The Realistic Joneses


Laurie McConnell (Jennifer)

Recent roles include Sister Peggy in As it is in Heaven (Mustard Seed Theatre), Amanda in The Glass Menagerie (Bluff City Theatre), Miss Julie in Miss Julie, Clarissa and John (The Black Rep – Judy Award-St. Louis Post-Dispatch), Joanne in Company (Insight Theatre – Best Supporting Actress-St. Louis Theatre Critics Circle), Heather in Gidion’s Knot (St. Louis Actors Studio) and Reba in The Last Night of Ballyhoo (New Jewish Theatre). Laurie feels so lucky to work with this amazing team and feels even luckier to be married to Alan Knoll, on stage and off.

Isaiah Di Lorenzo (John)

Isaiah is proud to be a part of this odd, sweet work. Mr. Di Lorenzo is a graduate of the Saint Louis University with degrees in Theatre and Literature.  Stephens College provided technique for professional immersion in Ballet, East Indian, Rhythm Jazz, Tanztheater… on both coasts of the U.S. & Canada, and beyond.  Housing and Community Development now occupies much of his energy and imagination.

Alan Knoll (Bob)

Alan Knoll is thrilled to make his Rebel and Misfits debut with this amazing company and so grateful to Kelly for the chance to work opposite his real-life wife, Laurie McConnell. Alan was last seen in the world premiere of TORN ASUNDER (The Black Rep). Other favorite roles include the quarantined trader in INFECTED (Upstream Theatre), Bob Ewell in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (The Repertory Theatre of St Louis), Elwood P. Dowd in HARVEY (Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre), George Hay in MOON OVER BUFFALO (Insight Theatre), President Chuck Smith in NOVEMBER (St. Louis Actors’ Studio), all the residents of Bedford Falls in THIS WONDERFUL LIFE (Dramatic License Productions – Best One-Person Show, Riverfront Times) and George in WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF (Muddy Waters – Best Actor, Riverfront Times). This fall, Alan is excited to work under Edward Coffield’s directorship once again when he plays against type as the title character in AN ACT OF GOD at New Jewish Theatre.

Kelly Hummert (Pony)

Kelly Hummert is the Artistic Director of REBEL AND MISFITS PRODUCTIONS and a member of the global Secret Theatre.  New York Credits: Viola in Twelfth Night at Brooklyn Shakespeare Experience, Maggie in After The Fall at The Lion, Medea in Medea Precluded in The 24 Hour Plays at the Public, the New York Premiere of Kato McNickle’s Swimming In The Ocean, and Helen/”Venus” in Warning: Adult Content at MCC. She participated at The LaByrinth as an actor during 2005-2008 alongside theatre legends such as Stephen Adly Guirgis, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, John Patrick Shanley, Michael Shannon, and Sam Rockwell.  Other roles: Jack in Lord of the Flies, Hermione in The Winters Tale, Olivia in Sex With Strangers, Ophelia in Hamlet: See What I See, Lula in The Dutchman, and Antony in Julius Ceasar. Upcoming: Kill Your Superstars, a newly commissioned work for MTC.

Edward M. Coffield (Director)

New Jewish Theatre (Artistic Director), The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Stray Dog Theatre Company, Insight Theatre Company,  OnSite Theatre Company, The Orange Girls,  The BRIEFS Festival. The Alley Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse. Edward was recently recognized as Best Director of a Comedy –Broadway World Award. Edward is a multiple nominee for The Kevin Kline Awards for Outstanding Direction and most recently a nominee for Saint Louis Theatre Circle Award for Outstanding Director of a comedy. Edward is a member of the faculty of the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University.

Will Eno (Playwright)

Will Eno is a Residency Five Fellow at the Signature Theatre in New York, which presented Title and Deed in 2012, and The Open House, in 2014. Following an acclaimed run at Yale Repertory Theatre, his play The Realistic Joneses was on Broadway in 2014, directed by Sam Gold and staring Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, and Marisa Tomei. The Realistic Joneses won a Drama Desk Award, was named USA Today’s “Best Play on Broadway,” topped the The Guardian’s 2014 list of American plays, and was included in The N.Y. Times’ “Best Theatre of 2014.” The Open House won the 2014 Obie Award, the Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, and a Drama Desk Award, and was included in both the Time Out New York and Time Magazine Top 10 Plays of the Year. Title and Deed was on The N.Y. Times and The New Yorker magazine’s Top Ten Plays of 2012. His play Gnit, a loving but aggressive adaptation of Peer Gynt, premiered at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville in 2013. Middletown, winner of the Horton Foote Award, premiered at the Vineyard Theatre and subsequently at Steppenwolf Theater and many other American Theaters and universities. His internationally heralded play Thom Pain (based on nothing) was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and has been translated into more than a dozen languages. He was recently awarded the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation Award. His plays are published by Samuel French, TCG, Dramatists Play Service, and playscripts, in the U.S., and Oberon Books in London.

Stage Manager: Alycia Martin

Assistant Director: Rachel Roberts

Set Design: Peter and Margery Spack

Lighting Design: Jon Ontiveros

Sound Design: Ellie Schwetye

Technical Director: Joe Novak

Board Operator and Master Electrician: Jerran Kowalski

Photographer: Eric Woolsey