This Bitter Earth

by Harrison David Rivers
directed by Mikael Burke

November 1 – December 8  |  Theater Wit

1229 W Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL  60657

In this poetic romance, deep love is challenged by divisive political realities. Jesse, an introspective black playwright, finds his choices called into question when his boyfriend, Neil, a white Black Lives Matter activist, calls him out for his political apathy. As passions and priorities collide, this couple is forced to reckon with issues of race, class and the bravery it takes to love out loud.

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Meet the cast of This Bitter Earth!

Daniel Desmarais (Neil)
is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a degree in Geography.  Other well-known geography majors are Michael Jordan and Prince William.  After graduating, he was an apprentice at both Williamstown Theatre Festival and Actors Theatre of Louisville before returning home to Chicago.  Some of his Chicago credits include Charlotte’s Web (Drury Lane), Mr. Burns…a post electric play (Theater Wit), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Flare Path, The Stinky Cheese Man (Griffin Theatre Company), The Raid (Jackalope), The Awake (First Floor Theater), This House Believes…(Oracle), Hit the Wall (The Inconvenience), and POWERLESS (a comic book superhero play that was performed above a Family Dollar).  He has worked with Victory Gardens, Goodman, Emerald City, Odradek, and The Music Theatre Company.  Daniel dreams in black and white and is a fan of the original Law and Order.
  Sheldon Brown (Jesse) is a 2014  graduate of Acting at Emerson College in Boston. His recent credits include The Shipment at Red Tape Theatre, Time Is On Our Side (understudy, performed) at About Face Theatre, 1980 or Why I Voted for John Anderson at Jackalope Theatre, A Wonder In My Soul at Victory Gardens (understudy, performed), Man In The Ring at Court Theatre, Feral with MPAACT Theatre Company, and more. He also has numerous credits in Boston including The Grand Inquisitor directed by Peter Brook and The Shakespearean Jazz Show, a collaborative new work that turns Shakespeare into New Orleans jazz.

Meet the Artistic Team of This Bitter Earth!

Playwright: Harrison David Rivers
Director: Mikael Burke
Scenic Design: Joe Schermoly
Costume Design: Bob Kuhn
Lighting Design: John Kelly
Sound Design: Eric Backus
Production Manager: Catherine Allen
Stage Manager: Helen Lattyak
Assistant Stage Manager: Andrea Enger

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