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THE DEFAMATION EXPERIENCE

 

Todd Logan, playwright

 

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Kimm Beavers, managing producer

 

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TODD LOGAN, playwright, producer

“Whether we like it or not, we still have major divides in this country. Most of us still go to bed at night in cities, communities and neighborhoods that are segregated by race, religion, ethnicity and/or class.

I wanted to write a play that encourages greater tolerance and understanding by spurring self-examination and promoting compelling civil discourse.

Making the audience the jury and then inviting the ‘jury’ for a post-show discussion provides a forum to begin that process.”

Todd Logan

 

Todd Logan is a playwright, filmmaker, and humorist. His plays, Botanic Garden directed by Olympia Dukakis, Tops or Bottoms, Persistence of Vision, Fallout, and The Playwright and all That Crap have appeared in Chicago over the last several years. He also wrote the independent film, With a Family Like Mine… His humor pieces have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Writer’s Digest. Todd was also the founder of Sportscape, Inc. a Boston publishing and trade show company.

 

KIMM BEAVERS, managing producer

 

Kimm Beavers has toured with Canamac Productions’ DEFAMATION for the past 5 years. From her artistry onstage to managing tours and producing, she brings integrity to her roles at Canamac Productions.

“At the end of the day this is a business that has to run effectively on the highest professional level. However, this business impacts lives on a very human level that stays with people forever.”

 

Kimm Beavers was last seen on Stage in Immediate Family at The Goodman Theater directed by Phylicia Rashad and the world premiere of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man at Court Theater as well as The Trip at ETA Theater (BTA award, Best Ensemble).  Film Credits include: Lost Ones, Molly’s Gift, Love Shorts, & Til Death Do Us Part. Kimm received her B.A. in Speech and Theater Arts at Clark Atlanta University. Always excited to share the stage with great performers, Kimm believes the best way to grow is to “surround yourself with people you can learn from and evolve with”.

 

 

JERI MARSHALL, Ms. Allen

Originally from Baltimore Maryland, is a recent DePaul Theatre School Graduate, with an MFA in Acting. Her favorite Theatre School Credits include In the Heights, Joe's Turner's Come and Gone and Circle Mirror Transformation. Before earning her Masters in Chicago, Jeri worked and trained as an actress in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, as well as New York City. She is a 2015 Sarah Siddons Scholarship Recipient, and an Equity Membership Candidate. Jeri is represented by Gray Talent Group. Jeri is excited to be tackling the role of Ms.Allen and thanks the entire Defamation Team for opportunity to collaborate on such an important piece of storytelling.

JEANNE T. ARRIGO, Judge Adrian Barnes

Jeanne is thrilled to be on tour with Defamation and this superb cast and production crew. Chicago stage credits include: Lookingglass Theatre, House Theatre, Court Theatre, Steppenwolf (U/S), Chicago Shakespeare (U/S), Windy City Playhouse (U/S), Brown Paper Box, and Griffin Theatre Co. TV credits: Chicago PD, Chicago Med. Film: Many indy film projects you’ve never heard of. Besides her husband Brett, fiddle is her very favorite thing! Visit www.jeannetarrigo.com for more info and to hear some music. Jeanne holds B.A.’s in Theatre and Psychology from Coe College and an M.Ed. in School Psychology. She is represented by Gray Talent.

EUNICE WOODS, Regina Wade

Eunice Woods is a Chicago-based actor and she’s thrilled to be touring with Defamation! Chicago credits include Little Shop of Horrors (American Blues Theatre), The Project(s) (American Theater Company), Sparky! (Lifeline Theatre), The Revel (The House Theatre of Chicago), Dessa Rose (Bailiwick Chicago), Hey! Dancin'! Hey! Musical (The Factory Theater), The True History...of Julia Pastrana (Tympanic Theatre Company), Raskol (Vintage Theater Collective), and The Rose Parade (Body Project Ensemble & VOTC). Eunice is a proud company member of Barrel of Monkeys where she performs and teaches in Chicago Public Schools. She holds a BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University and is represented by Gray Talent Group.

TOM HICKEY, Mr. Golden

Tom Hickey is happy to be touring "Defamation" around the United States with Canamac Productions. As a stage actor he has appeared in dozens of shows in Chicago including "Chimerica" (Timeline), "Life and Limb" (Steppenwolf), "The Killer Angels" (Lifeline), "Dirty" (The Gift), "Seminar" (Haven), "The North Plan" (Theatre Wit) and "The Pillowman" (Redtwist). As a company member of Strawdog Theatre he appeared in many, many productions including "Fail/Safe", "Uncle Vanya", "The Cherry Orchard", "The Master and Margarita" and "The Aristocrats."  Television credits include "Chicago P.D.," "Chicago Fire," "Betrayal," "Crisis," and "Underemployed." He is represented by Gray Talent in Chicago. Love to my wife Rita and our incredible son, Charlie.

JONATHAN NICHOLS, Mr. Lawton

Jonathan Nichols is very happy to return to Defamation and help further the conversation for a second tour. A Chicago based actor, he has performed with numerous Chicago companies over the years including: ShawChicago Remy Bumppo Theatre, Silk Road Rising, First Folio Theatre, Shakespeare on the Green (Lake Forest, IL), The Shakespeare Project of Chicago, and Oak Park Festival Theatre. Regionally he has also performed with Door Shakespeare in Door County, WI.

DIANA COATES, Lorraine Jordan

Diana Coates is grateful to be a part of the wonderful Defamation team.  She most recently appeared as Agnes Alban in Victory Gardens production of The House That Will Not Stand. Other Chicago credits include A Winter's Tale (First Folio), Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar (Babes w. Blades); Commons of Pensacola (Northlight Theater); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Piccolo Theater); Much Ado About Nothing (Rasaka Theater); True Story Of The Three Little Pigs (Lifeline); and Bedroom Farce (Eclipse). Outside of Chicago, Diana has worked at The Atlas and Theater J in D.C. Film/TV include Game Day and Chicago Fire. As always, love to my family.

ANDERS GOODWIN, Stage Manager/Tour Manager

Anders is thrilled to bring Defamation back to audiences across America! The cast has been an absolute delight to work with. Anders works at theatres across the Midwest; most recently, he worked on The Comedy of Errors and Arcadia at American Players Theatre. Additional credits include Botanic Garden (Canamac Productions), The Diary of Anne Frank (Metropolis PAC), Oliver! (Citadel Theatre) and Lend Me a Tenor (Peninsula Players). Thanks and ever thanks to you, the audience, whose presence here makes our endeavors worthwhile.

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A PLAY BY

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DEFAMATION

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Todd Logan's Desk – Canamac Productions

Canamac Productions has been producing film and plays since 1999. Canamac Productions is also currently touring the award winning production of BOTANIC GARDEN.