The people behind Jonah and Otto.


Robert Holman: The quiet man worth shouting about

In Jonah and Otto, a self-loathing man of the cloth who has lost his faith tells the insecure, deceptively wastrel Jonah that "I think we learn to love by listening to another person. Love is paying attention". He could be describing Holman's own artistic process.

The Independent

Simon Stephens: My favourite living writer? Robert Holman, dramatist of secrets and shyness

Watching Robert Holman plays we get a sense, on one hand, that we are watching life captured. His language is beautifully heard; the behaviour he dramatises is beautifully observed. But at the same time there is magic within his writing.

The Guardian

Encore Heroes #1: Robert Holman

His playwriting is subtle, emotionally rich, morally complex, constantly beautiful, always imaginative.

He deserves a season, a systematic programme of revival… He is a jewel.

Encore Theatre Magazine

Robert Holman - Playwright

Robert Holman was born in 1952 and brought up on a farm in North Yorkshire. He was awarded an Arts Council Writers Bursary in 1974, and since then has spent periods as resident dramatist with the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon. His plays include: The Natural CauseGerman Skerries (for which he won the George Devine Award), Other WorldsTodayMaking Noise QuietlyAcross OkaRafts and DreamsBad WeatherHoles in the Skin, and A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky, with David Eldridge and Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time). His plays have been seen as far apart as Los Angeles and Tokyo, at theatres such as the Royal Court, the Bush, the RSC, Lyric Hammersmith, Donmar Warehouse, and the Mark Taper Forum, LA.


'Are my plays any good? I haven't a clue': Robert Holman speaks to Lyn Gardner

He can make us see the world differently... It is still almost impossible to sit through a Holman play without discovering something about the world that you didn't know you knew.

The Guardian

The Big Interview: Robert Holman

His name gets passed between playwrights like a secret handshake... Holman is sometimes referred to as the playwrights’ playwright. That, I think, is because his plays manage to wring a huge amount of poetry and poignancy from actions and dialogue that nonetheless seem entirely psychologically sensible.

The Stage

Discovering Robert Holman

“If you’re really interested in playwriting – read Robert Holman”

His is a voice worth cherishing and one that deserves to reach as wide an audience as possible.

Exeunt Magazine

The Royal Court Playwright's Podcast: Robert Holman

His first play at the Royal Court, Mud was produced in 1974 and the four decades since then have seen him write, in my opinion, several of this country’s best plays since the Second World War. 

His compassion is matched only by his sense of formal boldness; his linguistic precision matched by his sense of stage imagery and honesty. 

The Royal Court


Rupert Simonian - Jonah

Rupert Simonian was born in London. At 26 he has already appeared in numerous films including The Constant Gardener, SkyfallPeter Pan, Keeping MumThe Boys Are Back, Piccadilly Jim, Finding Her, and Downhill. TV credits include “Foyle’s War,” “Ashes to Ashes,” “Murdoch Mysteries,” “Not Going Out,” “X Company,” “Appropriate Adult,” “Life Bites” (Disney), “Hidden,” “Doctors,” “Murderland,” “Le Grande,” and “The Bill.”  Rupert received an Off West End Award nomination in the Best Actor category for his acclaimed performance in Punk Rock (UK tour). Other theatre credits include Fireface (Young Vic), To Kill a Mockingbird (Royal Exchange Manchester), and Three Kingdoms (London and EU tour).


Sean Gormley - Otto

Sean Gormley is a company member of the Irish Repertory Theatre. NY Theatre: The Weir, Da, Transport (world premiere), Aristocrats, The Devil’s Disciple, Yeats Project, The Shaughraun (Irish Rep). A Day by the Sea (Mint Theatre). Nora, Shadow of the Glen (Marvell Rep). Ladies and Gents (Irish Arts Center). The Good Thief (solo performance at Players Theatre directed by John Keating). Ross (Storm Theatre). Regional Theatre: Sucker Punch (US premiere, Studio Theatre DC). Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Macbeth, Waiting For Lefty, Antigone, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Hellhound On My Trail, Riders to the Sea, Hound of the Baskervilles. TV: “Person Of Interest” (CBS), “Z: The Beginning of Everything” (Amazon), “Treme” (HBO), “All My Children” (ABC), “The Edge”. Film: What Maisie Knew, Falling Apples. Numerous independent film and voiceover credits.


Geraldine Hughes - Director

Geraldine Hughes received the Los Angeles Ovation, Garland and Drama Critics Circle Awards and a Drama League Award Nomination for Outstanding Performance for her solo play Belfast Blues, which she also wrote. Stage credits include Jerusalem opposite Mark Rylance (Broadway & West End). Other theatre credits include: Particle Of Dread, Cyrano De Bergerac (Broadway), Translations (Broadway), Molly Sweeney (Irish Repertory Theatre), Pumpgirl (MTC), Orson’s Shadow, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Weir, The Architect. Television credits include: “The Blacklist”, “Blue Bloods”, “Nurse Jackie”, “Mercy”, “The Good Wife”, “Law and Order CI”, “Law & Order SVU”, “Law & Order”, “Murder, She Wrote: The Celtic Riddle”, “ER”. She has starred in several features including Gran Torino, Rocky Balboa, Time Out Of Mind, Killing Lincoln. Geraldine will next be seen in the film, The Book Of Henry, due out this year. For C.


Firefly Theater & Films

With equal footing in theater and film, Firefly Theater & Films has been telling compelling stories for more than 20 years. Firefly’s theater productions ­– including the world-premiere and subsequent runs of Geraldine Hughes’ Belfast Blues – have won more than two-dozen awards for shows in Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Belfast, Off-West End London, and Off-Broadway. Firefly’s films – including notable documentaries Finders KeepersMake Believe, and Print the Legend – have won awards at dozens of leading festivals internationally. 


Natalia Duncan Macker - Associate Producer

Natalia Duncan Macker is an actor and producer. She currently serves as the Artistic Director of Off Square Theatre Company, the resident theatre in the Center for the Arts in Jackson Hole and as a producer for the screen and stage at Firefly Theater & Films, where she has been a producer on all projects since 2009.  Natalia received a fellowship for acting and dance from the Wyoming Arts Council in 2014. She is a graduate of Yale University and the Michael Howard Studios Conservatory. She resides in Wyoming with her husband and son, where she was recently re-elected to the Teton County Board of Commissioners. 


Taylor Thomson - Assistant Director

Taylor Thomson (assistant director) is a recent graduate of St. John's University and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She has been living and performing in New York since 2012. 


Ian Wehrle - Sound Designer

Ian Wehrle (sound designer) is a composer and collaborator for various music direction and sound design for theater. Recent credits include: Monica Piper's Not That Jewish (New World Stages); A Room Of My Own and Hellman V. McCarthy (Abingdon Theatre Co.); A Dream of Red PavilionsSayonara and No No Boy (Pan Asian Repertory Theatre Co.); Gilgamesh - A Musical Epic (Columbia Stages); CarouselCabaret and Chess (New York Film Academy); regular work with Blogologues: The Internet Performed; Sarah Lawrence College; Mill Mountain Theatre; and is a CUNY professor of sound design. He is credited at the Food Network, MTV, and PBS. For more information please see:



Nick Micozzi - Producer

Nick Micozzi is a producer, director, actor, and a co-founder of the Innovative Theatre Foundation. Producing credits include New York Innovative Theatre Awards, Flags, Night at the Trojan Wall, Last Supper, Morgan Street, Devil in the Hole, and the upcoming Macbeth at LA’s Edgemar Center. Acting work includes Lucio and Pompey in (separate productions of) Measure for Measure, Bernard in Death of a Salesman, Iago in Othello, Misha in Nick (Ivanov), and ArtCamp SexyTime FootBall.  He also works in production of large-scale live events, such as Times Square New Years Eve.


Kat West - Stage Manager

Kat West's NYC Credits include: Broadway: The 24 Hour Plays; Off-Broadway: Murder For Two for Snug Harbor, Barbara Whitman Productions; Altar Boyz My Big Gay Italian Wedding for Davenport Theatricals; President Harding is a Rock StarBoozy, Heddatron for Les Freres Corbusier; Toast, Teenage Dick for The Public Theater, Little Flower of East Orange for The Public/LABrynith Theater Company; Unlocked, Iron Curtain, The Flood, Illyria, Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge, and others for Prospect Theater Company. Opera: La Boheme, Cavaleria Rusticana (New York City Opera). Thanks to her husband and family. 


Ann Beyersdorfer - Set Designer

Ann Beyersdorfer  is a NYC based scenic designer for theater and opera. Select Recent Design: Trial of an American President (Theatre Row), Forest Boy & Tink! (NYMF), The Night Alive (Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY), The Dodgers (The Hudson Theater, LA), The Black Book (American Theatre of Actors, NYC), Song for a Future Generation (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Urinetown & Out of the Basement (Araca Project, NYC), 50 Shades! A Musical Parody (2015 National Tour). Select Associate Design Work: Jitney (MTC, Broadway), PHISH NYE Concert (Madison Square Garden 2016/17), Peter Pan (Broadway Asia, GBE), Cinderella (Stage Entertainment, Moscow). She is a supporter and member of the Broadway Green Alliance, a co-founder of the indie theater group, RADD Theatre Co. and a proud alumna of Syracuse University. 


Steven Klein - Producer

Steven Kleinfounder of Firefly Theater & Films, is an actor and producer who began collaborating with Geraldine Hughes when appearing with her in Orson’s Shadow, and he subsequently produced the world premiere of Belfast Blues along with runs in West Belfast’s Feile an Phobail, Belfast’s Grand Opera House, and London’s Soho Theatre. In addition, stage highlights include: the annual Unscreened series in Los Angeles, debuting the work of Itamar Moses to LA with The Four of Us, and Jane Martin’s Flags at 59E59. Film highlights: the award-winning documentary Make Believe and the Netflix Original Documentary Print the Legend, which streams exclusively on Netflix. As an actor, Steven will next be seen in the LA premiere of Itamar Moses’ Completeness, opening in November, and as a lead in the film Kensho at the Bedfellow, shot in NY last fall.


Charlie Whelton - Production Manager

Charlie Whelton is Lost Tribe's Head of Communications, and a Londoner born and raised. Having performed in amateur, youth and university productions at British theatres including the Lyric Hammersmith and the Warwick Arts Centre, he comes to Lost Tribe from a background in politics, criminal justice and campaigning. After graduating from University College London with a master’s degree in US History and Politics, he had been working predominantly in prison reform before getting involved with Lost Tribe last year.


Katie Sue Nicklos - Costume Designer

Katie Sue Nicklos (costume designer) is tickled to join this Tribe for her foray into Off-Broadway. She can normally be found costuming burlesque performers, aerialists, superheroes, and regular human beings who enjoy a little mischief. When she isn't creating, she has been spotted with trombone in hand, fronting a band of eagles!


Kate Bashore - Lighting Designer 

Kate Bashore is a New York City-based lighting designer whose work has been presented regionally and in NYC. Recent designs include: Street Children (New Ohio Theatre); The Sorrows of Young Werther (Symphony Space); The Piano Lesson (Gallery Players); Charlotte’s Web (The Rose Theater); Into the Woods (Festival 56); and On the Razzle (Clarence Brown Theatre). As an assistant, she has worked both on- and off-Broadway and for various festivals including Fall for Dance at New York City Center and Lincoln Center Festival. MFA: University of Tennessee – Knoxville. See: