An extraterrestrial thriller about the secrets that hold families together and the terrible truths we sometimes choose to ignore in the people we love
Associate Artistic Director Nora Lise Ulrey kicks off the 2019 season by directing the Chicago premiere of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s DARK MATTERS. In an isolated house at the edge of a cornfield, in the mountains of Virginia, something almost beyond belief is happening to the Cleary family. When Bridget Cleary goes missing, in the dead of the night, her husband Michael and son, Jeremy, scramble to help Sheriff Richard Egan find her. Then, as suddenly as she vanished, Bridget reappears, talking about strange visitations and otherworldly beings. Is she lying? Or are supernatural forces at work? With an original score by Donny Walker and MindExchange Music, LLC, costume design by Uriel Gomez and an ingenious lighting design by David Goodman-Edberg, Exit 63’s DARK MATTERS will be performed in the historic Rogers Park Womens Club, January 10 - January 27
THE DARK MATTERS PROGRAM
(Bridget Cleary) Ann is elated to be working with Exit 63 for the first time! Most recently, she was seen as the title role in Lifeline Theatre's production of Frankenstein. She is an ensemble member with Trap Door Theatre, where she has appeared in numerous productions, including Monsieur D'eon Is A Woman and Red Tape Theatre, where she appeared in Round Heads and Pointed Heads. Next up, We Are Pussy Riot Or Everything is P.R. at Red Tape. Other credits include work at Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Steppenwolf Garage, Lookingglass, Griffin Theatre, Strange Tree, Oracle Productions, the side project, The Chicago Mammals, and numerous original productions with BOTC. Film/TV credits include Miriam Is Going To Mars (BMA Award - Best Actress), Dig Two Graves, Chicago PD, Hunting God, and numerous shorts. She is a professional voiceover artist and instructor at the Vagabond School.
(Michael Cleary) Michael is thrilled to be working with Exit 63 Theatre on Dark Matters. Michael most recently played Wolf in Bent with the Other Theatre Company. He has also worked with Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, Inconceivable Theatre, Seanachai Theatre Company, and Cardinal Stage Company (Bloomington, Indiana). He also played the French desk clerk in season one of Patriot on Amazon Prime. He is represented by Grossman and Jack Talent.
(Jeremy Cleary) Nick is thrilled to be making his professional theater debut with Exit 63 Theatre! A graduate of The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, some of Nick's favorite roles include The 39 Steps (clown), You Can't Take It With You (De Pinna), and Picnic (Alan). You can catch Nick performing in live improv shows around Chicago's various comedy theaters as well as making funnies with his online sketch group Nick&Ted. Nick would like to thank his Mom and Dad for their endless love and support.
(Richard Egan) Scott is thrilled to work with Exit 63 again after appearing this past spring in Very Still and Hard to See. Since then, he has worked with The Comrades in the critically acclaimed Warrior Class. He has appeared as Henry in The Picture of Dorian Grey and in 42 Stories at City Lit both of which he was nominated for Best Actor in a Play for Broadway World Chicago awards. Other recent work includes Red Velvet at Raven, Travesties with Remy Bumppo, The Normal Heart at Timeline (Jeff Award-Best Production), Porcelain with Prologue Theatre, The Beautiful Dark at Redtwist, The Lieutenant of Inishmore with Aston Rep, and The Veil at Idle Muse. Scott has spent the last 20 years teaching acting in the Theatre Department at Columbia College. He will be seen next in Corona with Otherworld Theatre.
Nora Lise Ulrey
(Director) Nora is the Associate Artistic Director of Exit 63 Theatre and absolutely thrilled to be opening our first fully realized season '“Unhinged” with the startling Dark Matters. She has worked with a variety of theatre companies in Chicago and beyond in the capacity of mostly actor, sometimes a producer and now director. Past directing credits include works with GreatWorks Theatre, Compass Creative Dramatics and of course being side nugget to Connor at Exit 63 Theatre. She is proud to be the Associate Manager Director as well as Company Member at Trap Door Theatre. Her next project she will be the Assistant Director of Tango at Trap Door Theatre. Check out more of her resume at www.noraliseulrey.com
(Composer) Donny Walker is a composer/arranger/orchestrator & creative director for Mind Exchange Music LLC, an upcoming Chicago based music agency for film, video, theatre, sound & live/studio music production. He’s custom designed, performed and produced music for over 30 short & feature length films. You can virtually interact with his music in live time, on a daily basis at The DuPage Children’s Museum, at their 2 year exhibit 'Art Is Instrumental’ and just last year he designed an all brass show for North Eastern Illinois University (3 brass choirs/70+ players) for brass fest 2017. His sheet music (originals, arrangements, adaptations & editorials, etc) has been placed in front of: The Chicago Symphony, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Bari Symphony, Chicago Jazz Ensemble, Lake County Civic Orchestra, Full Score Chamber Orchestra & many well known Chicago Organizations. He studied with the CSO, CJE & Lyric Opera and is a past performer with national talent including: Aretha Franklin, HARPO, The O’Jays, The Dells. He plays well over 30 instruments and has taught for St Nicholas Cathedral School, Northwestern University (Digital Media Academy) and for the city of Evanston. Currently he is expanding his company to include a record label, publishing company and music licensing platform.
(Lighting Designer) David is delighted to be designing with Exit 63 after Treefall and Very Still and Hard to See. Elsewhere, he has designed with such companies as Factory Theater, Trap Door Theatre, Chimera Ensemble, Echo Theater Collective, Otherworld Theatre, Akvavit Theatre, Wildclaw Theatre, Pop Magic, Prop Thtr, Redtwist Theatre, The Syndicate, First Floor Theater, Visceral Dance Chicago, Eisenhower Dance Detroit, Thodos Dance, Marlene Skog & Dancers, RE|dance group, Innervation Dance Co., and Chicago Repertory Ballet. daviddesignsthings.com
(Costume Designer) Design credits include the Chicago premieres of The Madres, The Wolf At The End Of The Block, Parachute Men (Teatro Vista); De Troya, The River Bride (Halcyon Theatre); Refrigerator, Dontrell Who Kissed the Sea (First Floor Theatre) and many more. He would like to thank his friends, and family for all their support. For more information & designs please visit ugomez.com
(Producer) Connor is enjoying his time behind the scenes for Dark Matters, after directing Very Still and Hard to See and the Chicago premiere of Treefall. He graduated from the Boston Conservatory with an emphasis in directing, where he directed the musical comedy Zombie Prom, Christopher Durang's Naomi in the Living Room, Leonard Melfi's Birdbath, and his own devised production of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan. On stage in Chicago he has been seen in productions with Griffin Theatre, Bluebird Arts, the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, Pride Films and Plays, Chicago Theatre Workshop, the Other Theatre Company, Nothing Without a Company, Piven Theatre, and Random Acts. Many thanks to Bruce and Cecelia Baty, without whom none of this would be possible.
(Lighting Assistant) Connor is an Arizona native and a Sophomore Lighting Design student at Columbia College Chicago. He previously assisted David on Naked at Trap Door Theatre and was a Production Intern at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Western Massachusetts this past summer. He enjoys funky socks and low maintenance plants that look nice.
(Photographer) Shea in an actor and photographer originally from Houston, TX. Shea moved to Chicago in 2013 to study acting at The Theatre School at DePaul University. Since graduating in 2017, Shea has worked with The Goodman Theatre, Exit 63 Theatre, and filmmaker Meghann Artes on her film, First Dance, which will be premiering this Spring. Upcoming acting projects include the short film Pride Prejudice and Gay being shot this February and the web series Everything in Between which is being shot later this month. dsheapetersen.com @dsheapetersen
(Videographer) Stevie is a videographer and writer from Chicago. He produces the podcast Bops and Flops, a show celebrating the best of queer and left of center pop music. Twitter/IG: @stevielogs bopsandflops.com