Meet the cast of Sochi!

Shaun Baer
Shaun Baer

Shaun Baer (Martin, Olympic Fever) is a Chicago actor, born and bred. Film credits include the title role in the short film “Scotty Works Out,” Charles Fleener in the short film “Adieu” and series regular Tyler Linn in the upcoming online series “Dudes.” Favorite stage roles include the title roles in Pippin, (Bohemian Theatre Ensemble) and Bat Boy: The Musical (Minneapolis Musical Theatre), Bob in Beau Jest (Oil Lamp Theatre) and Homer in Floyd Collins (Theater Latte Da). He was most recently seen as Tony and Bobo in Kokandy Productions’ Sweet Smell of Success.

 Joshua Baggett (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled to be working with Pride Films and Plays as his first “official” production in Chicago. A central Florida native, he has stage managed and directed productions with theatre companies in Orlando, Milwaukee, and Washington, DC. For more on his previous work, please visit

Tommy Bullington (Director, Hoya Saxa) last directed a reading of the Chicago premiere of Andrew Kramer’s The Dog(Run) Diaries for the Circle Theatre New Plays Festival. Tommy has worked on and off stage at Drury Lane Oakbrook, The Little Theatre on the Square, Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Circle Theatre, Emerald City Theatre, Quest Ensemble and Big Noise Theatre.

Sam Button-Harrison

Sam Button-Harrison (Man, Commemorative Edition) is an artistic ensemble member of Pride Films & Plays.  His last role with PFP was their Jeff Awarded Best Musical production of Under a Rainbow Flag (Jon Phillips). Other Chicago credits include Assassins (Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald) presented by Billy Pacholski and Underscore Theatre Company’s productions of Prone: A Casting Couch Musical Comedy (Eddie Buonocazzo), Liberal Arts: The Musical (Brandon Milford) and The Rocky Horror Show (Eddie/Dr. Scott). As a BFA in Musical Theatre graduate from Drake University, he performed in such works as The Wild Party (Burrs), Urinetown (Bobby Strong), and Macbeth (Macduff).

DC Cathro (Author, Commemorative Edition) is a Maryland-based actor, director and playwright. DC has been seen on stage in shows such as Holmes & Watson, Chess, Coyote on a Fence and The Immigrant: The Musical. Directing credits include The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, Closer Than Ever and The Love List. His play Limits recently had a reading in the Page-to-Stage Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

Michael Donley
Michael Donley

Michael Donley (Reporter, Olympic Fever) is enthralled to be a part of PFP once again. He has appeared in PFP’s reading of Buddy Booth and the Ensemble of Underscore’s 2013 Rocky Horror Show. A big thanks to David Zak, Kathleen Margevich, and Elizabeth Donley.

 Rich Espy (Author, Hoya Saxa) has had plays produced throughout the United States. Recent highlights include Three Andys produced by Single Carrot Theatre and Stand Up!, a monologue included in CENTERSTAGE’s “My America” project. Rich is the Baltimore Regional representative of the Dramatists Guild, a member of DC’s Playwrights Gymnasium and the Playwrights Group of Baltimore.

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Jason Grimm

 Jason Grimm (Man Two, Commemorative Edition) Recent Chicago credits include The Nutcracker: Hugo (The House Theatre of Chicago), Anyone Can Whistle: Comptroller Shub (Porchlight Music Theatre), Improbable Frequency: Betjemen/ O’Dromedary (Strawdog Theatre), Reefer Madness: The Lecturer (Circle Theatre – 2013 Jeff Nomination; Best Actor, Musical). Thanks to the cast, crew and PFP.

Michael John Lea Michael John Lea (Poss, Hoya Saxa) is a recent graduate of Roosevelt University: CCPA where he graduated with a BFA in Acting. He was most recently in Hell in a Handbag’s Christmas Dearest where he played Henry/Scientist. He has also appeared in The Birds with Hell in a Handbag where he played the character of Mitch. He would like to thank AJ Wright for the opportunity. Thanks for all the support!

George Smart (Author, Olympic Fever) is a Boston based playwright whose produced plays include IDWYT, Bottom and the Big Bad Bat, You Don’t? , A Dog and His Boys (a staged reading), It Doesn’t, Suicide Help Line (which won the audience choice award for Best Director and Best Actor at the Boston Playwrights Platform Summer Festival) and Worrier and the Not. He will self-produce his own full length play Mr. Teddy (not a children’s story) – a finalist in PFP’s Great Gay Play and Musical Contest – in June of 2014 in Boston, MA.  He is the President of the Boston Playwrights Platform and a member of the Writers Network of Pride Films and Plays.

Jeremy Sonkin
Jeremy Sonkin

Jeremy Sonkin (David, Hoya Saxa) is thrilled to be a part of his first Pride Films and Plays project.  As a gay, former competitive Tennis Professional, the subject matter hits close to home and its current media exposure and importance makes this project an honor to be apart of.  Jeremy has been seen at Lookingglass, Mercury Theatre, Lyric Opera Chiago, and Music Theatre Company to name a few.  He can currently be seen in Rose and the Rime with the House Theatre Chicago.

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Emilio Velasco

 Emilio Velasco (Adolfo, Olympic Fever; Boy, Commemorative Edition) is a graduate of Oklahoma City University with a BFA in Acting. This is his first time working with Pride Films and Plays and he’s very thankful for this opportunity. He would like to thank David and AJ and Joshua for their guidance and his friends and family for their support.

Will Wilhelm
Will Wilhelm

Will Wilhelm (Roberto, Olympic Fever) is a senior theatre major at Northwestern University. Previous credits include Zanna, Dont! at The Music Theatre Company and We Three Lizas with About Face Theatre. He is thrilled to be bringing his voice to topical new work concerning LGBTQ issues. After graduation, Will plans on pursuing his acting career here in Chicago.

 AJ Wright (Director, Commemorative Edition) is thrilled to be working with Pride Films and Plays for the first time!  AJ is a proud Hell in a Handbag ensemble member where he has directed Christmas Dearest, Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer in 2011 & 2012, Steel Dragolias and will be directing the Spring 2014 remount of Caged Dames! He is also currently in rehearsals for the 15th edition of EL Stories with Waltzing Mechanics. He has acted as Assistant Directed Pussy on the House and served as Associate Producer on L’Imitation of Life, Sexy Baby, Rudolph, Scarrie, The Birds and Christmas Dearest. Thanks to David and his cast!

David Zak (Director, Olympic) has won 7 Jeff Awards in Chicago, including four for Directing (Animal Farm, Dr. Sex, Parade, Pope Joan), two for writing (The Hiroshima Project, The Count of Monte Cristo) and a special Jeff for “Fostering Diversity in Chicago Theater.” He has directed in London (The Irish Curse), Seoul (Dollhouse, Fanta Stick, The Ghost’s Cookbook), Dublin (Oh, Holy Allen Ginsberg), Boston (Sin: A Cardinal Deposed), Los Angeles (Dr. Sex, At The Flash) and New York (Marlowe and Poseidon: An Upside Down Musical). He is Executive Director of Pride Films and Plays, Chicago, and Artistic Director of Summer Pride Fest at Chandler (VT).

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