Signal Ensemble Theatre Presents The US Premiere Of

Red Bud

By Brett Neveu

Directed By Brant Russell

January 24 – FEBRUARY 28, 2015

RECOMMENDED - "Brant Russell's production for Signal Ensemble brings out the best in Neveu's drama: the performances are strong and subtle, and the pacing is just leisurely enough for us to feel the fear and quiet desperation that grips them all." - Chicago Reader

RECOMMENDED - "[L]aughs, brawls, and that tragic sort of glory years nostalgia" - Chicago Magazine

RECOMMENDED - "The hyper-realism that permeates this production affects, alienates and engrosses the audience all at once." - Newcity Chicago

RECOMMENDED - "This intriguing play is really about those undercurrents and how we avoid addressing them." - Crain's Chicago Business

"Fleet and hard hitting performances...the cast dives into the nasty pyrotechnics with zest." - Chicago Tribune

★ ★ ★ - "[T]he production, ably directed by Brant Russell and well performed by a very solid cast is one that has no flaws" - Around The Town Chicago


> About The Show

A group of forty-somethings take their annual trip to "Red Bud," a championship motocross race. The group has nearly wrung their mutual friendship dry and uses the overnight camping party to relive past glories, play asinine games and beat the holy hell out of each other. The fly in the ointment is the eighteen year old "girlfriend" of one of the forty-somethings. Frustration, weirdness and old baggage rapidly comes to the surface and old friendships die hard.

> Cast

  • Samantha Beach
  • Sarah Gitenstein
  • Joe McCauley*
  • Colby Sellers*
  • Joseph Stearns*
  • Bries Vannon*

> Production Team

  • Assistant Director - Meg Sutter
  • Assistant Props - Amanda Herrmann
  • Costumes - Carla Hamilton*
  • Lights - Mike Stanfill
  • Props - Christopher Neville
  • Set - Dan Stratton
  • Sound - Thomas Dixon
  • Stage Manager - Stephanie Ingram*
  • Technical Director - Buck Blue*
  • Violence - Tyler Rich