Cast

LINDA GILLUM*

(Miss Havisham) is an Artistic Associate at Remy Bumppo Theatre where she has been seen in eighteen productions. She has also worked with A Red Orchid, Court, Defiant, Lyric, Mercury, Roadworks, ShawChicago, and Steppenwolf as an actor; and Defiant, Greenhouse, Next, Noble Fool, Remy Bumppo, Shattered Globe, and Timberlake Playhouse as a director. Linda teaches acting at Acting Studio Chicago, DePaul, and Remy Bumppo. TV/Film credits include Chicago Fire, Prison Break, Early Edition, Dorkumentary, The Photographist, Casting About, The Haunting Hour, Bruised Orange, and The Big Date. Her most recent production was becoming a mom.

ANISH JETHMALANI*

(Joe Gargery) makes his Remy Bumppo debut. He returns to Silk Road after appearing in The Merchant on Venice. Stage credits include Wit and A Christmas Carol (The Goodman); Water by the Spoonful, Titus Andronicus, Mary Stuart, The Invention of Love, Life’s a Dream (Court Theatre); A Disappearing Number, Inana, Blood & Gifts (Timeline Theatre); The Room (A Red Orchid); The Man who Murdered Sherlock Holmes (Mercury); Romeo & Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare); Homeland Security (Victory Gardens); Bengal Tiger at The Baghdad Zoo, Around the World in 80 Days, Sita Ram (Lookingglass); The Caretaker, To the Green Fields Beyond (Writers’ Theatre); Omnium Gatherum, The Millionairess (Next); Twelfth Night (First Folio); Indian Ink, The Sign of the Four (Apple Tree); Henry VIII, Much Ado About Nothing (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). Film credits include Batman v. Superman; television credits include Chicago Med (NBC), APB (FOX), BOSS (FOX), Leverage (TNT), and Early Edition (CBS).

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ALKA NAYYAR*

(Mrs. Gargery/Molly) is a performer and choreographer. Credits include The Jungle Book (Goodman and Huntington Theatre), The Secret Garden (Court Theatre), A Disappearing Number (TimeLine Theatre), The Masrayana (Prop and Rasaka Theatre, Jeff-nominated for choreography), A Widow of No Importance and A Nice Indian Boy (Rasaka Theatre), Merchant on Venice (Silk Road Rising), Multitudes and A Passage to India (Vitalist Theatre), Haroun and the Sea of Stories (Halcyon Theatre), thinkTank: An Immigrant Class (Remy Bumppo), A Night at the Oscars (Chicago Humanities Festival), After Dark (The Art Institute of Chicago and Collaboraction!), and Amazing India! (Navy Pier). A PR consultant by day, Alka also teaches dance through her organization Chitrahar at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Thanks to Remy Bumppo and Silk Road Rising, and to family, always. 

RODERICK PEEPLES*

(Jaggers/Sergeant) worked with Remy Bumppo in An Inspector Calls, Heroes, and The Voysey Inheritance. He has played many other Chicago theatres, including TimeLine, Chicago Shakespeare, Goodman, Steppenwolf, Victory Gardens, Court, Next, and Famous Door (where he is a company member.) He received a Jeff Award for Stephen in Dealer’s Choice (Roadworks), and a Jeff Citation for Harold in Orphans (CT20 Ensemble). Regional credits include major roles with Clarence Brown, Syracuse Stage, Madison Repertory, five seasons with Utah Shakespeare Festival, and nine seasons with Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Film and television work includes Robert Altman’s The Company, Road to Perdition, Novocaine, and The Hudsucker Proxy; Chicago Med, Prison Break, ER, Early Edition, and the Untouchables series. 

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ANAND BHATT

(Pip) is pleased to work on his first production with Remy Bumppo and his second production with Silk Road Rising. Anand has had the privilege to work on many productions such as A Disappearing Number (TimeLine Theatre); Multitudes (Vitalist/Rasaka); Mosque Alert (Silk Road Rising); A Widow of No Importance, Washer/Dryer, and A Nice Indian Boy (Rasaka). His first Bollywood Feature Film Koi Aae Na was released in theaters in India in February of 2015. In addition to acting, Anand is also well versed in dance, martial arts, acrobatics, and stunts. Anand is represented by the prestigious Gray Talent Group.

RAJ BOND

(Pumblechook/Orator) is overjoyed to be working with Remy Bumppo and Silk Road Rising. Recently he appeared in Vanya or ‘That’s Life’ (Rasaka Theatre), Romeo & Juliet or ‘Farewell My Friend’ (Rediscover Theater), and Lion Mountain (Poet’s Den Harlem). Television and film credits include Aquarius (NBC/Universal) and Hare the Movie (Amizade Co.) He is represented by the Paonessa Talent Agency. Raj received post-graduate training at the William Esper Studio in New York City.

LANE ANTHONY FLORES

(Herbert Pocket/Soldier) is excited to make his debut with Remy Bumppo and Silk Road Rising. Chicago credits include The Temperamentals and Abraham Lincoln Was a Faggot (About Face), The Grapes of Wrath (The Gift), Lord of the Flies (Steppenwolf), The Merchant of Venice (First Folio), A Loss of Roses and Vieux Carré (Raven Theatre), and Our Bad Magnet (Mary-Arrchie). Regional credits include Macbeth (Montana Shakespeare in the Parks), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Taming of the Shrew, and Misalliance (Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park). Television credits include The Exorcist (FOX). Lane Anthony Flores is a founding company member of Adapt Theatre Productions.

ROBERT HARDAWAY

(Magwitch) is happy to be making his debut with Remy Bumppo Theatre Company. He holds an MFA in acting from California State University, Fullerton. He is the 2013 Black Theatre Alliance Award best supporting actor recipient. Commercial/Film credits include Not The Child I Raised and Kmart’s Last Minute Gifts. Recent theatre credits include SKIN for SKIN (Agency Theater Collective), As You Like It (Citadel), To Kill a Mockingbird (Oak Park Theatre Festival), Mud, River, Stone (Eclipse), Darlin' (Step Up Productions), BODIES (MPAACT), Ceremonies in Dark Old Men (eta). Robert thanks the Most High for his artistic gifts and the opportunity to give those gifts back to the world. He is proudly represented by Paonessa Talent Agency.

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TOMMY MALOUF

(Compeyson) is terribly excited to be a part of this Remy Bumppo/Silk Road Rising collaboration. You may have last seen him at the Semitic Commonwealth play series here at Silk Road Rising, where he read in Tennis in Nablus and 69 Years. Other Chicago credits include Bobbie Clearly and Posh at Steep Theatre; Ring of Fire, Rent, and The Last Five Years at Metropolis Performing Arts Center; and Soon I Will Be Invincible at Lifeline Theatre. Special thanks go to my loved ones for their continued support.

SIDDHARTHA RAJAN

(Wemick) makes his Remy Bumppo and Silk Road Rising debuts in Great Expectations. He recently graduated from Roosevelt University with a BFA in Acting. His recent credits include A Disappearing Number (Timeline Theatre Company), A Winter’s Tale, and The Rivals (Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre). Siddhartha Rajan is represented by Actor's Talent Group.

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RASIKA RANGANATHAN

(Biddy) is proud to be working with Remy Bumppo and Silk Road Rising. She received her training from Act One Studios Chicago and Acting Studio at Chicago. A few of her theater credits include In to America (Griffin), Domestic Departure (Haven), Connected (Collaboraction), Washer/Dryer (Rasaka), Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Eclipse), War Zone is my Bed (Halcyon), James and the Giant Peach (Filament), and Big Love (Strawdog).

NETTA WALKER

(Estella) is very excited to be working with both Remy Bumppo and Silk Road Rising for the first time. Her credits include truth and reconciliation (South African Child) with Sideshow Theater Company, and The Grapes of Wrath (understudy for Rose, Ruthie, and Winfield) at The Gift Theater Company. She is currently studying Musical Theatre at Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. She wants to thank her brothers and her incredible parents for teaching her how to love and appreciate human experience in all forms. You learn the most in life from experience…so get out there, kid! Love you, Pops.

BASSAM ABDELFATTAH

(Understudy for Compeyson/Drummle) is a multi-talented actor, musician, and martial artist. He has received on-camera training from Marisa Ross Casting as well as Acting Studio Chicago.  He recently appeared in Byonity Entertainment's film, Constance Murphy. Online, his work has been seen on The Onion, and he has also appeared in several industrials and as a model. Bassam is proudly represented by Gray Talent.

SUNNY ANAM

(Understudy for Wemick/Pumblechook/Orator) is grateful to be a part of this collaboration of Remy Bumppo and Silk Road Rising. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Sunny began his theatre training at the Purple Rose Theatre. Sunny relocated to Chicago in 2016, and was seen most recently as Abdul Walli in Skin for Skin at The Agency Collective Theatre. Other Chicago credits include Burn (Gorilla Tango Theatre), Multitudes (Rasaka and Vitalist Theatres), the Jeff Recommended Human Terrain (Broken Nose Theatre), and A Widow of No Importance (Rasaka Theatre). He would like to thank the entire cast and crew of this wonderful production.

LEEA AYERS

(Understudy for Estella) is thrilled to be working with Remy Bumppo and Silk Road Rising on this exciting adaptation. Other Chicago credits include Earthquakes in London (Steep Theatre) and Letters Home (Griffin Theatre). She also understudied at Court Theatre this season for their productions of The Hard Problem and Man In The Ring. Leea is a graduate of the MFA Acting program at DePaul University. She is represented by Gray Talent Group.

ADITHI CHANDRASHEKAR

 

(Understudy for Biddy/Mrs. Gargery/Molly) is an actor and writer based in Chicago. She has worked with The Gift Theatre Company, Jackalope Theatre, and Haven Theatre. She most recently appeared in Hypocrites' Wit. Adithi is a proud 2015 graduate of the School at Steppenwolf, and has also trained at the Second City Training Center, iO Theater, Green Shirt Studios, and the Acting Studio Chicago. She is represented by the hard working folks at Stewart Talent Agency. She sends her sincere thanks to the Great Expectations team for this wonderful opportunity and to her family for their unfailing support.

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JEFFREY BALDWIN GIBSON

(Understudy for Jaggers) has appeared with Court Theater, Chicago Rep, and Apple Tree Theater, as well as in films directed by Peter Bogdanovich, Brian DePalma, and Clive Donner. He has been involved in voice-over work  since he moved to Chicago some 30 years ago, and has been with Voices Unlimited (and now Naked Voices Chicago) for donkeys years. He is also a professional academic with degrees in Philosophy and Theater from Purdue University and an M.A. and a D.Phil in Theology from Oxford University, and he has authored The Temptations of Jesus in Early Christianity (Sheffield University Press) and The Disciples Prayer: The Prayer that Jesus Taught in Its Historical Context (Augsburg/Fortress Press), and numerous articles for professional academic journals and reference works.

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OWEN HICKLE-EDWARDS

(Understudy for Herbert Pocket/Soldier) is excited to be appearing at Remy Bumppo and Silk Road Rising for the first time. He is a company member at Runcible Theatre in Chicago, where credits include After the Dance, A Number, and Scenes from an Execution. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

 

SEMAJ MILLER

(Understudy for Magwitch) is thrilled to be making his Remy Bumppo debut and to be working with Silk Road Rising again. Semaj is a local actor, director, and producer who has worked at Raven Theatre (Direct from Death Row: The Scottsboro Boy, 2016 Jeff Award Best Ensemble), Victory Gardens, Porchlight Music Theatre, ETA Creative Arts Foundation, Halcyon Theatre, Redtwist Theatre, Black Ensemble Theatre, Syracuse Stage, and many others. Semaj recently co-directed an abridged version of August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone to the IHSA State Final Drama competition, in memory of his late mentor and friend Yvonne Nesbitt. Well wishes and blessings to my family, friends, students, and all those involved with this production of Great Expectations.

LAURA RESINGER

(Understudy for Miss Havisham) is happy to be performing with Remy Bumppo for the first time. Previously she enjoyed working with Silk Road Rising as the choreographer for Yellow Dress, a solo show. In-town credits include Christina the Girl King (Cor Theatre), Charlotte's Web (Emerald City Theatre), and Lysistrata (Side Project Theatre), as well as understudy roles for Strawdog, American Theater Company, and Cock and Bull. This summer she is devising work with Interstice and The Antidote. Laura Resinger graduated with a MFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.