SIGNAL ENSEMBLE THEATRE PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF

DEVIL'S DAY OFF

BY ENSEMBLE MEMBER JON STEINHAGEN

DIRECTED BY CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR RONAN MARRA

OCTOBER 18 – NOVEMBER 22, 2014

RECOMMENDED - "Beautiful, bold moments...Melting pot, Chicago style." - Chicago Reader


★ ★ ★ - "Never falters or lags...Humourous in it's honesty" - Chicago Stage Standard


"[T]he ambiance Marra creates aurally and visually have a serene and fantastical quality" - TimeOut Chicago


"[The] last chance to remember sweat and sunshine before the snow arrives" - Windy City Times

About The Show

A city is battling a record-breaking heat wave for several days when the power goes out for twelve hours. What follows is a mosaic of deprivation, fear, humor, survival and reflection in over 50 mini-plays featuring 100 characters, from the author of Successors, the Aces Trilogy and Blizzard ‘67 featuring the music and lyrics of The Next Thing and The Teapot Scandals. Devil’s Day Off was a finalist award winner in the Clubbed Thumb's Biennial Commission.

Cast

  • Laila Abdo
  • Mary Jo Bolduc
  • Eleanor Katz
  • Matthew Lloyd
  • Izis Mollinedo
  • Danny Mulae
  • Tyler Rich
  • Nelson Rodriguez
  • Aily Roper
  • Colby Sellers*
  • Ben Veatch
  • Steven Stinson

Production Team

  • Assistant Director - Courtney Jones
  • Costumes - Elsa Hiltner†
  • Lights - Michael C. Smith*
  • Props / Assistant Costumes - Christopher Neville
  • Sound - Anthony Ingram
  • Scenic - Buck Blue
  • Stage Manager - Michelle Sellers

  • 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


    SIGNAL ENSEMBLE THEATRE PRESENTS THE CHICAGO PREMIERE OF

    THE DROWNING GIRLS

    BY BETH GRAHAM, DANIELA VLASKALIC AND CHARLIE TOMLINSON

    DIRECTED BY ENSEMBLE MEMBER MELANIE KELLER

    APRIL 30 – JUNE 6, 2015

    ★★★ - "It's a morbidly funny and sometimes wistful trip through the minds of women who paid the ultimate price for trusting the wrong man." - Chicago Tribune


    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - "a beautifully performed, balletic story" - Gapers Block


    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - "This is theatrical collaboration at its finest. The actors, writers, director, designers create an imaginative and evocative memory. The show is unforgettable." - The Fourth Walsh


    "Highly Recommended - "This well acted and designed eighty minute show should not be missed. This show is full of lovely details and superb acting." - Chicago Theatre Review


    "★★★½ - The Drowning Girls delivers a fun yet deeply emotional performance." - Chicago Stage Standard


    "lyrical, disturbing, and tantalizingly indecipherable." - Chicago Reader

    About The Show

    Bessie, Alice and Margaret have two things in common: they are married to George Joseph Smith and they are dead. Surfacing from the bathtubs they were Drowning in, the three breathless brides gather evidence against their womanizing, murderous husband by reliving the shocking events leading up to their deaths. Reflecting on the misconceptions of love, married life and the not-so-happily ever after, The Drowning Girls is both a breathtaking fantasia and a social critique, full of rich images, a myriad of characters, and lyrical language. The Drowning Girls premiered at Alberta Theatre Projects' 2008 PlayRites festival and received the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama and four Betty Awards (Calgary) as well as a nomination for the Carol Bolt Award.

    Cast

    • Meghan Reardon - Alice
    • Katherine Schwartz - Bessie
    • Anne Sheridan Smith* - Margaret

    Production Team

    • Director - Melanie Keller*
    • Assistant Director - William Collins
    • Assistant Props - Amanda Hermann
    • Assistant Stage Manager - Brenna Schafer
    • Costumes - Rachel Lambert
    • Dialects - Elise Kauzlaric
    • Dramaturg - Joe Pindeski
    • Lighting - Brian Sidney Bembridge
    • Props - Christopher Neville
    • Setting - Buck Blue*
    • Sound - Anthony Ingram*
    • Stage Manager - Michelle Sellers*
    • Violence - Tyler Rich

    * Indicates An Ensemble Member
    † Indicates An Artistic Associate