For the Loyal


By Lee Blessing
Directed by Co-Artistic Director James Yost

January 6 - February 4, 2018

For Toby and Mia, college football and family are one and the same; he has a new coaching job for a top team, and they are happily expecting their first born. But when Toby gets Mia enmeshed in an unseemly team secret, she is forced to decide where her loyalties truly lie. Inspired by the Penn State sexual abuse scandal, FOR THE LOYAL takes an unconventional and provocative look at how one woman traverses a no-win situation. 

Lee Blessing’s play A Walk in the Woods was produced on Broadway and London's West End. His Off-Broadway productions include A Body of Water, Primary Stages; Going To St. Ives, Primary Stages (Outer Critic’s Circle Award, Best Play, Obie for ensemble performance); Thief River, Signature Theatre (Drama Desk nomination, Best Play); Cobb, Lucille Lortel Theatre (Drama Desk award, best ensemble); Chesapeake, New York Stage and Film at Second Stage; Eleemosynary, Manhattan Theatre Company and Down the Road, the Weissberger Group at the Atlantic Theatre. The Signature Theatre dedicated its 1992-93 season to his work, consisting of Fortinbras, Lake Street Extension, Two Rooms and the world premiere of Patient A

He has received nominations for Tony and Olivier awards, as well as the Pulitzer Prize. He heads the graduate playwriting program at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.

The Artists


Richard David - The Boy
Rob Frankel - Carlson
Sarah Gise - Mia
Matthew Nerber - Toby
Josh Zagoren - Hale


Rebecca Bartle, lighting design
Shawn Galligan, stage manager
Pauline Oleksy, scenic design

Hannah Wolff, assistant director

Christopher Aaron Knarr, original music
Sarah Gise, casting coordinator
Matthew Nerber, marketing associate
Nancy Payne, marketing manager
David Rosenberg, press relations
Zoë Verdin, creative design

Emily Schwartz, photographer


Cast Bios

Production Team

SALAR ARDEBILI, Photographer (rehearsals)

REBECCA BARTLE, Lighting Design


SARAH GISE, Casting Coordinator
Sarah has been a proud ITP company member since February 2015. She graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) with a BFA in Acting. She was previously seen in Interrobang's Fifth Season productions, Owners and Really Really. She is currently a company member with New American Folk Theatre (Chicago) and a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre (Los Angeles), with whom she won the LAWeekly Best Actress award for The Belle of Belfast in 2013. She can be seen at many film festivals around the country in the new film Halfway starring Quinton Aaron from The Blindside, which was awarded Best Feature at the Julian Dubuque International Film Festival. In February 2016, she performed the one-woman show The Amish Project with AtticRep in San Antonio, TX, and shortly after was invited to take the show to the Teatro Potlach FLIPT festival in Rome, Italy. She performing in the Midwest premiere of Still by Jen Silverman with Interrobang, followed by the remount of AtticRep's The Amish Project by Jessica Dickey.

Originally from South Bend, Indiana, and relocated to beautiful Chicago, Christopher graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in Theatre & Drama, and studied abroad with The Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland. Recent credits include Interrobang Theatre Project's Season Seven productions Still and The Amish Project, and all Season Six productions as House Manager, Marketing, and Social Media. He was House Manager for the fifth season's Owners and Really Really and contributed to past productions of Orange Flower Water as Production Assistant, and Terminus, The Pitchfork Disney, and Ibsen is Dead as Assistant Stage Manager. 

MATTHEW NERBER, Marketing Associate


NANCY PAYNE, Marketing Manager

DAVID ROSENBERG, Press Relations

EMILY SCHWARTZ, Production Photographer

ZOE VERDIN, Website & Creative Design
Zoë provides creative direction for all ITP print and digital marketing, while working as a freelance graphic designer and practitioner of Thai bodywork and trigger point therapy. Zoë has also worked as scenic designer/carpenter, costume designer and muralist on all main stage productions at Polaris Charter Academy since 2011. Her most recent designs include costumes and backdrop for the Academy’s Wiley and the Hairy Man and publicity for Interrobang’s Season Six: Unnatural Disasters. Zoë has a BA in Studio Art from Carleton College, with concentrations in ceramics and photography. Zoë is delighted to be collaborating with Social Media Marketing Guru, Christopher Knarr on publicity for Season Seven’s Flesh & Blood series, and with Ed Anderson on ITP's website.

HANNAH WOLFF, Assistant Director
Hannah Tova Wolff is a Chicago native. She is a director, actor, dramaturge, and producer working in Chicago and New York. Most recently, Hannah was assistant director to Sandra Marquez on Fade at Victory Gardens. Her other directing credits include Pam’s Key (Gallery Players, NY), Still Rising (The Tank, NY), Bachelorette (Walkerspace, NY), Between Men (Jewel Box Theatre, NY), and The Vagina Monologues (Fisk Hall, Chicago). She is currently a directing fellow in the Victory Gardens Directors Inclusion Initiative, and she participated in the Chicago Director’s Lab, 2017. Hannah is a company member of Via Brooklyn.