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HARVEST: Festival of New Works

Written and Directed by Various

July 29 -
August 6

Two brothers and their sister discuss, or avoid discussing, deep secrets. A man and woman piece together their relationship to figure out how they got to where they are, and how they can ever get back. The Box Office crew of a regional theatre discover life is art, art is life, and neither is all that appealing. And a man returns home only to find out the life and family he thought he knew no longer exist, if they ever even did. Join us for our HARVEST series of play readings -- Six Nights Only!

FREE! Tickets available at the door. If we're running low, updates via Facebook!

Saturday, July 29 at 7:30pm

THE BOX OFFICE, by Matthew Fowler

Directed by Raphael Schwartzman

Featuring: Janet Magnuson, Sarah Patin, Andrew Pond, Wesley Whitaker, and Amanda Winston

Liz hates everything about her job as a box office attendant: entitled theatergoers, patrons who don’t understand how to use the Internet, her boss who just graduated with her bachelor’s degree from an Ivy League school, and, ultimately, how her job forces her to confront her own failures as a person. And one thing that Liz does not lack is personal failures. It is in the confined space of the box office that the routines of the attendants play out as they deal with mind numbing work, the fragility of life, an increasingly rabid customer base, and ultimately, the worth of a human.

About the Director:

Raphael Schwartzman is happy to be directing at the side project again after working on this year's Storytelling Festival. Recent credits include The Third and Last Meeting of the South Tampa Coral Reef Painting Committee (Arc Theatre), Let's Find Out (Whiskey Rebellion), and The Curse on Mordrake House (Chicago Fringe Festival). Check out his website at www.raphaelschwartzman.com for more information.

Thursday, Aug 3 at 7:30pm

THE FAMILY PLAY, by Adam Hurst

Directed by Nathan Robbel

An estranged man on the edge is convinced to return to his childhood home in hopes of finding reassurance. He embraces the mundane as he goes through the motions of being back his family isn't what he remembers them to be. Memories clash, distance and time blur the truth, and the mind contemplates ending it all as it cries out for one last thing: forgiveness.

About the Playwright:

Adam Eugene Hurst is a founding member of the Chicago based company Honest Theatre and a network playwright for the Chicago Dramatists. His playwriting credits include: A Family Play, High School Hearts, Aaron the Wolf, and Matthew Three Horn (which was showcased in Chicago Dramatists' Saturday series and will be part of Three Cat Productions' Next Draft Series in October). He received his MFA in acting from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and his BA from Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California.

About the Director:

Nathan Robbel is happy to be playing with the side project again. While he has worked with the company in one act fests over the years, most of his work in the city has been with the Right Brain Project, of which he was the founder and artistic director for eleven years. Favorite Chicago productions include Marat/Sade, Salome, Hesperia, and And They​ Put Handcuffs on the Flowers, among many others. Special thanks to Shantelle, my sun and stars, for putting up with my crazy schemes.

Double Bill: Saturday, Aug 5 at 7:30pm and Sunday, Aug 6 at 3:00pm

NICK AND ZOE, by Daniel Talbott

Directed by Adam Webster

3:28 am. Mid August in West Harlem. One of those summer nights that feels like the oxygen is being burnt out of the air. Nick lies on the floor, wearing only a pair of dirty white socks. Zoe, lit by the light of the refrigerator, huddles against the doorway of Nick's kitchen in the dark. Both of their lives have been irrevocably changed. Will they find their way back?


Directed by Adam Webster

Featuring: Carol Crosby, Alex Hovi, and Danny Mulae

1:35 a.m. A farmhouse and wind chimes. Snow. Flashlights. Brothers Jimi and Will reminisce while also avoiding the secrets neither can bring themselves to tell. Their older sister Sam has something to say about that. But will she?

About the Playwright:

Daniel Talbott is an actor, director, and writer, as well as an artistic associate of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, the associate artistic director of {Your Name Here}, and the artistic director of the Lucille Lortel and NYIT Award-winning Rising Phoenix Rep. Previous collaborations between Talbott and the side project include Slipping (2008 world premiere) and Mike and Seth (2015 Jeff nominee for Best Actor), as well as three one acts. Other credits include: Yosemite (Rattlestick), Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait (Rattlestick/piece by piece, Encore), Someone Brought Me (Quince Productions), Extraordinary Things (RPR), and Gray ({Your Name Here}). He received a 2011 Theater Hall of Fame Fellowship; a 2007 New York Innovative Theatre Award for directing; a Drama-Logue Award, two Dean Goodman Choice Awards, and a Judy Award for acting; and was named one of the 15 People of the Year by nytheatre.com. He is a graduate of Juilliard, and is a proud member of Lesser America and of the Actors Studio.

About the Director:

Adam Webster is the Founding Artistic Director of the side project for which he has directed more than 30 shows, produced more than 80 and written adaptations of Lysistrata and Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, various original 10-minute plays, and two full-length solo shows, which he also performed. His writing has also been featured at local theaters including Prop Thtr (as part of RHINO Fest), Victory Gardens (as part of the One-Minute Play Festival and for WBEZ), Three Cat, New Leaf, LiveWire, and Tympanic Theatre, as well as readings and productions in Los Angeles, New York, Portland, Oregon, and internationally. Prior to moving to Chicago, Adam founded the Rodney & Myrtle Acting Troupe in Portland, Oregon, for which he produced 7 shows (directing three) and co-founded the Active Culture Theatre Group in Los Angeles, for which he produced and directed three shows. Also a poet, fiction writer and visual artist, he holds an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute, where he now teaches. He is also on faculty at Harold Washington College.