Saturday, June 25, 2011

50 Plays - June 25, 2011 10:30pm

The final five. No cylons were harmed during this prouction.

Saturday, June 25 10:30pm

Hogan's Real Piesca – director: Megan A. Smith – cast: Bekki Anderson, Kurt Lewis, Dustin Levell, Bruce Phillips. Special Thanks to Joe for letting us play, Chris LaPorte,

Derek Is An Asshole – director: Jeff Bouthiette – cast: Allen Doederlein and Maria Margaglione

Violent Femmes – director: Letitia Guillard – cast: Shannon Bracken, Emily Harpe, Maria Burnham, Christine Harrison. Fight design - Dustin Spence

Butterfly Jar – director: Sydney Chatman – cast: Victoria Caciopoli (a member of Actor's Equity), Antoine Pierre Whitfield

Steampunk Moonstomp – director: Rebecca Langguth – cast: Kim Boler, John Sundholm, Audery Naomi Smith

The Directors

Megan A. Smith is the Executive Director and Ensemble Member for Sideshow Theatre Company, where she co-directed Theories of the Sun by Kathleen Akerley, Ekphrasis by Warren Perry, and a staged reading of Lanterns on Lamar also by Warren Perry and Fugitive Motel by Walt McGough ( Bailiwick Director’s Festival). Megan also proudly wrestles as The Cutting Edge for the Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers, with an upcoming match on July 2nd!

Jeffrey Bouthiette is Artistic Director of Bare Boned Theatre and Head of the Music Program at the Second City Training Center. For BBT, he has directed The Hecubae (at the Raven Theatre) as well as many episodes of the live action soap opera, The Ville. He assisted on Victory Gardens' production of Love Person, and directed Sketchtopia, VG’s 2009 Access Project readings. He also directs the Second City Training Center's short-form musical improv ensemble, Infinite Sundaes.

Letitia Guillaud is a writer, director, actor, and improvisor living and working in Chicago. She is a co-founding member of Strangeloop Theatre and artistic associate of Chemically Imbalanced Comedy.

Sydney Chatman is a director, producer, writer, teacher and founder of The Tofu Chitlin’ Circuit (The TCC) a theater conservatory on the south side of Chicago. Ms. Chatman was a fellow of the Lincoln Center’s Director’s Lab in New York. Notable directing credits include the Chicago One Minute Play Festival at Victory Gardens, WBEZ Off-Air Series Theater Abridged, The Actor’s Rap by J. Kyle Manzay (reading), Safia Bernard’s Relationship Games, Let the Circle be Unbroken at Apple Tree Theater, Heads by EM Lewis, Poof!, Sugar Mouth Sam Don’t Dance No More, For Colored Girls, Beulah’s Land, and The Mojo and the Sayso. She has worked on The World Premiere of August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean (intern), St. James Infirmary directed by Harry Lennix, King of Coons directed by Harry Lennix, A Soldier’s Play directed by Chuck Smith and Spunk directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce among other notable productions. She is a former artistic associate with Congo Square Theatre. Ms. Chatman is the performing arts instructor at NKO Charter School.

Rebecca Langguth is a member of WNEP Theater. She is a writer, director and performer who is continually inspired by both this city and the people who inhabit it. Many thanks to Joe, Don and Jessica and my lovely cast.

Why see this show?

Because it's the last frakin' show of the bunch! This is a fun block. It has two sci-fi pieces. Hogan's Real Piesca is very intricate and I had to keep going back to the script to make sure the logic about marrying halograms was consistent. Steampunk Moonstomp is a just plain fun space adventure. Violent Femmes is an all-female super hero adventure. Derek Is An Asshole and Butterfly Jar focus on two people telling the story of their relationship, but both in very different styles. It's a good mix of the ridiculous and the sweet and sore spots about relationships. A nice way to end the run.

For tickets and more information, click HERE.

50 Plays - June 25, 2011 8:00pm

The second-to-the-last show!

Saturday, June 25 8pm

Butterfly Knife – director: John Pierson – cast: Eric T. Roth, Paige Saliba, Clifton Frei, Mathew Hope, Erin Orr

Scratch’d – director: Hank Boland – cast: the voice talents of Strawdog Ensemble Members Anita Deely, Shannon Hoag, Kyle Hamman, Hank Boland and guest artist Pat Whalen.

Peter Pain – director: Dina Marie Klahn – cast: Brooke Johnson, Erin Morrill, Emme Williams

Effluvia Falls – director: Regan Davis – cast: Patrick Kelly, Mikayla Brown, Brenda Kelly, Jonathan Sales, Aaron Pagel, Craig Rennak

All Things Foul – director: Patrick Kelly – cast: Laurens Wilson, Erin Wilson, Alex Farrington. Special thanks: Regan Davis (graphic design)

The Directors

John Pierson has been a Neo-Futurist since 1996. Recently he has co-written and performed in three critically acclaimed shows, Crisis: A Musical Game Show, Daredevil’s Hamlet, and FEAR. He directed LAID in which he had the honor of working with fellow theater stalwarts Joe Janes and Don Hall. He released his 20th record, Thresholds From The Basement, with his band Even In Blackouts and finished his second novel, The Last Temptation Of Clarence Odbody. The novel hits the streets in October 2011.

Hank Boland has been an adjunct Faculty member of the Film Department of Columbia College Chicago since 2004. Additionally, Hank has designed and taught seminars on topics such as Audio Theatre, Personal Essay and Monologues, and 10-minute Plays. In addition to teaching, Hank is a writer with works including commissions by 2nd Story, and Strawdog Theatre Company, as well as four musical comedies which have collectively had over two hundred productions around the world. Hank is a proud ensemble member, and the Managing Director, of Strawdog Theatre Company.

Dina Marie Klahn is currently the resident stage manager for the Old World Theatre company based in Skokie IL. She is a recent graduate of UIC with a bachelor's in directing and design. Although she loves stage management she aspires to be a prominent director in Chicago specializing in feminist and educational theatre. Dina Marie would like to thank her amazing boyfriend Kevin for putting up with her crazy schedule and her gorgeous cast for being sexy and talented.

Regan Davis is an improviser, actor, and director originally from St. Petersburg, Florida. He has directed improv, sketch, and plays both in Florida and Chicago. Previously he directed one of the many sketch shows for Joe Janes' 365Sketches; Status, River Lethe, and the Steps for Theatre Momentum; Straining to Be Hip for Bookstore Productions; and groups for the Miami Improv Festival and the Dirty South Improv Festival in Chapel Hill, NC.

Patrick Kelly is thrilled to finish his Chicago tenure the same way it began: working alongside Joe Janes and Don Hall. Patrick directed for 2nd Story and appeared onstage in WNEP’s The (Edward) Hopper Project, 365 Sketches by Joe Janes, and most recently in Robot vs. Dinosaur’s Viking Women. Patrick leaves Chicago at the end of June to pursue his MFA in acting at NYU/Tisch. Thanks to Joe, Don, the cast and crew, and Martha.

Why see this show?

Well, first off, it's our last night! See 50 Plays before it's gone. I like this block. It contains the creative insanity of John Pierson, one of my favorite peeps in the world who directed Don Hall and I in our Sketchfest show, Don Hall and Joe Janes Are Using This Show To Try To Get Laid. I sat in on a Butterfly Knife rehearsal a few weeks ago. He has assembled a brilliant cast and the piece is some crazy fun noir. The evening also features two radio pieces with two distinct approaches. Scrath'd is a horror piece and Hank chose to present it as such with a few live enhancements. Effluvia Falls is one of my favorite pieces from The Armageddon Radio Hour. Regan is presenting as a cast doing a live radio show. Peter Pain is a "what happened after?" story of Peter Pan and Dina's cast is superbly cast and would give any regular cast of Peter Pan a run for their money. All Things Foul was fun to write, although it took a little longer than most of the pieces. This is pretty much Macbeth in a right wing Christain fundamentalist church.

For tickets and information, click HERE.