Where's the Rest of Me?

A One-Act Play by David E. Tolchinsky


A screenwriter wrestles with his relationship to Spalding Gray, his psychiatrist father and the classic movie, King’s Row.  A dark and funny journey through movies, monologues and mental illness. 

Upcoming Performances

August 4, 2018, The Road Theatre, Los Angeles, as part of The Road's Summer Playwrights Festival 9. The play will be directed by Ryan McRee, with Robert Beddall as Dave, John Gowans as Marshall, Albie Selznick as Spalding, and Emily Jerez as all other characters.  More info at

Recent Performances

June 17-30, 2016 at A Red Orchid Theatre, Chicago as part of Institutional Quality Productions' presentation of Sick by Seven, seven plays+videos about mental health in the modern world. Curated by Brett Neveu and David Tolchinsky, produced by Sarah Gitenstein, video curating by Melika Bass. A part of A Red Orchid's Incubator Series. Please see the write up in, the preview (and profile of writer/director David E. Tolchinsky) in Splash Magazine, and the review in Splash Magazine, including an interview with Tim Newell.

WTROM starred Johnny Moran as Dave, Dan Flannery as Marshall Edelson, Tim Newell as Spalding Gray, and Sarah Bues as Various Characters.


Costume design by Erika Degraffinreaidt. Photography by Doro Boehme. Assistant Directing by Kyle Stoffers. 


Cast Bios

Johnny Moran (DAVE). Johnny is an actor and Jeff Award nominated fight choreographer from Chicago. He last appeared on A Red Orchid's stage as Peter in the late night hit, "The Earl," written by Brett Neveu. He has worked with companies such as The Gift, Writer’s Theatre, Griffin Theatre, The Hypocrites, Black Ensemble, Strawdog, and is a member of the Factory Theater. Follow him on Twitter: @JohnnyMoDigital

Dan Flannery (MARSHALL) Dan Flannery has been an actor in Chicago for over thirty years. Chicago Theatres he has worked with include Artistic Home, Collaboraction, Northlight, Stage Left, Steppenwolf, Victory Gardens, Village Players  Wisdom Bridge and Steep Theatre among others.  Film work includes several independent films including “Holiday Baggage” starring  Sheryl Ladd and Barry Bostwick which has shown on LMN, “The Big Mouth Whore”, “Jeff Farnsworth” and “Estes Avenue” which was shown at Sundance Film Festival. A more recent independent feature is “The Engagement; My Phamily Bar-b-Q 2”.  It received a Jury Prize at the African America Film Fest in Miami.  Other feature Films are “The Straight Story” directed by David Lynch and “The Weatherman” starring Nicholas Cage, Michael Caine and directed by Gore Verbinski. His most recent feature is “Contagion”, a film by Steven Soderbergh with an all-star cast. Television credits include ER, Jack and Mike, Crime Story, Unsolved Mysteries “Boss” and the CBS Movie “The President’s Man” produced by and starring Chuck Norris. He currently has a recurring  role on the Lee Daniel’s hit “Empire” on Fox Network.  He has also done many television commercials over the years. 

Tim Newell (SPALDING) A recent transplant from Buffalo, NY, Tim is very pleased to call Chicago his home. Since August of 2015, Tim has appeared with The Profiles Theatre, in their seasonal hit, HELLCAB. His one-man show, Mr. Benny (about the life and times of the legendary comedian Jack Benny), received another successful at Clockwise Theatre in Jack’s hometown of Waukegan. He has also done some background extra work on the hit TV show EMPIRE; and, just recently, Tim appeared in In the Heat of the Night (Shattered Globe Theatre.) In 2012, he made his Midwestern/Chicago debut with SGT as William Cain, in Rebecca Lenkiewiczs’ Her Naked Skin. His Buffalo credits include: Twelfth Night (playing the Countess Olivia in an all-male cast), Henry V, Hamlet, Richard III, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Julius Caesar (Shakespeare in Delaware Park); plus many others, spanning a 21 year career. He holds four Artvoice Artie Awards for his work as actor and director; and in 2011, Tim was named Best Actor in Western New York by Buffalo’s, Spree Magazine.    

Sara Bues (VARIOUS CHARACTERS) is thrilled to be working on Sick By Seven at A Red Orchid Theatre. Chicago credits include: Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window (Goodman Theatre), East of Eden (Steppenwolf Theatre), King Lear (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre) and Othello (The Gift Theatre).  Other credits include Lost in Yonkers (Syracuse Stage), Embedded (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), and The Argument (The Attic Theatre). Sara is a proud graduate of Syracuse University Drama and the School at Steppenwolf. 

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Original Production

WTROM was originally performed at the Hudson Guild Theatre, Manhattan, as part of Riant Theatre’s Strawberry One-Act Play Festival February 14, 15, 2015 in the semi-finalists on February 17, finals on February 20, and was performed as one of the four finalist plays on February 22. 

Directed by David E. Tolchinsky

Produced by Jessy Lynn

David E. Tolchinsky was chosen as best director and the production was nominated for best play, best actor (Greg Peace) and best actress (Camara McLaughlin).

Read Where's the Rest of Me?

The play is included in the anthology, The Best Plays from the Strawberry One-Act Festival (Vol. 8), published by Black Experimental Theatre/iUniverse, released December 18, 2015, available via Amazon

Original Trailer

Original Cast & Crew

Greg Peace (DAVE) is a native of Annapolis, Maryland, Greg is making his New York stage debut with Where's The Rest Of Me?. Previous stage credits include Terra NovaAssassinsCloud NineThe ForeignerThe Boys Next DoorLiving TogetherBrighton Beach MemoirsLysistrata, and The Exonerated. Television credits include The Onion SportsDome and Boardwalk Empire. He lives in New York City.

Armand Eisen (MARSHALL EDELSON)  is a New York City-based actor who performs in Shakespeare, the Greek Classics, and modern plays. Some of his favorite roles include The Player King in HAMLET, Duke Orsino in TWELFTH NIGHT, the Priest of Zeus in OEDIPUS REX, and Benjamin Beaurevers in A SHOT IN THE DARK. He has trained with Christopher Martin, co-founder of Classic Stage Company, and John Barton, co-founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Armand is a graduate of Amherst College and holds a Certificate in Shakespeare Studies from Cambridge University.

Evan Brenner (SPALDING GRAY) is a writer and actor who performs two solo shows: The Buddha (his life assembled from the original texts) and The Hungry Ghost (an autobiographical companion piece that premiered at The New York Fringe in 2013).  He wrote and directed the Russian language feature film The Riddle, which screened internationally at festivals including Toronto, Houston (Best Narrative), Taos (Innovation award nominee), and The Hamptons. He has directed America’s Most Wanted (Fox) and Little Bill (Nickelodeon) and contributed to Elle and New York Magazine. He hosts a domestic advice web series called Evan's Household Tips. 

Camara McLaughlin’s (VARIOUS CHARACTERS) previous theater credits include roles in Three Sisters, Doubt, The Seagull, Steel Magnolias, Almost, Maine, All My Sons and The Diviners. She has appeared in new works in the Midtown International Theatre Festival as well as See Hear Taste Touch at the Modern-Day Griot Theatre. She is a native of Union, West Virginia, graduated with a BA from High Point University and currently resides in Brooklyn.  


David E. Tolchinsky (WRITER AND DIRECTOR) is the Founder/Director of Northwestern University's MFA in Writing for Screen+Stage. As a screenwriter, he has been commissioned by multiple companies to write screenplays and his feature Girl is distributed by Sony. He was ranked #14 on New City's Film 50: Chicago’s Screen Gems 2013 and was the recipient of a 2014 Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship in Literature (Poetry, Prose, Scriptworks). He is a graduate of Yale (BA) and USC School of Cinematic Arts (MFA).  Where’s the Rest of Me? marks his debut as a playwright.

Jessy Lynn (PRODUCER) is a New York based theatre maker. She has produced several plays including Jacqueline McLaren’s Apartment Complex which premiered at Manhattan Repertory Theatre this fall. She graduated from the University of Puget Sound with her BA in Theatre and English Literature with an emphasis on Shakespearean studies in 2013. There she took part in the development of RosalindhelBell’s play 1620 Bank Street. She currently does freelance theatre work throughout the city. When not working on theatre she works for Apple as a trainer.

Erika Degraffinreaidt (COSTUME DESIGNER) began her studies at the International Academy of Design in her hometown Chicago, where she majored in fashion merchandising and interned for numerous brands, designers, and magazines. After graduating, Erika began working with designers, music artists, filmmakers, and magazine editors to push their brands to the forefront of the New York, Los Angeles and Chicago markets, which she continues to do to this day via French Vendette (, the styling company she founded. Where’s the Rest of Me? marks her debut as a theatrical costume designer.

Lila Rachel Becker (ASSISTANT DIRECTOR) is a Brooklyn-based director and dramaturg and is thrilled to be working on this project. A native of DC, she has worked with theaters all over the Northeast, including Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Portland Stage Company, Ars Nova, The Assembly, and The Studio Theatre. Lila's recent work has included directing Jacqueline McLaren's Apartment Complex, Jen Silverman's Buyer's Remorse, Griselda Gambaro's Antígona Furiosa, and assistant directing We Are Proud to Present... at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. BA, Wesleyan University.  

Kelley Sener (ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER) was born and raised in Southern California and somehow found herself in the Pacific Northwest at the University of Puget Sound where she majored in Theatre. While there she was cast in a number of productions, such as “Spring Awakening” and “Lear’s Daughters” to name a few. She also made herself useful behind the scenes, as an ASM and production manager. Since moving to NYC she has gotten a job at the Apple Store, but is thrilled to be finding her way back to her theatrical roots.

Rob Lees - Poster Design


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