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Current Season

Mastering the Art

Chicago Premiere!
by Winter Miller |
directed by Nick Bowling




Tyla Abercrumbie

** TYLA ABERCRUMBIE (Jan) is excited to be working at TimeLine for the first time and on such an amazing project. Her Chicago theater credits include MAGNOLIA (Goodman Theatre), THE PIANO LESSON and FLYIN' WEST (Court Theatre), SHORT SHAKESPEARE! ROMEO AND JULIET (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), ARIADNE'S THREAD (Victory Gardens Theater) and FOUR QUEENS—NO TRUMP (Onyx Theatre Ensemble). Regional credits include THE PIANO LESSON (Portland Stage), GEM OF THE OCEAN (Actors Theatre of Louisville), A RAISIN IN THE SUN (Studio Arena Theater, Buffalo, N.Y.), JITNEY (St. Louis Black Repertory Theater) and RADIO GOLF (Pittsburgh Public Theater). On television, look for her on DETROIT 187 (ABC) and THE CHICAGO CODE (Fox). Her one-woman show is called ASYLUM.

Kelli Simpkins

** KELLI SIMPKINS (Maryka) is thrilled to make her TimeLine Theatre debut. Most recently, she did THE LARAMIE PROJECT NATIONAL TOUR, performing THE LARAMIE PROJECT and THE LARAMIE PROJECT: 10 YEARS LATER, AN EPILOGUE in repertory. Some of her acting credits include LATE: A COWBOY SONG (Piven Theatre Workshop), CELEBRITY ROW (American Theater Co.), FAIR USE and GOOD BOYS AND TRUE (Steppenwolf Theatre), EXECUTION OF JUSTICE (About Face Theatre), THE PEOPLE'S TEMPLE (Berkeley Repertory Theatre; Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska; The Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis). Kelli is a member of Tectonic Theater Project and one of the original creators/performers of THE LARAMIE PROJECT (Off -Broadway, Denver Center Theatre, Berkeley Rep, LaJolla Playhouse). Upcoming projects are PONY at About Face and CASA CUSHMAN in collaboration with Tectonic. Her film and television credits include A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, CHASING AMY, LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT and HBO's THE LARAMIE PROJECT (Emmy nomination—Ensemble Writing).

Gregory Isaac

GREGORY ISAAC (Carlos) makes his full-production debut at TimeLine, where he has appeared in staged readings, including the run of MACHINAL in 2009. Recently he was seen as Heathcliff in WUTHERING HEIGHTS (Lifeline Theatre). He has been fortunate to work at many of Chicago's best theater companies, including Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, About Face, Steppenwolf, Writers' and Backstage. Regional credits include The Alliance Theatre and the Georgia Shakespeare Festival in Atlanta, and the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas. He is a proud member of The Vintage Theatre Collective and will design HELEN, its spring production. He will be on stage next in LIFE IS A DREAM at Vitalist Theatre.


Eddie Jordan III

EDDIE JORDAN III (Janjaweed Militia, Sudanese Aid Worker, SLA Soldier, Injured Man, Sudanese Policeman) is thankful to make his TimeLine Theatre debut as part of the IN DARFUR family. His theater credits include TAD IN 5TH CITY, TEN SQUARE, NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY, BLAXPLOITATION THE REMIX and BLAXPLIOTATION 2: YOU KNOW HOW WE DEUX (MPAACT); SANDOVAL (Road To Sandoval Productions); FEAR OF A HOOD (Sansculottes Theatre); and 365 Days/365 Plays (Writers' Theatre). Eddie also is a teaching artist with MPAACT (through CAPE, Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education) as well as a member of the Steppenwolf for Young Adults program. He was born and raised in Hartford, Conn., and received his BFA degree in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University. He thanks his mother and father, and also CAPE, MPAACT, the cast and crew of IN DARFUR, Uncle Lalo, Judy, RP, Lisandra Tena and my sister Anisha Jordan.

Mildred Marie Langford

MILDRED MARIE LANGFORD (Hawa) is excited and blessed to make her TimeLine Theatre debut. Her other Chicago credits include A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS (Northlight Theatre), ZULU FITS (MPAACT), WAR WITH THE NEWTS and THE OVERWHELMING (Next Theatre), THE TWINS WOULD LIKE TO SAY (Dog & Pony Theatre, part of Steppenwolf Theatre's Visiting Company Initiative), 12 OPHELIAS (Trap Door Theatre), THE CRUCIBLE (Steppenwolf), THE GHOST OF TREASURE ISLAND and THE BLUE HOUSE (Adventure Stage Chicago) and PROFESSIONS FOR WOMAN (Bailiwick Director's Festival). Mildred is a graduate of George Mason University, Fairfax, Va., and The School at Steppenwolf. She can be seen next in SINBAD: THE UNTOLD STORY with Adventure Stage. Thank you, God, for continued blessings. Thank you to friends and family for your unwavering support. And a special thank you to Nick for this amazing gift. Let your light shine!

Brian-Alwyn Newland

BRIAN-ALWYN NEWLAND (Janjaweed Militia, Police Officer, Patient, SLA Soldier, Sudanese Policeman, Guard) makes his TimeLine Theatre debut. Chicago credits include CATS (Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre), BIG RIVER (Boho Theatre), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (La Costa Theatre) and RENT (NightBlue Theater). He is a native of Guyana, South America, and has a bachelor's of music degree in voice performance from Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C., and a master's of music degree in voice from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University. He is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Thanks to everyone in the cast and on the production team. For more information, please visit brianalwynnewland.com.

Ebony Wimbs

EBONY WIMBS (Hamida) is excited to make her TimeLine debut. Previous Chicago credits include TOO MUCH MEMORY, DAYS OF LATE and IVANOV (Sinnerman Ensemble); CHERRYWOOD (Mary-Arrchie Theatre), A SONG FOR CORETTA (Eclipse Theatre) and THE FIRST BREEZE OF SUMMER (Court Theatre). Ebony is from Ohio, where she worked at The Cleveland Play House, CATCo (Contemporary American Theatre Company) in Columbus, and Dobama Theatre. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from The Ohio State University in Columbus and attended The School at Steppenwolf.








AMANDA SWEGER (Scenic Designer) is thrilled to be designing for the first time at TimeLine. She recently was the scenic designer for SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE (Porchlight Music Theatre) and the scenic and lighting designer for GHOSTBOX (InFusion Theatre). Amanda has just completed the coursework for an MFA degree in the Stage Design Program at Northwestern University. While at Northwestern, she designed the set for THE WHO'S TOMMY, the lighting and the set for the ORLANDO, and the lighting for MAD FOREST, GHETTO, and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. This summer was her fourth season as resident scenic designer at Timber Lake Playhouse in Mt. Carroll, designing CHICAGO; STEEL MAGNOLIAS; OKLAHOMA!; LOVE, SEX AND THE IRS; and CURTAINS.

+ LINDSEY PATE (Costume Designer) is an Associate Artist at TimeLine Theatre, where this is her ninth production. She has worked with numerous local companies, including Steppenwolf, Writers', Chicago Children's Theatre, Lifeline, Light Opera Works, Greasy Joan, Cock and Bull and Provision, as well as with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Hubbard Street 2. She also is also an artistic associate at Collision Theatre. She is the assistant to the costume designer at the Goodman Theatre. She received her BFA degree in Costume Design from The Theatre School at DePaul University.

NIC JONES (Lighting Designer) returns to TimeLine Theatre after working on WHEN SHE DANCED. He also is designing THE EARL by Brett Neveu at A Red Orchid Theatre, in association with The Inconvenience, of which he is a founding member. He has worked at numerous theaters in the Chicago area, including Writers', Lifeline, Marriott, Drury Lane, House, Strawdog, Mary-Arrchie, Remy Bumppo, Emerald City, Eclipse and American Theater Co. Nic was a dimmer operator, moving light programmer and rigging electrician for the new television show THE CHICAGO CODE (Fox), which airs in February. He is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul Theatre University, with a BFA degree in Lighting Design.

JESSE KLUG, U.S.A. (Lighting Designer) returns to TimeLine, where he last worked on THE CHILDREN'S HOUR. His Chicago theater credits include Broadway in Chicago, Goodman, Marriott, Chicago Shakespeare, Drury Lane, Victory Gardens, Lookingglass, Steppenwolf, Court, Writers', Strawdog, Uma and American Theater Co., among others. Regionally, he has worked at Milwaukee Repertory Theater; Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, Penn.; Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble in Pennsylvania; Portland Center Stage in Oregon; BoarsHead Theater in Lansing, Mich.; and Shakespeare Theatre Co. in Washington , D.C. His Off-Broadway credits are THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY (Second Stage Theatre, Hewes nomination), THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS (Westside Arts Theatre), ROMULUS (Guggenheim Museum) and THE HOURGLASS AND THE POISONED PEN (New York Music Theatre Festival 2010). He is the resident lighting designer for Drury Lane Oakbrook, Route 66 Theatre Co. and Chicago Tap Theatre. Jesse is a Jeff Award- and After Dark-award winner. He has a BFA degree in Theatrical Lighting Design from Columbia College Chicago. For more information, please visit jessekluglightingdesign.com.

+ ANDREW HANSEN (Original Music and Sound Design) is an Associate Artist at TimeLine Theatre where he has designed more than 20 productions, most recently TO MASTER THE ART and FROST/NIXON. He will return later this season for THE FRONT PAGE. His work also can be heard in DO THE HUSTLE (Writers' Theatre) and MARY (Goodman Theatre) and in upcoming productions at Writers', Northlight Theatre, and American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wisconsin.

+ MIKE TUTAJ (Projections and Video Designer) is an Associate Artist at TimeLine, where his work includes sound/projections design for FIORELLO!; projections design for FROST/NIXON, THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION, THE HISTORY BOYS, TESLA'S LETTERS, GUANTANAMO: HONOR BEOUND TO DEFEND FREEDOM, THIS HAPPY BREED and MARTIN FUREY'S SHOT (Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Award); and sound design for LILLIAN. He also has designed projections and/or sound at numerous theaters, including Chicago Shakespeare, The Hypocrites, Barrel of Monkeys, American Theater Co., Teatro Vista, Serendipity, Noble Fool, Bailiwick, Steep and Madison Repertory. Mike sometimes can be seen performing with Barrel of Monkeys, where he is a proud company member.

+ JULIA EBERHARDT (Properties Designer) is an Associate Artist at TimeLine, where she has pursued her craft since 2005 for TO MASTER THE ART, FROST/NIXON, THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION, 'MASTER HAROLD' ... AND THE BOYS, WHEN SHE DANCED and THE HISTORY BOYS, among many other productions. She currently serves as Prop Master for Loyola University Chicago. To see more of her work, go to juliarenee.com.

+ MAREN ROBINSON (Dramaturg) makes IN DARFUR her lucky number 13th play at TimeLine Theatre, where she is an Associate Artist. Favorite TimeLine projects include TO MASTER THE ART, FROST/NIXON, THE HISTORY BOYS, NOT ENOUGH AIR, COPENHAGEN, PRAVDA, MARTIN FUREY'S SHOT and IT'S ALL TRUE. Maren was an artistic intern at Steppenwolf Theatre and has worked with Lifeline, Eclipse, Caffeine, Greasy Joan and Camenae theaters. Current projects include THE MASTER AND MARGARITA at Strawdog Theatre and THE MOONSTONE at Lifeline Theatre. She has an MA degree in humanities from the University of Chicago and has taught or lectured at the Newberry Library, the Chicago Public Library and various Chicago universities. Maren is a member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.

WILL ALLAN (Assistant Director) is making his debut as an assistant director at TimeLine Theatre. He was last seen at TimeLine as Scripps in THE HISTORY BOYS (Equity Jeff Awards—Production and Ensemble). Other recent Chicago acting credits
include THE SEAGULL (Goodman Theatre), A SEPARATE PEACE (Steppenwolf for Young Adults) and RED NOSES (Strawdog Theatre). He next will be seen as Billy in THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA? at Remy Bumppo Theatre. Very special thanks to Nick, PJ, Mom and Dad, Pozzy, Katie and this amazing cast and creative team.

+ EVA BRENEMAN (Language and Dialect Coach) is an Associate Artist at TimeLine, where she has worked on numerous shows, most recently TO MASTER THE ART, THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION, WHEN SHE DANCED, THE HISTORY BOYS and NOT ENOUGH AIR. Other theater work includes THE BROTHER/SISTER PLAYS and THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (Steppenwolf Theatre), A LIFE and THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE (Northlight Theatre), THE OVERWHELMING (Next Theatre), AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (Lookingglass Theatre), CAROUSEL (Court Theatre), THE MAIDS (Writers' Theatre) and THE VOYSEY INHERITANCE (Remy Bumppo Theatre). Regional work includes AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (Center Stage, Baltimore, and Kansas City Repertory Theatre) and MAMMA MIA! (national tour and Las Vegas). Television shows include THE CHICAGO CODE (Fox), THE BEAST (A&E) and CAUGHT IN THE ACT (Lifetime). Eva is also a production affiliate at Lookingglass.

+ CHENEY TARDIO (Stage Manager) is an Associate Artist at TimeLine Theatre and proud to be a part of IN DARFUR. She recently served as stage manager for the Chicago premiere of FROST/NIXON and has spent the last two years at TimeLine as assistant stage manager/assistant producer for THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION and stage manager for "MASTER HAROLD" ... AND THE BOYS, WHEN SHE DANCED and THE HISTORY BOYS. Other Chicago theater credits include work with Congo Square, American Theater Co. and The Gift. She thanks her family, friends and the folks at TimeLine for their constant love and support, and she thanks you for coming to see this show.

AMANDA BARKER (Production Assistant) recently moved to Chicago after graduating from the College of Wooster in Ohio. In Chicago she has worked with Redmoon Theater and just completed an internship at Victory Gardens Theater, working on AT HOME AT THE ZOO. In addition to working as a stage manager at Wooster, she interned at the Barrington Stage in Pittsfield, Mass., and worked on FREUD'S LAST SESSION, which is now performing Off-Broadway.

JOHN KEARNS (Production Manager) is working on his fifth show at TimeLine Theatre, having previously been the production manager for TO MASTER THE ART and FROST/NIXON and the stage manager for TESLA'S LETTERS and FIORELLO! (2008 remount), along with several other TimeLine events. He is excited to be settling into his new role and would like to thank the company and staff for their incredible support. He sends his love to Caroline and Oliver.

CALEB CHARLES MCANDREW (Technical Director) is happy to be working with TimeLine Theatre as resident technical director, after previously working here as an overhire carpenter. He previously has worked as technical director at Next, Chicago Dramatists, Pegasus Players, About Face, Red Tape and Teatro Vista theaters, and with the Opera Department at Northwestern University. His scenic-design credits include LA TRAVIATA (Novafeltria, Italy), DON GIOVANNI (Montegridolfo, Italy), BUS STOP (The Den Theatre) and ONCE ON THIS ISLAND (Fleetwood-Jordain Community Center, Evanston). He recently returned from Memphis, where he designed lights for THE CRUCIBLE at The University of Memphis. He would like to thank the folks at TimeLine for their help and support, as well as his wonderful carpenters, without whom he couldn't have made this happen.

KATHY LOGELIN (Assistant Language and Dialect Coach)

TYLER RICH (Fight Choreographer)

MAC VAUGHEY (Master Electriction)

ANA ESPINOSA (Wardrobe Supervisor)

** Member Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers
* TimeLine Company Member
+ TimeLine Associate Artist

Those designers and scenic artists identified by U.S.A. are members of United Scenic Artists, IATSE Local 829, AFL-CIO.