after all the terrible things i do
ABOUT FACE THEATRE presents the CHICAGO PREMIERE of
Written by A. Rey Pamatmat
Directed by Andrew Volkoff
PRESENTED AT: Theater Wit | 1229 W Belmont Ave, Chicago
Previews: MARCH 11th thru MARCH 13th, 2016
Regular Run: MARCH 17th thru APRIL 10th, 2016
A gripping and intimate new play from one of American theatre’s rising stars explores the dark side of ordinary people, second chances and the price of forgiveness. Returning to his Midwestern hometown after college, Daniel, a young, gay writer, takes a job at the local bookstore he knew as a child. After he and Linda, the Filipina bookstore owner, begin working together, they discover they share a dark connection that goes much deeper than a love of literature.
Join us for the Chicago Premiere of this thrilling new drama!
A. Rey Pamatmat is also the author of Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them (Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, produced nationwide, Steinberg/ATCA New Play Citation, 2013 GLAAD Media and Lambda Literary Awards nominations). Edith’s Spanish translation was featured at Guadalajara’s Semana Internacional de la Dramaturgia in June 2014. His other plays include Thunder Above, Deeps Below (Second Generation), A Spare Me (Waterwell), DEVIANT (Vortex Theatre Company) and High/Limbo/High (HERE). His plays are published by Samuel French and Playscripts. He is the recipient of the Princess Grace Award, a Princess Grace Special Projects Grant, an NYFA Playwriting Fellowship and an E.S.T./Sloan Grant. He was the 2012-2013 Hodder Fellow in Playwriting, the 2011-2012 PoNY Fellow, and is the co-director of the Ma-Yi Writer’s Lab. He received his BFA from NYU and his MFA from Yale School of Drama.
Andrew Volkoff joined About Face Theatre in 2013 as Artistic Director, where he has directed the Chicago premieres of Abraham Lincoln Was A F*gg*t and Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand Up Comedy Show. He is also a freelance director specializing in new and contemporary works and has directed numerous productions (including several world and regional premieres) in New York, across the U.S. and abroad. Andrew served as Associate Artistic Director of Barrington Stage Company (BSC) in Massachusetts for five years and Genesius Theatre Group in New York City for three years. He also acted as the Co-Artistic Director of the Hangar Theatre Lab for one season. Andrew has worked as the Associate Director on Ella for Rob Ruggiero at Dallas Theatre Center and other regional theatres, is a Drama League Directing Fellow, and an SDC member. Proud to be the first director chosen to participate in the U.S./Bulgaria Directors Exchange Project, Andrew directed the Bulgarian premiere of John Kolvenbach’s Lovesong in Sofia at the Nikolai Binev Theatre, where it is still in repertory. B.A.: Macalester College, St. Paul, MN.
Christine Bunuan (Assistant Director) is very excited to be working with About Face. She recently assisted Helen Young with Prologue Theatre’s production of Tea. Christine’s favorite acting credits include the Broadway National Tour of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Avenue Q at Mercury Theatre, A Christmas Carol at The Goodman and the world premieres of Frederick at Chicago Children’s Theatre, Kafka on the Shore at Steppenwolf, and Jade Heart at Chicago Dramatists. She is very grateful to have the opportunity to assist Andrew and work with this incredible company of artists. Special thanks to her family, friends and especially her husband, Sean, who inspires her to always follow her dreams.
Lisa Tejero (Linda) has been on the road the last few years primarily traveling w/ Mary Zimmerman’s “White Snake” where she was part of the original developing cast @ Oregon Shakespeare Festival & which ultimately last year went to China. She is thrilled to be back. She is an artistic associate w/ Lookingglass Theatre, locally she has also worked at Goodman, Court Theatre, Victory Gardens, Steppenwolf. Regionally she has also worked at: the Gutherie, McCarter, Berkeley Rep, Seattle Rep. Milwaukee Rep., Huntington, as well as an off-Broadway, & Broadway run of “Metamorphoses”. She has also lived in the Philippines for a year & did a season w/ the Repertory theatre while there in Manila. Most recently this fall she was in St. Louis’s Shakespeare in the Streets original “The World’s Begun” ( a neighborhood community outreach mash-up w/”12th night”), & then the American premiere of a’The Kiss/De Kus” a 2 person play that was produced by Upstream Theatre.
Colin Sphar (Daniel) makes his first appearance with About Face. Chicago credits include: Luna Gale (Goodman Theatre), Posh (Steep Theatre), Barefoot In The Park (Step Up), Porcelain (Prologue Theatre), Letters Home (Griffin Theatre), Romeo & Juliet (Teatro Vista), The Taming of the Shrew (Chicago Shakespeare), Sketchbook Festival (Collaboraction), and The Train Play (Will Act For Food). Regional credits include the West Coast Premiere of Luna Gale (Kirk Douglas Theatre), The Little Prince (Sacramento Theater Company), and Romeo & Juliet (Southwest Shakespeare Company). Colin is represented by Actors Talent Group and holds a BFA Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University. He also instagrams and tweets (@colinsphar).
Will Kiley (U/S Daniel) is grateful to be working with About Face for the first time. In Chicago he has worked for Jackalope, Griffin, Raven, Northlight, Next, Collaboration, Pegasus and Feast. He is a proud company member of Jackalope Theatre. In 2014 Will traveled to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with The Lost Compass Collective and in 2011 he traveled to Kenya with The Great Globe Foundation. He serves as a teaching artist for The National High School Institute (Cherubs) Program, Play-in-a-Book, The Beverly Arts Center and Adventure Stage Chicago. He is a graduate of CCM Drama class of 2013 and represented by Big Mouth Talent. Thank you Sam for your love, support and late night line running.