the north pool


By Rajiv Joseph
Directed by James Yost

Khadim has no idea why he's been called into the Vice Principal’s office at Sheffield High. At first, Vice Principal Danielson is cagey, using a minor violation to keep the boy at school for detention. It doesn’t take long for tensions to mount around a crime that Khadim may (or may not) have committed. The truth is ever-shifting in what amounts to a game of cat-and-mouse. As the clock winds down on the last hours of the semester, both Danielson and Khadim must carefully maneuver hauntingly unexpected revelations. The North Pool is a psychological drama that explores the complexities of racial and cultural profiling and personal accountability. 

The North Pool is about the power of guilt,” comments Co-Artistic Director James Yost. “The two characters who carry this story are fraught with guilt and the heaviness of responsibility as they discover that the one thing that connects them is the suicide of another student they both knew in very different ways. As in this season’s first two productions, Katrina: Mother-in-Law of ‘Em All and Recent Tragic Events, we see these characters traverse feelings of loss and emerge on the other side completely changed.”

Cast Bios

Production Team

SAMANTHA R. DZIRKO, Production Manager
Samantha is grateful to be doing her 2nd show with Interrobang Theatre Project. Production Management credits include:Really Really (Interrobang Theatre Project), Workshop Production Manager at Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Production Management Intern at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

LISA GIEBLER, Technical Director
Lisa is a freelance technical director, carpenter and mixed media artist in the Chicagoland area.  She works at Northbrook Theatre regularly and has also done work at Harper College, Chicago Folks Operetta, and Chicago Dramatists.  This is her third production with Interrobang.

Some of Mealah’s previous prop designs include Caged Dames and Miracle! with Hell in a Handbag Productions, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum with Porchlight Music Theatre,  Really Really with Interrobang Theatre Project andHello, Dolly! with Light Opera Works. Mealah is an ensemble member with Hell in a Handbag Productions.

NOEL HUNTZINGER, Costume Design 
Noel is an Interrobang Theatre Project company member for which she has designed costumes for Really Really, Owners, Ibsen is Dead, The Pitchfork Disney, Terminus, and Speaking in Tongues. She is also an artistic associate with Filament Theatre Ensemble where she designed Snow Queen and Hank Williams: Lost Highway. Other favorite credits inlude: Mistakes Madeline Made and Permanent Image with Livewire Theatre and Happy Now? with Shattered Globe Theatre.

CHRISTOPHER AARON KNARR, House Manager & Social Media Guru
Originally from South Bend, IN 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. His last credits included Interrobang Theatre Project's previous productions of Terminus, The Pitchfork Disney and Ibsen is Dead as Assistant Stage Manager. He was also House Manager for these productions as well as last season's Owners, Really Really, and this season's Katrina: Mother-in-Law of 'em All.

MORGAN LAKE, Sound Design
Morgan Lake is a Chicago-based sound designer. She is very excited to be working with Interrobang Theatre Project for the first time. Recent projects include designing The Terrible (The New Colony) and engineering It's a Wonderful Life (American Blues Theater). Upcoming work includes engineering The Life of Galileo (Remy Bumppo Theatre Company) and Little Shop of Horrors (American Blues Theater) this spring.

Greg Pinsoneault is a Chicago based designer who recently received a BFA in Scenic Design from The Theatre School at DePaul University.  Chicago credits include works with Griffin Theatre, Profiles Theatre, Interrobang Theatre Project, Rasaka Theatre Company, The Agency Theatre Collective, Cock and Bull, and Underscore Theatre Company.  He has also assisted on productions at The Cort Theatre (NYC), The Broadhurst Theatre, Glimmerglass Opera, The Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Paramount Theatre, and Drury Lane Oakbrook.  Greg was the recipient of The 2014 Theatre School Michael Merritt Award and the 2015 USITT W Oren Parker Undergraduate Scene Design Award.  Examples of his work can be found at

ROB STEPEK, Lighting Design
Born and raised in Chicago, Rob is more than excited to be back in the city and working with Interrobang Theatre Project for the first time. He holds a 2015 MFA in lighting design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a 2012 BS in theatrical design and production from Illinois State University. Both locations allowed Rob to experiment and find his design aesthetic and he is more than happy to be able to continue with his professional career with a great team on The North Pool.

BEEP TREFTS, Stage Manager
Beep is excited to be working on his first show with Interrobang Theatre Project. His recent projects include Ten Dollar House (Pride Films and Plays), The Addams Family (Actors Training Center), and The Outfit (Piccolo). He is a graduate of Hofstra University with a focus in stage management. Many thanks to Lee, the Llamas, his family, and the cast and crew ofThe North Pool.

ZOE VERDIN, Website & Graphic Design
Zoë Verdin is a freelance graphic designer and Thai masseuse. She received her undergraduate degree in Studio Art from Carleton College in 2006 and is currently enrolled at the Thai Bodywork School of Thai Massage in Evanston. She has worked as scenic designer/carpenter, costume designer and muralist on a number of projects at Polaris Charter Academy, including Wiley and the Hairy Man, Alice in Wonderland, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. She is delighted to be a part of Interrobang Theatre Project's incredible company of artists.