by Martyna Majok

At a bus stop in a run-down New Jersey neighborhood, Darja, a Polish immigrant cleaning lady, is done talking about feelings; its time to talk money. Over the course of 20 years, and three relationships, Darja negotiates for her future with men who can offer her love or security, but never both.

Performances of ‘Ironbound’ will be Jan. 25-26 and Feb. 1-2 @ 8pm, Jan. 27 and Feb. 3 @ 2pm, at Ardmore Barbershop: 1311 S. Hawthorne Rd, Winston Salem.




Britt Cannino Stone

Britt Cannino Stone graduated with a degree in acting and directing from UNCG and worked with the touring company of Second City in her senior year.  Throughout and since attending college, Britt has been performing improv, sketch comedy and stage theatre, recently working with The Little Theatre in The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged. She has had the privilege of working with Spirit Gum in a variety of ways in many of their works, such as Receptionist, Smudge, Clown Bar, Pillowman and Venus in Fur. Currently she runs and performs in Winston Salem’s improv comedy troupe The Bunker Dogs with her husband Alex Stone.  She is thrilled to be a part of Spirit Gum Theatre’s 6th season as Darja in Ironbound.  



Chris Cohen

Chris is so pumped to be a part of this show and to work with such an incredible cast and production company. Chris is a recent New York transplant. After his training at the Circle in the Square theatre school, he found himself opening two theatre companies in Boston and NYC, writing/producing several short films, and Gravedigger, a comedic Television Pilot which won several international film awards. Most memorable roles include Bruce from Beyond Therapy, Stanley from A Streetcar Named Desire and Oberon from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Chris would like to thank Spirit Gum for this incredible opportunity. He would also like to thank his friends and family for their support and love. Chris dedicates this role and his performance to all dreamers. Never give up. Never stop believing. Lead fearlessly with your heart and you’ll never be lost.



Derrick Parker

Derrick states he is “…ecstatic” to be working with Spirit Gum for the first time.  He has worked around town: with the NC Black Repertory in, The Sting of the White Roses, at the Willingham Theatre in Driving Miss Daisy, and Twin City Stage (Little Theatre) productions of Leading Ladies, Fox on the Fairway, To Kill a Mockingbird, and A Time to Kill.  Derrick has worked in regional theatres across the country, in addition to LA and NY (off-Broadway).  Some of those credits include leading or principle roles in Othello, Hamlet, Comedy of Errors, The Old Settler, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Derrick has worked on TV and film, but says “…the stuff is so old, the episodes now probably start with the letters BC.”  Derrick began his training as an actor at East Carolina University, continued at the Frank Silvera Workshop (NYC), then mentored under Miller Lucky, Jr. (now at A&T State University), followed by the classical training program at the University of San Diego/Old Globe Theatre, where he earned his MFA in acting.  In 2014, Derrick completed a 7-year project by writing, directing, and producing the feature-length film, From Faith to Freedom; a story of wrongful incarceration:




Kevin Sanchez-Ortiz

Kevin is thrilled to be a part of Spirit Gum Theatre’s Ironbound. This is his first production with Spirit Gum and he is blown away by the talent of the cast and creative team. Kevin has appeared locally in A Christmas Cactus (Stained Glass Playhouse), Hands on a Hardbody (GTCC), and A Chorus Line (CTG), and in the outdoor drama Horn in the West in Boone. He wants to give thanks to his family and friends for the undying support.





Emily Emerson

Directing credits include Lexington Youth Theatre, Paper Lantern Theatre, and High Point University. She is a professor of theatre at High Point University and Elon University. Emily is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, VASTA, and the Dramatists Guild.


stage manager

Sandy Scott

Sandy is happy to be working with Spirit Gum Theatre Company again - this time behind the scenes. Previously she appeared in their productions of Five Lesbians Eating a QuicheThe Vagina Monologues, and Clown Bar. Sandy also serves on SGTC’s Board of Directors. She’s a bit obsessed with SGTC.