JET BLACK CHEVROLET at the side project through 12/21

JET BLACK CHEVROLET is open and runs through December 21 (which happens to be the shortest day of the year). 


(photo by Scott Dray)

“Barsotti, whose past horror work includes “Brewed” in a Ruckus/Tympanic Theatre co-production and “The Revenants” for WildClaw Theatre, gets a great assist here from director Devon de Mayo along with a trio of actors who commit to both the mundanity and the numbing terror at the heart of the story. The result is a piece with glancing echoes of Edward Albee’s numerous portraits of troubled midlife couples (especially “A Delicate Balance”) but with a sharp edge honed on the whetstone of an America defined by inexplicable and never-ending conflicts overseas and increasingly grim economic prospects at home.” ~ Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune (full review)

“…[C]ouches turn into ghouls and chairs seem to weep. Director Devon De Mayo and sound designer Stephen Gawrit construct terror all too capably—the final “phantom” should leave you deeply unsettled, to say the least.” ~ Chloe Riley, Chicago Reader (full review)

Tickets are available through the side project or Brown Paper Tickets, and there are some discounts available for these first couple weeks. The show runs on an unconventional schedule because it’s in rep, including Wednesday evening shows and Sunday matinees at 5:00pm.

I’m thrilled with it. Devon de Mayo is an asskicker of a director, she put together a beautiful production and a stellar cast (that would be Rob Koon, Diana Slickman, and Kathryn Acosta, all of whom are giving excellent, nuanced, challenging performances).


ALSO, WildClaw Theatre’s DEATHSCRIBE is next Monday, December 1st at the Mayne Stage in Rogers Park. DEATHSCRIBE is my favorite night of the year, five original horror radio plays performed live with foley artists and a band. Tends to sell out so buy your tickets today!


(poster by Mandy Walsh)

JET BLACK CHEVROLET at the side project

Jet Black-Poster

After admiring their work for years, I’m thrilled to be working with the side project! We have our first read of the script this weekend and start rehearsals later in the month. Tickets will be available soon; we’re in rep with another show, hence the somewhat irregular showtimes.

Devon de Mayo directed/devised one of the best theatre experiences I’ve ever had in Chicago, Dog & Pony’s As Told By the Vivian Girls, so the fact that I get to work with her on this play is a huge honor.

the side project theatre company presents
by Scott T. Barsotti
directed by Devon de Mayo
starring Diana Slickman, Robert Koon, and Kathryn Acosta
Sam and Catherine Curie are having trouble sleeping. The unmarked car in front of their house isn’t helping.
November 22 – December 21, 2014
Wednesdays & Thursdays @ 7:30pm
Saturdays @ 3:00pm
Sundays @ 5:00pm
(In rep with “We Three” by Mary Hamilton)


THE REVENANTS returning to Chicago

I’m thrilled to announce that WildClaw Theatre will be staging a new production of THE REVENANTS next season, directed by the brilliant Brad Akin.

What we know right this second is that the show will be in January/February 2015, and we’ll be at our old haunt the Athenaeum, which has recently been home to productions of my plays KILL ME, FACING ANGELA, and THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH.

The creative team is coming together and we’ll be auditioning this summer. More details, images, poster, and production announcements will be coming soon, but needless to say I’m ecstatic to be bringing THE REVENANTS back to Chicago.

TELL ME WHO YOU SEE at Sci-Fest 2014

It’s been a long time since I updated here (which I suppose is what happens when you have a kid!) Regardless, I’ve got some really exciting news coming in the next week or so that I’ll be excited to share.

In the meantime, I want to thank and acknowledge the producers of SCI-FEST out in LA, and in particular the creative team behind my play TELL ME WHO YOU SEE, the director Jeff Liu, and the cast of Angela Lin, Camille Mana, and West Liang.


From all reports, SCI-FEST was an enormous success, so if you’re in LA keep an eye out for the 2nd annual fest, and if you’re a writer, consider submitting your sci-fi play for next year! You can find guidelines at

Here are a few photos of TELL ME WHO YOU SEE, snapped during tech by producer David Dean Bottrell.

1 Tell Me 1 Tell Me 8 1 Tell me 7 1 Tell Me 6 1 Tell Me 3


UPDATE: SCI-FEST is currently running! Visit for more details and tickets!

A group of producers in LA have come together to create the 1st annual science fiction one-act play festival, aka SCI-FEST.  Here’s an intro video from their Kickstarter campaign page:

My play TELL ME WHO YOU SEE is part of the SCI-FEST 2014 line-up.  (If you happened to catch WildClaw‘s Strangers and Strangerers event last year, you saw it featured there with Allie Kunkler, Lindsey Pearlman, and Michael Sherwin in the cast.)

Check out the Sci-Fest website for more info about the festival, or their Kickstarter page if you’d like to contribute to their admirable mission of bringing sci-fi to the live stage.

sci-fest teaser

SUPER INNSMOUTH SATURDAY, January 4th starting at 3:00pm

On January 4th, you can check out a staged reading of THE DREAMS IN THE WITCH HOUSE, and a performance of THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH, both for $30.  See the poster below for details!  Or visit

And check out this great write-up for THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH courtesy of Terror From Beyond the Daves.

“I thoroughly enjoyed this play and can recommend it wholeheartedly…It is a cerebral horror story and a fine introduction to the Lovecraft mythos.” (read full review)


H.P. Lovecraft’s THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH opening with WildClaw Theatre

On December 13 (*ahem*…Friday the 13th), WildClaw Theatre opens the world premiere of my adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH.  Tickets are available now!


THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH is the biggest show yet for WildClaw.  Shade Murray is a magician, and the cast and crew he assembled for this production are wickedly insane, and I don’t just mean talented, I mean gibbering, slavering, just-saw-a-shoggoth-for-the-first-time outright mad.  Check out this team of crazies:

WildClaw Theatre presents

H.P. Lovecraft’s

December 13, 2013 – January 26, 2014

Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N Southport, Chicago

Adapted by Scott T. Barsotti
Directed by Shade Murray

Featuring WildClaw Theatre company members Brian Amidei, Steve Herson, and Ele Matelan, with Brittany Burch, Christy Arington, Mary Jo Bolduc, Matt Farabee, Brady Johnson, Katey Kerman, Bob Kruse, Mark Pracht, Jude Roche, David Seeber, and Adam Shalzi

Costume & Makeup Design: Aly Renee Amidei
Scenic Design: John Ross Wilson
Lighting Design: Heather Gilbert
Sound Design: Mikey Moran & Mikhail Fiksel
Props Design: Brad Sauper
Stage Manager: Lindsey Miller
Dramaturg: Kenneth Hite
Dialects: Adam Goldstein
Production Manager: Ben Dawson
Poster Design: Charlie Athanas


You don’t want to miss this one. THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH is the cornerstone of the Lovecraft catalog, and this production is a creative maelstrom. Come to shadowed Innsmouth, where you will face the fear of the Unknown, the fear of the Other, and most horrifying of all, the fear of Yourself.

Ia! Ia!  Cthulhu fhtagn!

Small towns have big secrets.  In the dead of winter, an eager young student of anthropology is pulled toward the strange and isolated village of Innsmouth, Massachusetts, where the only thing more disquieting than the furtive townsfolk is the pervasive odor of death, decay, and rotting fish in the air.  Some say a pagan cult drove all of the orthodox churches out.  Some say there are endless tunnels beneath the town.  And some say they’ve seen devils on the reef by the light of the moon.  But all who hear its name, spoken in hushed whispers throughout New England, will agree on one thing: there is a dark and sinister shadow over Innsmouth.



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