“10-4” & “Moraine.” Announcing My Two Summer Projects in Chicago

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I finally feel comfortable enough to talk about a production and a reading I’m doing this summer in Chicago.

First, in conjunction with CIC, I’m producing a night of four short plays called “10-4.”
4 Plays
4 Playwrights
4 Directors
1 Truck Stop

The four plays are written by myself, and three other Ohio University playwrights, Anthony Ellison, Neal Adelman, and Tyler Whidden. All four plays will take place at the same truck stop. Directors and cast are TBA.

CIC Theater is located at 1422 W. Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL, 60613.

Dates (Subject to Change) are:
Friday 8/8,
Thursdays – Saturdays 8/14 – 8/31.

Secondly, on Tuesday, July 22nd, I’m doing a reading of my play “Moraine” as part of the Trellis Reading Series at the Greenhouse Theater. It’s being directed by Mary Rose O’Connor, and the cast is TBA.

“Moraine” is the full-length play I’ve been developing through my first-year in the MFA Playwriting program at Ohio University. It’s about a group of friends in Chicago, who’ve become family over the course of their 20s and 30s. The “family” risks breaking apart with the approaching death of a friend stricken with cancer.

“10-4” is probably semi-consciously inspired by playwright, and fellow Kansan, William Inge’s “Bus Stop,” and being, you know, a Midwesterner that’s visited his share of truck stops over the years.

I am very excited to be working and collaborating in Chicago this summer. The Chicago theater and improv communities are so talented, and amazing to work with. I will post more info as we get closer to the productions.

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Chicago Theater is Awesome #593

3031-300x300So, a friend I know through improv, wrote this article about a friend I know through theater.

My buddy John Wilson built an outdoor theater in his backyard a couple of years ago. It’s primarily used for fundraisers for theaters, and readings and whatnot. Admission is never charged. Basically, during the summer, it’s a totally, laid-back, social and artistic gem.

You’d expect this type of thing in Brooklyn, but everyone would be trying to hard to be cool and someone would want to surround it with GMA-free plants and it’d make you hate humanity. This just happened organically, because John used to host lots of get together’s, and is also a scenic designer, and one day this idea just came to him. When it’s warm, people like to hang outside. Since theater people do their work indoors mostly, this is a nice alternative.

Anyways check out the New City article. I’m sure the city government of Chicago will try to shut it down, because they try to ruin everything, but hopefully they just mind their own fucking business and set up more speed trap cameras around the city.