When we set out to produce our first full-length play, Troll, we wanted to dedicate some space to other plays and playwrights that were equally weird. So we put out a call for playwrights to send us some of their "best worst plays" and, lo and behold, more than 130 submissions rose to that challenge.
With the best of the weirdest on our side, we're proud to present the first (and hopefully not last) edition of UNPRODUCEABLE: An Evening of Questionable Plays.
Unproduceable is one-night-only FREE show happening Thursday, August 4th at 8 pm at Trap Door Theatre (1655 W Cortland St) in Chicago. Tickets can be reserved right here!
"That's My Lincoln Play!" by Rory Cooper & Mercedes Lake
About Mercedes Lake:
Mercedes graduated Cum Laude from Marlboro College in 2012 with a concentration in AMERICAN STUDIES/Theatre. For her senior thesis Mercedes wrote, directed and produced a show of her original plays entitled “The Gun Behind the Door.” Mercedes is set to graduate from Northwestern University’s Writing for the Screen and Stage MFA program in June 2016. Since enrolling in Northwestern, Mercedes’ plays The House Call and After All These Years have received readings at the Chicago Dramatists. Her play Grove Street is a finalist for the Brooklyn based Scrap Mettle reading series. Her original pilot FUN!TV! was a finalist for the Northwestern University sitcom grant. Over the summer Mercedes worked as a marketing intern for the site specific theatre company The Living Room Playmakers for their production of “Under The Table” in collaboration with Cards Against Humanity. In her second year of Northwestern, Mercedes acted as a coproducer of MasterClash, a Northwestern University reading series designed to bridge MFA writers and directors. Her new play, Taught. will receive its world premiere at The American Theatre for Actors in New York this fall.
"Red Fatigue" by Patrick Corley
Patrick is a recent graduate of the MFA writing program at Northwestern University. He is from Kansas City, and then Indiana, and currently spends his time with an advertising agency near the Chicago River. He writes for the stage and the screen, with short-form pieces occasionally surfacing on the website Twitter dot com under the handle @patrickatgmail.
"Aunt Myrtle's Blood-Curdling Screams" by Molly Pease
Molly Pease is currently earning her MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage from Northwestern University. She is one of the co-producers of Northwestern's annual LGBTQIA showcase, Queergasm. She is also a co-producer of Master Clash, a collaboration between the MFA writers and directors to create a night of original short work. She is currently working on a two woman sketch show at the Lincoln Loft. But her true love is in writing bios. Especially the end of bios.
"Submarine" by Olivia Haller
Olivia Haller is a DC-based theatre artist and the current NNPN Producer-In-Residence at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. She received her BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University, where her playwriting thesis PYGMALIA received a student production. Olivia has studied with Kirsten Greenidge, Lydia Diamond, Caridad Svich, and most recently attended the Kenyon Playwrights Conference in Gambier, OH.
"Cockroach At a Car Wash" by Amanda Lowry
Amanda Lowry is an MFA student in Writing for the Screen & Stage at Northwestern University. Her plays have been featured at Chicago Dramatists, Stage 773, and as part of Northwestern’s fall 2015 and spring 2016 MasterClash reading series. She also writes sketch and performs stand-up comedy. She used to copyedit erotic novels, which all sounded like Penthouse Forum letters written by someone who was clearly lying. This summer, she is interning in Los Angeles at Circle of Confusion (The Walking Dead,Straight Outta Compton) and with producer Bryan Unkeless (The Hunger Games).
"Penis Play" by Alexander Phillips
Alex is a Chicago-based playwright and filmmaker. He is currently working with the Neo-Futurists. His short horror film EEL was an Official Selection in the 2015 BlowUp Chicago International Art House Film Festival, was screened as part of the Trigger Warning midnight shorts program at the 2015 Boston Underground Film Festival and at San Francisco IndyFest's 2015 Another Hole in the Head Festival. His plays include: Happy Place (staged reading at Chicago's Piven Theatre Workshop), Liberal Media (staged reading at Chicago's Masterclash) and Gun Club (Critic's Choice Award winner at the 2013 St. Louis Fringe Festival). Alex is in post production on a film adaptation of Happy Place. His script for Moon Pie (working title), is currently in development as is his full-length play Love Spores. He was part of the creative team behind both the documentary Homeland: Immigration in America (PBS) and Street Views, an award-winning, large-scale digital exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis. Performance credits include appearing as Carl in And Carl Laughed which won a nomination from Amnesty Intl. at the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh and in short bursts of work as an improv actor and stand up comedian. He recently performed in collaboration with Oscillator Bug programmed at Chicago’s MCA Primetime: Purple. Alex has a BA in Philosophy from Grinnell College and attended the University of Iowa's International Writing Workshop in Dublin. Alex recently graduated with an MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage from Northwestern University.