Northlight Theater Announces Cast of THE GARBOLOGISTS

Northlight Theatre, under the direction of the artistic director BJ Jones and executive director Timothy J. Evans, opens its 2022-2023 season with The Garbologists, written by Lindsay Joelle, directed by Cody Estlewith Tiffany Renee Johnson and Luigi Sottile. The Garbologists runs from September 1 to October 2, 2022 at the Northlight Theater, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie. The press preview is Friday September 9, 2022 at 8 p.m.

This quirky buddy comedy pairs essential workers from two different worlds in the shared cab of a New York City garbage truck. Danny is a blue-collar white alderman who hides a heart of gold. Marlowe is an Ivy League-educated black newbie learning the ropes with her old-school partner. When thrown together to pick up what the world has thrown away, they discover there’s more that binds them than taking out the trash.

The features of the Garbologues Tiffany Renee Johnson (Marlowe) and Luigi Sottile (Danny).

The creative team includes Collette Pollard (Scenic Design), Gregoy Graham (Costume Design), Greg Hofman (Lighting Design) and Josh Schmidt (Sound design). The production manager is Rita Vreland.

About the artists

Cody Estle (Director) returns to the Northlight Theater where he previously directed By the Water (named by the Chicago Sun-Times honorable mention as one of the best theatrical productions of 2017) and seven other productions as an assistant director under the artistic director , BJ Jones. He is the artistic director of the Raven Theater where his directing credits include The Luckyest, Sundown, Yellow Moon, How I Learned To Drive (named by Windy City Times as the best theater in Chicago in 2019), The Gentleman Caller (2019 Jeff Award winner new play Philip Dawkins), The Assembled Parties, A Loss of Roses (mentioned by the Chicago Tribune as one of the best of the year in 2016), Dividing the Estate, Vieux Carré (named by the Chicago Tribune as one of the best in year in 2014), Good Boys and True, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Boy Gets Girl and Dating Walter Dante. Other directing credits include collaborations with Strawdog Theatre, Shattered Globe Theatre, First Floor Theatre, Redtwist Theatre, The Artistic Home, Haven Theatre, Mary-Arrchie Theater and Citadel Theatre. Cody was recently named one of NewCity’s fifty people who are really performing for Chicago. He is a member of the SDC, serves on the board of the League of Chicago Theaters and is an alumnus of Columbia College Chicago.

Lindsay Joelle (Playwright) is a playwright, screenwriter and librettist living in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. Granddaughter of an underground resistance survivor in Poland and daughter of a first generation American born in Israel, Joelle is drawn to stories of the misfits, rebels and unassimilated. His plays highlight voices rarely heard in American theater: Hasidic Jews addicted to rock and roll. Sanitation workers who find treasures in trash cans. Her writing explores the rituals, routines, lingo, and humor of urban and rural micro-communities across America. Plays include TRAYF (Geffen Playhouse, Theater J, Penguin Rep, New Rep), The Messengers (Audible Theater audioplay), A Small History of Amal, Age 7 (Forward Flux/Pratidhwani) and The Garbologists (Philadelphia Theater Company, City Theater). She has received an Audible Theater Emerging Playwright Commission, an EST/Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Commission, a Vital Theater Music Commission, an Irving Zarkower Award, and a Goldberg MFA Playwriting Award. Alumnus of the BMI Musical Theater Workshop, Ingram New Works Lab at the Nashville Repertory Theater and NNPN Playwright-in-Residence at the Curious Theater (’18-’19). A Chicago native, Joelle received her BA from Columbia University and her MFA from Hunter.

Tiffany Renee Johnson Chicago native and Howard University (BFA Theater) grad (Marlowe) is thrilled to make her Northlight debut! Theater credits include Passage (Remy Bumppo), School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play (Goodman), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and A Doll’s House (Writers), Red Velvet (Chicago Shakes), Flyin’ West (American Blues), Saint Joan (Poetic Forum Collective) truth and reconciliation (Sideshow ), Vanya; Oh, that’s life! (Rasaka) and A Nativity Story (Congo Square). TV credits include: The Chi, Shameless, Chicago PD, Soundtrack, Chicago Med, APB, Embeds and Chicago Fire.

Luigi Sottile (Danny) Luigi is happy to be back at Northlight! Broadway: Slave Game; Chicago: Steppenwolf, The Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Court Theater; Regional Theatre: Signature Theater (DC), Woolly Mammoth, Folger TheaterUtah Shakespeare Festival, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Walnut Street Theater, Wilma Theater, Philadelphia Theater Company, Arden Theatre, People’s Light and Theatre, Lantern Theatre, Act II Playhouse, Milwaukee Rep; TV: Chicago PD, Chicago Med (coming soon); Movie: All Happy Families.

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Northlight Theater aspires to promote perspective change and encourage compassion by exploring the depth of our humanity through a bold array of theatrical experiences, reflecting our community to the world and the world to our community.

Founded in 1974, the organization has mounted more than 220 productions, including more than 40 world premieres. Northlight won 208 Joseph Jefferson Award nominations and 36 awards, plus ten Edgerton Foundation for New Play Awards. As one of the region’s leading theater companies, Northlight is a regional magnet for critics and professionals, as well as the highest quality talent.

Northlight is supported in part by generous contributions from Allstate Insurance; the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation; BMO Harris Bank; Bulley and Andrews; Signature bank; The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation; CoBank; ComEd, an Exelon company; Eckenhoff Saunders; Evanston Arts Council; Evanston Community Foundation; Lloyd A. Fry Foundation; Full Circle Foundation; The Raw Foundation; Partners Gruman Butkus; John R. Halligan Fund; Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; Illinois Humanities; Katten Muchin Roseman LLP; Kirkland & Ellis Foundation; The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Modestus Bauer Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; canton of Nils; NorthShore University Health Systems; Northwestern University; The Offield Family Foundation; The Pauls Foundation; PNC Bank; Polsinelli; Ralla Klepak Trust for the Performing Arts; Room and board; Sanborn Family Foundation; The Saints Foundation; Dr. Scholl Foundation; The Shubert Foundation, Inc.; The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust; The Sullivan Family Foundation; and Tom Stringer Design Partners.