The cast and crew of 2 Redheads

Photo Credit:  Peter Hellberg

Jessica Johnson (Scarlet, creator, writer)

Jessica made her professional acting debut at the Chicago Theatre in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and later went on to appear in productions of AntigoneAnd a Nightingale Sang and The Vagina Monologues. She writes about TV and film for Time Out Chicago and has appeared on The Rotten Tomatoes Show. You can find more of her TV writing samples at her personal website.

Photo Credit:  Mitya Ku

Hayley L. Rice (Ruby)

Previous credits include Lizzie in The Rainmaker, Nerissa in The Merchant of Venice, Edith in Blithe Spirit, Lady Mathilda in The Castle of Otranto, Luce in Comedy of Errors (First Folio Theatre), Edith in The Women (Circle Theatre) Dolores in Dream of a Common Language (Prologue Theatre Company), Flora in The Wonder: A Woman Keeps a Secret (Point of Contention Theatre), Mrs. Trotsky in All in the Timing (Focal Point Theatre), Simone the Cat in The Nerdy Girl and the Intergalactic Dog (Rascal Children’s Theatre),  Sister Felicity in Suddenly Last Summer (Illinois Theatre Center). Hayley is an artistic associate with First Folio Theatre.


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Lisa Herceg (Lucy)

Lisa Herceg has been acting in Chicago theater and film since...well, a long time. At age four she horrified her mother by pointing to Ethel Merman on The Lawrence Welk Show and saying, "I want to be like her." Despite the best efforts of her parents, who hoped their daughter would be a doctor, Lisa graduated with a theatre degree.  The rest is history.  Sort of.  She has appeared in numerous independent films, most recently in The Glass House with Wexford/Bayne Productions. An Ensemble Member and Company Manager of Stage Left Theatre, she also handles both swords and improv and is an Artistic Associate with Babes With Blades Theatre Company and GayCo Productions.

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Mark E. Penzien (Jack)

Mark E. Penzien grew up in a small town in Northern Michigan.  Originally a shy introvert, he learned that he could be anyone he wanted when onstage.  Now a Chicago transplant, Mark has worked with a number of local theatre companies and is now expanding his experience into film acting, stage combat and stunt work.  When he's not busy with a multitude of activities around Chicago, you can find Mark jumping out of a plane, working on his skydiving skills.

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Claire Podulka (Producer)

Claire Podulka has spent her career producing books and websites, so she figured she'd set her sights on video next. By day, she's the content project manager at an education tech startup, and by night, she writes, edits, and wrangles the 2R team.