Low Down Dirty Blues

Cast

SHAKE ANDERSON

Shake

Shake Anderson is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and producer, who has been in the business since age nine. In that time, he has worked with artists as varied as Ruben Studdard, Victor Wooten, Ann Nesby, Phil Keaggy, Bruce Hornsby, Static Major, Steve Cropper, B.B. King, Earth Wind & Fire, Aretha Franklin, The Indigo Girls, The Spice Girls, Days Of The New, Warren Haynes, Curtis Mayfield, Aaliyah, Ray Charles, and Stevie Wonder, as well as Christian artists such as Avalon, Crystal Lewis, Anointed, Bryan Duncan, Russ Taff, Nicole Nordeman, and Donnie McClurkin. He also formed the Grammy-winning gospel group New Breed with Israel Houghton. In addition, Mr. Anderson has played in some of the greatest concert halls and venues in the world — Carnegie Hall, The Apollo Theatre, Symphony Music Hall, Radio City Music Hall, The Heinekin Music Hall, The Ryman Auditorium, and The Buordone Theatre in Frankfurt, Germany. Mr. Anderson has received several gold and platinum albums for his work on Blue Streak, Dr. Doolittle, Boys on the Side, and Austin Powers.

FELICIA P. FIELDS

Big Mama

Felicia P. Fields was last seen headlining her own concert Let The Good Times Roll in collaboration with E. Faye Butler at Victory Gardens Theatre and completed a very successful run of directing 5 Guys Named Moe with Ron O.J. Parson. She is best known for her portrayal of Sofia in the Broadway and first national touring company of The Color Purple, for which she received a Tony Award® nomination, Theatre World Award, and a Clarence Derwitt Award among others. Ms. Fields has performed in many shows at some of the most renowned theatres throughout the United States and Canada, performing in such shows as How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Dreamgirls, Measure for Measure, Hello Dolly, Crowns, The Wiz, Hot Mikado, Big River, Hairspray, and many more. TV/Film: Chicago Fire, Sense 8, Bad Judge, Who Gets the Dog?, and Save the Last Dance. When not performing on theatre stages, Ms. Fields performs at some of the biggest blues festivals in the country.

CALVIN JONES

Bass

Calvin Jones has performed on Broadway in Bring ‘N Da Noise, It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues, All Shook Up, The Janis Joplin Show, and Bring ‘N Da Funk, where he was also a member of the first national tour. He also has a prolific recording career with over forty album releases, and he has toured and performed with Ray Anderson, Patti Austin, Don Braden, Cecil Brooks, Tom Brown, Alex Bugnon, Donald Byrd, Steve Coleman, Carla Cook, Ted Curson, Chico Freeman, Darrell Grant, Craig Harris, Jon Hendricks, Andrew Hill, Javon Jackson, Angela Johnson, Ronny Jordan, Eartha Kitt, Dave Koz, Les McCann, Greg Osby, Max Roach, Pharoah Sanders and James “Blood” Ulmer, Emeline Michel, and Johannes Mössinger, to name just a few. He has performed in forty countries and forty-five states.

STEVE SCHMIDT

Keyboard

Steve Schmidt is a six-time winner of the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Cammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumentalist and Best Jazz Group, a 2018 inductee into the Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame, and a popular mainstay performer in the area with his multiple groups. He was the music director and house trio leader at The Blue Wisp Jazz Club for thirteen years as backing for a long list of legendary jazz artists. Mr. Schmidt has also performed around the globe, having toured with The Count Basie Orchestra, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, The Royal Bopsters, and The Wilbert Longmire Group. Recent releases include a piano trio album, Red and Orange, recorded in New York City with internationally acclaimed bassist Drew Gress and drummer Jeff Ballard, and a Latin jazz album by his group, the Salsa Renegades, La Esquina. Theatrical credits include the 2015 Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park production of Low Down Dirty Blues.

CHIC STREET MAN

Jelly

Chic Street Man has performed at many venues including the Paleo, Montreux, and Bern Jazz Festivals in Switzerland, the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York, and the UN Human Rights Center in Geneva. He composed and starred in the off-Broadway hit show Spunk, adapted by George C. Wolfe. Other credits include the Cleveland Play House’s world premiere of Touch the Names; Berkeley Rep’s productions of The Caucasian Chalk Circle and Polk County; Professor Slick in Pullman Porter Blues at the Seattle Rep, Arena Stage, and the Goodman Theater; Slow Drag in Seattle Rep’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; Rev. Gary Davis in the Vineyard Playhouse production of Search: Paul Clayton; and Jelly in Low Down Dirty Blues at Milwaukee Repertory Theater and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. He collaborated and starred in Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ production of It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues. Film: Triple Bogey and Hangin’ With the Home Boys.

Creative Team

RANDAL MYLER

Director

ATC: Ring of Fire, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues, Love, Janis, The Immigrant, Touch the Names, Woody Guthrie’s American Song. Broadway: It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues (Tony® nomination). Off-Broadway: Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Little Shubert, Promenade, Manhattan Ensemble, New Victory Theatre, Village Gate, B.B. King’s, New World Stages. Regional Theatre: Bucks County Playhouse, Kennedy Center, Mark Taper Forum, Arena Stage, Denver Center, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Geffen Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Northlight Theatre, Crossroads Theatre, San Diego’s Old Globe, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Alley Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center, Grand Ole Opry, Cleveland Play House, Virginia Stage Company, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, California Theatre Center, TheatreWorks, Portland Center Stage, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Bay Street Theatre, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Meadow Brook Theatre, Zach Scott Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Vineyard Playhouse, Tacoma Actor’s Guild, Houston Stages, Rubicon Theatre, Ensemble Theatre Company, PCPA Theatrefest, Barter Theatre, Blowing Rock Theatre, The People’s Light Theatre, Ivoryton Playhouse, Virginia Stage Company, Florida Studio Theatre, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Marine’s Memorial Theatre, and others.

DAN WHEETMAN

Musical Director

Dan Wheetman is a multi-instrumentalist singer, songwriter, and playwright. Previous ATC credits include Woody Guthrie’s American Song, It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues, and Hank Williams: Lost Highway. Mr. Wheetman has received several awards for his musical direction, including LA Critics Drama-Logue Awards, Bay Area Critics Award, and a Tony® nomination for the book of It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues. His plays have been produced in several regional theatres around the country, such as the Denver Center Theatre, Lone Tree Performing Arts Center, Geffin Playhouse, Meadow Brook Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, and Stages Theatre, among others. He was a member of John Denver’s band for eight years, wrote a song for Kermit the Frog, and recorded a 78rpm record with the cartoonist R Crumb and the Good Tone Banjo Boys, and plays in the band Marley’s Ghost.

VICKI SMITH

Scenic Designer

ATC: Fences, Wait Until Dark, The Mountaintop, Woody Guthrie’s American Song, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Kite Runner, Touch the Names, Love, Janis, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Dirty Blonde, Master Class, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, and others. Regional: Denver Center Theatre Company, Children’s Theatre Company, Penumbra Theatre Company, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Milwaukee Rep, Geva Theatre Center, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Guthrie Theater, Cleveland Play House, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Alley Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Comedy Theatre of Budapest, National Theatre of Miskolc (Hungary), Anchorage Opera, Minnesota Opera, ACT (Seattle), San Jose Repertory Theatre, and others. Awards: Bay Area Theatre Critics Award – The Kite Runner, Execution of Justice; Drama-Logue Award – Cyrano; Colorado Theatre Guild and Denver Ovation Awards – Mariela in the Desert, Doubt, Plainsong, I’m Not Rappaport, Pierre; 2007 Prague Quadrennial Design Exposition – Pierre.

KISH FINNEGAN

Costume Designer

Kish Finnegan has been with Arizona Theatre Company since 1989 and is the Costume Design Manager. Her ATC costume designs include: Chapter Two, An Act of God, King Charles III, Disgraced, Romeo and Juliet, The Mountaintop, The Sunshine Boys, Next to Normal, God of Carnage, Woody Guthrie’s American Song, [title of show], The Kite Runner, Hair, Touch the Names, Molly’s Delicious, Tuesdays with Morrie, Copenhagen, and 2 Pianos 4 Hands, among many others. Ms. Finnegan also enjoys designing costumes for children’s theatre, including Seussical, Never Ending Story, Lyle the Crocodile, Junie B. Jones, and Go Dog Go at Childplay and Sabunana for Arts For All / Third Street Kids. A graduate of California Institute of the Arts, she began her career in Los Angeles in both theatre and film, designing for a variety of projects, from animated bears to MTV. She also designed for the Burbank Repertory Theatre and the Chamber Theatre, where she won the Los Angeles Drama-Logue Award for Costume Design.

DON DARNUTZER

Lighting Designer

Don Darnutzer has designed 60 shows for ATC since 1981. His most recent designs include Fences, Wait Until Dark, The Mountaintop, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of The Suicide Club, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Touch the Names, Love, Janis, and I Am My Own Wife. He designed the lighting for Broadway’s production of It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues and Off-Broadway’s Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Almost Heaven, and The Immigrant. He has worked for American Conservatory Theater, Guthrie Theater, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Play House, New Orleans Opera, Denver Center Theatre Company, Portland Opera, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Alley Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, BB King’s Blues Club in NYC, Palm Beach Opera, Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Coconut Grove Playhouse, and Geva Theatre Center.

BRIAN JEROME PETERSON

Sound Designer

Brian Jerome Peterson celebrates his 31st season at ATC, where he has designed 83 productions, including Chapter Two, La Esquinita USA, An Act of God, King Charles III, Fences, Disgraced, Five Presidents, Wait Until Dark, Around the World in 80 Days, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Sunshine Boys, Jane Austen’s Emma, The Great Gatsby, God of Carnage, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Lost in Yonkers, Ain’t Misbehavin’, George is Dead, Somebody/Nobody, Enchanted April, Touch the Names, I Am My Own Wife, Twelfth Night, Tuesdays with Morrie, Crowns, Macbeth, The Pirates of Penzance, The Immigrant, A Streetcar Named Desire, Oh Coward!, Copenhagen, Fully Committed, The Mystery of Irma Vep (for which he won an ariZoni Award); and the world premieres of Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of The Suicide Club, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, Inventing van Gogh, Rocket Man, Minor Demons, and The Holy Terror. His designs have been heard in many theatres including Geva Theatre Center, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Cleveland Play House, Northlight Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and the Bay Street Repertory Theatre.

BRUNO INGRAM

Assistant Stage Manager

Bruno Ingram has worked as a professional stage manager since 1998 for a number of companies. ATC: The River Bride, Ring of Fire, Talley’s Folly, The Underpants, Anna in the Tropics, Macbeth, Pride and Prejudice, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Ella, To Kill a Mockingbird, Somebody/Nobody, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Woody Guthrie’s American Song, and The Mountaintop. Other regional credits include productions at Cleveland Play House, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Penumbra Theatre Company, Dallas Theater Center, Pasadena Playhouse, and Theatre for a New Audience.

GLENN BRUNER

Production Stage Manager

Glenn Bruner is in his 21st season at ATC where he has stage managed over 60 productions, including Chapter Two; La Esquinita USA; An Act of God; Of Mice and Men; Romeo and Juliet; Other Desert Cities; The Mountaintop; Clybourne Park; The Sunshine Boys; Next to Normal; The Great Gatsby; Hair; and the world premieres of Rick Cleveland’s Five Presidents; Jeffrey Hatcher’s Holmes and Watson, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club, and Ten Chimneys; and Steven Dietz’s Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, Rocket Man, Inventing van Gogh, and Over the Moon. Mr. Bruner has worked at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Alley Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Pasadena Playhouse, Centerstage, Studio Arena Theatre, and Maine’s Portland Stage Company. He was the Assitant Stage Manager for the world premiere of On the Waterfront at The Cleveland Play House and stage managed the Off-Broadway premiere of Alan Ayckbourn’s Season’s Greetings. He has been the voice for many radio and television commercials, and worked on-air for Texas Public Radio in his hometown of San Antonio. For the past nineteen summers Mr. Bruner has been a member of the entertainment production staff for Major League Baseball’s All Star FanFest. He was the 2012 recipient of the Lucy Jordan Recognition Award, presented annually by the Western Region of Actors’ Equity Association. Mr. Bruner has been a member of AEA since 1981.

TIMOTHY TOOTHMAN

Assistant Stage Manager

Timothy Toothman is the Artistic Associate at ATC and has also stage managed over 20 ATC productions since the 2002/2003 season, most recently King Charles III, Fences, and Wait Until Dark. He has also stage managed ATC co-productions at Geva Theatre Center, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and San Jose Repertory Theatre. Mr. Toothman spent five seasons as the Production Stage Manager for the Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY, and was then Company Manager for five years for Sunshine Too, a national touring ensemble of deaf and hearing actors. He has also managed producing and presenting theatres in Indiana and Maryland. Prior to moving to Arizona, Mr. Toothman spent eleven years as a program and grants director for the Maryland State Arts Council and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. Mr. Toothman stage managed the National Heritage Awards Program for the National Endowment for the Arts for ten years and was the Production Stage Manager for six seasons at the Vineyard Playhouse on Martha’s Vineyard.