The Plays & Bios


by Ryan Patrick Dolan
Molly finds herself in a horrible marriage and looks to a stranger for help.

Directed by Ashley Neal.
Cast: Sarah-Jayne Ashenhurst and Elizabeth Birnkrant

Sarah-Jayne AshenhurstSarah-Jayne Ashenhurst (Gertrude) is very pleased to be part of 10-4! Recent credits include RAW (Deluge Theatre Collective), The Corn Queen of Lakeford Falls (The Gift, TEN), Up For It (Big Shoulders festival at American Theatre Company), and VisionFests 4 & 5 (LiveWire Theatre). Sarah-Jayne is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and is proud to run the admissions department at Black Box Acting, where she also trains as a student. Love and thanks to Dave and the fam.

Elizabeth BirnkrantElizabeth Birnkrant (Molly) is delighted to be working on 10-4. Chicago credits include Darlin’ (Step Up Productions), The Gacy Play (Sideshow Theatre), The Berlin Circle, The Water Engine (Steppenwolf), Sis3ters (Roadworks), and productions with Theater on the Lake, City Lit Theater, Wildclaw Theatre, and First Floor Theater. Television: Chicago Fire. Elizabeth is a graduate of The University of Chicago, and has trained at The School at Steppenwolf, The William Esper Studio, and Black Box Acting, where she is now an instructor.

by Neal Adelman
Directed by Jeri Frederickson
CAST:  Lauren Gilbert, Jimmy Pennington, Brittany Stock

Lauren GilbertLauren Gilbert (Haja) is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a B.A. in American Sign Language Interpreting. She performs with the iO Harold team Dogs, the One Group Mind team Kent Spent the Rent, and the Incubator team Nimbus at The Playground. She is very excited to be apart of 10-4: The Truck Stop Plays.


Jimmy PenningtonJimmy Pennington (Ricky) is a performer and teacher at The Annoyance Theater and is proud to be a part of this production for CIC. Previous CIC credits include A Behanding in Spokane and Beyond Therapy. He can also be seen this fall in Annoyance’s production of Splatter Theater. Jimmy would like to thank Ryan, Neal, Jeri, Lauren, Brittney and Hannah.

Brittany StockBrittany Stock (Belinda Carlisle) : Sisters of Swing (Fox Valley Rep); El Stories XIV (The Waltzing Mechanics); Time to Burn (Forget Me Not Theatre Company); The Barista (Bard and Fool Theater Group); The Timey Wimey Fantastic Brilliant Extravaganza Geronimo! (The Right Brain Project); and The Rocky Horror Show (Underscore). Brittany holds a B.A. in Theatre from Hope College where she had the honor of performing at the national level of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in the original production of Rose and the Rime. She is very excited to be a part of 10-4: The Truck Stop Plays!

by Tyler JC Whidden
Three siblings are on their way home … if they can ever get there.

Directed by Mary Rose O’Connor
Cast: Kate Smith, Lloyd Vincent Anderson, and Catherine Dildilian

Kate Smith (Samantha) is very pleased to be making her CIC Theater debut! Favorite Chicago credits include: Bellboys, Bears and Baggage ( core mask performer), Marred (Angie), Macbeth (Lady MacDuff), Orpheus and Euridice ( Euridice Two), Twelfth Night (Olivia). She hopes you enjoy the show.


Lloyd AndersonLloyd Vincent Anderson (Dave) is thrilled to be a part of 10-4! He is currently a member of The ACADEMY at Black Box Acting. Thanks to Mary Rose for the opportunity.



Catherine DildilianCatherine Dildilian (Becky) is thrilled to be back at CIC Theater under the direction of Mary. Mary directed Catherine in her Chicago debut and this is bringing back all the feels and great memories! She has recently performed with Silk Road Rising, Three Cat Productions, Awkward Pause and Broken Nose. She is a member of the Dead Writers Theatre Collective.

by Anthony Ellison.
Lindy has hands made for healin’. Kiel has a pretty bad leg wound. Sheriff has tons of problems. She’s gonna need those hands.

Directed by Karisa Bruin
Cast:Cat Abood, Damian Anaya, and Ryan Heywood

Ryan David HeywoodRyan Heywood (Kiel) is grateful to be part of this production. He has performed through out the city at The Artistic Home Theatre, iO Theater and The Annoyance as well as several other storefront theaters. Besides acting, he teaches other actors how to take care of themselves in The Self-Loved Actor Workshop. Recently he just wrapped the film noir Such Creatures. For more information please check out his website He would like to thank Karisa for her hard work, as well as Cat, Damian and Ryan Dolan.

Cat AboodCat Abood (Lindy) is an actor and improviser from Cleveland, Ohio. She is thrilled to be in her first production at CIC and is grateful to be working with such a wonderful cast. Cat can be seen improvising on the CIC house team Clockwise, with her independent team Hey Puppy, and is currently a student at iO. Many thanks to her family for their constant support and love, and her friends for the positivity and joy they add to her life. A special thanks to Anthony Ellison and Ryan Dolan for their hard work and for inspiring Cat to follow her dreams to Chicago.

Damian AnayaDamian Anaya (Sheriff) can be seen improvising regularly at CIC Theater with house team Susan, as well as every Wednesday night with Gigantic. He is very excited to be directed by Karisa Bruin, and to perform alongside Cat Abood and Ryan Heywood, and is overall thrilled to be a part of 10-4: The Truck Stop Plays!


Production Team 

sarahSarah Borer  (Stage Manger) is a Resident Artist with CIC. Most recently she managed the stages of CIC’s Where Are You Carmen Sanbliego? and The Women’s Theatre Alliance New Play Festival. She made her directorial debut with A Behanding in Spokane at CIC. And every Friday night you can find her wrangling the pimps of Pimprov.


Kaitlyn GrissomKaitlyn Grissom (Technical Designer) is a freelance technical director and scenic designer working all around Chicago, with companies like The Factory, Black Ensemble, Waltzing Mechanics, Redmoon, and the Goodman. Her contact info, resume, and portfolio can be viewed at

Jake Ross (Lighting Designer) moved to Chicago  from his hometown of Cleveland to pursue theater and comedy in the summer of 2013. He has worked on numerous productions across Ohio and internationally on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Enchantment of the seas. While aboard Jake was part of the renovation of the ship and it’s four theatrical venues. Jake has also worked with music acts Loretta Lynn, Jason Derulo, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and The Swell Season (the duo behind the broadway hit, Once). Jake received his training in media production and live theater at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Jake would like to thank Ryan and CIC for involving him on this project.

Christina Gorman (Fight Choreographer – Burger King) is an actor and fight choreographer, originally from the Hudson Valley region of upstate New York. Christina’s fight choreography credits include Miles Away (The Side Project), Mill Fire, Our Country’s Good, and Happy Now for Shattered Globe Theatre, where she is a company member. She will next be fight directing Shattered Globe’s upcoming the Whaleship Essex. She has studied under Chuck Coyl at the Actor’s Gymnasium and Nick Sandys at Remy Bumppo’s training center. She teaches acting and stage combat for Acting Studio Chicago’s Teen Program. As an actor, Christina can be seen in Griffin Theatre’s Men Should Weep.