This Chicago Premiere by Tarell Alvin McCraney about a young, gay black man trying to find his way among the rites, rituals, and conformity of a Prep School, is laced with soaring spirituals and is an exciting commencement of Raven’s 35th Anniversary season.
Let’s meet the actors that will bring Choir Boy to life on our stage.
Christopher W. Jones plays Pharus Jonathan Young, lead of the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys’ famous choir.
Christopher has appeared around Chicago in Macbeth (Oak Park Festival Theatre), In To America (Griffin Theatre), Captain Blood! (First Folio Theatre), Romeo & Juliet (Teatro Vista), and Miss Holmes (Lifeline Theatre). Regional credits include: Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Spotlighters Theatre); Superior Donuts and Stop Kiss (Fells Point Corner Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing, The Comedy of Errors, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, (Baltimore Shakespeare Factory). His TV credits include: APB (FOX). Christopher received an MFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University.
Patrick Agada plays Bobby Marrow – Pharus’ rival for lead of the choir.
Patrick was last seen at Raven in The Play About My Dad in 2015. He has since worked with The Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, Chicago Children’s Theatre, and done workshops with Stage Left and Sideshow Theatre. Patrick also had the opportunity to train and perform with the Blue Man Group in New York and has appeared on Chicago Fire on NBC.
Robert D. Hardaway plays Headmaster Marrow, the prep school’s director who is also Bobby’s uncle.
Robert was last seen as Magwitch in Great Expectations with Remy Bumppo & Silk Road Rising. Other past credits are: Skin for Skin (Agency Theater Collective), As You Like It (Citadel), To Kill a Mockingbird (Oak Park Festival), Mud, River, Stone (Eclipse), Darlin’ (Step Up Productions), Bodies (MPAACT), and Ceremonies in Dark Old Men (eta). Hardaway holds an MFA in acting from California State University – Fullerton, is a Shattered Globe Protégé, & BTAA Best Supporting Actor recipient.
Don Tieri plays Mr. Pendleton, a professor at the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys,
Don recently appeared with the Goodman Theatre as an Ensemble Member in Carlyle. Other roles include: Dr. Wally in Shattered Globe’s Marvin’s Room, Jerry in Timeline’s Blood and Gifts, and productions with Steppenwolf, Victory Gardens, and Northlight, among others. His Los Angeles credits include: Lee Strasberg Theatre, L.A. Theatre Works, Open Fist, and Writers and Actors Lab. Television, Don’s film and web credits include: Embeds, Dead Last, Profiler, Seven Days, The Untouchables and Overexposed. Don is an MFA graduate of DePaul University.
Tamarus Harvell plays Anthony Justin “AJ” James, Pharus’ roommate and a member of the choir.
Tamarus recently appeared in Raven’s production of Not About Nightingales as Ollie and was a part of Raven’s Jeff Award winning ensemble, Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys. He has also appeared in MPAACT Theatre’s production of By Association and in the film Crossroads: Choices and Consequences.
Julian Terrell Otis plays Junior Davis, a member of the choir.
Julian recently appeared at the Ojai Music Festival in the West Coast premiere of George Lewis’ opera Afterword. His Chicago credits include Nicole Mitchell and Lisa E Harris’ EarthSeed commissioned by the Art Institute of Chicago, The Wiz (Kokandy Productions), RENT (Metropolis PAC), and Fugitive Songs (BoHo Theatre). He has also worked with Black Ensemble Theatre, South Shore Opera Company, and Emerald City Theatre.
Darren Patin plays David Heard, another member of the choir.
Darren is a recent BFA Musical Theatre Performance grad of Columbia College Chicago. His previous credits include roles in Little Fish and The Wiz at Kokandy Productions, “Mohawk Guy” in High Fidelity at Refuge Theatre Project, “Noodler” in Peter Pan at Windy City Music Theatre, and “CB” in Dog Sees God at CCC.
Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney
Directed by Michael Menendian
September 27 to November 12, 2017
$46 general admission ($43 online)
$41 for seniors ($38 online)
$15 for students
$32 for previews 9/27-10/2 ($29 online)
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