Introducing the actors featured in the current Writer’s Theatre production of Yellow Moon…

Ashleigh LaThrop (Leila) makes her Writers’ Theatre debut. Chicago credits include Metamorphoses (Lookingglass Theatre Company), In the Continuum (Pegasus Players), The Twins Would Like to Say (Dog and Pony Theatre Company), Comedy of Errors (Chicago Shakespeare Theater) and Cooperstown (Theatre Seven of Chicago). Regionally she has appeared in Metamorphoses (Arena Stage) and Crumbs from the Table of Joy (Renaissance Theaterworks). She also spent two seasons with American Players Theatre where her favorite productions include As You Like It, The Critic, Taming of the Shrew, The Cure at Troy and Major Barbara. LaThrop is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois and the School at Steppenwolf. Special thanks to Sam for your patience, kindness, and for making this possible.

John Lister (Billy/Frank) returns to Writers’ Theatre having previously appeared in Heartbreak HouseAs You Like It and as a replacement in Hamlet. Chicago credits include Show Boat (Lyric Opera of Chicago), The Crucible (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Guys and Dolls (Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire), six seasons of A Christmas Carol (Goodman Theatre), Lady Windermere’s Fan, Red HerringInherit the Wind, She Stoops to Conquer (Northlight Theatre) and more than a dozen productions with Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Regional credits include productions with the Indiana Repertory Theatre, Peninsula Players Theatre, Shakespeare at Notre Dame and the International Mystery Writers’ Festival. Film and television credits include Public Enemies (Universal Pictures); Prison Break (FOX); and The Beast (A&E).

Josh Salt (Lee) makes his Writers’ Theatre debut. He recently played Tim in Teddy Ferrara (Goodman Theatre) and last fall he was seen as Eric in Making Noise Quietly (Steep Theatre Company; directed by Erica Weiss). Other Chicago credits include Cripple Billy in The Cripple of Inishmaan (Redtwist Theatre; directed by Kimberly Senior) and Melchior Gabor in Spring Awakening (Griffin TheatreJoseph Jefferson Nominated-Best Musical; directed by Jonathan Berry). He is a co-founder of a long-form dramatic improvisation ensemble called The Character Project. Salt is pursuing his BA in Acting from Columbia College Chicago. Josh is represented by Gray Talent Group. Thanks to Erica Weiss, Jonathan Berry, Matt Pratt, Gray Talent Group and my family.


Karen Janes Woditsch (Jenni/Hollyreturns to Writers’ Theatre having previously appeared as Hesione in Heartbreak House. Other Writers’ favorites include Shelly in Do the Hustle, Emilia in Othello (After Dark Award Best Performance), Masha in Seagull, Ann Butley in  Butley, Rocket to the Moon, A Phoenix Too Frequent and Spite for Spite, among others. Other Chicago credits include Julia Child in the world premiere of To Master the Art (TimeLine Theatre; Joseph Jefferson Nomination – Best Actress), Other Desert Cities, Crumbs from the Table of Joy, A Christmas Carol (Goodman Theatre), Chalk Garden, Pride and Prejudice (Northlight Theatre), Taming of the Shrew and Measure for Measure (Chicago Shakespeare Theater). She toured one season with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks and has performed in seven seasons with Peninsula Players. Woditsch can be seen in Onion Webisodes, the feature film Johnson, and will reprise her role as Julia Child in the remount of To Master The Art at the Broadway Playhouse, downtown Chicago.

We hope you’ll join us to see these actors up close and personal in Yellow Moon!