Karen Aldridge (Goggins) is excited to be making her Pine Box Theater debut. Chicago theatre credits include: Trinity River Plays, The Good Negro, The Cook (Jeff Award nomination – Best Actress), and Proof (BTAA Ruby Dee Award) – Goodman Theatre; Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Edward II, and Love’s Labor’s Lost – Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; Man from Nebraska – Steppenwolf Theatre Company; Seagull – Writers’ Theatre; Far Away, In the Blood (Jeff Award nomination – Best Actress) – Next Theatre. She also starred in the international tour of Le Costume, a French-language production directed by Peter Brook. Regional credits include productions with: Indiana Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Film: The Dilemma directed by Ron Howard. Karen will make her television debut this fall in the role of Dr. Ella Harris on BOSS.
Steve Pickering (Landy) is an award-winning actor, director, designer and playwright who has lived and worked in Chicago for over two decades. He is a founding member of Shanghai Low Theatricals, a former Artistic Director of the Next Theatre, and Artistic Associate for the Organic. This past season, he appeared in the world premiere of Thomas Bradshaw’s Mary, and Robert Falls’ production of Chekhov’s The Seagull – adding to a total of over 30 productions for Chicago’s Goodman Theatre since 1987. In 2005, he completed over 700 performances of Falls’ Tony Award–winning production of Death of a Salesman opposite Brian Dennehy at the Goodman, on Broadway, for the National Tour, the Showtime Network, and in London’s West End. In 2010, he appeared in War With The Newts at Next, at Milwaukee Rep in Seven Keys to Slaughter Peak, in Blackbird for Pittsburgh City Theatre, and as the title role in John Clancy’s Fatboy for Red Orchid. This fall he will appear at the Utah Shakespeare Festival in The Winter’s Tale and Dial M for Murder, and in the spring as Jim Tyrone in Eugene O’Neill’s Moon for the Misbegotten at Seanachai Theatre.
Audrey Francis (Lucy) is a grateful and proud company member of Pine Box Theater. She most recently appeared as Franky in Where We’re Born at Steppenwolf Theatre. Audrey is a Jeff-nominated actor and has worked with The Goodman, Victory Gardens, Writers’ Theatre, The Hypocrites, Circle Theatre, and Northlight. She has appeared in multiple independent films, most recently: Chicago Overcoat and Just Act Normal. Audrey has worked on several commercials, webisodes, and television shows, including the NBC series ER. She has directed numerous productions in the city and this coming fall will be directing Sexual Perversity in Chicago at the University of Chicago. She is a graduate of the of the School at Steppenwolf and Colorado State University with a degree in Journalism. Audrey is also the proud owner of Black Box Acting Studio and sends tons of love to all of her team and students.
Sean Parris (Darnel) was born in Los Angeles, California, and raised in Miami, Georgia, and other parts of the world. He is a recent graduate from Depaul University’s Theatre School, where he got his MFA in Acting (with a class that became his family). While at the theatre school he was The One Eyed Arab in 1001 directed by Carlos Murillo, Asagai in Raisin in the Sun directed by Phyllis Griffin, Mali in Haroun and the Sea of Stories directed by Damon Kiely, and Shawny in the world premiere of MayDay MayDay Tuesday directed by Dexter Bullard. He is happy and over the moon about the opportunity to work on such an awesome play right out of Grad School. He is honored to be in the company of so much talent. Much thanks to Matt Miller, Josh Rollins, and Pine Box Theater for this opportunity. Ya’ll Rock! He is represented By Paonessa Talent Agency (Hey Marisa!)
Lucy Sandy (Ana/Waitress) is excited to make her début at The Pine Box Theater. She has recently received her MFA in acting at The Theatre School at DePaul University, class of 2010. Her recent credits include A Twist of Water directed by Route 66 company member Erica Weiss, Eclipsed (understudy) at Northlight directed by Hallie Gordon, A Midsummer Night’s Dream with The Arc Theatre Company directed by Mark Boergers, Thieves Like Us directed by Kimberly Senior, A Streetcar Named Desire directed Damon Kiely, and Holes directed by John Jenkins.
Vincent Teninty (William) is the current Artistic Director of Pine Box, and he is honored to be a part of their comeback! Vincent has been an actor in the city of Chicago for the past 12 years, and has worked with several different theatre companies including: Steppenwolf – Mother Courage and Her Children and A Lesson Before Dying; The Goodman – Talking Pictures and The Good Negro; Appletree Theatre – To Kill a Mockingbird; Timeline – A Cry of Players; Strawdog – Julius Caesar; Steep Theatre – The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui; and The Hypocrites – Desire Under the Elms. He was also nominated for a Jeff Award in 2003 for his role as “Dexter” in Trivial Pursuits (Visions & Voices), and is a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf class of 2004. He has studied at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and Western Michigan University. Vince would like to thank his ever-supportive and beautiful wife Kerry, and his two beautiful twin daughters Lexi and Paige.
Derek Gaspar (Understudy, William)
This is Derek’s first time working with Pine Box and he is thrilled to be part of such a great project (Thanks Matt!). He has just completed his MFA in Acting at the Theatre School at DePaul. Around Chicago he has worked with companies such as Timeline, Court, Trap Door, Uma, and Greasy Joan. This fall you can see him playing Joe in American Blues Theater’s production of Waiting for Lefty, directed by Kimberly Senior. He is represented by Paonessa Talent Agency.
McKenzie Chinn (Understudy Lucy, Ana)
Before moving to Chicago, McKenzie appeared at Washington D.C.’s Studio Theatre in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Alan Ball’s All That I Will Ever Be. She also appeared in The School for Scandal and the regional premier of Opus at Baltimore’s Everyman Theatre, and Wendy McLeod’s Apocalyptic Butterflies at The Bay Theatre in Annapolis. She spent the past winter creating Neofuturist-style theatre in classes with Mary K. Fons and Bilal Dardai, and is a recent graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul’s MFA acting program where she most recently appeared in Mayday Mayday Tuesday, an original play by Carlos Murillo, directed by Dexter Bullard.