The nine-person cast of the Chicago premiere of The Gospel According to James includes three graduates of Ohio University. Those graduates are:
Kelsey Brennan (BFA honors tutorial ’07) Since graduation, Kelsey has performed on various stages such as Milwaukee Repertory Theatre were she was seen in Trouble in Mind, A Christmas Carol, and Cyrano de Bergerac; American Players Theatre where she was seen in Ah, Wilderness!, Henry IV, and The Belle's Stratagem; and Next Act Theatre where she was seen in The Value of Names. She has also performed at the Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, and was recently seen at Chicago's Remy Bumppo Theatre as Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest. Most recently, she played Mary in the Indiana Repertory Theater’s world premiere production of The Gospel According to James.
Christopher Jon Martin (MFA ’10) Since graduation, Chris was seen in the Athenaeum Theatre’s production of Inherit the Whole, a play written by OU graduate playwright Dana Formby. Chris can also be seen in the film thriller Cherry Crush. Most recently, he was seen in the role of Hoot Ball in the Indiana Repertory Theater’s world premiere production of The Gospel According to James.
Tyler Jacob Rollinson (BFA ’09) After graduation, Tyler spent the 2009-10 theater season at Actors Theatre of Louisville, as a part of their prestigious Acting Apprentice Company. While at Actors Theatre of Louisville, he performed on the main-stage in productions of A Christmas Carol, and the Humana Festival’s Ten Minute play, Let Bygones Be. Tyler, now a professional actor based in New York City, was most recently seen in the role of Abe in the Indiana Repertory Theater’s world premiere production of The Gospel According to James.
The cast of The Gospel According to James will be lead by Broadway legend André De Shields. In a career that has spanned four decades, De Shields is best known for his electrifying performance as The Wiz in the original Broadway production of The Wiz. He is also known for his Broadway performances in Ain’t Misbehavin’ for which he received a Drama Desk nomination, Play On! For which he received a Tony nomination, and The Full Monty, for which he received Tony, Drama Desk and Astaire Award nominations, in addition to both the Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards.