Dada Woof Papa Hot
by Peter Parnell
directed by Keira Fromm
January 10 – February 16 | Theater Wit
1229 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
This funny and sexy play introduces two gay couples and their circle of friends who have ventured into the world of modern day parenting. As friendships deepen and vulnerabilities get exposed, the foundation of family and commitment are shaken. With same sex marriage the law of the land… what happens next? DADA WOOF PAPA HOT is a fast-paced glimpse into the world of 21st century parenthood.
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Meet the cast of DADA WOOF PAPA HOT!
|Jos N. Banks (Scott) is a Chicago native actor, singer, costume designer & teaching artist. He is thrilled to celebrate is homecoming production with AFT, after touring globally for the past 15 months with Kinky Boots. National Tours: International (US, Canada, China & Singapore) – Kinky Boots (Lola), North American / Canadian – Hair (Hud), The Color Purple (Harpo). Regional: Jesus Christ Superstar (Paramount Theatre), Smoky Joe’s Cafe (Drury Lane Theatre), Far From Heaven; The Scottsboro Boys (Porchlight Music Theatre), DDR Scottsboro Boys (Raven Theatre), Hairspray (Dutch Apple Diner Theatre), The Story of Curtis Mayfield; The Other Cinderella (Black Ensemble Theatre), Smoky Joe’s Cafe (Theo Ubique/ Royal George). Film: Fox 20th Centuries The Chicago Code; Rise Against’s music video “Make It Stop” (Lead). Jos is a multi-award winning artist having interned with Micheal Kors at Teen Vogue Magazine in NYC for his fashion designs and illustrations. Jos was also deemed WINNER of StageScene LA’s 2017/18 “Scenie” Award for “Break Out Performance in a Touring Production” as Lola in Kinky Boots & nominated Best Costume Designer for the 2012 & 2016 BTAA (Black Theater Alliance Awards). Jos would like to thank God, his family, & friends for their unconditional love and support. Representation: Paonessa Talent Agency. Be FEARLESS. Proverbs 3:5. www.FearlessJos.com // Follow Me: @JosNBanks|
|Shane Kenyon (Jason) is proud to make his About Face Theatre debut. He was recently seen in the role of Vince in Buried Child at Writers Theatre. Other Chicago credits include: Buzzer (Goodman Theatre); Where We’re Born, Hushabye, Betrayal, Sex With Strangers (Steppenwolf Theatre); The Who and The What (Victory Gardens); If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet (Steep Theatre; Jeff Award – Best Supporting Actor); Shining City, The Seafarer (Jeff Award Winner – Best Ensemble); Shadow of a Gunman (Irish Theatre of Chicago); Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight (Windy City Playhouse); Season on the Line (The House Theatre of Chicago); a world premiere adaptation co-written by Irvine Welsh of Trainspotting USA (Book & Lyrics); Big Love (Strawdog Theatre); Mary’s Wedding (Rivendell Theatre). Regional theatre credits include Romeo in Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare in Love, and As You Like It at the Utah Shakespeare Festival; Hedda Gabler (Studio Theatre of D.C.); Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre). TV/Film credits include: Chicago Med, Chicago Justice, Chicago PD, Empire, Mind Games, Chicago Code, along with multiple SAG independent films and commercials. He is proudly represented by Stewart Talent. Shane received his BFA in Theatre Performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. All his love to JMK & BRK.|
|Keith Kupferer (Michael) is a founding member of Rivendell Theatre Ensemble where he was most recently seen in their critically acclaimed, award-winning productions of The Cake and Cal in Camo, for which he was honored with a 2018 Jeff award for Supporting Actor. Other recent credits include Support Group for Men (Jeff nomination for Ensemble) at The Goodman Theatre; The Mystery of Love and Sex (Jeff Nomination for Supporting Actor), and Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Wolf at Writers Theatre; The Qualms, Good People, and Middletown at Steppenwolf Theatre; the world premiere of The Humans at American Theater Company; God of Carnage, and the Passion Play at the Goodman Theatre; Hillary and Clinton, Never the Sinner, and Appropriate at Victory Gardens Theater; Gypsy at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; The Legend of Georgia McBride at Northlight Theatre; Big Lake, Big City and Trust for Lookingglass Theatre. Film credits include the soon-to-be released Widows; Monuments; The Dilemma; Dark Knight; Public Enemies; The Express; Stranger Than Fiction; Road to Perdition; Finding Santa; Fred Klaus; The Last Rights of Joe May; and The Merry Gentleman directed by Michael Keaton. TV credits include The Chi; Proven Innocent; Better Call Saul; Empire; Chicago P.D.; Betrayal; Crisis; Chicago Fire; and Detroit 187.|
|Lily Mojekwu (Serena) is delighted to be making her About Face Theatre debut. She just appeared as Mrs. Cratchit in A Christmas Carol at Goodman (where she also appeared in Objects in the Mirror). Other Chicago credits include work with Lookingglass, Chicago Shakespeare, Steppenwolf, Northlight, and Rivendell, among others. Regional credits include six seasons with Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre. Television credits include: I Love Dick (Amazon TV), Chicago Fire (NBC), Chicago Med (NBC) Mind Games (ABC) the web series Brown Girls (browngirlwebseries.com), and the season 2 opener of The Chi (Showtime). Recent film credits include Widows, Princess Cyd, Rogers Park, and the upcoming Saint Frances.|
|Bruch Reed (Alan) is grateful and excited to return to About Face Theatre, with which he has previously appeared in Dancer from the Dance, Xena: LIVE!, My Fair Lady and The Flowers. Mr. Reed originated roles in inaugural productions of John Cariani’s last three scripts: Cul De Sac (HalfMoon Theatre, Poughkeepsie, NY), Love/Sick (TheatreWorks of Hartford, CT, awarded Best Ensemble by Connecticut Critics Circle), and Last Gas (Opera House Arts of Stonington, ME). Off-Broadway credits include the world premieres of Michael Boothroyd’s Women and Children First at Paradise Factory and Vincent Sessa’s Body of Words with Theater for the New City, Lombardi with Harbor Lights Theater, Shaw’s St. Joan with Gingold Theatrical Group and Light Up The Sky with Peccadillo Theater. Other regional credits include the original musical Sundown Town with TheatreSquared in Fayetteville, AR. Mr. Reed has worked as an actor in Chicago for over 20 years with such companies as Mary Arrchie, Goodman, Steppenwolf, Northlight, Court, Theater Wit, Remy Bumppo, Writers Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, ShawChicago, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, CCPA, European Repertory, Defiant, Roadworks, Famous Door, greasy joan & co., Shakespeare’s Motley Crew and Red Hen Productions. In 2013, he had the honor of directing the incomparable Tandy Cronyn at the Clarence Brown Theatre in Knoxville, TN in the one-woman show The Tall Boy by Simon Bent, which was remounted for the 2015 United Solo Festival, winning the Best Adaptation Award. Special thanks to the stellar Paonessa team for taking me on and getting me out. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association since 2002.|
|Benjamin Sprunger (Rob) – Dada Woof Papa Hot is Ben’s ninth production with About Face Theatre where he also serves as Director of Institutional Giving. Other theatre credits include: Music Theater Works, Raven, House, Northlight, 16th Street, Goodman, Victory Gardens, TimeLine, Steppenwolf, Strawdog, Griffin (2011 Jeff nomination, Actor in a Principal Role – Musical), Steep, Haven, CityLit, Mark Taper Forum, and Pasadena Playhouse. Television credits: Chicago Fire, The Red Line, Will & Grace, and Passions.|
|Rachel Sullivan (Julia) makes her About Face debut with Dada Woof Papa Hot. Last seen in Chicago in Ideation with Jackalope Theatre. Television and film credits include The Chi, Chicago Fire, Soul Sessions, and Bird of Prey. She wants to thank her husband, Taylor, for his undying support and love, and her children, Max, Madge, and Henry for making her role as Mom her greatest resume credit ever. Rachel is represented by Gray Talent Group.|
|Eustace Allen (Alan u/s) is an actor, writer, and voice-over artist. He is the co-host of the popular drag-commentary podcast, DragCenter. His film credits include Into the Wake and Love Songs. Last season, he was seen on Chicago Fire and will be featured in the upcoming tv show Fear of Missing Out on the Vibrant Network. Eustace has performed locally with Eclipse Theatre and The Artistic Home.|
|Darren Hill (Rob & Michael u/s) is humbled to be a part of Dada Woof Papa Hot. Last summer he walked the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile pilgrimage which took 35 days during which Darren performed the one-man play Underneath the Lintel 26 times! Darren has worked with Drury Lane, Trap Door Theatre, Facility Theatre, Theatre Y, Northlight, Steppenwolf, Emerald City, Theo Ubique, Remy Bumppo, Steep, and Raven Theatre.|
|James Lee (Scott & Jason u/s) is grateful to be a part of About Face Theatre with this production. Credits include working at the Paramount Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Marriott Lincolnshire, and Lyric Opera of Chicago. James Lee was also seen in the Las Vegas sit-down production of Mamma Mia! He teaches at Black Box Acting Studio, and is a School at Steppenwolf and Cincinnati CCM grad. Love to Dad and to Laura.|
|Alexis Randolph (Serena & Julia u/s) is excited to be understudying again with About Face Theatre. Past performance credits include: Fear and Misery of the Third Reich (Haven), Much Ado About Nothing (Muse of Fire), Henry V (Babes with Blades), As You Like It (Midsommer Flight), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Two Pence Theatre Company), Romulus (Oracle), The Hunting of the Snark and Best Beloved: Just So Stories (Forks and Hope at Strawdog). Past understudy credits include: Koalas (16th Street), Bull in a China Shop (About Face Theatre), and In a Word (Strawdog Theatre). She is a company member with Babes with Blades and Forks and Hope.|
Director Keira Fromm (AFT)
Associate Director Lauren Katz
Scenic Design William Boles** (AFT)
Costume Design Noël Huntzinger
Composer/Sound Design Christopher Kriz**
Lighting Design Claire Chrzan
Props Design Jamie Karas
Intimacy Design Sasha Smith
Dialect Coach Vahishta Vafadari
Technical Director Alex Hand
Master Electrician Raphael Grimes
Scenic Painter Steph Charaska
Wardrobe Crew Auden Granger
Production Manager Catherine Allen
Stage Manager Dana M. Nestrick*
Assistant Stage Manager Amanda Loch
Casting Keira Fromm (AFT) & Stephen Schellhardt
Public Relations David Rosenberg
* denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association
** denotes member of United Scenic Artists 829
(AFT) denotes About Face Theatre Artistic Associate
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