Three Carmel High School theater products are combining their skills in Chicago.
Scott Jackoway, a 2012 CHS graduate, and Ben Claus founded NoMads Art Collective in 2013. Claus went to Carmel for two years before his family moved and he finished high school in Shaker Heights, Ohio. NoMads’ focus shifted in 2018 to be a play development company.
Joining the Chicago roommates is 2011 CHS graduate Bethany Arrington, who serves in a talent acquisition position for NoMads.
In December, NoMads launched an indiegogo campaign to raise $10,000 to produce its first full-length play “Mr. Kotomoto is Definitely Not White,” a dark comedy written by Claus and directed by Jackoway. The money will cover theater rental space, design budgets as well as pay the actors.
“Ben challenged himself to write a comedy and he knocked it out of the park,” said Arrington, who plans to audition for a role in the play. “It’s so funny. But it still deals with some real relevant themes such as race relations and what corporate America is doing.”
As of Dec. 26, more than $6,000 has been collected toward the goal of reaching $10,000 by Jan. 1.
The show is set to run March 29 to April 21 at Strawdog Theatre in Chicago.
For more, visit nomadsartcollective.org. To contribute, indiegogo.com/projects/mr-kotomoto-is-definitely-not-white#/.