Simone Breaker is in control. As a Special Agent and Forensic Scientist with the FBI, she led teams around the world to process countless major crime scenes. She apprehended fugitives and investigated murders. She collected evidence at 9/11. Now, at age 57, Simone is retiring to a promising new chapter at home with her husband and daughter. But will the tranquility of her new life be haunted by memories from her past? Will she be strong enough to maintain control? Inspired by true events, Breaker uses devised movement and visual spectacle to explore the invisible wounds of post-traumatic stress disorder in law enforcement. Each performance of the workshop production will be presented with a panel discussion on mental health. Performed by Brian Boller, Jackie Bowes, RjW Mays, Errol McLendon, Priya Mohanty, Kaileigh JaKirra Robinson.
Performer Bios: Brian Boller (Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of Breaker and working with Jamie and this wonderful ensemble. His recent devised credits include Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble’s Wasteland (A work devised from the acclaimed TS Elliot poem), and Milkewhite (Tracy) by The Kinnematics. He is represented by Babes n Beau Talent. He would like to thank and send love to his mom and dad for all their incredible support. Jackie Bowes (Ensemble) is a DC born and raised actor, writer, and director who just survived her first Chicago winter. Her last project was through Shattered Globe’s Protege Program, in which she and her ensemble devised a new play, so Jackie is thrilled to continue exercising her devising muscles in Breaker. Jackie received a BFA from Boston University and in her free time teaches yoga and writes music! www.jackie-bowes.com RjW Mays (Simone Breaker) is happy to be working with Jamie Olah again after working with her in Eden in Silence. RjW was last seen in Kingdom with Broken Nose Theatre where she is an Artistic Associate and earned a JEFF Nomination. RjW has worked in many theatres in Chicago ie. ETA FJT Interrobang Victory Gardens Northlight Timeline and more. RjW is an Alumni of Columbia College Chicago. Determination Never Quits. Thanks to God for all my blessings. Errol McLendon (Ensemble) is a company member of Forks & Hope Ensemble. His acting credits there include the devised pieces Hunting of the Snark, Just So Stories and A Hero’s Journey. Errol has worked with Red Tape Theatre (Endgame, Enemy of the People), Citadel Theatre (The Birds), Lifeline Theatre (One Came Home), Profiles Theatre (u/s In God’s Hat), Walkabout Theatre (All Rise) plus 9 months portraying Gary Busey portraying Pappas in Point Break Live. Priya Mohanty (Ensemble) is honored to be part of this important story. She started acting recently in 2016 and has been loving this crazy ride so far! She is a proud graduate of the ACADEMY at Black Box and the School at Steppenwolf. She was most recently seen in the Jeff nominated Queen at Victory Gardens, Jeff nominated Pillars of The Community at Strawdog and Gender Breakdown at Collaboraction. Priya is represented by Gray Talent Group. www.priyamohanty.com Kaileigh JaKirra Robinson (Ensemble) is ecstatic to join the cast of Breaker. She is an emerging artist and graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Cinema Art and Science. She believes her artistic expression should not be held to the bonds of one medium and expresses herself in the outlets of acting, film making, circus arts, dance, songwriting and poetry. She is also an ensemble member of Theater Y’s Improv Storytime. Sara Ann Dickey (Dramaturg and Stage Manager) is a theatre artist that hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a stage manager, deviser, and educator, the passions of this recent college graduate lie in using theatre to help communities. Recently, she stage managed How I Learned to Drive at The Artistic Home, and with Adventure Stage Chicago’s Trailblazers ensemble for Among Us, Turn the Page, and On Air. She’s beyond thrilled to me working on such a unique piece like Breaker. Ethan T. Parcell (Composer and Sound Designer) is an artist and educator born and raised in Geneva, IL and currently based in Chicago. He works in the fields of instrumental composition (especially for young musicians), performance (principally spoken), writing (mostly to sing it later) and visual art (largely handwritten). He is most recently active as a performer in in experimental music/theater, and leads the chamber opera ensemble Focus Group LLC.
Tech / Design Credits: Playwright and Director: Jamie Olah, Dramaturg and Stage Manager: Sara Ann Dickey, Composer and Sound Designer: Ethan T. Parcell, Poster Design: Julie Olah and Will Shandling
Special Thanks: Shahna Richman, The Richman Family, Prop Thtr, Ravenswood Presbyterian Church, Paul Henning, Tawny Spinelli, Chris Carollo, Frank and Laura Olah
Funded By: The workshop production of Breaker is partially supported by an Individual Artists Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.