Apologia

Who's Who

STOCKARD CHANNING (Kristin Miller) was most recently seen on London’s West End in Alexi Kaye Campbell’s Apologia. Before that, she was seen on Broadway in Terrence McNally’s smash hit It’s Only A Play. Channing has received eight Tony Award nominations for her roles in Other Desert Cities, Pal Joey, The Lion in Winter, Four Baboons Adoring the Sun, The House of Blue Leaves and Six Degrees of Separation, for which she also received an Olivier nomination and an Obie Award, and was subsequently nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award reprising her role for the 1993 film version. She won the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play for her performance in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. Other stage credits include The Importance of Being Earnest, The Little Foxes, Hapgood (nominated for Drama Desk Award), Woman in Mind (for which she won a Drama Desk Award), The Rink, The Golden Age, They’re Playing Our Song and the original off-Broadway production of Love Letters. In London, she has appeared at The Riverside Studios in Exonerated and she was last seen at the Almeida in Awake and Sing. Channing has received a total of 13 Emmy nominations and won three Emmy Awards, including those for her television roles in The West Wing and The Matthew Shepard Story, both of which she also received Screen Actors Guild Awards. Channing has been nominated for a total of 11 Screen Actors Guild Awards. She also starred in Joan Rivers’ The Girl Most Likely To and The Baby Dance for which she was nominated for another Golden Globe Award. She was most recently seen in a recurring role on The Good Wife. On the big screen Channing has appeared in Mike Nichols’ The Fortune, Practical Magic, The First Wives Club, Moll Flanders, Up Close & Personal, Smoke and Grease, earning a People’s Choice Award for her performance as Rizzo. Stockard Channing received a London Film Critics Circle Award for Actress of the Year and an AFI Best Actress nomination for The Business of Strangers.
 
HUGH DANCY (Peter and Simon) is recognized for his role as “Will Graham” in the critically-praised series “Hannibal” on NBC, which earned him a nomination for a 2016 Critic’s Choice Award. In film, Hugh starred in Tanya Wexler’s Hysteria opposite Felicity Jones and Maggie Gyllenhaal; Martha Marcy May Marlene directed by Sean Durkin; Adam directed by Max Mayer; Confessions of a Shopaholic opposite Isla Fisher and Beyond the Gates opposite John Hurt. He appeared in the Broadway productions of Journey’s End, Venus In Fur and in The Pride at the Lucille Lortel Theater. For television he starred in the miniseries “Daniel Deronda,” “Elizabeth 1” and “Deadline Gallipoli.” Most recently Hugh played Cal on the critically acclaimed Hulu series, “The Path,” opposite Aaron Paul and Michelle Monaghan. He can next be seen in Nisha Ganatra’s upcoming feature, Late Night opposite writer and co-star Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson.
 
MEGALYN ECHIKUNWOKE (Claire) has a striking presence with an undeniable talent through her range of portrayals of characters in television, film and the theater. Upcoming, Echikunwoke can be seen starring in Universal’s Night School, opposite Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish. The story follows a group of troublemakers who are forced to attend night school in the hopes that they will pass the GED exam to finish high school. The film is set to be released on September 28, 2018. Additionally, she recently completed production on the film Late Night, opposite Emma Thompson, Amy Ryan, Mindy Kaling, Hugh Dancy and John Lithgow. The film follows a late-night talk show host who suspects that she may soon be losing her long-running show. Echikunwoke was recently seen starring in Netflix’s “Step Sisters,” produced by Lena Waithe. Additional film credits include: Warner Brother’s Chips, Sony’s The Meddler, 20th Century Fox’s A Good Day to Die Hard and Sony’s Damsels in Distress. On the small screen, Echikunwoke was can be seen in “House Of Lies,” “90210,” “The Following,” “24,” “That 70s Show,” “The 4400,” “CSI: Miami” and “Mind Games.” In 2007, Echikunwoke along with Justin Long, Olivia Wilde and Kal Penn campaigned for the 2008 Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama, which includeded touring to help register new college-age voters prior to the 2008 election. On the charity side, Echikunwoke is involved and widely supports the Amref Health Africa Organization. With headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, Amref Health Africa is the largest Africa-based healthcare nonprofit, serving an average of nine million people per year across 35 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, she regularly supports the Girl Rising campaign, The GEANCO Foundation, Women for Women International, Urban Arts Partnership Organization, The Young Storytellers Foundation, ACLU Organization and Equal Justice Initiative. Echikunwoke was raised on a Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona and is of Igbo-Nigerian, English, Irishand German descent. She is the granddaughter of a Nigerian tribal leader of the Igbo, which technically makes her African royalty. Currently, she splits her time between Los Angeles and New York City.
 
TALENE MONAHON (Trudi) was recently seen in the highly acclaimed production of The Government Inspector. Prior to that, Alligator (New Georges/Sol Project) and Hollywood at La Jolla Playhouse, where she received great reviews for Widowers Houses at the Beckett Theater in New York. Prior to that, she was in Confederacy of Dunces with Nick Offerman at the Huntington Theatre in Boston and preceding that she appeared in Permission, which was written by Robert Askins and directed by Alex Timbers. Talene was in The Wild Party with Sutton Foster for Encores! Off Center and has starred in productions of Carousel, Our Town, The Seagull and The Importance of Being Earnest. Her one woman show, All In Good Fun was a hit at The United Solo Festival and has been produced across New England.
 
JOHN TILLINGER (Hugh) was born in Iran, educated in Britain and after attending the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, joined the Nottingham Playhouse where his alumni included Margaret Tyzack, John Neville, Judi Dench and Michael Williams. He appeared for a year in the musical Robert and Elizabeth in the West End as well as a number of television shows. He thereupon joined his family who had emigrated to the United States. Three weeks after his arrival he made his debut on Broadway in How’s the World Treating You. He then gave an appalling performance as Sandy in the revival of Hay Fever and showed the Fully Monty in The Changing Room at the Morosco Theatre before joining Stockard Channing, Jim Dale and Joanna Gleason in the Roundabout production of Joe Egg. He served as Dramaturg at Long Wharf Theatre for 25 years where he began directing many plays. His productions of Joe Orton plays were met some success in New York. He directed the world premieres of Terrence McNally’s Lisbon Traviata, Lips Together Teeth Apart, A Perfect Ganesh, A.R Gurney’s Sylvia, Love Letters and Perfect Party amongst others, Arthur Miller’s Last Yankee and Broken Glass as well as The Price for the Roundabout with Eli Wallach. He also directed the American Premieres of Alan Ayckbourn's House/Garden and Comic Potential. This production marks his long un-awaited return to the boards.
 
ALEXI KAYE CAMPBELL (Playwright) is a playwright and scriptwriter. His play The Pride was first performed at The Royal Court Theatre in London in a production directed by Jamie Lloyd. It was awarded the Critics Circle Prize for Most Promising Playwright, the John Whiting Award for Best New Play and the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre. The play transferred to New York in a production directed by Joe Mantello at MCC Theatre. It was later revived in London’s West End. His play Apologia premiered at The Bush Theatre in London and was nominated for a Writers Guild Award for Best New Play and the John Whiting Award. It recently ran on the West End in an acclaimed revival starring Stockard Channing, directed by Jamie Lloyd. His other plays include The Faith Machine (Royal Court Theatre), Bracken Moor (Tricycle Theatre, London), and Sunset at the Villa Thalia (Royal National Theatre). His first film, Woman in Gold, starred Helen Mirren.
 
DANIEL AUKIN (Director). Daniel Aukin’s recent work includes Dan Lefranc's Rancho Viejo, the Broadway revival of Sam Shepard's Fool for Love (MTC), Melissa James Gibson’s Placebo (Playwrights’ Horizons), The Fortress of Solitude (Dallas Theater Center & The Public Theatre), Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews (Roundabout), Melissa James Gibson’s What Rhymes With America (The Atlantic), Sam Shepard’s Heartless (Signature), Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles (Lincoln Center Theatre), Marius von Mayenburg’s The Ugly One (Soho Rep), Itamar Moses’ Back Back Back (MTC), Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge (Arena Stage) and Elmer Rice’s The Adding Machine (La Jolla Playhouse). As Artistic Director of Soho Rep (1998-2006) premieres of new work include Mark Schultz’s Everything Will Be Different, Melissa James Gibson’s Suitcase and [sic], Mac Wellman’s Cat’s-Paw, Quincy Long’s The Year Of The Baby and Maria Irene Fornes’ Molly’s Dream.