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Thursday, August 30, 2018


Chi IL Live Shows On Our Radar:

Created by Larissa Marten and Leia Squillace

is accessible #metoo for Chicago Fringe Festival

New York-based theatre collective The Herd will present its one-woman show I KILLED THE COW as part of the 2018 Chicago Fringe Festival. After an extended run in New York City at the United Solo Festival in October 2017, I KILLED THE COW will perform September 1–3 at The Playhouse at Jefferson Park (4766 N Milwaukee Ave.) in Chicago as the third leg on its national tour.

The show's recent engagement in the Minnesota Fringe Festival was named one of the Festival's "Top 10 Must See" by TWIN CITIES ARTS READER 2018.

Chicago Fringe Festival
The Playhouse at Jefferson Park
4766 N. Milwaukee Avenue (at Lawrence)

I KILLED THE COW tells the story of one woman reflecting on the moments that shaped her most: awkward first sexual encounters, rehearsing mortifying phone calls, and tuning in to doctrinal lectures on veganism. She realizes, however, that the consequences of one particular moment—her assault—have been long- repressed. Through conversations with the audience and Mother Cheetah, she resolves to no longer shy away from what has happened. She must face this moment head-on.

Co-created, written and performed by Broadway World award-winning actress Larissa Marten, I KILLED THE COW  asks: When it feels like the lawless world of sexuality is devouring you alive, how do you make your body your own?

I KILLED THE COW has been in development since July of 2015 and was born out of Marten’s reflections on her own life experiences. The play promotes a more accessible dialogue around female sexuality and sexual assault. 

“I’ve always found theatre to be an incredible tool for encouraging empathy and conversation,” says director and co- creator Leia Squillace, “Working on I KILLED THE COW has allowed me to apply that tool to an issue that is of great importance for me personally as well as globally at the present moment.” Squillace has utilized her experience with the University of Michigan’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center to create a workshop for audiences to delve further into the play’s themes and learn about sexual misconduct prevention and response.

Created by Larissa Marten and Leia Squillace
Part of the Chicago Fringe Festival
Saturday, September 1 at 5:30 PM, Sunday, September 2 at 4:00 PM, Monday, September 3 at 8:30 PM
The Playhouse at Jefferson Park
4766 N. Milwaukee Avenue (at Lawrence)
Suitable for audiences 13+. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased at or at the door.

For more information about Chicago Fringe, visit

For more information about I KILLED THE COW beyond the Chicago Fringe Festival, visit

About The Herd 

Larissa Marten wrote and developed I KILLED THE COW, and she is also the performer. Film/TV: ON THE LINE (Jonathon Horowitz); ALL OR NOTHIN' (Charles Campbell); LOVE HAPPENS (Dinosaur Hawk); RISE (NBC); INSTINCT (CBS). NY/Regional Theatre: KILL HAMLET (Signature Theatre); HENRY VI PARTS 1, 2, 3 (Queens Shakespeare); AS YOU LIKE IT and RICHARD II (Michigan Shakespeare Festival - BroadwayWorld Best Actor); BOEING-BOEING (Majestic Theatre). Her writing has been produced at the Kennedy Center, the United Solo Festival, the Hudson Guild Theatre, and the Beckwith Theatre Company.

Leia Squillace directed and developed I KILLED THE COW. She is passionate about developing new works that highlight themes of sexual identity and gender, and leveraging applied theatre for health education. As an artist and educator, she has recently worked at Roundabout Theatre Company, American Players Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, and the University of Michigan Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center. Other development credits include: GOOD KIDS (Naomi Iizuka), THE TRAIN (Detroit Boxfest), and the 2016 Kennedy Center National Undergraduate Playwriting Award winner, FAIR (Karly Thomas).

Thursday, August 22, 2013


Written and performed by Valerie Hager
Directed by Scott Wesley Slavin
As featured in the 2013 Chicago Fringe Festival
 The Gift Theatre, 
4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. 

Friday, Aug. 30. 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 8/31,  5:30 p.m. or Monday, Sept. 2, 7 p.m. performances


Legendary Hearts Productions presents Valerie Hager’s critically acclaimed autobiographical Fringe Festival hit “Naked In Alaska,” directed by Scott Wesley Slavin, at The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave., Aug. 30 – Sept. 2 as part of the Chicago Fringe Festival. For tickets or more information visit
Written by and starring actress and movement artist Valerie Hager, “Naked in Alaska” follows Hager through her 10-year career as an exotic dancer in strip clubs from Mexico to Alaska to California as she strives to redeem the outcast and addict she became during childhood and adolescence. “Utilizing much humor and some very impressive pole dancing, the story unfolds as Valerie combines vulnerability and honesty with the survival skills needed to navigate the murky world of strip clubs and private party rooms…You will root for her indomitable spirit and celebrate the triumph of Valerie Hager in ‘Naked In Alaska’,” says
At 21, newly sober and recently evicted, Valerie is invited by her best friend Raven to work at a strip club in Tijuana, Mexico. An evening that begins in innocence and excitement over making some easy cash seduces her into a 10-year career that tests the limits of friendship and her will to survive. In this solo work, Hager portrays more than a dozen characters that danced in and frequented the clubs.
“‘Naked in Alaska’ is a fearless look at the objects we make of ourselves to fit in and the buried truths we must face to have a chance of coming home,” says Hager. She began working on “Naked In Alaska”  in a series of developmental workshops. “I was at a place in my life where the traditional ways of getting work as an actor weren't working for me. So I began to explore the experiences I had as a meth-addicted teenager and exotic dancer. As I began to open up and share my story, I saw how it impacted and connected with people. I realized I had to develop this part of my life into a longer narrative because I believed it could inspire and empower others who have felt different or on the fringe.”
In early 2012, with the support of Stage Left’s Cheryl King, Hager performed “Naked In Alaska” at New York’s Stage Left Studio. In mid-2012, Scott Wesley Slavin came on board as “Naked In Alaska's” director and dramaturge. Slavin continues to work with Hager on both “Naked in Alaska” and other original pieces for The Room's Salon Series (which Hager and Slavin co-founded), as well as other celebrated venues.

To date, “Naked in Alaska” has been accepted into seven festivals and series including New York’s Emerging Artists Theatre Festival, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, Women at Work Festival, EstroGenius Festival, Dixon Place Performance Series, the New York International Fringe Festival and the Chicago Fringe Festival. For more information about Valerie Hager and “Naked in Alaska” visit
Legendary Hearts Productions presents Valerie Hager’s “Naked In Alaska,” as part of the Chicago Fringe Festival at The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave., Friday, Aug. 30 at 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 31 at 5:30 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. For tickets or more information visit

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