by Aaron Jamieson Roberts
directed by Lauren Katz
Sunday, January 31 | 5p
Davis, one of five presidential aides who carries the nuclear launch briefcase, intercepts Fields, another aide, attempting to steal the case. They square off for ownership of the case, while Davis is interrupted by flashes of the choices he’s made from early childhood to his deployment in Afghanistan. As the ghosts of his actions haunt Davis, he wrestles with his desperation to return the case to the president and keep his job, and making a sacrifice he was not prepared for.
Davis: Ian Geers
Fields: Ashley Yates
Mary/Navy Aide/Marshal/Interviewer 1: R.J. Lavine
The Brass/Daniels/Mike/Davis Sr.: Chris Dawson
Marines Aide/Flanagan/Troy/Ash: Rio Ragazzone
Air Force Aide/Sarah/Interviewer 2: Alyssa Fantel
Stage Directions: Jordan Hayakawa
(Playwright): Aaron Jamieson Roberts (he/him)
Aaron is a writer/director, originally from Vermont, currently based out of Chicago. He graduated with a B.A. in Theatre Studies from Ithaca College. Aaron is the Literary Manager for Underscore Musical’s Underscore Develops program and Creative Director for Invited Dress, a play development podcast. Outside of his work as a theater maker he can be found dancing to music on his walk to the grocery store and dressing up on Instagram @noncausalfriday.
Aaron Jamieson Roberts
(Director): Lauren Katz is a freelance director, dramaturg and teaching artist. She served as the Artistic Apprentice at Steppenwolf Theatre Company for their 2016/17 Season, and as a fellow in the 2018/19 Directors Inclusion Initiative at Victory Gardens Theater. Recent directing projects include: Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins (Strawdog Theatre), This is a Chair (Haven Theatre), and Women of 4G (Babes with Blades Theatre). As an assistant director and dramaturg in Chicago, Lauren has worked with various companies including: About Face Theatre, Firebrand Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Redtwist Theatre, Theater Wit, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Victory Gardens Theatre, Writers Theatre, and Windy City Playhouse. As a teaching artist, Lauren works with Lookingglass Theatre, Mudlark Theater, and Steppenwolf Theatre.