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Second City is a professional production employing members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers. 

Ensemble: Kennedy Baldwin, Karl Bradley, Arlieta Hall, Spencer Hodges,
Adonis Holmes, Jason Tolliver

Directed By: Rob Wilson
Assistant Director: Sabrina Odigie
Choreographer: Breon Arzell
Lighting Designer: Brenden Marble
Stage Manager: Devonte E. Washington
Music Director: Tony Belsito
Production Manager: Bryon Henderson

A message from the Director

Rob Wilson

Hey,  welcome to the show y’all. We’re happy that you decided to join us. You could have been anywhere in the world tonite and you’re here with us and we appreciate that. 
 
This show is a celebration of Black excellence in all its forms.  All we ask is that you have a great time exploring Black joy with us and to the best of your ability, clap on beat. Let’s have a good time. 

The Ensemble

Kennedy Baldwin

Kennedy Baldwin

KENNEDY BALDWIN (Ensemble) is an improviser, writer, and actress born and raised in Chicago. She attended Western Illinois University where she studied music business. She started taking improv classes at The Second City at the beginning of 2016 and has been in love with it ever since! In 2019, she completed the Severn Darden Graduate Program and in 2020 she was a recipient of the Bob Curry Fellowship at Second City. She now produces the smallprov show at Logan Square Improv.

Karl Bradley

KARL BRADLEY (Ensemble) Most merely adopt the laughter. Karl was born in it, molded by it. Karl didn’t hear the laugh track until already an adult and by then found it nothing but deafening. Karl is unrepresented, emotionally. Follow Karl on IG: @karl.lol.gov.edu.biz

Arlieta Hall

ARLIETA HALL (Ensemble) is a host, actress, improviser, stand-up comedian, writer, and a first-time filmmaker from Chicago. She is one of The Second City NBC Bob Curry Fellowship recipients who recently co-starred as Sadie on Showtime’s The CHI episodic, and a co-producer of the comedy variety show My Best Friend is Black. Arlieta is a certified dementia communication specialist and was a caregiver for her father who died from Alzheimer’s disease she took the power of “Yes, and….” to communicate with him and used their story to make her first feature documentary “Finding Your Laughter”. Her first feature “Finding Your Laughter” was one of ten documentaries selected to participate in The New York Gotham Documentary Feature Lab.Next up, she will be a writer and performer in The Second City’s 2023 Black Excellence Revue.

Spencer Hodges

SPENCER HODGES (Ensemble) is an actress, writer, and improviser from North Carolina. This marks her second production with The Second City. You can catch her all around town performing with her indie teams Mortal Enemies and The Mermaids. She is repped by Stewart Talent.

Adonis Holmes

ADONIS HOLMES (Ensemble) is a Writer, Performer, and Comedian out of Chicago. Adonis graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelors in Psychology and Anthropology. Having produced, directed, and written several shows in the Champaign-Urbana community, he started taking improv classes and regularly performing at IO. Adonis has been featured in several sketch shows throughout the city, including Chicago Sketch Fest and the Best of Annoyance sketch show. Currently Adonis is a member of Devil’s Daughter Improv, the Improv trope The Mermaids, a 2022 Bob Curry Fellow, and is the Co-Artistic Director of the iO Theater.

Jason Tolliver

JASON TOLLIVER (Ensemble) was born and raised on the southside of Chicago. Jason has studied and performed all over Chicago including Second City, Annoyance Theatre, IO, and is also an ensemble member at Comedy Sportz Chicago, LOL (Schaumburg) and Shamilton . Jason is a graduate of Norfolk State University, and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

ROB WILSON (Director) is so proud of this amazing cast and crew. He made his Second City Directorial debut last year with SuperAfroWavyDrippy-ExtraBrillantDope Show. He has since directed the critically acclaimed Shamilton and The Dopeness. He does other stuff too but right now he’s kinda enjoying this directing thing. He hopes ya have fun. Rob is repped by Stewart Talent and on IG he is @Rob_Willsun

 

SABRINA ODIGIE (Assistant Director) Born and raised in Chicago, Sabrina Odigie has studied and performed at comedy theaters across the country, including UCB, The Pit, The Annoyance, iO Theater, and The Second City, where she also Assistant Directed the Bob Curry Fellowship and Mainstage productions of “Do the Right Thing, No Worries If Not.” When not directing, she performs weekly as a member of the Annoyance and iO house ensembles Modern Crimes and Rescue Baby, respectively. Follow her IG @sillygalbribri

BRENDEN MARBLE (Lighting Designer) is excited to be designing a show at The Second City! After studying theater design at Eastern Michigan University, the Detroit MI native moved to Chicago to start living their dream of becoming a lighting designer!  He has worked all over the city as a lighting technician and feels incredibly blessed that he gets to make this show his first professional lighting design credit. This February he will be an assistant lighting designer for Layalina (Goodman), and will be the lighting designer for Currents (Fringe Opera) in May. Even though his career is just beginning, he knows this is something he wants to do for the rest of his life.

TONY BELSITO (Musical Director) is a Chicago-based musician and performer originally from Duluth, MN. Previous credits include music directing for Second City’s Staff Show, HouseCo, TourCo, and the SuperAfroWavyDrippy-ExtraBrilliantDopeShow. If you’d like to know more, just ask.

BRYON HENDERSON (he/him) (Production Manager) is a Chicago native who received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Miami, FL with an emphasis on Music Business/Entertainment and Performance in Voice and Viola. He has worked with many award-winning recording artists to produce Live Events at iHeartRadio as Promotions & Marketing Director. He previously worked as Project Manager at Second City Works, Production Manager for SuperAfroWavyDrippy-ExtraBrillantDope Show and is currently the Production Manager for the Touring Company. He is also currently co-starring in the life-long dramedy of marriage, 3 kids, and a dog.

DEVONTE  E. WASHINGTON (Stage Manager) is excited to join The Second City for this production. He has worked many theater companies over the years. Most recently he was part of the Stage management team at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He Is also an Ensemble Member with Shattered Globe Theater Company. He works throughout the city on multiple events and shows. 

BREON ARZELL (Choreographer) is a dedicated teaching artist from Detroit, specializing in hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, lyrical and body percussion, and serves as mentor to several universities, studios and theatres. Regional: The Color Purple (MUNY),  Once on This Island (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Acoustic Rooster (Kennedy Center), Miss You Like Hell (Olney Theatre). TV: The 4400Empire.  Chicago: Kill Move Paradise (2020 Equity Jeff Award, TimeLine Theatre),  The Color Purple (Drury Lane),  The Wiz and Head Over Heels  (Jeff Award, Kokandy Productions), The Total Bent (Haven Theatre),  The House That Will Not Stand (Victory Gardens),  Marie Christine, The Scottsboro Boys, Little Shop of Horrors and more. Listed among the ‘50 Players for Chicago’ (2018, 2020, 2023), he’s toured the US and internationally. Along with developing original works, he is restoring and reviving a historical black musical. breonarzell.com