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RedBird Theater Company presents

the World Premiere of 


by North Carolina playwright

Chris Shuptrine

Performed in approximately 75 minutes with no intermission.

NUMBERS ARE DOWN was selected from nearly fifty submissions by North Carolina playwrights in response to RedBird Theater's call for scripts last fall.


An open-seating office in the basement of Abacus headquarters. The present.


Jeffrey Eason as Andy

Nicole Gabriel as Cassie

Monica Hoh as Max

Pamir Kiciman as Frank

Donna J. Smith as Lucy

Each performance includes a pre-show act by a North Carolina comedian.

7/27 & 28 Izzy Burger, 7/29 Wills Maxwell, Jr., 7/30 RJ Jurgensen
8/2 Jeremy Alder, 8/3 Brandi Roberts, 8/4 Tony Castleberry, 8/5 Izzy Burger


David Berberian - Director

Jaye Bullock - Assistant Stage Manager

Devon Cholon - Assistant Stage Manager

Tim Domack - Properties Designer

Veronica Dress - Intimacy Director

Sean Haggerty - Sound Designer

Derrick Ivey - Scenic Designer

Joe Keilholz - Stage Manager

Griffin Matthews - Lighting Designer

Elena Montero Mulligan - Costume Designer


Chuck and Diane Catotti, Center Theater Company,  Chris Droessler,
Duke VPM, Durham Magazine, Ken Huth @HuthPhoto, Kim Knorr,
Jenny Latimer, Regulator Bookshop, Thai Cafe, Tri-City Signs & Awards,
Lance Waycaster, John and Ruth Winecker.


Jeremy Alder (Comedian)

The ‘bad boy of homeschooling,’ Jeremy weaves the experiences of his own weird, poorly-planned life into smartly stupid, sweetly dark comedy. He is a regular at clubs throughout the South and has worked with several national touring acts.

David Berberian (Director)

David has been a regular on Triangle Stages for over 20 years. He has taken on projects as an actor, director, producer, designer, and set builder with several organizations including The Juilliard School, The Vineyard Theater, The Minetta Lane Theater, Duke University, Manbites Dog Theater, The Heights Players, StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance, Piedmont Performance Factory, Deep Dish Theater, Theater Delta, The Justice Theater Project, East Carolina Summer Theater and many more.

Jaye Bullock (Assistant Stage Manager)

Jaye is proud is to be a part of this production. This is their first role as part of the stage crew, as well as the first production they have worked on with RedBird Theater Company. Previously, they played Gwendolyn Fairfax in the Duke Players' production of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, and worked as a makeup artist in the Duke Players' production of MARISOL.

Izzy Burger (Comedian)

Izzy is an award-winning comedian, writer, and actor with roots in the NC Coast. In addition to performing in bars and comedy clubs across the US, she has appeared in countless live theatre productions, tv, indie film, regional ad campaigns, and lent her voice to several popular animated imports including "Elf Princess Rane" and "The Shinesmen". She currently lives in Wilmington with a toothless chihuahua and a cat.

Tony Castleberry (Comedian)

Tony started comedy in 2018, has performed at the North Carolina Comedy Festival and opened for national headliners like Blair Socci, Atsuko Okatsuka and Ted Alexandro.

Devon Cholon (Assistant Stage Manager)

Devon is a local college student who just finished her first year at UNC Chapel Hill. At her high school, she worked as stage manager and technical director for productions such as OUR TOWN, GHOSTS IN THE MACHINE, and LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. Now, she is thrilled to enter the greater theater world as a first time Assitant Stage Manager for RedBird!

Tim Domack (Properties Designer)

Tim started his career at GoodSpeed Opera house before building television scenery with Freelance Staging in Winston-Salem.  He moved to New York and interned with the Charlotte Wilcox general management company on Broadway.  Tim signed on with The Juilliard School in the production props department.  He worked with Juilliard for seven years and worked some summers as props coordinator at Central City Opera in CO, Utah Festival Opera, Portland Opera in Maine, and TKTS in Times Square.  Tim was also involved with several off Broadway productions including New York Shakespeare in The Park and Trailer Park Musical.  Television: Fashion Rocks, CMA’s Live From New York.  Locally, Tim has worked several concerts as a stagehand at PNC Arena, Red Hat Amphitheatre, and Walnut Creek Amphitheatre.  Tim moved with his wife, Caroline and three kids to Wake Forest where Tim is the Technical Theatre Teacher at Wake Forest High School.  He likes to keep active in the professional world working productions with Theatre Raleigh, NCT, Duke Theatre Studies, William Peace University, and many other local theatre companies.  He is also the production supervisor for NCT Conservatory.  He sends thanks and love to his wife Caroline and their kids, JJ, Phillip, and Margaret."

Veronica Dress (Intimacy Coach)

Veronica Dress (she/her) is thrilled to support the cast of NUMBERS ARE DOWN as their Intimacy Director. Founder of The Dress Rehearsal, a sexuality education and coaching practice, Veronica is passionate about creating consent-forward creative spaces that support the art of physical storytelling. You can find her working on productions around the Triangle-- up next is FUN HOME with NRACT! Thank you to the cast and team of NUMBERS ARE DOWN for allowing her to join in on this fun production!

Jeffrey Eason (Actor - Andy)

Jeffrey is making his all around debut in the theater industry with NUMBERS ARE DOWN. While this may be his first theater work, Jeffrey has spent well over a decade in the music industry; on and off stage. If he wasn’t performing with bands or his solo work, Jeffrey was running sound for others, or being a production manager for virtually any kind of live event.

Jeffrey did his Meisner training at Wendy Ward Studios, through a scholarship that Ms. Ward created for him specifically. Wendy Ward very unfortunately passed away, but any of Jeffrey’s acting work, will always be a representation of how amazing she really was; as a teacher, as a mentor, and as a friend.

Nicole Gabriel (Actor - Cassie)

Nicole Gabriel is overjoyed to make her return to acting after 7 years. Some of her favourite past roles include Thomasina Coverly in ARCADIA (Deep Dish Theater Company), Abigail Gersten in DENIAL (One Song Productions), and Mercutio in ROMEO AND JULIET (Emerson College). Currently, Nicole is also producing her first ever video game title: AGES OF CATARIA. She would like to thank the whole cast and crew, the board of RedBird, her family and friends, and YOU for keeping the magic of theatre alive!

Sean Haggerty (Sound Designer)

Sean is a Durham based sound designer. His passion is in sound design but has worked in many fields in the live entertainment industry over the years. When not working in a theater he can be found outdoors with his dog Hogan or woodworking. He is excited to be back for his second production with Red Bird Theater company. 

Monica Hoh (Actor - Max)

Monica is delighted to make her North Carolina debut with RedBird Theater Company as Max. New to the area, her previous memorable moments on stage took place with theater companies from the Northeast to the Midwest, among them, Hawkins in MEN ON BOATS , Muriel in DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, Crystal in THE WOMEN, and Mrs. Gibbs in OUR TOWN. She is so grateful to David and RedBird for the opportunity to act on stage again.

Derrick Ivey (Scenic Designer)

Derrick has worked as actor, director, choreographer, designer, producer, administrator, and educator in collaborations with dozens of North Carolina theater companies. He previously designed sets for RedBird's A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART II and portrayed Mark Rothko in RedBird's RED. 

RJ Jurgensen (Comedian)

RJ is an Army vet who got his start in comedy in LA and Orange County, CA back in 2012. He's opened and featured for many of the top comedians in the country, including Tom Segura, Iliza Shlesinger, Andrew Dice Clay, Tommy Davidson, Pauly Shore, Dave Attell, Brad Williams, and many more.

Joe Keilholz (Stage Manager)

Joe has been stage managing in the triangle area for a number of years. While not working on stage, he can be found leading his own DevSecOps scrums while working in the cloud and working with some dock diving dogs. He's extremely happy to have been a part of this production and wonders where he misplaced his red stapler.

Pamir Kiciman (Actor - Frank)

Relatively new to the area, Pamir is making his Triangle theater debut with NUMBERS ARE DOWN. Catching the bug as a child actor, he steadily pursued a performance and directing career before taking a decades-long hiatus. His highlights include a recurring role in the Turkish TV sitcom PERIHAN ABLA; leads in A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS; THE ZOO STORY; LAUGHING WILD; and THE SUICIDE. Pamir is particularly proud of underground theater he did in Central Florida, bringing English-speaking theater to the diplomatic community in Ankara, together with small experimental pieces and translations into Turkish of sections of significant works put on with help from theater faculty members at the University of Ankara and the actors from the Turkish state theater. A stint in dinner theater also honed his skills. His other credits include THE AMERICAN DREAM; ARMS AND THE MAN; ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR; CALIFORNIA SUITE; and OUR TOWN. Pamir is thrilled to be performing again.

Griffin Matthews (Lighting Designer) 

Griffin is a live events and creative professional based in Raleigh, NC. He focuses on live event technology and has worked in event production for several venues across North Carolina. He has experience in audio engineering, lighting design, and theatrical rigging, and has worked as a technician for NC State University Theatre, Duke Theatre Studies, Justice Theatre Project, and more. Griffin now works in broadcast television and is a freelance designer/technician. He is thrilled to be part of RedBird’s inaugural season.

Willis Maxwell, Jr. (Comedian)

Wills won Port City’s Top Comic in 2019 and was a regional finalist in StandUp NBC 2018. His comedy news segment "What Did We Miss?" ran on WWAY for over 5 years. Wills has performed at the Cola Comedy Convention, the North Carolina Comedy Festival, the Oak City Comedy Festival, and the Cape Fear Comedy Festival. Wills hosted Wilmington's late-night talk show "Late Fear with Wills Maxwell" for three years. He has also opened for several comedians including Tim Meadows and Jim Gaffigan.

Elena Montero Mulligan (Costume Designer)

Elena is so grateful and happy to be working with Redbird Theatre Company for the first time. An alumna of Meredith College, she’s often seen around the Triangle both onstage and backstage either acting or costuming (occasionally both). Recent design credits include KIDS WRITE FESTIVAL2023 and ART (Burning Coal Theatre Company) and TRICK OR TREAT, MR. McGREGOR! (Seed Art Share); recent onstage projects include Hodel in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Cary Players), Chorus in Puccini’s MANON LESCAUT: IN CONCERT (North Carolina Opera), and Kay in OH KAY! (White Iris Light Opera). Many thanks to the rest of the production team and the cast and crew of NUMBERS ARE DOWN!

Brandi Roberts (Comedian)

Brandi is a stand up comedian, producer, and writer based in Raleigh, NC. Brandi acknowledges her sense of humor was birthed early in her youth. She did not dive into comedy until around 2015 after she dropped out of college. In just 7 years she has grown exponentially and has opened for acts such as Jenny Yang, Jenny Zigrino, Katie Hughes, Yamaneika Saunders, Ali Siddiq and more. She featured on the first “Black Power Ranger” Southern comedy tour in 2022. Brandi will go on tour again this Summer.”

Chris Shuptrine (Playwright)

Chris is a playwright based in Durham, NC. He's honored that RedBird selected his script for their inaugural season. While NUMBERS ARE DOWN is his first play, he's written humor columns for multiple papers, including Charlottesville's The Daily Progress and Boston's DigBoston. Outside of writing, Chris has been in the business world doing startup marketing for over 15 years. He lives with his wife and two senior cats.

Donna J. Smith (Actor - Lucy)

Donna is a native New Yorker who, after 28 years of living in NC, considers herself an honorary Carolina Girl. This is her first professional theater performance since 1989, when she appeared as Lady in Brown in FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF.  She recently left her corporate career to pursue other interests like theater...and to spend time traveling the world, and hanging out with her children, Jordann and Grayson, and two doodles, Chloe and Lexi.  She is pleased to be a part of this performance, and to be a part of the RedBird Theater family.

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Special thanks to Center Theater Company - our hosts for NUMBERS ARE DOWN.

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