Part historical, part stand up, part drama, Illinois Boy Blues is the story of an abandoned boy, turned bluesman, Romaine Ri’chard. He recalls his journey in life as a foster child, musician, sex addict and life-long resident of Illinois. We see that Romaine has all the qualities of a seasoned entertainer, but what’s preventing him from reaching his fullest potential? No one can tell it better than the man that knows him best, Raydius. This fallen star’s unraveling story will shine a light on racism, prostitution, fame and a little boy’s infatuation with the “Land of Lincoln.”
Genre and Content
Adult language,Sexual content,Loud noises
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Cast and Crew
(Playwright, Actor) A New Jersey native, Khalil studied Journalism at Rutgers University before pursuing his passion for acting. He made his professional debut in 2004 in Happy Birthday Madam Alberta at The Cherry Lane Theatre and received his professional actor training from the William Esper Studio in NYC. Khalil is also known as the creator of the award-winning one-man show Pryor Truth, which earned him the 2016 FringeNYC Overall Excellence in Solo Performance Award and the 2016 United Solo Best One-Man show Award. Other stage credits include Ruined (Florida Studio Theatre), Six Degrees of Separation (Playhouse on the Green), A Soldier’s Play, Faith on a Tuesday and Shadow Saint. TV/Film credits include: Trainwreck, Inside Amy Schumer, James White, Uncle Silas, The Real Hustle, The Gallery, A Long Road, A Playa's Web & Retribution: Nina. Proud AEA & SAG-AFTRA member!
Ms. Flax’s Off-Broadway directing credits include Red Fern Theatre Co, The Working Theater, August Strindberg Repertory, Manhattan Repertory Theatre Co, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, as well as AUDELCO-Award winning "The American Jesus Christ" for Mutt Repp, (archived at the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts Theater on Film Collection). She has directed regional and resident productions including "Having Our Say" (Triad Stage); "Sister Act, the musical" (Community Theatre of Greensboro); "Get-A-Grip (An Off the Wall Musical), Freedom Theater; "Runaways", (Society Hill Playhouse); "Peacemeal" (BigSmall Theater Co); "Rap Master Ronnie", (OnStage Cabaret); "To Be Young, Gifted and Black", "Colored Peoples’ Time", and "Po’ (A musical comedy), Theater Center Philadelphia. She is a veteran performer of Television, Stage, Commercials and Voice Overs performing contemporary and classical roles Off-Broadway and regionally, (receiving an MITF nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress for the original play, "Fortune" and an AUDELCO-Award nomination for Outstanding Ensemble Performance in August Strindberg’s "Playing With Fire". TV credits have included a recurring role on Law & Order: Special Victim's Unit" with appearances on Daredevil, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order (multi-episodes), HBO's Sundance Selected Everyday People, The Sopranos, Third Watch, All My Children and Another World. Upcoming directing projects: "The Madwoman of Chaillot" (Guilford College) and the original play, "Dembé" (Paper Lantern Theatre Co.) She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actor’s Equity.