Michael Joseph Mitchell most recently appeared as Zoltan Karpathy in the Lyric Opera production of My Fair Lady. Previous to that, he played multiple characters in the two-part epic Finding Home at Indiana Repertory (to be featured on PBS this winter). At First Folio Theatre he has played Oberon/Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Antigonus/Old Shepherd/Steward in The Winter’s Tale, and Antonio in The Merchant Of Venice. He played the author’s alter ego, Hillel Levin, in Assassination Theater (Russell Lane/MBC); Mashkan in Old Wicked Songs (Provision Theater); Polonius in Hamlet (Oak Park Festival Theatre); Signs Of Life (Snap-Two Prods./Victory Gardens); Making God Laugh (Fox Valley Rep); Scrooge and Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (Drury Lane Oakbrook); Freud (and standby for Freud & Lewis) in Freud’s Last Session (Mercury Theater); The Goat Or, Who Is Sylvia? (Remy Bumppo); The Invasion Of Skokie and Voyeurs De Venus (Chicago Dramatists, where he is an Artistic Associate); and Underneath The Lintel (City Lit Theatre, Jeff Award nomination). Regionally: Syracuse Stage, Asolo Repertory, Indiana Repertory, & BoarsHead Theater. He has also appeared on Chicago Fire (NBC), and in the films Scrooge And Marley and Falsely Accused. He is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association.
Dan Noonan, Playwright
A native of the Chicagoland area, Dan currently resides in Evanston.
Dan’s play Set Up was produced by TheatreBAM Chicago in Lakeview and was highly recommended by both the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Reader. Set Up was also produced at the Alleyway Theatre in New York. Dan’s play Out Among the Dragons was produced by After Midnight in Evanston. Out Among the Dragons was workshopped by Victory Gardens Theatre and was a part of Stage Left’s Leapfest. Dan has had staged readings of his plays at several Chicago theaters: The Goodman Theater, Victory Gardens Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Steep Theater, Stage Left and Circle Theater.
Dan has won the Neil Simon New Play Competition; the Maxim Mazumdar Playwrighting Competition; and the Agnes Nixon Playwrighting Competition. Dan was a finalist in the Dayton Playhouse FutureFest, the Henrico Theatre One-Act Playwrighting Competition and the SART Repertory Theatre Playwrighting Festival and was a semifinalist in the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwright’s Conference, Ukiah Comedy Playwrighting Competition and the Chesterfield Screenwriters Competition.
Dan has a B.A. in theater and political science from Boston College and a M.A. in theater from Northwestern University.
Sarah Whitney, Director
Throughout her career, Sarah has been drawn to new plays. Her efforts in this field have included directing staged readings and workshopping original plays for Chicago Dramatists, Women’s Theatre Alliance, The Playwrights Collective, Stage Left LeapFest, A.E. Hotchner Workshop at Washington University, as well as collaborating with individual writers. She was the Resident Director for Chicago Writers Bloc for three years. The world premiere of Out Among the Dragons was Sarah’s first opportunity to direct one of Dan Noonan’s play.
Sarah also has been fortunate to direct her mom, Ann Whitney twice in The Trip to Bountiful, once with American Blues Theater and once with Wagon Wheel Playhouse. In Chicago she also directed at Apple Tree and worked as a teacher with Northlight Theatre.
In St. Louis, Sarah became the Associate Director for Midnight Company where she’s directed many solo shows including: St. Nicholas, Cul-De-Sac, The Good Thief, Give ‘Em Hell, Harry, and Title and Deed. She also directed the critically-acclaimed The Road to Mecca for The Orange Girls and Bus Stop for St. Louis University. In 2016 she directed The Two-Character Play for the inaugural Tennessee Williams Festival, staged in the historic Mummer’s Theatre, one of Williams’ earliest producing venues. It enjoyed an extended run at Winter Opera.
She is thrilled to return to Chicago to partner with her good friend, Dan Noonan, for the premiere of this work.