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"this up-and-coming troupe of young creators is one I expect to see hit theatrical pay dirt time and time again."

Windy City Times

2015-2016 Season

It Comes In... Again

written and directed by

Our third Site-Specific Shorts Series featuring plays by local playwrights all centering around a common Rogers Park myth and legend, set in locales around the neighborhood, for an interactive walking tour, culminating at the side project’s space.


A World Premiere by MT Cozzola, directed by Heather Bodie

October 1- October 18, 2015

FEATURING: Amy Johnson, Maura Kidwell, and Meredith Rae Lyons

Love cuts both ways, but how deep? Sisters Meggy and Betty are busy preparing for the 1976 Bicentennial - working together, dressing like twins, and sharing a super-cute apartment. But when former schoolmate Marnie shows up needing help, Betty begins to question her past and Meggy starts fighting for her future. Surely one little snag won't ruin the entire outfit.


A World Premiere by Brett Neveu, Sean Graney, Robert Tenges, Daniel Talbott, Laura Jacqmin, Philip Dawkins, Crystal Skillman, Dan Caffrey, Jesse Weaver, Mark Young, Mike Fife, Jacob Juntunen, Steve J. Spencer, Sherod Santos, Lynne McMahon and Scott Barsotti

January 5, 2016 - January 31, 2016

Brand new 10-minute plays from 16 of the playwrights whose full-length work we have premiered, presented in two 90-minute evenings to kick off 2016, the company's 16th Anniversary. Each play is set in a single year of the company's existence (2001-2016), tackling a cultural, social, or political event (local, national or global) from that year.

TWO 90-MINUTED PROGRAMS TO CHOOSE FROM: 2001-2008 and 2009-2016

Featuring: Brian Barber, Dean Beever, Dave Belden, Cyd Blakewell, Sarah Cartwright,
Stephen Cefalu, Braden Coucher, David Flora, Alex Hovi, Judith Laughlin, Meredith Lyons,
Todd McConville, Holly McCauley, Christopher Meister, Danny Mulae, Becca Savoy,
Sarah Scanlon, Noah Simon, Rachel Slavick, Emilio Velasco, Geno Walker, Dennis Watkins, Fred Wellisch, Nate White, Taryn Wood, and Brian Zinda.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ EVENING A: Featuring works by: Dan Caffrey, Philip Dawkins, Michael Fife, Lynne McMahon, Brett Neveu, Sherod Santos, Crystal Skillman, and Jesse Weaver.

Directed by: Philip Dawkins, Aaron Henrickson, Brian Ruby, Justin Verestraete,
and Adam Webster.

Showing Thursdays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 5pm, Sundays at 3pm

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ EVENING B: Featuring works by: Scott Barsotti, Sean Graney, Laura Jacqmin, Jacob Juntunen,
Steve Spencer, Daniel Talbott, Robert Tenges, and Mark Young.

Directed by: Anna C. Bahow, Wyatt Fair, Emmi Hilger, Cecilie Keenan, Nathan Robbel,
and Brian Ruby.

Showing Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 5:30pm

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- CATCH BOTH PROGRAMS SATURDAYS and SUNDAYS,

Peeling Back
The Layers:
A Festival
of Storytelling

A 3-week festival
featuring more than
40 storytellers
with live musical

MARCH 20 - APRIL 6, 2016

Glimpses into the generations, roots, and quests of family,
however we define it, wherever we witness it.

PHONIES, FRAUDS AND FAKES: A Play That Is Absolutely Not About My

Written and Performed
by Mark Chrisler

MARCH 26 - APRIL 9, 2016

Join playwright and monologist Mark Chrisler for a whirlwind tour of some of the greatest liars history and nature have to offer. A list that does not include his semi-fictional ex-girlfriend who scammed him for four years, about whom he will not be speaking

"...witty... fascinating... insightful... ingenious... an unsettling and irresistible act of storytelling that... illustrates the power of a cracking good yarn." - Zac Thompson, Chicago Reader

Originally presented by Found Objects Theatre Group at the 25th Annual Rhinoceros Festival, in connection with Curious Theatre Branch.


16th Anniversary Production

Adapted by
Adam Webster

Directed by
Charlie Marie McGrath

JUNE 23 - JULY 24, 2016

The women of Greece band together to withhold sex in Artistic Director Adam Webster's brisk, contemporary retelling of Aristophanes' anti-war comedy. The side project revisits its inaugural 2001 production, just in time for the election cycle. It doesn't take a village, it takes a woman. And check out the magistrate's hair.