TODAY WE ESCAPE – plays inspired by OK Computer

THE REVENANTS is closed, and my next project, already in rehearsal, is a piece in Tympanic Theatre’s upcoming production Today We Escape.

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My contribution is a short play called WAVELENGTH, inspired by the song “Climbing Up the Walls.” WAVELENGTH is directed by Rebecca Willingham and stars Chris Acevedo and Libby Conkle.

A companion piece to Tympanic’s critically-acclaimed 2012 play festival, Deliver Us From Nowhere — itself drawn from Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska — Today We Escape pairs twelve Chicago playwrights with thirteen directors to create an evening of theatre inspired by Radiohead’s experimental album, OK Computer. Each writer used a song on the record as the springboard for a short play before an ensemble of musicians composes original music based on the plays themselves. Like Deliver Us.Today We Escape is a meditation on how art reflects art; a live album in the most unique sense of the word, and a celebration of music that is at times detached, yet strangely comforting

TODAY WE ESCAPE: Plays Inspired by OK COMPUTER

March 13th through April 4th

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

and Sundays at 3 p.m.

Special industry performance on Wednesday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m.

The Den Theatre (1333 N. Milwaukee Ave.)

Tickets $20 general and you can get them HERE!


Last weekend for THE REVENANTS

WildClaw’s production of THE REVENANTS comes to a close this weekend, just four shows remaining!

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“Playwright Scott T. Barsotti and director Brad Akin have crafted a darkly comic but also genuinely engrossing study in claustrophobic horror, aided by a fine cast and a first-rate design team.” ~ The Chicago Reader

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It’s been a thrill to revisit this show with WildClaw, and it’s made me even more excited for WildClaw’s next project, Motel 666, coming this summer.

Check out THE REVENANTS before it shambles away for good on February 22!

The Revenants

By Scott T. Barsotti*

Directed by Brad Akin

Closes February 22nd

The Atheneaum Theatre

2936 N. SOUTHPORT AVENUE

BOX OFFICE: 773-935-6875

Tickets on Sale Now!

During an uprising of the undead, two couples take refuge in an abandoned basement. Gary and Karen must decide what to do next as their spouses have already been infected and are starting to turn. As they complete their transformation, the question of whether or not they are still themselves becomes impossible to answer. As Gary and Karen come face to face with the true meaning of commitment, they must ask of each other:

When does love die?

Featuring:

Elizabeth Birnkrant as Karen

Josh Zagoren* as Gary

Krista D’Agostino as Molly

Drew Johnson as Joe

http://www.wildclawtheatre.com

(photos by Kyle Hamman)


WildClaw opens THE REVENANTS 1/10

The set is built. The lights hung. The undead harnessed.

WildClaw Theatre’s new production of THE REVENANTS is in tech this week at the Athenaeum, and you can get your tickets here.

There are previews Thursday and Friday so you can get in on the zombie love early.

The Revenants
by Scott T. Barsotti
directed by Brad Akin

January 8th-February 22nd

The Atheneaum Theatre

2936 N. SOUTHPORT AVENUE / BOX OFFICE: 773-935-6875

Tickets on Sale Now!

During an uprising of the undead, two couples take refuge in an abandoned basement. Gary and Karen must decide what to do next as their spouses have already been infected and are starting to turn. As they complete their transformation, the question of whether or not they are still themselves becomes impossible to answer. As Gary and Karen come face to face with the true meaning of commitment, they must ask of each other: When does love die?

Featuring:

Elizabeth Birnkrant as Karen
Josh Zagoren as Gary
Krista D’Agostino as Molly
Drew Johnson as Joe

Costume and makeup design by Aly Renee Amidei
Scenic design by Dan Stratton
Lighting design by John Kelly
Sound design and composition by Rick Sims
Violence design by Scott Cummins
Gore engineering by Ryan Oliver
Movement direction by Scott T. Barsotti
Stage manager: Lauren Lassus, assisted by Norine McGrath
Assistant director: Mandy Walsh
Technical director: Margaret McCarthy
Poster and graphics: Charlie Athanas
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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). 

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(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).

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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!

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(poster by Mandy Walsh)

JET BLACK CHEVROLET at the side project

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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
JET BLACK CHEVROLET
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.

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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 sci-fest.com.

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

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