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“A timely meditation…Carl Lumbly is stirring as Alexander Ames”

- Jeremy Gerard, Bloomberg

“Socially relevant food for thought…sure to resonate with audiences of all ages!”

-Hayley Levitt, TheatreMania

"Prods us to think in rewarding ways about technology!"

-Brendan Lemon, Financial Times

As e-books outsell printed books, Alex Ames, the owner of Chicago’s oldest African American book publishing company, must question each of his employees to determine who is still relevant in a rapidly changing world. When he meets J, a mysterious youth plugged into the future, Mr. Ames is forced to discover just how far he will go to survive.

A new play from Residency Five playwright Regina Taylor, stop. reset. asks powerful questions of legacy, identity and survival in a world where the real and the virtual are more closely tied than we think.


Residency Five


August 20 - September 29, 2013


The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre


stop. reset. trailer

Production PHOTOS

Ismael Cruz Córdova (J).

IMAGE: Photo by Joan Marcus.


Regina Taylor on her love of books

Meet & Greet PHOTOS

Regina Taylor and Ismael Cruz Cordova.

IMAGE: Photo by Gregory Costanzo.


Backstage PHOTOS

Carl Lumbly and the cast of stop. reset..

IMAGE: Photo by Gregory Costanzo.

The Cast of stop. reset. on Regina Taylor

Who’s Who


Michi Barall: Deb
Teagle F. Bougere: Chris
Ismael Cruz Cordova: J
LaTanya Richardson Jackson: Jan
Carl Lumbly: Alex Ames
Donald Sage Mackay: Tim

Creative Team

Scenic Design: Neil Patel
Costume Design: Karen Perry
Lighting Design: Lap Chi Chu
Sound Design: Robert Kaplowitz
Projection Design: Shawn Sagady
Fight Direction: Rick Sordelet
Vocal and Dialect Coach: Stephen Gabis
Production Stage Manager: Gwendolyn M. Gilliam
Casting: Telsey + Company, William Cantler CSA


stop. reset. trailer

Production PHOTOS

Photos by Joan Marcus.


Regina Taylor on her love of books


Photos by Gregory Costanzo.


The Cast of stop. reset. on Regina Taylor

Backstage PHOTOS

Photos by Gregory Costanzo.


Photos by Gregory Costanzo.

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Performance Info

First Performance:

August 20

Last Performance:

September 29, 2013

Running Time:

1 hour 45 minutes, with no intermission

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Performance Extras

Talkback Series

A post-show Q&A with members of Signature's Artistic Department
August 29, September 10, 19 & 24

Page to Stage

Join us for a brief q&a with playwright Regina Taylor, followed by a discussion with Lighting Designer Lap Chi Chu and Projection Designer Shawn Sagady
August 28

Backstage Pass

A pre-show discussion with Sound Designer Rob Kaplowitz
September 18

Signature Cafe and Bar

Enjoy free wireless internet while you grab a drink and a bite to eat right at Signature!