Artist Bios


by Marsha Norman  


Sally Wingert (Thelma Cates). MUA: Jen Santoro Rotty. Photo: Heidi Bohnenkamp.

Sally Wingert* (Thelma Cates): Dark & Stormy Productions: And So It Goes, The Receptionist. Broadway/West End, London: La Bête. Representative Theater: McCarter Theater/Yale Rep (Tartuffe); ART (Paradise Lost); Guthrie Theater: more than 80 productions since 1985 (most recently: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?, Indecent, Blithe Spirit, Native Gardens); Theater Latté Da (Underneath the LintelSix Degrees of Separation, Sweeney Todd, Master Class, Cabaret); Mixed Blood; Jungle Theater (Sylvia, Entertaining Mr. Sloane); Theatre de la Jeune Lune; Minnesota Jewish Theatre (Rose, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, 2.5 Minute Ride, Woman Before a Glass, Family Secrets); Park Square Theater; Ten Thousand Things; Barrington Stage; Eye of the Storm; Arizona Theatre Company; Actors Theatre of St. Paul; History Theatre; Children's Theatre Company; Cricket Theatre; Chanhassen Dinner Theatre; others. Film/TV: The Life of Riley, North Country, Factotum, How to Kill a Mockingbird, Grandfather's Birthday (with Robert Prosky), Fargo, With or Without You. Accolades: Ms. Wingert is a multiple Ivey Award recipient and has received a McKnight Theatre Artist Fellowship.

Sara Marsh (Jessie Cates). MUA: Jen Santoro Rotty. Photo: Heidi Bohnenkamp.
Sara Marsh* (Jessie Cates): Dark & Stormy Productions: The Maids, Fool For Love, And So It Goes, Sunshine, Extremities, The Hothouse, The Receptionist, others. Representative Theater: Rough Magic Performance Company; SOS Theater (Roller Derby Queen); Artistry Theater (the one-woman show Bad Dates); The Playwrights' Center; Park Square Theater; History Theatre; Pillsbury House Theater; Old Log Theater; Gremlin Theater; Thirst Theater; Theatre L’Homme Dieu; many others. Film/TV: Love Always, Santa (Hallmark, with Marguerite Moreau); Sugar & Spice (New Line Cinema/Warner Bros., with James Marsden, Marley Shelton, and Mena Suvari); The Public Domain; Best Man Down (Magnolia Pictures; with Shelley Long); How to Kill a Mockingbird; many others. Voiceover: Ms. Marsh is a nationally represented voiceover talent who has lent her voice to hundreds of radio, television, and internet spots. Accolades: Nominee: Best Supporting Actress, Theater People (Season 4; Seeka TV), NYC Web Fest 2017. Visit her at


Marsha Norman (Playwright) is perhaps most well-known for her 1981 play 'Night, Mother, for which she received a Tony Award nomination, the Drama Desk Award, and the Pulitzer Prize in 1983. A prolific playwright and screenwriter, she turned her attention to musicals in the early 1990s, and wrote the book for the musical The Secret Garden, winning the Tony Award in 1991. Notably, she also wrote the libretto for the 2005 Broadway hit The Color Purple, receiving a Tony Award nomination for Best Book of a Musical, and most recently wrote the libretto for the musical adaptation of the novel The Bridges of Madison County (2014). Ms. Norman co-chairs the department of playwrighting at The Juilliard School.

Hayley Finn (Director): Dark & Stormy Productions: Debut. Broadway: A View from the Bridge (as assistant director). Representative Theater: The Public Theater; Cherry Lane; The Flea Theater; New Georges; New Dramatists; The Kitchen; Vineyard Theatre; Greenwich Street Theater; Urban Stages; Drama League; Gotham Stage Company; Relentless Theater; Here Arts Center; Walker Arts Center (Permanence Collection); History Theatre (Hiding in the Open); Workhaus Collective (Doe); Pangea World Theatre (ADY); Pillsbury House Theatre (Death Tax); Minnesota Jewish Theater Company (Bad Jews, Rose, The Last Word, others); others. Accolades: Ms. Finn is an Affiliated Artist at New Georges; and the recipient of the Ruth Easton Directing Fellowship, The Drama League Directing Fellowship, and the TCG New Generations Future Leader Grant. Education: B.A. and M.A from Brown University. Ms Finn is the Associate Artistic Director of The Playwrights' Center.

Rachael Rhoades* (Stage Manager): Dark & Stormy Productions: The Maids. Representative Theater: CLIMB Theatre (Production Manager); Park Square Theatre; Hennepin Theatre Trust; TigerLion Arts; Illusion Theater; Frank Theatre; Minnesota Dance Theatre; History Theatre (Assistant Stage Manager); nimbus theatre; 20% Theatre Company; SOS Theater; Triple Espresso: A Highly Caffeinated Comedy; Why Not? (Tedx Event, Cowles Center); Minnesota Dance Theatre: Loyce Houlton's The Nutcracker (State Theater); others. Education: BA, University of Iowa. Proud Equity member.

Mary Shabatura (Resident Lighting Designer): Dark & Stormy Productions: Fool For Love, The Norwegians, And So It Goes, Sunshine, Extremities, The Hothouse, The Drunken City, The Receptionist, Speed-the-Plow, Outside Providence. Representative Theater: Theatre Latté Da: Five Points, Ragtime, Gypsy, A Christmas Carole Peterson; Artistry Theater: Wit, Bad Dates, Secret Garden, Talley's Folly; Guthrie Theater (Assistant Lighting Designer): Cocoanuts; The Moving Company: For Sale; The Guthrie/BFA Program at the Dowling Studio: Peter Piper/The Hidden People; Trademark Theater: The Boy and Robin Hood; Shapeshift Dance: XI:XI, Awakening; many others; she has also worked with The Santa Fe Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and many more. Accolades: Best Lighting Design of 2016, Ragtime, Lavender Magazine. Visit her at

Lisa Jones (Resident Costume Designer): Dark & Stormy Productions: The Maids, Fool For Love, And So It Goes, Sunshine, Extremities, The Hothouse, The Drunken City. Representative Theater: Jones is the Costume Design Assistant at the Guthrie Theater: Indecent, Sunday in the Park with George, The Bluest Eye, Sense and Sensibility, King Lear, South Pacific, Harvey, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Crucible, A Midsummer Night's Dream, End of the Rainbow, Time Stands Still, A Christmas Carol, and many others; Stages Theatre Company; Great River Shakespeare Festival: Hamlet, Titus Andronicus (in the apprentice program), A Comedy of Errors, Henry IV Part I (as design assistant); others.

Michaela Johnson (Assistant Director): Dark & Stormy Productions: The MaidsRepresentative Theater: Ten Thousand Things (Electra); Park Square Theatre (Of Mice and Men); Jungle Theater (The Wolves; as dramaturg); Yale Institute of Music Theater; Yale Playwrights Festival; National Playwrights Conference. As Director: 20% Theatre Company (The Naked I); Rough Magic Performance Company (Stuff of Dreams). Education: Yale University; National Theatre Institute. Ms. Johnson is the Artistic Associate of Dark & Stormy Productions.

*Member, Actors' Equity Association
Member, Stage Directors & Choreographers Society

"'NIGHT, MOTHER  is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York"
Originally produced on Broadway by Dann Byck, Wendell Cherry, The Shubert Organization and Frederick Zollo. 
Original production directed by Tom Moore. 
Originally produced by The American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, MA.