DUSHON MONIQUE BROWN is thrilled to be creating once again with Luther Goins after last being seen on stage at Chicago Dramatists as Mutha/Kirk in For Her as a Piano. Some of Brown’s other theater credits include portraying Queenie in Hope VI (Chicago Dramatists) productions at ETA where she began her professional career, Chicago Theatre Co. (Shakin the Mess Outta Misery, Journal of Ordinary Thought, Train is Comin’, Love Child-by Luther Goins, Rabbit’s Food), Lookingglass Theatre (Summertime)MPAACT (MiLK,Christ T), Lifeline (Praying for Sheetrock), Apple Tree (Once on This Island), Steppenwolf Arts X (Our Town, Division Street), The Goodman (Amen Corner), and Piven (Because They Have No Words). Brown has received Joseph Jefferson and Black Theater Alliance Award nods along her theatrical journey. Film credits include, The Dilemma (in the comedic outtakes), Unexpected, One Small Hitch, and A Light Beneath Her Feet. Television credits include Shameless, Boss, Nurse Katie Welch on Prison Break, Empire, a docudrama pilot called Public Housing Unit, an upcoming appearance in the Amazon sci-fi series, Phillip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams and the recurring role of Connie on Chicago Fire. Brown also works as a high school counselor in Chicago.
SHARI ADDISON a vocalist extraordinaire, possesses a soulful passion for music. While her career spans diverse music genres, her heart truly belongs to gospel. In 2007, Shari appeared on Black Entertainment Television’s (BET) premier broadcast of the gospel talent competition, Sunday Best and placed second. Her powerful performances helped BET garner the highest rated gospel show in its history with a voting audience of more than 1.5 million viewers. Subsequently, she appeared on BET’s Celebration of Gospel hosted by Steve Harvey that featured recording luminaries Pastor Shirley Caesar, Fred Hammond and Patti LaBelle. In 2010, Shari won a Stellar Award for Best Traditional CD of the Year for her first self-titled cd, Shari Addison. She was also showcased as guest recording artist at the Bobby Jones International Gospel Artists Retreat and is a contributing author to the book, Tears To Triumph. Shari has performed with artists Kirk Franklin, Martha Munizzi, Bebe Winans, Mary Mary, Michael McDonald, Yolanda Adams, Marvin Sapp, Fred Hammond, Ben Tankard and Stephanie Mills. A highly accomplished vocalist and theatre actress, her extensive domestic and international career includes performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall, at the Maxim Gorki Theater and the U.S. Embassy in Russia, in South Africa and Brazil. Shari has also been showcased at Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Gospel Fest, one of the nation’s largest gospel festivals in Grant Park. She returned to this annual event to a packed house and rave reviews at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Additionally, she has performed on ABC, FOX, WCIU and WGN television networks. Taking a leave as the host of Intellectual Radio’s “Sunday Night Live with Shari Addison”, Shari returned to the theatre and was featured at the Black Ensemble Theatre as Aretha Franklin in Jackie Taylor’s “Dynamite Divas” for which she won a 2016 Jeff Award for Best Actress in a Revue. She continued on this stage in “My Brother’s Keeper: Story of the Nicholas Brothers”, “Doo Whop Shoobop” and “Those Sensational Soulful Sixties”; at Congo Square Theatre in “A Nativity Story: More Than A Miracle” as well as Playwright/Director Regina Taylor’s, “Crowns,” at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Each of her performances received outstanding reviews. A native of Chicago, Shari truly loves the Lord and is a licensed evangelist and psalmist at the Bright Star Church of God in Christ where Christopher T. Harris, Sr. is pastor. Happily married to Lewis Addison, they have four daughters and two grandsons.
Tristien Marcellous Winfree is more than humble to be working with Shaw Chicago on behalf of the Langston Hughes Benefit. A native of Houston, Texas, but no stranger to Chicago. Regional theatre stage credits include Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare Project of Chicago),Kingdom (Broken Nose Theatre), The Boys Upstairs (Pride Film & Plays) The Elephant Man (Alley Theatre), A Few Good Men (Alley Theatre), Guest Lecture (Landing Theatre Company), A Soldiers Play (Ensemble Theatre), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Okane Theatre), Aida (Houston Grand Opera) Das Rheingold (Houston Grand Opera), Otello (Houston Grand Opera). Off stage credits include A.D Two Trains Running (Goodman Theatre), A.D Women In The Pit (Ensemble Theatre). Mr Winfree would like to thank everyone who showed endless support towards his journey. @Tristienmarcellouswinfree
Charls Sedgwick Hall Some of his favorite roles are: Gremio in The Taming of the Shrew, Charlie in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) Revised, Boyet in Love’s Labours Losts, The Recruiting Officer in Mother Courage and Her Children, The Nurse in Romeo & Juliet, Brutus in Julius Caesar and Macduff in Macbeth, Preacher/Ol’ Mister in The Color Purple, The Mirror in The Next Fairy Tale, Father in The Escape Artist’s Children and Reverend Jones in Follow, Isaac in Faith and the Good Thing, Cal in The Little Foxes and Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the triumvirate Ghost of Hamlet’s Father, The Player King/Queen and The Gravedigger in Hamlet, Gottlieb Biedermann in The Firebugs, Rush Limbaugh in King Cat Calico Finally Flies Free, Nicola in Arms and the Man and Gertie in Angels of Lemnos. Charls is a graduate of New York University’s School of the Performing Arts. Charls teaches Movement and Shakespeare Text, is a faculty member at Shakespeare and Company. Thank you family and friends for your inspirational support.
Evan Tyrone Martin: is so thrilled to help bring voice to an artist he has long considered an inspiration, Mr. Langston Hughes. Evan is a Chicago based actor whose recent credits include: Hud in Hair (Mercury Theatre, thru Sept 14th) Jesus of Nazareth in Jesus Christ Superstar (Paramount Theatre), I Left My Heart: A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett (Mercury Theatre), Curtis Taylor, Jr. in Dreamgirls (Porchlight, BTA Nomination),Raymond Deagan in Far From Heaven (Porchlight, Jeff Nomination), King Triton in The Little Mermaid(Paramount Theatre) and (Arkansas Rep), Jake in Side Show (Porchlight, Jeff Nomination), Tom Collins in Rent(Paramount), Harpo in The Color Purple (Mercury Theatre), as well as starring in his ongoing show one man show Unforgettable: Falling in Love with Nat King Cole. He would like to thank his God, his incredible friends, and his family and for their constant love and support. Thank you for supporting the Arts. Love Each Other. (EKM, JWR)