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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

PAY WHAT YOU CAN: WORLD PREMIERE OF STRANGE HEART BEATING VIA CLOUDGATE THEATRE AT THE FRONTIER JULY 9 – JULY 28, 2019

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CLOUDGATE THEATRE ANNOUNCES THE WORLD PREMIERE OF 
STRANGE HEART BEATING, 
JULY 9 – JULY 28 AT THE FRONTIER

A Dark Fantastical Look at the Rural Midwest and the Prejudices that Lie Beneath 
Written by Cloudgate Theatre Artistic Director and Kennedy Center’s 
Paula Vogel Playwriting Award Recipient Kristin Idaszak 
and Directed by Addie Gorlin

Cloudgate Theatre announces the world premiere of Strange Heart Beating, July 9 – July 27, at The Frontier, 1106 W. Thorndale. This mystery-inspired play is written by Cloudgate Artistic Director Kristin Idaszak and directed by Addie Gorlin. Previews are Tuesday, July 9, Thursday, July 11 and Friday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. Press are invited to attend either of the following opening dates: Saturday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m. or Sunday, July 14 at 5 p.m. Performance times are Mondays and, Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. 

(L to R) Jyreika Guest (Teeny), Leah Raidt (Lena), Brandon Rodriguez (Ramon) 
and Stephanie Shum (Lake)

Ticket are “Pay What You Want” in advance; ticket prices range from $5 - $45. Cloudgate also offers an open door policy the day of performances that provides free tickets at the door, based on availability. Tickets are available at CloudgateTheatre.com.

A world premiere, Strange Heart Beating is a darkly fantastical look at the rural Midwest, the murky nature of justice, and the prejudices that lie just beneath the surface. Teeny and Lena grew up together in a rural midwestern town, dreaming of leaving for the big city. But now Teeny is the town sheriff and Lena is a newly single mother. When the body of Lena’s daughter is found near the lake outside of town, their friendship is stretched to the breaking point.  But Teeny’s investigation raises more questions than it answers: Have girls been going missing for years? Why are the loons acting so strange? What is the town hiding? Strange Heart Beating is a play about holding vigil, bearing witness, and unburying the truth.

The cast for A Strange Heart Beating includes: Jyreika Guest (Teeny), Leah Raidt (Lena), Brandon Rodriguez (Ramon) and Stephanie Shum (Lake).

The production team includes: Kristin Idaszak, playwright; Addie Gorlin, director; Elena Gonzalez Molina, assistant director; Tara Branham*, casting director; Tanuja Jagernauth*, dramaturg; Lila Gilbert*, production manager; Angela McIlvain, scenic designer; Anna Wooden*, costume designer; Kaili Story, lighting designer; Averi Paulsen, sound designer; Jay Epps, stage manager; Dominic DiGiovanni*, technical director; and Shane Kelly (producer). * Indicates Cloudgate Artistic Associate


ABOUT KRISTIN IDASZAK, playwright

Kristin Idaszak is a playwright, dramaturg, and Cloudgate’s artistic director. A two-time Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellow, Idaszak has received the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and the Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award. Her play, Another Jungle, (Relentless Award Honorable Mention) received its world premiere with Cloudgate Theatre and The Syndicate in April 2018. She was the Shank Playwright in Residence at the Goodman Theatre and a member of the 2017-2018 Goodman Playwrights Unit. She has received commissions from EST/The Sloan Foundation, Cleveland Play House, and Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Her work has been produced or developed by the Goodman Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Ensemble Studio Theatre, SPACE at Ryder Farm, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Renaissance Theaterworks, The Drama League, and WildClaw, among others. Idaszak is also a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists and adjunct faculty at The Theatre School at DePaul University. Previously, Idaszak served as associate artistic director/literary manager of Caffeine Theatre and associate artistic director of Collaboraction. 

ABOUT ADDIE GORLIN, director

Addie Gorlin hails from Minneapolis and is a director, educator and aspiring artistic director invested in the regional theater movement. Her most recent directing credits include Next to Normal (Brown University undergrad mainstage), Good Person of Szechwan, Eurydice, Twelfth Night, and Streetcar Named Desire (Brown/Trinity), Charm and According to Coyote (Mixed Blood Theatre), Laramie Project (Children’s Theater), I and You (Phoenix Theater), and Five Tries (Cutting Ball Theatre). Gorlin has developed new work at The Playwrights Center, The Lark, Mixed Blood, Riverside Theater, Ivoryton Playhouse, Brown University, and has served as assistant director at The Guthrie, The Public, and Trinity Rep among various others. Fellowships include Artistic Management and Directing at the Cutting Ball Theater and the National New Play Network (NNPN) Producer-in-Residence grant through which she apprenticed in artistic direction at Mixed Blood Theatre. While not in school and freelance directing, Gorlin stays actively engaged in civic theater practice, is a member of the NNPN's Affiliated Artist Council and strategic planning committee and continues to teach: she holds a credential as a 6-12th grade English and Drama teacher which she obtained via Teach for America. B.A. Dartmouth College. M.F.A. candidate Brown/Trinity 2019.

ABOUT CLOUDGATE THEATRE
Cloudgate Theatre produces fiercely theatrical new plays from a queer feminist lens. Prioritizing sustainability and harm reduction, Cloudgate focuses on human-centered artistic practices. It believes that caring for and listening to the artists they work with engenders vibrant, dynamic experiences for its audiences. With each production, the company starts by asking how best to serve the needs of its collaborators and to take its audience on a uniquely theatrical journey.

Cloudgate Theatre creates theatre and performance that challenge the norms of American theatre through intersectional queer feminist narratives. It believes that the theatre is the place to imagine a more liveable world, and work to make it real. The company seeks to create theatrical experiences that foster community, question authority, and offer meaning.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

3 Nights Only: Pay What You Can Tickets for Broken Nose Theatre's Bechdel Fest 6

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Three Performances Only!
Broken Nose Theatre Announces Line-Up for
BECHDEL FEST 6: REVOLUTION
July 29, 30 & 31, 2018 
at Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre

Parts of Steppenwolf’s LookOut Series

I'll definitely be out to see BECHDEL FEST 6: REVOLUTION. Here at ChiIL Live Shows we're all about works of film and theatre that pass the "Bechdel Test" and can't wait to see Broken Nose Theatre's annual festival of new short plays. With pay what you can ticket prices, nobody's excluded for a thin wallet or empty bank account. Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre is one of our favorite new venues and an excellent place to catch a show. Don't miss this!

Broken Nose Theatre, recipient of the 2018 Broadway In Chicago Emerging Theatre Award, is pleased to announce the full line-up for BECHDEL FEST 6: REVOLUTION, the company’s annual festival of new short plays featuring an ensemble of female-identifying and non-binary actors talking about things other than men. Presented as part of Steppenwolf’s LookOut Series, BECHDEL FEST will play three performances only July 29, 30 & 31, 2018 at Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre, 1700 N. Halsted St. in Chicago. Tickets for all BNT productions are available on a “pay-what-you-can” basis, allowing patrons to set their own price and ensuring theatre remains economically accessible for all audiences. Suggested price is $25. Tickets are currently available at www.steppenwolf.org or by calling (312) 335-1650.

All the works in BNT’s perennial feminist festival are inspired by the famous Bechdel-Wallace Test. Created by cartoonist Alison Bechdel, the test asks whether a work of entertainment features at least two women in conversation about something other than a man. Since the fest's first iteration in 2013, Broken Nose has worked with some of the most exciting voices in the Chicago theater landscape on over 40 stories that, by design, do not revolve around men. This year's lineup includes both female-identifying and non-binary characters.



The full line-up for BECHDEL FEST 6: REVOLUTION includes: 

EVERY OTHER TUESDAY
Written by Elise Marie Davis* | Directed by Spenser Davis*

A suburban book club is on track to reserve a booth at their neighborhood's annual Community Cookout –until the cookout sponsors realize the book club focuses exclusively on lesbian erotica.

FOR THE CULTURE
Written by Michael Allen Harris+ | Directed by Martin Hanna*

The Society - a secret spy organization founded, funded, organized, and run by black women - is about to send their most skilled agent on a brand new mission: a covert infiltration with the potential to change the world.

GOLDSTAR
Written by Cleo Shine | Directed by JD Caudill^

A shy highschooler decides to reveal her true self to her girlfriend, even if it risks changing everything.

HOLY INAPPROPRIATE
Written by Allison L. Fradkin | Directed by Kim Boler^

A devout mother and her three daughters seem perfectly comfortable within the confines of the restrictive "Christian Patriarchy Movement."  That is, until sex education gets unexpectedly added to their home-schooled curriculum.

NO, JENNIFER
Written by Nancy Garcia Loza | Directed by Laura Baker

Two Mexican-American friends struggle with the ups and downs of seeking help, dealing with trauma – and setting boundaries with their hard-to-ignore families.

OCCUPY GAMBIER
Written by Beth Hyland | Directed by Brian Balcom

As the "Occupy Wallstreet" protests rage on the East Coast in 2011, several college students strive to be part of the movement... on their tiny liberal arts campus in Gambier, Ohio.

PORCH PROBLEMS
Written by Kristi Parker-Barnhart | Directed by Julia Skeggs

Two neighbors. One shared back porch. This means war.

PROM REBEL
Written by Loy Webb | Directed by Deanna Reed Foster

On the eve of her high school prom, a young woman decides to break the rules in her own special way.

TAKING A (ONE-NIGHT) STAND
Written by Benjamin Brownson* | Directed by Adrienne Matzen

Two strangers find their night of casual fun unexpectedly lengthened when a neighborhood riot erupts around them.

* BNT Company member       ^ BNT Artistic associate           + BNT Resident Playwright



About Broken Nose Theatre:

Broken Nose Theatre is a Pay-What-You-Can theatre company. Founded in 2012, BNT has produced and developed 11 full-length plays (including 8 Chicago or World Premieres) and over 40 new womencentric short plays through our annual Bechdel Fest. We strive to spark conversation, cultivate empathy, and amplify underrepresented voices, and are committed to making new, exciting and relevant theatre that is economically accessible to all audiences. For more information, please visit www.brokennosetheatre.com.

About Steppenwolf’s LookOut Series:

LookOut is Steppenwolf’s performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form, emerging artists and performance legends, quintessential Chicago companies and young aspiring ensembles, familiar Steppenwolf faces and new friends. steppenwolf.org/lookout


Monday, May 28, 2018

OPENING: THE OPPORTUNITIES OF EXTINCTION Via Broken Nose Theatre at The Den Theatre June 1 – 30, 2018

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 Broken Nose Theatre Presents
THE OPPORTUNITIES OF EXTINCTION
A New Play by Sam Chanse
Directed by Company Member Jen Poulin
June 1 – 30, 2018 at The Den Theatre


Broken Nose Theatre, recipient of the 2018 Broadway In Chicago Emerging Theatre Award, is pleased to continue its 2018 Season with Sam Chanse’s contemplative new drama THE OPPORTUNITIES OF EXTINCTION, directed by company member Jen Poulin*, playing June 1 – 30, 2018 at The Den Theatre (2A), 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. 



ChiIL Live Shows will be ChiILin' at Chi, IL's Den Theatre on June 4, for Broken Nose Theatre's press opening of THE OPPORTUNITIES OF EXTINCTION. Check back soon for my full review. 

Tickets are currently available at brokennosetheatre.com. Tickets for all Broken Nose Theatre productions are available on a “pay-what-you-can” basis, allowing patrons to set their own price and ensuring theatre remains economically accessible for all audiences. 

THE OPPORTUNITIES OF EXTINCTION will feature company member Echaka Agba* and artistic associate Aria Szalai-Raymond+ with Richard Costes.

While taking refuge from a social media firestorm on a last-minute camping trip, Mel and Arjun encounter Georgia, a solitary young woman studying the impact of climate change on the imperiled Joshua Tree. At the crossroads of creation and obliteration, lovers and strangers in the Mojave Desert explore what it means to survive in a relationship – and a world – on the brink of extinction.

“We are living in turbulent and uncertain times, not only as a country but on a global scale, and even as individuals,” comments Artistic Director Benjamin Brownson. “When the whole world seems ready to burn, how do you connect with strangers, lovers and your fellow human beings? In a time when we have a President tweeting nuclear threats and teenagers building mass movements via Facebook, will social media destroy the planet or save us all? How do we stay focused on love, family and the ties that bind us to one another when our success, our security, our very survival as a species is under threat by a whole host of forces seemingly out of our control? Opportunities of Extinction explores these and other questions without offering any easy answers, and we couldn't be more pleased with the stellar cast and team who will be bringing this world premiere production to life.”

The production team for THE OPPORTUNITIES OF EXTINCTION includes: Devon Green+ (scenic and props design), Martin Hanna* (costume design), Cat Davis (lighting design), Eric Backus (original music and sound design), Therese Ritchie (asst. scenic and props design), David Weiss* (dramaturg), Rose Hamill* (production manager) and Jackie Marschke (stage manager).

* Denotes BNT company member
+ Denotes BNT artistic associate

Location: The Den Theatre (2A), 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago
Dates: Previews: Friday, June 1 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, June 2 at 7:30 pm
Opening: Sunday, June 3 at 3 pm

Regular Run: Thursday, June 7 – Saturday, June 30, 2018
Curtain Times: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 3 pm
Industry Night: Monday, June 11 at 7:30 pm
Understudy Night: Wednesday, June 20 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: Pay-what-you-can. Tickets are currently available at brokennosetheatre.com. 

About the Artists

Sam Chanse’s (Playwright) plays include The Opportunities of Extinction, The Other Instinct, Fruiting Bodies and Lydia’s Funeral Video. A former Sundance/Ucross Playwright Fellow, MacDowell Fellow, Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow and Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Workshop Fellow at The Lark, she has also received residencies from Djerassi, Tofte Lake Center and SPACE at Ryder Farm. Her work has been recognized by The Kilroys, and commissions include Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan, Ma-Yi/the Flea, Second Generation, Leviathan Lab and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Her first solo play, Lydia’s Funeral Video, is published by Kaya Press. She is a resident playwright at New Dramatists, and a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and Ars Nova’s Play Group. www.samchanse.com. 

Jen Poulin (Director) is a director and dramaturg based in Chicago. She serves as Development Director for Broken Nose Theatre, and artistic associate at No Stakes Theater Project. Recent directing credits include Gidion’s Knot (Habakkuk Theatre), Faith in a Fallen World, Above the Ceiling, (readings, Chicago Dramatists), What of the Night? (AD, Stage Left Theatre), The You You Hear, Yet To Be (Bechdel Fest, Broken Nose Theatre) and Fragile Filigree Love (The Future is Female festival). Jen has worn many hats since receiving her Theatre Studies BFA from University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign: educator, box-office assistant, blood mopper, script mistress, producer and performer.



About Broken Nose Theatre

Broken Nose Theatre is a Pay-What-You-Can theatre company. Founded in 2012, BNT has produced and developed 11 full-length plays (including 8 Chicago or World Premieres) and over 40 new womencentric short plays through our annual Bechdel Fest. We strive to spark conversation, cultivate empathy, and amplify underrepresented voices, and are committed to making new, exciting and relevant theatre that is economically accessible to all audiences. For more information, please visit brokennosetheatre.com.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

SEASON ANNOUNCED: Exciting Things are Afoot For Broken Nose Theatre

Chi, IL LIVE Shows On Our Radar:
Broken Nose Theatre Announces 
Full 2018 Line-Up:

World Premiere!
KINGDOM
By Resident Playwright Michael Allen Harris
Directed by Kanome Jones

World Premiere!
THE OPPORTUNITIES OF EXTINCTION
By Sam Chanse
Directed by Company Member Jen Poulin

BECHDEL FEST 6
BNT’s Perennial Feminist Play Festival

World Premiere!
PLAINCLOTHES 
Written and Directed by Company Member Spenser Davis

New Residency at The Den Theatre


Broken Nose Theatre is pleased to announce a full line-up for 2018, featuring three world premiere productions for the Chicago stage – to be presented at its new resident home, The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. 

This spring, BNT presents the kitchen-sink comedy KINGDOM by resident playwright Michael Allen Harris, directed by Kanome Jones. The new play about an all-LGBTQ African American family in Orlando will feature BNT company member Johnard Washington and artistic associates Watson Swift and RjW Mays, and was originally developed through BNT’s The Paper Trail initiative.

Next summer, BNT presents the world premiere of Sam Chanse’s contemplative drama THE OPPORTUNITIES OF EXTINCTION, directed by company member Jen Poulin. The new play about exploring life and love in the face of the inevitable will feature BNT company member Echaka Agba and artistic associate Aria Szalai-Raymond.

Summer 2018 will also include BECHDEL FEST 6, BNT’s annual feminist festival, featuring a full slate of new short plays with all female-identifying casts. Playwrights, directors and casting will be announced in 2018.

Broken Nose closes the calendar year with the world premiere dark comedy PLAINCLOTHES, developed with much of the team behind BNT’s runaway 2017 hit At The Table. Written and directed by company member Spenser Davis, who helmed At The Table, the play examines biases and blind spots through the lens of a loss prevention team. PLAINCLOTHES will feature company members Echaka Agba, Elise Spoerlein, Johnard Washington and David Weiss – all of whom appeared in At The Table – along with company member Martin Hanna and artistic associates RjW Mays, Kim Boler, Adam Soule and Rob Koon, and will be developed by BNT and the ensemble.

In 2018, BNT will also provide institutional support to two outside playwrights through The Paper Trail – its new play development program. Next year’s plays include PEG by Liam Fitzgerald, about a couple who negotiate their kinks in anticipation of an impending shipment of sex toys; and EXPOSURE by Cynthia Hines, in which a former army photographer combats the ghosts of war that followed her home to the South Side of Chicago.

As it enters its sixth season, Broken Nose recently welcomed 13 new artists to its ranks. New company members include Echaka Agba, Rose Hamill, Martin Hanna and Johnard Washington and new artistic associates include Kim Boler, JD Caudill, Devon Green, Ada Grey, Rob Koon, RjW Mays, Adam Soule and Watson Swift.

“It’s been an exciting year for Broken Nose, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to spend the next one continuing to develop and produce timely new work, and to be able to work with so many talented BNT artists and collaborators. These world premieres range from Florida’s tourist capital to the desolation of the Mojave desert to downtown Chicago, yet despite their geography they remind us, sometimes warmly, sometimes starkly, of the things that matter most: love, human connection and survival.”

Tickets for all Broken Nose Theatre productions are available on a “pay-what-you-can” basis, allowing patrons to set their own price and ensuring theatre remains economically accessible for all audiences. Tickets for all productions will go on sale at a later date. For additional information, visit brokennosetheatre.com. 

Broken Nose Theatre’s Full 2018 Line-Up Includes:

March 2 – March 31, 2018 
KINGDOM – World Premiere!
By BNT resident playwright Michael Allen Harris
Directed by Kanome Jones
Featuring BNT company member Johnard Washington and artistic associates Watson Swift and RjW Mays.

When the state of Florida legalizes same sex marriage, Arthur and Henry (his partner of fifty years) come to terms with their differing opinions on the necessity of becoming husbands, even as their son Alexander finds himself wading through some rough new waters of his own. KINGDOM is the story of an entirely-LGBTQ African American family that lives in the near-literal shadow of Orlando’s magical kingdom, as they struggle to create a life together that captures a little bit of that same magic.

KINGDOM was developed in conjunction with The Paper Trail, BNT’s new play development program.

June 2 – June 30, 2018
THE OPPORTUNITIES OF EXTINCTION
By Sam Chanse
Directed by BNT company member Jen Poulin
Featuring BNT company member Echaka Agba and artistic associate Aria Szalai-Raymond.

A couple flees to the Mojave Desert in the wake of a social media firestorm. A young woman obsessively studies the oncoming impact of climate change. As the world heats up, tensions rise and the political becomes indistinguishable from the environmental, these three find one another in the shadow of the endangered Joshua tree, wondering how long they have before everything falls apart. 

Summer 2018
BECHDEL FEST 6

BNT’s perennial favorite feminist festival returns! As with the last five iterations, BECHDEL FEST 6 will feature an all female-identifying cast performing new short plays written and directed by some of our favorite artists, and all passing the famous Bechdel Test. Created by cartoonist Alison Bechdel, the Bechdel Test asks whether a work of entertainment features at least two women in conversation about something other than a man. Playwrights, directors and casting to be announced in 2018.

October  20 – November 17, 2018
PLAINCLOTHES – World Premiere!
Written and directed by BNT company member Spenser Davis
Featuring BNT company members Echaka Agba, Elise Spoerlein, Martin Hanna, Johnard Washington and David Weiss and artistic associates RjW Mays, Kim Boler, Adam Soule and Rob Koon.

After an incident with a shoplifter ends with half their team either fired or in the hospital, the loss prevention department of a downtown Chicago retail store comes under harsh investigation from corporate. Their manager’s suggestion: “Start catching more white people. At least until they stop looking at the numbers.” When a group of supposed Good Guys have a blind spot that lands them on the chopping block, who holds themselves accountable and who decides to give the higher-ups a taste of the trenches? In the style of BNT’s 2017 hit At The Table, PLAINCLOTHES will be developed alongside its pre-cast ensemble.

Additional casting for the season will be announced at a later date.


 PHOTO CREDIT: Broken Nose Theatre’s 2018 playwrights and directors (left to right) Kanome Jones, Michael Allen Harris, Jen Poulin, Sam Chanse and Spenser Davis.

About the Artists
Michael Allen Harris (Playwright, Kingdom) As a writer, Michael has collaborated with Chicago Theatre companies such as Broken Nose Theatre, Jackalope Theatre, Arc Theatre, Stage 773, Fine Print Theatre, Chicago Home Theater Festival and The New Colony. His play Rocky Road received its world premiere at the New Studio Theatre of Columbia College Chicago and was directed by Chicago actor/playwright/director Tom Mula. It was the first production featured in the Main Stage season that was authored by an alumnus. His play The Velvet Tabernacle was featured in a development series on behalf of Fine Print Theatre. One of his most recent plays, Kingdom, was nourished in a season-long development on behalf of Broken Nose Theatre, and received a staged reading at the Richard Christiansen theatre space of Victory Gardens in June 2016. In the fall of 2017, his play Punk receive its world premiere on behalf of The New Colony, where he recently became an ensemble member. In December of 2016, Michael became the first Resident Playwright of Broken Nose Theatre. His other plays include Ascension. Short plays include: The Woman Who Stared into The Eyes of the Red Horseman, House of Samurai, They Let Him Bleed, Project Agatha (a collaboration project based on Regina Taylor’s play Stop. Reset.) and Bind. As an actor, he has worked with numerous Chicago theaters such as Adventure Stage, Eclipse Theatre, Gift Theatre, Teatro Vista, The-Massive, Stone Soup Theatre Project, Infusion Theatre, Broken Nose Theatre and Cold Basement Dramatics. He is an artistic ensemble member of Eclipse Theatre Company. Michael is currently pursuing his MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Kanome Jones (Director, Kingdom) has been performing and working in Chicago for over five years. She works with several theater companies here in the city, wearing different hats for each one. She is the Casting Director for Strawdog Theatre Company and the Associate Producer for Midsommer Flight. She also works with Stage Left Theatre and Waltzing Mechanics as an ensemble member. In the past, Kanomé has worked with Broken Nose Theatre as a performer in their first Bechdel Fest and as a director in their second iteration. She has also directed an installment of EL Stories with the Waltzing Mechanics.  Other recent performance credits include Building the Wall and The Firestorm (Stage Left Theatre), understudy in The Book Club Play (16th Street Theatre) Twelfth Night (Midsommer Flight) and Titus Andronicus (Babes with Blades Theatre Company). She is proud alumni of the Professional Training Company at Actors Theatre of Louisville and BFA graduate of Missouri State University. 

Sam Chanse’s (Playwright, The Opportunities of Extinction) plays include The Opportunities of Extinction, The Other Instinct, Fruiting Bodies and Lydia’s Funeral Video. A former
Sundance/Ucross Playwright Fellow, MacDowell Fellow, Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow and Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Workshop Fellow at The Lark, she has also received residencies from Djerassi, Tofte Lake Center and SPACE at Ryder Farm. Her work has been recognized by The Kilroys, and commissions include Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan, Ma-Yi/the Flea, Second Generation, Leviathan Lab and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Her first solo play, Lydia’s Funeral Video, is published by Kaya Press. She is a resident playwright at New Dramatists, and a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and Ars Nova’s Play Group. www.samchanse.com. 

Jen Poulin (Director, The Opportunities of Extinction) is a Chicago based director and dramaturg, whose recent projects include The River Bride with Halcyon (dramaturg) and What of the Night? with Stage Left and Cor Theatre (assistant director). She previously served as Interim Grants Manager and Artistic Programs Apprentice at American Theater Company and Associate Artistic Director of BackStage Theatre Company. She has worn many hats since earning her Theatre Studies BFA from University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign: educator, box office assistant, blood mopper, script mistress, stage and production manager, producer and performer. But her heart belongs to directing, especially new work. As a play reader, she’s worked with Stage Left Theatre, Artemisia Theatre and Kitchen Dog Theater. Her stage management and directing credits span many fine Chicago companies, including Adventure Stage Chicago, Strawdog Theatre Company, Steep Theatre Company, Mary Arrchie Theatre Company and WildClaw Theatre. She is also an Artistic Associate with No Stakes Theater Project.

Spenser Davis (Director/Playwright, Plainclothes) is a company member of Broken Nose Theatre, where he has directed From White Plains, A Phase, Bechdel Fest and At The Table, for which he received the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Director – Play. It won three other Jeff Awards including Best Production, and was given a twice-extended summer remount. Other directing credits include Bachelorette at Level 11; FitzFest and Kafkapalooza at First Floor; numerous editions of the One Minute Play Festival; the forthcoming Lametown at The Factory Theater; as well as work with Strawdog, Otherworld, Mary-Arrchie and Pride Films and Plays. Assistant directing credits include Pilgrim’s Progress and 3C at A Red Orchid, as well as Divine Sister at Hell in a Handbag. As a playwright, he was a finalist for the Actor Theater of Louisville’s Heideman Award, and his first full-length play Merge, about the rise and fall of the video game company Atari, closed The New Colony’s eighth season. He is also an ensemble member of The Factory Theater and has worked around town as an actor. Plainclothes is his second play.


BROKEN NOSE THEATRE is Chicago’s premiere Pay-What-You-Can theatre company. Founded in 2012, BNT has produced and developed 10 full length plays (including 7 Chicago or World Premieres) and over 40 new womencentric short plays through our annual Bechdel Fest. We strive to spark conversation, cultivate empathy, and amplify underrepresented voices, and are committed to making new, exciting and relevant theatre that is economically accessible to all audiences. 
For more information, please visit brokennosetheatre.com.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

OPENING: DIRECTORS HAVEN 2017 10/16-11/1 at The Den Theatre

Chi, IL LIVE Shows On Our Radar:

Casting Announced!
Haven Theatre Presents
DIRECTORS HAVEN 2017
Showcasing Three Plays Directed by 
Kristen Johnson, Ian Martin & Lexi Saunders
October 16 – November 1, 2017 at The Den Theatre

Directors Haven 2017 (left to right) Directors Kristen Johnson, Ian Martin and Lexi Saunders helm Haven Theatre’s DIRECTORS HAVEN 2017

Haven Theatre is pleased to present its third DIRECTORS HAVEN, the company’s ever-growing initiative showcasing the talents of three early career directors. This season, Kristen Johnson directs Vaclav Havel’s riveting political satire THE PROTEST, Ian Martin helms Amiri Baraka’s THE TOILET, a powerful look at love and empathy, and Lexi Saunders directs Rachel Dubose’s sharply funny and biting new play THE DEPARTURE. The three fully-produced productions will run back-to-back in one program. DIRECTOR’S HAVEN 2017 will play October 16 – November 1, 2017 at Haven Theatre’s resident home, The Den Theatre (2A), 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. All performances are pay-what-you-can. Tickets are currently available at haventheatrechicago.com.

Location: The Den Theatre (2A), 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
Previews: Monday, October 16 at 7:30 pm and Tuesday, October 17 at 6 pm
Regular Run: Wednesday, October 18 – Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Curtain Times: Sundays at 6 pm, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday at 7:30 pm 

Tickets: Pay-what-you-can. Tickets are currently available at haventheatrechicago.com. 

DIRECTORS HAVEN 2017 will feature Nic Bell, Tara Bouldry, Brianna Buckley, Nate Buursma, Byron Coolie, Kamille Dawkins, Leon J. Evans, Barry Irving, Julian Larach, Freedom Martin, Priya Mohanty, Marcus D. Moore, Victor Musoni, Selene Perez, Noah Robinson, Jo Schaffer and Kendra Thulin

Comments Artistic Director Josh Sobel, "The continued growth of the Director's Haven program is a fulfillment of one of my greatest hopes – to provide institutional support and hands-on production opportunity for directors at the very earliest stages of their professional journeys. The past two years have been a testament to the talent and imagination of the newest generation of professional theatermakers, and this season's cohort of artists will only build upon and continue this momentum. These directors have selected pieces that are truly uniquely personal to each of them, and share an immediacy, a relevancy and a consciousness that serves to reinforce my faith in the next wave of artistic leaders."

DIRECTORS HAVEN 2017 includes:

THE PROTEST
By Vaclav Havel
Directed by Kristen Johnson
Featuring Kamille Dawkins (Vanek) and Kendra Thulin (Stanek). 

Renowned activist Vaněk pays a visit to the lavish home of a former colleague, Staněk, who has invited Vaněk to help secure the release of a jailed radical musician, fiancée to Staněk’s daughter. Vaněk also has a favor to request: getting the Staněk’s signature in a far-reaching protest.

THE TOILET
By Amiri Baraka
Directed by Ian Martin
Featuring Nic Bell (Skippy), Nate Buursma (Donald), Byron Coolie (Ora), Leon J. Evans (Foot), Barry Irving (Knowles), Julian Larach (Karolis), Freedom Martin (Willie Love), Marcus D. Moore (Hines), Victor Musoni (Johnny Boy Holmes), Noah Robinson (George) and Jo Schaffer (Perry).

Set in a high school lavatory in the early 1960’s, LeRoi Jones’ The Toilet is an exploration of love, race and masculinity. The play is one of several known colloquially as Revolutionary theatre, which aimed to force change in the social order by exposing, accusing, and attacking. The Toilet exposes love, accuses race, and attacks masculinity, in hopes that we can imagine a new social order; One in which a boy could love another, despite their colors.

THE DEPARTURE
By Rachel Dubose
Directed by Lexi Saunders
Featuring Tara Bouldry (Trish), Brianna Buckley (Karyn), Priya Mohanty (Aleesia) and Selene Perez (Micah).

Friendships are tested when a group of women reunites for an Escape Room themed Bachelorette Party. Loosely based on Sartre's No Exit and developed collaboratively, what was supposed to bring the women together actually begins to tear them apart. As the clock winds down, tensions build and old secrets are revealed.

The production team for DIRECTOR’S HAVEN 2017 includes Rachel Rauscher (scenic design), Sara Torres (lighting design), Antonio Gracias (sound design), Amy Williams (costume design), Corbin Paulino, Cedar Larson and Merle Palmer (stage managers) and Marika Mashburn (casting director).

Artist Biographies
Kristen Johnson (Director – The Protest) is honored to be a part of the 2017 Directors' Haven. Most recently she directed new plays Options at Broken Nose Theatre and Clearing at Commission Theatre. Previously, she assisted Josh Sobel in Steep Theatre's Bobbie Clearly, assisted Erica Weiss in Gift Theatre's Grapes of Wrath, directed A Long Arduous Journey for Gift's TEN Festival, assisted Anna Bahow for Rasaka Theatre's A Nice Indian Boy, directed Christmas Armaments for Step Up Productions’ Holidaze Festival, assisted Erica Weiss on The Downpour for Route 66 Theatre and Jonathan Berry on Look Back in Anger at Redtwist Theatre. She has also directed readings of Dana Formby’s American Beauty Shop and David Auburn’s Fifth Planet for Sankofa Theatre and Caridad Svich’s Archipelago for No Passport’s 30/30 Festival.  Kristen is a graduate of Carleton College, School at Steppenwolf, NTI, and BADA. When she is not directing, Kristen is working as an actor in Chicago. 

Václav Havel (Playwright – The Protest) is a playwright who in 1989 became the president of Czechoslovakia, continuing on after the country became the Czech Republic until 2003. Havel was a prominent participant in the liberal reforms of 1968, and, after the Soviet clampdown on Czechoslovakia, his plays, which explore the self-delusions and moral compromises that characterize life under a totalitarian system, were banned. Havel was elected president of Czechoslovakia in July 1990, becoming the country's first noncommunist leader since 1948.

Ian Martin (Director – The Toilet) is an upcoming creative: writer, director, producer. He is a recent transplant to the city of Chicago and currently serving as the Artistic Producing Apprentice at Goodman Theatre. He graduated with a B.A. in Theatre from Indiana University, but has studied in the arts from a young age, attending the Cincinnati School for the Creative and Performing Arts during his formative years. Ian is glad to make his Chicago directorial debut with Director's Haven 2017. Recent directing credits include an independent production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest and assisting on an academic production of The Colored Museum. He is originally from Cincinnati, OH.

Amiri Baraka (Playwright – The Toilet) was born LeRoi Jones in Newark, New Jersey, on October 7, 1934. After three years in the U.S. Air Force, Jones joined the Beat movement in Greenwich Village. After the assassination of Malcolm X, he took the name Amiri Baraka and became involved in the Black Nationalist poetry and literature movements, with his work focusing on confronting racial politics. He later identified himself as a Marxist. Some of his notable plays and poems include Dutchman, Slave Ship and The Baptism. A prolific writer over his nearly 50 year career, Baraka penned more than 50 books, including fiction, music criticism, essays, short stories, poetry and plays. Baraka died on January 9, 2014 at the age of 79.

Lexi Saunders (Director – The Departure) is a director, performer and teaching artist originally from Los Angeles with her BA in Theatre and Psychology from UC San Diego. Her Chicago directing credits include Grounded with Theater of Thought, the youth devised SUPER at Mudlark, Bye, Chuck at The Gift, in your own backyard by Kristiana Rae Colón at Victory Gardens, I Have It by Bekah Brunstetter with Madkap, LezFest and Missed Connections at Pride Films and Plays. She has assistant directed The Burials at Steppenwolf, The Few at Steep, The Snare at Jackalope, good friday at Oracle and Cocked at Victory Gardens, where she was in the 2016 Directors Inclusion Initiative. Lexi is also a recurring director for the One Minute Play Festival and 2nd Story’s storytelling series.

Rachel DuBose (Playwright – The Departure) is a Chicago-based playwright. She holds an MFA from Northwestern University Writing for the Screen + Stage and her B.A. from Spelman College. Her plays have been staged at Unbound, the  Fade to Black Festival, Pegasus Theatre Chicago, Living Room Playmakers, Mercy Street Theatre Company, Black Lives Black Words, The Future is Female and Jadesmash. Rachel is an associate artist at Pegasus Theatre Chicago, a Black Lives Black Words Associate Artist, a resident playwright at Mercy Street Theatre, a guest contributor at Black Girl Fly Magazine and is one of the inaugural Russ Tutterow Fellows at Chicago Dramatists.

About Haven Theatre:

NEXT GENERATION. NEW CANON. SOCIAL PROFIT.

We exist to be a Haven for The Future. We achieve this through championing the next generation of playwrights, directors and actors by producing and promoting plays and performances that are staking their claim as the immediate future of this art form, and by investing in those at the very beginning of their professional journeys. Through this inspiration, we seek to ignite in each audience member a hope for the Future - the Future of theatre and performance, the Future of each other, the Future of our community.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Broken Nose Theatre Welcomes Four New Company Members and Eight New Artistic Associates For Sixth Season


Broken Nose Theatre Announces 
New Company Members & Artistic Associates


PHOTO CREDIT:  Broken Nose Theatre’s new Company Members (top, l to r) Echaka Agba, Rose Hamill, Martin Hanna and Johnard Washington new Artistic Associates (2nd row, l to r) Kim Boler, JD Caudill, Devon Green, Ada Grey (3rd row, l to r) Robert Koon, Adam Soule, Regina Whitehead Mays and Watson Swift.

As it embarks on its sixth season, Broken Nose Theatre is pleased to announce a major expansion of the company by welcoming four new Company Members and eight new Artistic Associates.

Broken Nose’s new Company Members include: Echaka Agba, Rose Hamill, Martin Hanna and Johnard Washington. The company’s new Artistic Associates include: Kim Boler, JD Caudill, Devon Green, Ada Grey, Robert Koon, Adam Soule, Regina Whitehead Mays and Watson Swift.

“We couldn’t be happier with this incredible roster of talent joining the Broken Nose artistic family,” comments Broken Nose Artistic Director Benjamin Brownson. “Collectively they have been a part if nearly every project BNT has produced over our five year history, and I can’t think of a better group of collaborators to continue building on our recent success with At The Table and help us thrive as we enter the next phase of BNT’s growth and institutional development. We’re excited to be able to work with so many of them in our upcoming season, which we’ll be announcing in the coming weeks.” 

These new faces join current Broken Nose Theatre Company Members Benjamin Brownson (Founding Artistic Director), Spenser Davis, Jen Poulin, Elise Spoerlein and David Weiss, and current Artistic Associates Caitlin Boylan, Samuel Brownson, Teresa Kuruvilla, Aria Szalai-Raymond and Ivy Reid. The BNT Board of Directors consists of Benjamin Brownson, Laura Burgos, and Tim Wolfe.

About the New Company Members
 Echaka Agba is thrilled to be calling Broken Nose Theatre her artistic home. She was last seen in BNT's Bechdel Fest 5. Other Chicago theatre credits include: At the Table (Jeff Award – Best Ensemble, Best Supporting Actress) Broken Nose; The Crucible, Between Riverside and Crazy (Steppenwolf); Short Shakes! Romeo and Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare); A Comedical Tragedy for Mister Punch, United Flight 232 (Jeff Award – Best Ensemble) The House Theatre of Chicago; Don't Go Gentle (Haven Theatre); Balm In Gilead (Griffin Theatre). She is a graduate of The School at Steppenwolf and a lover of Black Box Acting. She is represented by Grossman & Jack Talent. 

Rose Hamill is a freelance stage and production manager around Chicago. She is absolutely thrilled to be a member of Broken Nose Theatre, and especially excited to be serving as Company Manager. A graduate of Columbia College Chicago's Technical Theatre program her credits there include Spring Awakening the Musical, The Tempest and Blues for an Alabama Sky. She has also worked with Windy City Playhouse (This), Cock & Bull Theatre (Lecherous Honey) and The New Colony (PUNK).

Martin Hanna is a graduate of the Arts University Bournemouth (England), and is proud to be joining Broken Nose Theatre. Born in Baghdad, Iraq, Martin has called Chicago his home for the past fifteen years. Outside of Broken Nose, a few of Martin's credits include The Hard Problem at Court Theatre; The Invisible Hand, A Christmas Carol, Dreamgirls at Milwaukee Rep; Macbeth, A Comedy of Errors, Failure: A Love Story and The Magical Mind of Billy Shakespeare at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. He is eager to collaborate with his new BNT family.

Johnard Washington recently appeared in Broken Nose Theatre’s At The Table. He is also a proud member of Red Tape Theatre and has most recently been seen in their production of A Hedda Gabler. Other credits: Elephant's Graveyard, The Skriker and Lear. He performed with Akvavit Theatre's Hand in Hand. Johnard also has worked very closely with Oracle Productions on two Jeff nominated productions: This House Believes the American Dream is at the Expense of the American Negro and The Hairy Ape. Johnard has also worked with Steppenwolf Theatre, Red Theatre Chicago, First Floor Theatre and Od Theatre. He is excited to join the Broken Nose family!

About the New Artistic Associates
Kim Boler hails from Clinton, MS with a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi. After graduating, she earned her splinters with regional theatre for almost eight years working with such companies as Roxy Regional Theatre (TN), Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GA), Merry-go-round Playhouse (NY) and Busch Gardens Williamsburg (VA). She first worked with Broken Nose in 2016 with their production of Human Terrain and was nominated for a Jeff Award for Principal Actress in that production, and is excited to be a new Artistic Associate for this remarkable company. She is also a proud Ensemble Member of the Factory Theater as well as Bruised Orange Theatre. Other Chicago credits include Lifeline Theatre, Akvavit Theatre and Abraham Werewolf. 

JD Caudill is a director, music director, Hell in a Handbag company member and Associate Marketing Director and company member at Haven Theatre, as well as a 2x New Colony Associate Company Member. BGSU Theatre and Psychology graduate. Queer. They/them. Directed for Broken Nose Theatre, The New Colony, Haven Theatre, 16th Street Theatre, Red Theatre, Arc Theatre, Hobo Junction, The Runaways Lab Theatre, New American Folk Theatre and 20% Theatre. Assistant directed for Broken Nose on At The Table, as well as at The Metropolis (Josh Sobel), 16th Street Theatre (Ann Filmer; Megan Shuchman) and The New Colony (Evan Linder; Sean Kelly).

Devon Green is finishing up her senior year at Columbia College Chicago, earning her BA in Theatre Design. She is passionate about props design and loved being able to work on Human Terrain and At The Table with Broken Nose. Other productions include Light Up The Sky (Citadel Theater), Bonnie & Clyde (Kokandy Productions), King Liz (Windy City Playhouse), Dance For Beginners (Piven Theatre), The Snare (Jackalope Theatre) Bugsy Malone Jr. (Rotolo Middle School), The Feast (Red Theatre) and The Portrait (The Neapolitans). Her passion for props extends even further to her prop rental company Green Prop Rental which launches in November of 2018. 

Ada Grey is so excited to join the Broken Nose Theatre family as an artistic associate. She is an actor and theater critic in Chicago. She began writing reviews of plays at age four at adagrey.blogspot.com.  She’s gotten to interview some really cool people on her blog and has been interviewed on television, radio and featured in Chicago Reader’s 2016 people issue. Theater credits include Our Town (Redtwist), The Haven Place (A Red Orchid Youth), Scarcity (Redtwist, Broadway World Chicago Nomination Best Actress), The Awake (First Floor), Bechdel Fest 3 (Broken Nose), The Hammer Trinity (The House), To Kill a Mockingbird (Oak Park Festival Theatre), Jane Eyre (Lifeline), Men Should Weep (Griffin, Jeff Award Best Production), and 6 Characters in Search of an Author (The Hypocrites). She loves acting in webseries (Under Covers, Jacketman, Funny) and on television in Shrink (Seeso), Sirens (USA) and Chicago Fire (NBC). Ada is represented by Paonessa Talent.

Robert Koon is a Chicago playwright and actor. Recent credits include Seminar for Spartan Theatre Company, The Woman in Black for WildClaw Theatre, Chagrin Falls for The Agency Theatre Collective (Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination, Supporting Actor), The Taming of the Shrew at Oak Park Festival Theatre and Human Terrain for Broken Nose Theatre. Robert is a Resident Playwright alumnus at Chicago Dramatists, where his plays Homecoming 1972 and St. Colm’s Inch were produced; and he is an Associate Artist at 16th Street Theatre, which produced his play Menorca. He is a former Playwright Resident at the William Inge Center for the Arts, and teaches regularly for The Playwright’s Studio at Chicago Dramatists. His work includes the Jeff-nominated Odin’s Horse and Vintage Red and the Dust of the Road (Joseph Jefferson Award for New Work). Robert is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Regina Whitehead Mays (RjW) is elated to part of the Broken Nose team. RjW graduated from Columbia College Chicago and is represented by the amazing Stewart Talent Agency. She has worked with several theatres in Chicago including ETA Good Black (nominated for a BTAA award), FJT, Halcyon, Profiles, Broken Nose, Interrobang and others. She was part of the inaugural Bechdel Fest and performed in the second and third one as well. Last summer, she portrayed Mama Beas in Polarity Theatre's Dionysos Cup winning play Leavings. She performed her first solo performance to a sold out house at Three Cat Productions The Fat Black Sanctified Girl, and will be seen next in Eden in Silence and her next Solo performance this winter at Three Cat. RjW was the face of Trident 2014. 

Adam Soule is thrilled to be joining the team of Broken Nose Theatre as an Artistic Associate. Adam has worked with BNT since their inaugural production of My First Time, then again in From White Plains, and most recently in the award winning production of At the Table. Active in the Chicago theatre scene since 2008, Adam is extremely happy to have this great city as his artistic home.

Watson Swift holds a MPH from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BA in Mass Communication from Wayne State University. He also graduated from Second City’s Improv Conservatory, Acting and Writing programs and Annoyance Theatre's Advanced Improv program. Watson's credits include The Dictionary Project Vol. IV (Broken Nose Theatre), At Mister Kelly’s (Jeff Recommended), Death in a Beulah Box (Three Cat Productions), Among the Quick and the Dead (Prologue Theatre), Scenes from an Execution (Runcible Theatre), Stoop Time (You and Me Productions), Freedom Summer, Civil Rights Art Project and Out Loud (eta Creative Arts Foundation – nominated Best Actor by African American Arts Alliance and Best Ensemble by Black Theatre Alliance), Leg Up (Revolution Theatre), EL Stories XII (Waltzing Mechanics) and A Long Walk for Water (City Lit Theatre). He has also appeared in the film shorts The Woman Who Loved Weirdo Goon and Six Hour Pass.


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