WORLD PREMIERE WISCONSIN! A New Play staged reading of a play by Rebecca Anne Nguyen

Set in current-day Chicago, “Hypotheticals,” is about a beautiful but misanthropic woman who kisses a stranger in an elevator on her way to psychotherapy. When the stranger turns out to be her new therapist, they’re forced into a professional relationship where the intimate environment is as fertile for romantic tension as it is for personal growth—until the revelation of a mutual secret threatens to bind them together or tear them apart. In an age where up to 20% of the world’s population is neurodivergent, “Hypotheticals” shatters stereotypes about neurodiversity and Autism, arguing that neurodivergent brains are not faulty, and that there’s no wrong way to be human. 

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Mary MacDonald Kerr (DR. GWEN) 

 Mary MacDonald Kerr has been a theater artist in the Milwaukee area for 27 years. As an actor she has appeared in productions at Renaissance Theaterworks, Milwaukee Chamber Theater, Next Act Theater, Milwaukee Shakespeare,Milwaukee Rep, First Stage and In Tandem Theater. Favorite roles include Anna in Burn This, Alice in the Detective’s Wife, Pope Joan in Top Girls and Maggie in Red Herring. Mary is also a Director and has helmed productions most recently at Renaissance and Next Act in Milwaukee, Forward Theater in Madison, Titan Theater in New York and Hope Rep  in Holland MI. Favorite directing projects include There Is a Happiness That Morning Is, Actually, Mother Courage, West Side Story, Going to St. Ives and Luna Gale . She has been married for 31 years and is the mother of two beautiful girls.

Neil Brookshire (DR. JAMES BROOKS) 

Born in Wyoming, Neil is an actor, writer, and visual artist. Most recently in Milwaukee he worked with Next Act Theatre on THERE IS A HAPPINESS THAT MORNING IS. Additional regional theaters: Renaissance Theaterworks, Door Shakespeare, Peninsula Players, Great Lakes Theater, Boise Contemporary Theater, Idaho Dance Theatre, Opera Idaho, Company of Fools, Seattle Novyi Theatre, People's Light, Cadence Theatre Co, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Tennessee Shakespeare Co., and ten seasons with Idaho Shakespeare Festival. He is co-author of BENT COMPASS, a storytelling show about the journey of an Army Medic from fresh recruit to seasoned combat veteran. Feature films: The Pact, Coming Up For Air. He has a BA from Boise State University and an MFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University.

Rebecca Anne Nguyen (she/her/hers) (BLAISE MCKAY) 

 Rebecca is thrilled (and slightly bewildered) to be returning to the stage after 10+ years away. Los Angeles credits include Juliet in ROMEO & JULIET (The Colony), Edite in the world premiere of PARIS: A MUSICAL REVUE (California Theatre of the Performing Arts), Mary in RUN FOR YOUR WIFE (Morgan-Wixson Theatre), and Julia in TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA (Shakespeare at Play). Regional credits include Charmian in ANTONY & CLEOPATRA, Pattie in KIMBERLY AKIMBO, Cassandra in ANIMALS AND PLANTS, and the title role in ELEKTRA at the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre. Film/TV: EASTWICK (ABC), GIRLS GUIDE TO DEPRAVITY (HBO Cinemax), BAGGAGE (Comcast), DEVOLVED (John Cregan), and DOUBLE WIDE BLUES (William Mark McCullough). Rebecca is also a playwright, screenwriter, and co-author of the award-winning memoir, WHERE WAR ENDS (New World Library, 2019). She lives in Wauwatosa with her two young sons and their ten thousand Legos. 

Gladys Chmiel (BETTY MCKAY) 

Gladys is thrilled to be a part of this Staged Reading of "Hypotheticals" (an offering for World Premiere Wisconsin)!  Many special thanks to Mary and Rebecca for this opportunity!  Be sure to ask Rebecca or myself our 'small world' story with finding ourselves together for this work!  Thanks to all other castmates and crew, also.  Alongside a myriad of theatrical appearances in the Milwaukee metro area, Gladys has worked with Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Milwaukee Entertainment Group,  Renaissance Theaterworks, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, First Stage Milwaukee, and Sunset Playhouse.  She has also been featured in both television and film projects, as well as print layouts, commercials and industrials.  Gladys received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Theatre at the 2019 Footlights People's Choice Awards.  She has also been the Announcer for the Wauwatosa Community Band for 26 years. Visit her at

King Hang (ARLO/ELOISE) 

King is ecstatic to return to Sunstone Studios to bring life to new works among his fellow peers and artists. His previous credits to Sunstone include Macbeth (Banquo), The Tamer (Lucentio), Red Rabbit White Rabbit, and as well as an Assistant Teacher to Christopher Elst for Fight Night. Currently, he is an Emerging Career Professional with Skylight Music Theatre as part of their 2022-2023 season. Much love and thanks to his friends and loved ones. 

A.J. Magoon (he/him/his) (STAGE DIRECTIONS) 

 A.J. is happy to be back on the Sunstone stage in another staged reading! (Previously: THE TAMER, STEAL THE THEATRE.) Milwaukee credits include Thom Pain in THOM PAIN: BASED ON NOTHING (Theatre Nervosa), Jason/Tyrone in HAND TO GOD (Voices Found Repertory), Raleigh in LAST TRAIN TO NIBROC (Acacia Theatre Company) and other work with First Stage, Renaissance Theaterworks, Acacia Theatre Company, Sunstone Studios, Theatre Gigante, Voices Found Repertory, Summit Players Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (Young Playwrights Festival), Bard and Bourbon, Quasimondo Physical Theatre, Windfall Theatre and Cooperative Performance. He is the Marketing Director at Next Act Theatre and the Executive Director of Summit Players Theatre. Thanks to Rebecca, Mary and my support system: Caroline, my parents, and the audience members who make it all possible.