House Theatre Announces BOREALIS Cast and Designers

The House Theatre of Chicago has announced the cast and production team for the company’s season opener, BOREALIS by Bennett Fisher.

Directed by Monty Cole, the production features company members Paige Hoffman, Johnny Arena, and Ben Hertel with guest artists Desmond Gray, Tia Pinson, McKinzie Chinn and Karissa J. Murrell Myers.

Pictured (top l-r): Johnny Arena, McKinzie Chinn, Desmond Gray, Ben Hertel, Paige Hoffman, Madhura Jugade, Juan Munoz, Karissa J. Murrell Myers, Oly Oxinfry, and Tia Pinson.

The production team includes Eleanor Kahn (scenic designer), Izumi Inaba (costume designer), Lee Keenan (lighting designer), Sarah Espinoza (sound designer), Matthew Muñiz (composer), Ellie Terrell (properties designer), Breon Arzell (choreographer), Gaby Labotka (fight choreographer), Abhi Shrestha (assistant director), and Amalie Vega (stage manager).

From the press release: “When a redacted and ominous letter arrives from her brother on the oil fields, thirteen-year-old Cozbi sets off for Anwar, Alaska to find him. Armed with a book on corporate communication strategy and a sharp axe, Cozbi battles her way through an Arctic wilderness in pursuit of her missing brother. But she’ll have to face more than a multi-tentacled HR rep to learn the truth. Part mythic journey, part workplace satire, Borealis is a dark and funny adventure about family obligation, career aspiration and what we leave behind to make our way to the top.”

BOREALIS runs August 30th – October 1st. For more information visit

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