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  cast      
  Natalie West
 
 

NATALIE WEST (Margaret) became an ensemble member at A Red Orchid Theatre in 2010 after an extended run of Abigail's Party. Previous productions include The Butcher of Baraboo, Side Man (Steppenwolf), The Man Who Came to Dinner (Steppenwolf and The Barbican in London), House and Garden (Goodman), How I Learned to Drive (Northlight), God of Hell (Next), The Guys (Piven) and many shows with Remains Theatre where she was an ensemble member for many years. Natalie was a regular on the television show Roseanne as Crystal. Films include Poker House, Life Sentence and Bushwhacked. Natalie recently guest starred on a webisode of Bad Sides. Natalie is the recipient of two Jeff Awards for supporting actress for Abigail's Party at A Red Orchid Theatre and Life and Limb at Wisdom Bridge. She holds a BA in Theatre from Indiana University and she attended Webber Douglas Drama Academy in London.

 
         
  Tyler Ross
 
  TYLER ROSS (Nate) moved to Chicago to pursue acting professionally in late 2009 from Jacksonville, FL, where he was born and raised. Since arriving in Chicago he has been seen on stage in Jeff Recommended productions of McMeekin Finds Out (Route 66 / Victory Gardens) and Hickorydickory (Chicago Dramatists). He also recently led an incredible cast in Chicago Children's Theatre's critically acclaimed production of Jackie and Me. He can next be seen in Writers' Theatre's Hesperia, starting in January 2012. In film and television, Ross has appeared in the feature films Little Men (2005), ABC Family's Searching For David's Heart (2004), Stephen Cone's The Wise Kids (2011), and most recently Nate & Margaret. Ross has appeared in national commercials for Snickers Ice Cream, Cricket Wireless, and Steak 'n Shake.  
         
  Conor McCa
 
  CONOR MCCAHILL (James) is a 2010 graduate of the Theatre School at DePaul University where he received a BFA in Acting. He was born and raised in the cold mountain air of Colorado and fell in love with theatre at a young age. He integrated himself into every level of theatre during high school becoming involved in makeup, costumes, scenic design, properties, and found himself a niche in playwrighting and on the stage itself. He is a working company member of Nothing Without a Company with whom he is exploring new interests in graphic design and slam poetry. Some of his favorite roles at DePaul include The White Knight in Alice and Wonderland directed by Sean Graney and Mr. Pendanski in Holes directed by John Jenkins. He recently appeared in Adventure Stage's production of And A Child Shall Lead and Griffin Theatre's No More Dead Dogs.  
         
  Gaby Hoffmann
 
  GABY HOFFMANN (Darla) was born in New York City. In 1989, she starred in her first movie, Field of Dreams, with Kevin Costner. She followed this up with 1989's Uncle Buck with John Candy & Macaulay Culkin and then went on to star in This Is My Life, Now and Then, Sleepless in Seattle with Tom Hanks and The Man Without a Face with Mel Gibson. Between 1996-2000, Hoffmann landed roles in several films including Everyone Says I Love You, Volcano, Snapped, 200 Cigarettes, Coming Soon, Black & White, You Can Count on Me, and Perfume. In 2008, Hoffmann appeared in the documentary Chelsea on the Rocks, which is a tribute to the Chelsea Hotel where she grew up. In 2009, Hoffman had a supporting role in Todd Solondz's Life During Wartime, and the thriller 13 with Mickey Rourke.  
         
  Crew      
  Nathan Adloff
 
 

NATHAN ADLOFF (Director/Co-Writer/Producer) made his feature film debut with Nate & Margaret. It sold for worldwide distribution prior to playing a film festival. Roger Ebert commended the film “A smart, observant movie about two very particular people, and its casting is pitch-perfect.” and the NY Times called it “Fragile and simple in the best possible way.”

Nathan acted in Joe Swanberg’s early projects and has made a handful of award-winning short films of his own. He directed a TV pilot, which was a finalist in the Chicago TV Pilot Competition. His first leading role was in the film Blackmail Boys, which obtained worldwide distribution. His new short film Cock N' Bull was selected to screen in 2013's Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival.

Nathan and Justin D.M. Palmer co-wrote the short script Backflip, about an overweight 12-year-old girl obsessed with gymnastics. It was awarded an Honorable Mention in the first Killer Films short film contest, where Christine Vachon called it "An engaging and well-written piece with great potential".

 
         
  Justin D.M. Palmer
 
  Justin D.M. Palmer (Co-Writer) co-wrote Nate & Margaret with Nathan Adloff, which sold for worldwide distribution to Breaking Glass Pictures, before ever playing a film festival. The New York Times highlighted the writing, saying it was "Fragile and simple in the best possible way," and Variety called Palmer & Adloff's screenplay "a well-structured script". Nate & Margaret won the Jury Prize for "Best Narrative Feature" at the 2012 Sidewalk Film Festival's SHOUT! Festival.

Justin and Nathan co-wrote the short film screenplay Backflip, about an overweight 12-year-old girl obsessed with gymnastics, which was given an Honorable Mention in the first annual Killer Films short film contest. They also co-created the indie comedy TV pilot Bad Sides, which played at the Chicago Comedy TV Pilot competition.

Justin is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and the School of the Art Institute Chicago. He lives in Los Angeles.

 
         
  Ash Christian
 
 

ASH CHRISTIAN (Producer) wrote, directed and starred in his first feature film Fat Girls alongside Jonathan Caouette (Tarnation) and Robyn DeJesus (Camp). Fat Girls had its world premiere at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival to critical acclaim. Fat Girls sold and hit theaters nationwide fall of 2007 and was optioned by MTV Networks and turned into a pilot. Ash's second feature- the dark comedy "Mangus!" stars Jennifer Coolidge, Heather Matarazzo, Leslie Jordan and John Waters is currently on the festival circuit this summer. The film sold to Wolfe Releasing and Logo Networks. Ash returned to his theater roots producing the 3 time Tony Award winning "Next to Normal" which is currently playing Broadway at the Booth Theater and has been financial and critical success... the show won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize. Ash is in post production on Petunia which stars Thora Birch, Brittany Snow, Christine Lahti, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Michael Urie and David Rasche, which he wrote, produced and directed and is in development on several more films to shoot in '11. Currently, Ash is working with Rob Reiner and starring opposite Morgan Freeman and Virginia Madsen in Summer at Dog Daves.

 
         
  Brian Levin
 
  BRIAN LEVIN (Director of Photography/Editor) worked with Nathan Adloff on his Jury Prize winning short Untied Strangers (2008).

He joined Adloff and Justin D.M. Palmer on the web series Bad Sides in October 2010, as well as worked with Adloff and Danny Rhodes on their film When I'm Alone (currently in post-production).

In addition to his work with Adloff, Palmer and company, Brian has been shooting and editing feature films, shorts, commercials and video for several years. Most recently he has been working with Author Solutions Films on interviews and mock-trailers to help authors sell their books online. In 2009 he completed production on the newly released horror feature film Cyrus: Mind of a Serial Killer.

You can find more information about Brian and links to his work at www.brian-levin.com.