*The Sutherland

Written by Charles Smith
Directed by Dennis Zacek
September 25 – October 26, 1997


Jazz musician Eugene Taylor learns upon returning to Chicago after 15 years in Europe that you can’t go home again. But the boy who ran away from home and came back a man determines to rescue a small part of what he left behind–the Sutherland Hotel and Ballroom, at which some of the greatest names in jazz performed before the devastation of the 1960s left it a ruin.


Dennis Zacek: Director
Mary Griswold: Set Designer
Claudia Boddy: Costume Designer
Todd Hensley: Lighting Designer:
Lindsay Jones: Sound Designer
Shane Spaulding: Stage Manager
Malia Lewis: Production Manager
Nick Bartels: Technical Director
William Carey: Props Master


Dexter Zollicoffer (Eugene)
Velma Austin (Annette)
Kellie Hazen (Fiona)
John Crowley (Lucas/Redd Foxx)
Kenn E. Head (Musician/Music Teacher/Wiggler)