The Stranger and the Shadow Cast and Crew


Hal Baum (Braxton) is a writer/performer based in Chicago. He graduated from Columbia College with a degree in creative writing and has been performing his own material on stages across the city ever since, most notably in The LivingRoom at Stage 773 and The Arrow at the Neo Futurists. He is overjoyed to be working with both Adventure Stage and Rough House Theater for the first time.

Mariana Castro (Wren) is originally from Bogota, Colombia. She graduated in June with a BFA in Acting from DePaul University and some of her favorite work there includes Laura in The Glass Menagerie (dir. Lou Contey), Gabi in Augusta & Noble (dir. Lisa Portes), Annie in Gloria (dir. Stuart Carden), and Rosa in Desert Stories For Lost Girls (dir. Ann Filmer). Other Chicago credits include Lupe in the new musical The Book of Sebastian (dir. Ashlyn Lozano). She is also passionate about film, photography, and traveling and is fluent in Spanish, English, and French. She is represented by Stewart Talent.

Khloe Janel (Gio) is excited to make her Rough House and Adventure Stage Debut! She is an actor, singer, and award winning poet from Little Rock, Arkansas. Theater credits include Hatfield & McCoy (House Theatre of Chicago), Haymarket (Underscore Theatre), Arnie the Doughnut (Lifeline Theatre), and A Charlie Brown Christmas (Emerald City Theatre). TV/Film credits include The Chi, Chicago Fire, Empire, and Easy. She'd like to thank her family, friends, and Ash for their constant support.

Aimy Tien (Ensemble) is a Colorado transplant who fell into storytelling due to a combination of an irrational childhood fear of lions, a Val Kilmer film, and an overactive imagination. Now a Chicago-based performer, writer, and producer, Aimy focuses on bringing the stories of people of color and marginalized groups to the page, stage, and screen. She is a proud company member of 2nd Story and the Co-Director of Operations of Women of the Now, a womxn-run film collective. She makes art with Free Street Theater, About Face Theatre, Pride Films and Plays, Collaboraction, and other Chicago-based organizations.

Kelsey Shipley (Ensemble) is an actor, artist, and teacher from Chattanooga, TN. She serves as a company member at Red Tape Theatre, Artistic Associate at Trap Door Theatre, Executive Director and Co-Foundor of The Forks & Hope Ensemble. Kelsey studied at the Center for Creative Arts, Birmingham Southern College, and The Hellenic American University. Throughout this training, she toured in the Southeast, Germany and Italy, and created site-specific theatre in Athens, Greece. Kelsey has had the privilege of performing for a plethora of Chicago storefronts in her five years of living here, as well as teaching for Chicago Children's Theatre, Emerald City Theatre, and Writers Theatre.

Kay Kron (Playwright) is an intersectional feminist, theatre artist, arts educator, and DIY social scientist. She holds a BFA in Acting and a Masters in Nonprofit Management from DePaul and her thesis on gender parity across Chicago theatre professions has been featured by The Chicago Reader and American Theatre Magazine. Kay’s performed with Rough House, First Floor, The House, and more. She co-wrote Rough House’s Constance and the Perpetual Motion Machine and provided narrative text for Redmoon shows. Kay competes in slam poetry events locally and nationally. She founded and coached the Perspectives Charter High School slam team. She’s currently a teaching artist at Chicago Children’s Theatre, where she also serves in the development department. The Stranger and The Shadow has been her creative focus for the past two years and she is grateful to her collaborators at Rough House and ASC who provided support and inspiration.

Mike Oleon (Puppet Director and Puppet Designer) is a puppet director, performer and designer. After graduating from UCLA, he co-founded Rough House Theater Co. where he adapted and directed Ubu the King and The Walls of Harrow House. Other work includes Ichthyodyssey (National Puppetry Festival), Murder Ballads (Open Eye’s Toy Theater After Dark Festival), Sad Songs for Bad People and Cicada Summer. Mike is in his sixth year of co-curating Nasty, Brutish, & Short, a quarterly puppet cabaret. Performance credits include Redmoon’s Swan Lake, and The Cabinet (u/s), and Blair Thomas’ Living Room Tour. As a participant of the O’Neill Puppetry Conference, he has worked with Marty Robinson, Sandglass, and Wakka Wakka. Mike is a 2016 Individual Artist Program grant recipient from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) for his work in solo puppetry.

Claire Saxe (Director) is a theater-maker and educator based in Chicago. As director, performer, and writer, her theater practice centers around work that plays with form, genre, and expectations. Recent credits include The Walls of Harrow House (Co-Playwright & Performer), Invitation to a Beheading (Puppeteer/Performer), The New Prairie School (Performer), Cicada Summer (Playwright), Ubu the King (Performer), Sad Songs for Bad People (Co-Director & Performer). Claire teaches theater and directs at a K-8 Montessori school. She holds a BS in Theater and Classical Studies from Skidmore College, and an MA in Physical Theater Directing & Actor Training from the University of Exeter, UK.