He then went to college in Arkansas at Ouachita Baptist University where he majored in theatre. He then moved to Chicago and has been there since August 2010.
Since relocating, he has been actively working in the theatre community in Chicago.
“I have performed in three productions, costumed one and stage managed seven; however, my passion is to direct,” Stokes wrote in an email to The Mirror this week.
“I did so through a few opportunities in my college years. Now, I'm ready to try it on a more professional level.”
One Flea Spare is a stirring play, Stoke said, about four strangers quarantined together in the same room for 28 days during the plague's sweep through London (1665). While based in history, this play gives us a closer look at our interactions with people of different classes (socially and economically) today.
“I have assembled a fantastic team of designers, and we have already begun collaborating on this visionary production. We have also secured the space for both rehearsals and performance,” Stokes added.
“I'm writing The Gilmer Mirror for any help you can offer. We have just, this week, launched a fundraiser on the website Indiegogo. This allows people to go to our campaign, see a video about our production, read details about the play, the team, and myself, and donate whatever they can.
“Since I am originally from Gilmer, would help my campaign to get exposure? I could use any and all assistance for this project.”
Below is the link to the campaign for anyone to view/contribute/share. If enough get behind it, we can make “One Flea Spare: A Chicago Directing Debut” happen. Help make this Gilmer native's visionary production become a reality.