★★★ - "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

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

"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

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


About The Show

Approximate running time : 1 hr 20 min

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.


  • 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 Pindelski
  • Lighting - Michael C. Smith*
  • Props - Christopher Neville
  • Setting - Buck Blue*
  • Sound - Anthony Ingram*
  • Stage Manager - Michelle Sellers*
  • Violence - Tyler Rich