre, Mary Arrchie Theatre, Factory Theater, Circle Theatre, Navy Pier, and more. Katherine is represented by Ambassador Talent.

Jeff/James played by Max Stewart

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Max Stewart: Max is a graduate of The Theatre School at Depaul University and has studied at the British American Dramatic Academy in Oxford.  He is a NFAA Young Arts Award Winner in Spoken Theatre and won a William Faulkner Literary Award for his play Antarctica which premiered at Curious Theatre Company in Denver.  He was just in Sons of Hollywood (Windy City Playhouse) and played Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (Kane Repertory Theatre Company) last summer.  Selected TV/Film Credits include: Soundtrack (Netflix) Dir. Joe Swanberg, Worth Dir. Austin Lewis, (Best Supporting Actor Winner Nashville 48 Hour Film Festival) and Tasmanian Tiger Dir. Mike Paulucci.

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Jesus/Ezra played by Adriel Irizarry

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Adriel Irizarry is a Latinx actor originally from Chicago, IL. He graduated from the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in NYC, having attended both campuses in LA and NY. His recent theater credits include: Paul in Sons of Hollywood at Windy City Playhouse, Xavier in Visión Latino’s Y Tu Abeula, Where is She: Part 1, Leach in Urban Theater Company’s Back in The Day, and Older Brother U/S in Steep Theatre’s The Leopard Play, or sad songs for lost boys. Film credits include: VITA opposite Joe Morton, and UEFW directed by Madison Freeland. He is represented by Gray Talent Group

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Im Going to Touch Your Neck

Directed by Monet Felton

Monet Felton is a Director, Producer, Writer, Teaching Artist, and company member at Jackalope Theatre. Monet earned their BFA in Acting at The University of Illinois at Chicago, where they currently teach as an Adjunct Lecturer for their non majors theatre class. They are currently studying to be certified in Alexander Technique. Monet is a proud member of the Steppenwolf Teaching Artist Cohort. They have had the opportunity of working theatre's such as Chautauqua Theater Company, American Blues Theatre, Jackalope Theatre, Stage 773, Court Theatre, Writers Theatre, Steppenwolf for Young Adults, Bluebird Arts, and Artistic Home.


Lorna played by MarieAnge Louis-Jean


MarieAnge Louis-Jean is an ascending actor, dancer & writer, thrilled to join Pale Horse Playhouse for their debut & very first Walk on the Wild Side festival! Louis-Jean is a recent UIC grad & currently thriving in their art with Gill Talent Agency. Recent Chicago theatre credit(s) include: Middle Passage by 15 Minutes by Dalya Lessem Elnecave (YPF35), Have Faith by Sarah Lerner (YPF35), The Little Things by Laylah Freeman (YPF35), & Sankofa by Antwon Funches (SLT).  Recent film credit(s) include: Suspension by Kristiana Rae Colón, with Chicago Takes 10. Independent film credit(s) include: The Callbacks by Coda Marcus.

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Steve played by David Stobbe

David Stobbe is an actor based out of Chicago Illinois, recent credits include American Son (Beverly Arts Center), Bury Me (Dandelion Theater) Middle Passage (Lifeline Theater). David has worked with Peninsula Players, Steep Theater, A Red Orchid Theater, Black Ensemble theater. Next up David will be King Louis XVI in Marie Antoinette and the Magical Negroes. 

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Steve(U/S) played by Dakota Paraset

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Dakota Pariset(he/him) is a proud Chicago actor and multi-disciplinary artist fresh out of The Artistic Home's Meisner Studio by way of Beaver Crossing, Nebraska,  He currently serves as the AD of BYOT Productions and is the founding AD of The Lightbulb Factory. Chicago credits include: short plays and monologues with BYOT and The Lightbulb Factory, Chicago Dramatists(Playwrights Aloud!, First Draft Series), "My Thoughts on Oscar Wilde"(Hear Me Out's Some1 Speaking Contest), "Obstacle Course"(Silk Road Rising), "ILY"(Unheard of Company) and "Trial on the Delta"(Collaboraction). So many thank you's to my family, Pale Horse,, John Patrick Shanley and to David, MarieAnge and Monet!

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Directed by Carolyn Hoerdemann


Carolyn is an artist, actor, educator, philomath and lover of cartography. She actually does like long walks on the beach and road trips. She is honored to help with this inaugural production of the Pale Horse Playhouse!

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Evelyn played by Sarah Brooks (Artistic Director)

Sarah (she/her/hers) is a Chicago native and the founder/Artistic Director of Pale Horse Playhouse with Jane Kwak!  Several theater credits include Don’t Dress For Dinner (Oil Lamp Theatre), Santos & Santos (Harold Washington), Evanescence, Shakespeare in the Alley (Night Owl Theatre). Her notable film/tv work includes Chicago Med "Paramedic Juliette" seasons 5-7(NBC), horror feature film Girl on the Third Floor(netflix),  Christmas with Felicity(amc+), and arthouse films “There” and “Alice in Wonderland”.   

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Rock played by Timothy Weinert


I am just happy to be back on stage!! The ability to originate the role of Rock with an inspired new Theatre company is such an honor and pleasure. I have enjoyed a varied acting career in theatre, film and TV over the past 15 years and am happy to say that this is my first time on stage in Chicago. Being new to Chicago as of 2020, the majority of my stage time was spent in New York City, with various regional productions sprinkled in. Favorite performances and experiences include Hamlet: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, Tom Jr.: Sweet Bird of Youth, Jaime: Time Stands Still, Ralph Friedman: Street Justice: The Bronx, and Lt. Paxson: Chicago Fire. The rest of the journey has been filled with joy, surprise and curiosity. Life is a work of Art- if you don’t like what you see, Paint over it.

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Harvey played by Rossana DiSilvio

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Rossana is thrilled to be back on stage and working with PHP. She thanks her husband Scott and kids Mia and Max for all their support.

After the Deluge

Directed by Rashaad Bond

Rashaad moved to Chicago from Albuquerque, New Mexico in the summer of 2019. In Albuquerque, Rashaad founded and served as the artistic director for Middle Ground Theatre Company, a company dedicated to giving opportunities to those in the community that were often neglected. He holds a BA in Theatre from the University of New Mexico. His studies allowed him to develop skills in directing, producing, acting, lighting design, and scenic carpentry. Since moving to Chicago, Rashaad has had the opportunity to work with organizations such as Black Ensemble Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, The League of Chicago Theatres, Theatre Above the Law, Ghostlight Ensemble, Perceptions Theatre, and Possibilities Theatre. He is currently an ensemble member of BYOT Productions and The Lightbulb Factory. 

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Sharka played by Lydia Moss

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Lydia Moss is a Chicago-based actor and playwright. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor's degree in theater. Some of her theater credits include Lamballe from Marie Antoinette, Nick Bottom from A Midsummer's Night Dream, and Little Stone from Eurydice. She wants to give a huge thanks to everyone supporting the show! 

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Bridgett played by Barbara Burns

Barbara Burns is thrilled to be playing Bridget in "After the Deluge." She is a rising senior at Northwestern University, majoring in theatre and political science. Recently, she has appeared as Lu in "Pile," as Chorus 3 in "Will You Lead Me into the Garden of Bees," and as Helena in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Off the stage, Barbara enjoys cooking, reading, and her work as the education director of Lovers and Madmen, an organization that produces classic theatre on her campus. She would like to thank her parents for their love and support. 

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Design Team

Lighting Design by Tobi Osibodu


Tobi Osibodu (he/they) is a recent graduate from Millikin University a native of Chicagoland. As a bearer of many hats, he likes to involve himself in many aspects of theatre. At Millikin, he's worked with the likes of STOMP, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, and Brian Owens. Tobi has worked as a Lighting Programmer for Beauty and the Beast and for Annie, both with Limelight Theatre Company. They have previously worked as musical director for Pipe Dream Studio Theatre's Cruel Intentions: The Musical (2020) and Fun Home (2022) - where they also worked as Head Electrician. He is excited for his Chicago debut with Pale Horse Playhouse! 

Sound Design by Petter Wahlback

Petter Wahlbäck is an award-winning Swedish composer and sound designer working out of Chicago. Petter’s main areas of focus are music for media and performing arts. Recent theater sound and music credits include the The Pavilion, Eurydice,Requiem for a Heavyweight (Jeff Award Winner), By the Bog of Cats, Ada and the Engine, and Vanya on the Plains, at the Artistic Home, By the Skin of Our Teeth (ChiArts),  Defacing Michael Jackson and The Book of Merman (Flying Elephant Productions), and The My Way Residential (The Irish Theatre). 

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Scenic Design by Henry Wilkinson


Henry Wilkinson is hyped to be joining this production of new works as theatre begins to make a return to our lives. With degrees in architecture and scenic design, he’s been designing and building shows in the South and now Chicago for almost 10 years. Most recently, he has worked with Theatre Y on their Camino project.

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Stage Managed by Jordan Large

Jordan moved from Kansas to Chicago in 2018 to pursue their art career; having directed their first full length play at 17, and won their first short film award at 18. They have since been involved in film, theater and photography as a performer as well as a composer/crew member; and have gained representation through DDO Artists of Chicago. 

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DJ Robert Garmer 

Robert Garmer is a teacher, musician, and DJ who has been living in the city of Chicago since 2003.  He has a soft spot for electronic music and synthesizers but his taste for music extends far beyond this genre and sound.

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