Glenese Hand & Cody Evans-Gan

History of Violence

Craig James Jr. Craig James Jr.

(Tom/Joey) is pumped to be working with the Bare Knuckle Productions crew again. Past Chicago stage appearances include BNP's production of Titus: Apokalypse as Prince Bassianus and Circus! Circus! as Mario Gonzales at The Den Theater. Regional credits include Wait Until Dark as Roat, The Glass Menagerie as Gentleman Caller and She Stoops to Conquer as Marlowe. Notable training includes Circle in the Square Theater School (NYC), Acting Studio Chicago and the Shakespeare Institute of Stratford-upon-Avon (UK). Craig would like to thank Glenese and Cody for another opportunity to have such bloody fun with them.

Loren Jones

(Edie) is honored to be back for a second go-around with this show and a supremely talented cast. She was most recently seen in the Season 2 finale of Chicago PD getting shot in the leg, Witch Slap! with the Babes with Blades, and doing the motion capture for Ilona in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Loren is a proud graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and the International Stunt School. Eternal thanks to Mom, Dad & Dan for your endless support.

Victoria JohnsVictoria Johns

(May/Englund) got her acting degree and stage combat minor from Columbia College in 2014. She is stoked to be fighting with Bare Knuckle once again! Previous shows with BNP include Who is Tyler Durden? and Inglourious Bitches. One day, she may do a show that she can invite her whole family to without them freaking out over all the blood and violence and sex, but it is not this day. Mad props to the rest of the HoV cast and crew for being badass people to work and play with, and much love to Jeff for...Well, all of the reasons! And thank you to all you wonderful, beautiful audience members for coming out and supporting us! Cheers!

Robert GardnerRobert (Bob) Gardner

(Buzz) recently left the Army to pursue his dream of becoming an actor.  He received his acting training from Northern Illinois University, where he had the opportunity to travel to both Moscow and Romania to refine his craft. This show is his debut in Chicago, and he is very excited about working with such a great cast and director.  He would like to thank his incredibly supportive wife for her incredible support.  

Teresa WidnerTeresa Widner

(Sam) This is a special occasion for Teresa as it marks her first appearance on a Chicago stage. Originally from Colorado where she earned a BA degree in Theatre, she spent the last 20 years working as an Actor, Director and Stage Manager in Seattle. Her 'real' job for the last 14 years was working in the NFL. She's extremely excited to take on her new role as a housewife to her husband, Nathan, and full time mom to their 2 pups, allowing her to focus on her passion for acting. Much thanks to Jeff and the rest of the cast and crew for inviting her play with them! Live, Love, Laugh and Enjoy the show!

Teresa WidnerDerek Dziak

(Mick/Richie) is a Chicago-based actor, writer, musician and voice talent. He has been featured in numerous productions in the Windy City and he trained at the Second City and Acting Studio Chicago. He has done voice work for such companies as Dodge, Dunkin Donuts, Kmart and Sprint and the video game Watch_Dogs. He is the creator of the serial noir comedy "Stiff Investigations".

Greg MehlGreg Mehl

(Albert/Brant) is proud and excited to make his Bare Knuckle Productions debut. He received his education at Columbia College Chicago and also served in the US Navy. Previous credits include Six Postcards, Heartbreak House, Trestle at Popelick Creek, The Collection, Kuwait, The Glory of Living (Columbia College Chicago.) He would like to the thank his friends and family, for their love and support.

Gary MurphyGary Murphy

(Carl Fogarty) It's been my great pleasure to work with Bare Knuckles and their unflinching approach to the theater experience.  I've found Carl to be the ideal antagonist, strangely admirable in his resolve, despicable in his point of view, and fatally optimistic.  Other heroically obsessed roles have included the inimitable Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple and the irascible Clarence Darrow in Never the Sinner. Thanks, love and big hugs to Marnie and their feline royalty, Bunbun, for their support.

Eli KurtzEli Kurtz

(Meyer/Francis) is thrilled to work with Bare Knuckle Productions for the first time! Chicago credits include L.I.V.E. Radio (Stage 773), EL Stories (Greenhouse Theatre Center), and Apples & Roofies (City Lit Theatre). Eli holds degrees in Theatre and Philosophy from Drury University and--like any good Chicagoan--is already hoarding his complaints for our next grueling winter.

Johnny KalitaJohnny Kalita

(Jerry/Stevie) is very thankful to be a part of Bare Knuckle Production's 'History of Violence'.He has been busy acting in Chicago for the past 4 years. Johnny is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory and Black Box Academy. He is an ensemble member of Under The Gun Theater and is currently represented by Lily's Talent. When Johnny isn't acting he can be found bar tending in Wrigley at Trace.

J. Collin SpringJ. Collin Spring

(Tuco) is an actor, director, and fight choreographer, originally from Dallas, Texas. He is an alumnus of The International School for the Comic Actor in Reggio nell'Emilia, Italy. Select credits include Touchstone in As You Like It (Reduxion Theatre Company), Pulcinella in Corna e Sangue, The Capitano in L'Incontro d'Amore, and Beauregard in NormoDelirio (ArsComica). This is his first production with Bare Knuckle.

Glenese Hand

(Hodder) is a terribly mysterious creature – you may know her for years & yet still not know that much about her, but that’s how she likes it…Born in Chi-town, loves animals & playing sports; injuries & scars are meant to be flaunted, not hidden. She’s made a life being known for blood, creatures, & more so you’ll find her roaming around here at BNP, as the Makeup & Wig Program Coordinator at Columbia College, or wherever mischief & mayhem require a bloody &/or disgusting creature on-stage or off. Thanks to all (you know who you are) for scraping down to the bones & bleeding together to make Bare Knuckle Productions who we are today!

Jennifer Walden

(Cowboy) is thrilled to be back in her third show working with the Bare Knuckles gang. She can also be seen working with Locked into Vacancy Entertainment, Wayward, and Aleatoric theatre companies to name a few. She despises writing in the third person and not being able to hold a gun like she’s in Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Thanks go out to her family, her wonderfully understanding boyfriend, the entire cast and crew for putting up with her whining, and her dog Sir Templeton Rye McWaldenpheffer for graciously not peeing on her bed when she’s gone for hours rehearsing.

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Ally Wetz

(Stage Manager) is a graduate from Sinclair CC in Dayton, Ohio with a double major in theatre performance and technical. She has worked as a Stage Manager for Sinclair post graduation, held a year long internship for Victoria Theatre Association's Education/Outreach program and is also a company member of Encore Theater Co., Dayton, Ohio, working as an SM and Festival Coordinator. Since moving, Ally has studied at Columbia College Chicago and worked for Hell in a Handbag Productions, Parlor Room Players, Black Ribbon Theater Company and most recently Stage Managed Jeff Newman's "The Best Intentions of Selfish Men."

Alex Avery

(Lighting Designer) is a technician, designer, and current student at Columbia College Chicago. This is Avery's first time to work with Bare Knuckle Productions. Avery has worked as a freelance technician for many companies, including, but not limited to Strawdog Theatre Company, Lifeline Theatre, and About Face Theatre. Outside of theatre, he also works for Chicago Labor and Production Services as a freelance stagehand. Besides technician work he also works as a Fight Choreographer on Columbia College Chicago productions and films. 

Jeff Newman

(Director/Co-Writer): Jeff is wicked-excited to join the Bare Knuckle team for another great production! After earning his BFA in Acting from Wright State University's Professional Actor Training Program in Dayton, OH, Jeff returned to his hometown of Kansas City, MO where he staged his own one person show Sirens and Superheroes with the Kansas City Fringe Festival. He then moved to Chicago where he staged another original one person show: All The Smart Choices as part of the 24th annual Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins Festival. Jeff's latest original play The Best Intentions of Selfish Men wrapped up a successful run at Profiles Alley Stage just last spring, and he starred as The Narrator in BNP's Who Is Tyler Durden? last summer. Jeff served as Associate Artistic Director and Co-Founder of The Rum&Coke Collective from 2012-2014. He currently serves as Production Manager and Fight Director for The Spartan Theatre Co. More of Jeff's writing can be found on his Blog.

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