Okay so Megan may have killed Trevor, but it was an accident! Or it was self-defense. Or both! But now Liv, Amanda, and Katie have to decide exactly how far they’re willing to go to help their co-worker in need. Killed a Man (Joking) is a pitch-black comedy about violence, justice, and what it really means to be a ride-or-die friend. Produced by First Floor Theater in collaboration with The Sound.

Creative Team:
Beth Hyland+ — Playwright
Rebecca Willingham+ —Director
Kasey Trouba+ — Stage Management
Kate Lass — Fight and Intimacy Choreographer
Tanuja Jagernauth — Dramaturgy

Arti Ishak — Amanda
Cassidy Slaughter-Mason — Megan
Jalbelly Guzmán — Liv
Georgi McCauley+ — Katie
Andrew Cutler* — Trevor

*denotes First Floor Theater company member
+denotes The Sound company member

meet the Cast and Creatives

Andrew Cutler (Trevor) is a co-founder of First Floor Theater in Chicago. Past acting credits with FFT include Fielder in Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies, Benjamin in Refrigerator, and Skinheadboy in Polaroid Stories. Chicago acting credits include productions with A Red Orchid Theatre, The Artistic Home, The Sound, and Broken Nose Theatre. Regional credits include the role of Jake in the world premiere of We're Gonna Be Okay, and the ensemble of The Many Deaths of Nathan Stubblefield at Actors Theatre of Louisville. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Theater and Performance Studies.

Jalbelly Guzmán (Liv) is incredibly thrilled to be working with the powerhouse team of Killed A Man (Joking). She is currently in her third year pursuing her BFA at Roosevelt University CCPA, after graduating and transferring from Florida School of the Arts. Her recent credits include Romeo and Juliet (Teatro Vista); West Side Story (Encore MT Company); Clash (CCPA); A Touch Unnatural (CCPA). She would like to thank her family, mentors, Mauro, Jennifer, and Viv for their undying support. Check out her self produced work @MiLatinidad and stop by Theater Wit on May 14th, 7pm!

Arti Ishak (Amanda)
is an actor/writer/teaching artist originally from Detroit. Recent theatre credits include Witch (Writers), Buried Child (Writers), Men On Boats (American Theater Company), Johnny 10 Beers’ Daughter (Chicago Dramatists), Venus in Fur (Circle Theatre), Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno (Second City), Harbur Gate (16th Street Theatre) and A Story Told in Seven Fights (Neo-Futurists). Catch her next in Kiss (Haven Theatre). A graduate of Western Michigan University. She's a member of the Chicago Inclusion Project and serves on the board of the Muslim Writers Collective, Chicago Chapter. Repped by Shirley Hamilton. artiishak.com.

Georgi McCauley (Katie)
is a Chicago-based actress, writer and storyteller, recently relocated from Los Angeles. Chicago credits include For Annie, Red Bowl at the Jeffs, and Symphony for Six Jonis (The Sound). She is a company member with The Sound and a regular attendee and performer at The Moth storySLAMS! Georgi is thrilled to be part of this collaboration with First Floor and hopes that there will be many more to come! georgimccauley.com.

Cassidy Slaughter-Mason (Megan)
is a Chicago based artist by way of Portland, OR and is so excited to be working with First Floor Theater for the first time. Recent acting credits include: Natural Affection (Eclipse Theatre), Significant Other (Theatre Wit/About Face Theatre), Scapegoat (New Colony), Rapture Blister Burn (Goodman Theatre, Jeff nominated for supporting actress), Animal Farm (u/s for Steppenwolf for Young Adults), Wanda, Daisy, And the Great Rapture (Available Light Theatre). Film and TV credits include: Chicago Fire, APB, Easy, Mom and Dad. Cassidy is a co-creator of the web-series The Exquisite Corpse, an ensemble member of One Year Chekhov, and a graduate of The School at Steppenwolf. She is represented by Paonessa Talent.

Beth Hyland (Playwright)
is absolutely thrilled to be collaborating with First Floor! She is the co-founder and playwright-in-residence of The Sound, which has produced her plays Red Bowl at the Jeffs (Chicago Reader's "Ten Shows Our Critics Won't Soon Forget, 2018"), For Annie, and Seagulls. Her plays and musicals have been produced and developed at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Stephen Joseph Theatre (UK), The Hearth (NYC), Commission Theatre, Broken Nose Theatre, Underscore Theatre, Rabid Bad Theatricals, The Neighborhood, Stage Left, Dixon Place, 20% Theatre, and Potluck Variety Hour, among others. She is currently under commission with The Passage Theatre. bethhyland.com.

Rebecca Willingham (Director)
is a co-founder and the Artistic Director of The Sound, where she directed Symphony for Six Jonis, Red Bowl at the Jeffs, For Annie and Seagulls. Her directing credits include Tympanic Theatre, Commission Theatre, Broken Nose Theatre, 20% Theatre, Prologue Theatre, and The Ruckus. Rebecca has assistant directed at The Goodman Theatre, American Theater Company, Griffin Theatre, Theater Wit, and Steep Theatre. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and an alumna of Emerson College and the National Theatre Institute. Rebecca will be pursuing her MFA in Directing at The Theatre School at DePaul this fall. rebeccawillingham.com.

Kate Lass (Fight Choreographer) is an actor and choreographer who is thrilled to be working with First Floor Theater for the first time. Recent choreography credits include Romeo and Juliet and American Jornalero (Teatro Vista), Masque Macabre (Strawdog Theatre Company), Brooke Astor’s Last Affair (Chicago Musical Theatre Festival), Opportunities of Extinction and Other Ways to Resist (North Central College). katelass.com.

Kasey Trouba (Stage Management) is so excited to be working on this collab with The Sound and First Floor Theater! Kasey is a stage manager, production manager, and arts administrator in Chicago. She has worked with About Face Theatre, The House Theatre, Greenhouse Theater, other theatre, and she is a company member with The Sound. She is also the co-founder of Asterisk Arts Collective. Many thanks to the women who keep her going!

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