Lauren Paris (Percy) is elated to be playing this role, and returning to Refuge after Things to Ruin. Credits include Diva in Pricilla Queen of the Desert (Pride Films and Plays), Melancholy: A Chamber Musical (Piven Theatre Company), Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Haven Theatre), Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, and the first Chicago productions of Rent (American Theatre Company, directed by David Cromer) and Spring Awakening (Griffin Theatre Company). Credits also include Porchlight Music Theatre, The Hypocrites, Theatre at the Center, Underscore Theatre and Emerald City Theatre. Loyola Chicago graduate. For her beloved hometown of Edmonds, WA. www.laurenparis.net, @theelaurenparis
Emily Goldberg (Shelby) is grateful to “cook up” this special story with RTP. Recent Chicago credits include Marie Christine (Boho), Sweeney Todd (Paramount), Dogfight (Boho; Jeff Nomination for Leading Actress & Broadway World Nomination for Best Actress), Loving Repeating (Kokandy; Jeff Nomination for Supporting Actress), Guys & Dolls (Williams Street Rep), Amour (Black Button Eyes; Broadway World Nomination for Best Actress), Schoolhouse Rock Live (The Broadway Playhouse), Charlotte's Web (Drury Lane), The Nutcracker and Alice in Wonderland (Marriott), City of Angels and New Faces Sing Broadway (Porchlight), One Came Home (Lifeline), and Oliver (Music Theatre Works). Emily is represented by Big Mouth Talent and is a proud graduate of the Boston Conservatory. Check out more at www.emilygoldbergchicago.com
Katherine Condit (Hannah) is delighted to be making her debut with Refuge Theatre Project. Recently she was seen as Old Albert in the world premiere of The CiviliTy of Albert Cashier. Prior to that Katherine received a Jeff Nomination for her work as Margaret White in Bailiwick Chicago’s Carrie. In Chicago: Riverview (Goodman), Damn Yankees (Oakbrook) and All In The Timing (The Organic). Other credits include: Chess (Broadway), Val in A Chorus Line (National Tour) and Grizabella in Cats (Vienna/Zurich). Katherine also co-founded cobalt ensemble theatre that enjoyed a Jeff Citation winning 5-year lifespan. Deep gratitude to husband David.Write here…
Alex Christ (Joe) is delighted to be making his Refuge debut. A recent graduate of Northwestern University, Alex's Chicago credits include The Most Happy Fella (Theo Ubique), Candide, and Peter Pan (Music Theatre Works). You can next see Alex perform in New Faces Sing Broadway 1975 at Porchlight Musical Theatre. Many thanks to Chris, Jon, Denzel, Shelby, Leslie and the rest of the team for their hard work and patience. Much love to Anna Marie, Melissa, Mary and, of course, Mom and Dad for their constant love and support.
Gerald Richardson (Caleb) is excited and thankful to be a part of this beautiful production. Gerald’s recent theater credits include, Till the Emmitt Till musical reading and The Story Of a Story (Underscore Theater). Other credits include Daphne’s Sunset, Hank Williams Lost Highway, Once on This Island, The Wild Party, Ragtime and Parade to name a few. Gerald is a Proud Artistic associate with Porchlight Music Theater. A special thanks to Refuge Theater and Chris for this wonderful opportunity.
Nicole Michelle Haskins
Nicole Michelle Haskins (Effy) makes her Refuge Theatre Project debut. Chicago credits include Marie Christine (Boho Theatre), Our Town (Redtwist Theatre), The Wiz (Kokandy Productions; Black Theatre Alliance Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, Jeff Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, Chicago Theatre Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical and Time Out Chicago Award nomination for Best Featured Performance in a Musical), Parade (Writers Theatre), Rent (Theo Ubique Caberet Theatre; Jeff Award Nomination for Best Ensemble), MUTT (Stage Left Theatre with Red Tape Theatre) and For Her as a Piano (Pegasus Theatre). She was the 2014 School at Steppenwolf Acting Fellow and is an associate artist with Black Lives, Black Words International Theater collective and a MOSAIC Youth Theatre of Detroit alumnus. She is a Detroit native and proudly represented by the fierce ladies of Shirley Hamilton Talent. NicoleMichelleHaskins.com"...just keep swimming."
Matt Patrick (Eli/Male Understudy) has been performing in Chicago since 2012. He received his BA in Musical Theatre from Catawba College. Recent Credits include The Rink (Porchlight Music Theatre), Reefer Madness (Cult Camp Productions), Frosty’s Shakes and Dogs (Li’l Buds Theatre), and the Nat’l Tour of The Lincoln Center’s Production of South Pacific (NETWorks), Matt also had the great pleasure of performing in one of the many cabarets Refuge Theatre Project puts up throughout this past year in 2017. Special Thanks to Cathy, Chris Pazdernik, the cast and crew, RTP, and his best friend and favorite snoring buddy, Nüdels.
Catharine McNamara (Female Understudy) is excited to be working on her first production with Refuge Theater Project. She received her BA in Musical Theatre from Marymount Manhattan College and is a 2017 graduate of the ACADEMY at Black Box Acting. Recent credits include Oliver The Musical, Reefer Madness, Nunsense, and Lucky Stiff. Special thanks to Chris Pazdernik for including her in this project with such a wonderful cast & crew! Much love to Mom, Dad, Donna, Brad, Matt + Nüdels who keep her inspired and loved!