The Dark At The Top Of The Stairs

Directed by Jerrell Henderson

November 15 – December 16, 2018

Previews November 15th, 16th, and 17th at 7:30pm
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30pm
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00pm

No performance on Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd

Performances at The Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport Ave. Chicago
For more info and tickets, Call the Box Office at 773-935-6875

About The Show

The 2018 William Inge Season concludes with the moving family drama, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs. The setting is a small Oklahoma town in the early 1920s and the home of the Flood family. Here we find Rubin, a traveling salesman for a harness firm; Cora, his sensitive and lovely wife; Sonny, their little boy; and Reenie, their teenage daughter. A series of short stories unfolds - the fight between a husband and wife; the fear of an overly shy young girl on going to a dance; the problems of an introverted little boy who feels that the whole world is against him; the corroding marriage of Cora's rowdy sister; and the tragedy of a military school cadet who suffers from the stigma of being a Jew in an alien community. There is dark at the top of everyone's stairs, but it can be dissipated by understanding, tolerance and compassion. Jerrell Henderson makes his Eclipse Directorial Debut.

The Cast

Zachary Alexander

Anna Civik
U/S Reenie & Flirt

Chris Daley

Jake Drummond
U/S Ruben and Punky

Destin Huston

Jalyn Greene
U/S Cora

Aneisa Hicks

Sarah-Lucy Hill

James Leonardi

John Arthur Lewis

Cari Meixner
U/S Sammy

Tony Rossi

Sarah Rachel Schol
U/S Lottie

Hillary Schwartz

Davu Smith

Justin Tsatsa
U/S Morris


  • Eclipse Ensemble Members Zach Bloomfield (Casting Director)
  • Celeste M. Cooper (Casting Associate)
  • Anthony Conway (Casting Associate)
  • Ashley Bowman (Production Manager)
  • Kathleen Dickinson (Production Manager)
  • Rachel Lambert (Props), Kevin Scott (Co-Producer)
  • Nathaniel Swift (Co-Producer)
  • Guest Artist Eric Backus (Sound Design)
  • Caitlin McLeod (Costume Designer)
  • Sam Rausch (Set Design)
  • Cassandra Kendall (Lighting Design)
  • Spencer Fritz (Assistant Stage Manager)
  • Natalie Wagner (Stage Manager)
  • Rachel Flesher (Fight/Intimacy Choreographer and Assistant Director)
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