Monday, September 15, 2014

Hacking & Slashing our way across the internets!

Did you miss Hack/Slash's opening weekend? Then you missed a great opening night party and two butt-kicking performances.

But no worries! We're at it again this weekend with a performance at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, and then through Nov. 1 with performances on Friday and Saturday nights. Get your tickets in advance here.

In the meantime, read up on what others are writing about the show that is your Number 1 Geek Pick of the month.

Geek Girl Chicago:
Three days ago, I promised a GEEKend events post. I realized, though, that all relevant goings-on are long-running shows. So, I'm tweaking the usual format. Here's a special list of geeky theatre productions you can enjoy all month:

1. Hack/Slash - The comic book series Hack/Slash is a Chicago favorite. Its writer, Tim Seeley, is from The Windy City. Now, a staged version has been launched here...
The Chicago Creepout:
Appropriately timed for the upcoming Halloween season, Strangeloop Theatre and Chemically Imbalanced Comedy (CIC) present a new stage adaptation of Tim Seeley's comic book series Hack/Slash. The revered horror comedy story originated a decade ago and still thrives strong within the horror comics community....
Hack/Slash Inc.:
Here are some more pictures from the Strangeloop Theatre/CIC Theater production of the HACK/SLASH play!...

Hack/Slash: Cast and Crew bios


Cassie Hack:                             Jean E. Burr
Vlad:                                          Tim Lee±
Emily Cristy:                              Miona Lee±

Erika Napoletano, Christopher Prchal, Pete Navis, Richard John McLain, J. Rohr, Melissa Nelson, Kara Charlton and Renee Lynn Jackson

Production team

Director                                       Brad Gunter*
Production Manager                    Letitia Guillaud*
Stage Manager                           John Wefler
Costume Designer                      Carrie Campana*
Sound Designer                          Keith Gatchel*
Lighting Designer                        Chris Corwin
Projection Designer                    Jay Gish
Props and Blood Designer          Mel Gill
Violence Director                        Barbara Charlene
Assistant Violence Director        Christopher DeNardo
Fight Captain                              Pete Navi
Graphic Designer                       Mike Wozniak
Marketing                                   Maria Burnham*
                                                   Holly Robison*
                                                   Allison McCorkle±

Based on the comic book series Hack/Slash by Tim Seeley.

* Denotes a Strangeloop Theatre Company Member
± Denotes a Strangeloop Theatre Associate Member

Friday, September 12, 2014

Darkness falls across the land...Hack/Slash opening night is at hand

Grab your bats and meat cleavers, we're going monster hunting tonight!

Hack/Slash opens this evening at CIC Theater. The horror comedy series by Chicago artist and writer Tim Seeley comes to the stage in this co-production by Strangeloop Theatre and CIC.

The show starts at 8 p.m., but join us before and after for our opening night celebration. There will be treats, drinks with the cast and a raffle that includes a Hack/Slash trade collection signed by Tim Seeley, posters signed by Seeley and the cast and a headshot package by Larissa Zageris (valued at $200). 

For those unfamiliar with Hack/Slash, it is the story of horror victim survivor Cassie Hack who, together with her disfigured sidekick Vlad, travels the country (and sometimes the underworld) fighting evil slashers who refuse to just lay down and die even after being burned, impaled and shot 20 times.

This production pulls from several of the comic book series' storylines giving fans and newcomers alike a glimpse into Cassie's history, the mayhem that made her what she is and, of course, plenty of slashers.

The cast of Hack/Slask is: Jean E. Burr as Cassie Hack; Tim Lee as Vlad; Miona Lee as Emily Cristy and Erika Napoletano, Christopher Prchal, Pete Navi, Richard John McLain, John Rohr, Melissa Nelson, Kara Charlton and Renee Lynn Jackson as the ensemble. .

The production crew is: Brad Gunter (Director), Letitia Guillaud (Production Manager), John Wefler (Stage Manager), Barbara Charlene (Violence Designer), Christopher DeNardo (Assistant Violence Designer), Carrie Campana (Costume Designer), Chris Corwin (Sound Designer), Jay Gish (Projection Designer), Mel Gill (Props and Blood Designer), Mike Wozniak (Graphic Designer) and Maria Burnham, Holly Robison and Allison McCorkle (Marketing). Photographs are by Austin D. Oie.

Seeley is best known as co-creator of Hack/Slash and Revival, and for his work on G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, New Exiles and G.I. Joe vs. Transformers. He also currently co-writes the weekly series Batman: Eternal for DC Comics.

Full bios of the cast and crew are available here.

Hack/Slash runs through Saturday, November 1, on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. Please note, there is no performance on Friday, September 19. The performances will be held at C.I.C. Theater (1422 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60613). Tickets are $15 and are available in advance through Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.

More details are available at and at

Friday, September 5, 2014

Hack/Slash Bio: Jean E. Burr

Jean E. Burr (Cassie Hack) is incredibly excited to be working with Strangeloop Theatre and CIC Theater for her first full-length Chicago show since moving to the city in January. She was recently seen as Aqua Woman in Strangeloop Theatre's Loopshop 7, and some of her favorite roles include Linda in Blood Brothers (Open Space Cafe Theatre), Amy Westmond in The Service at Rocky Bluff (The Barn Dinner Theatre), Roberta Victor in Working: The Musical (University of North Carolina at Wilmington) and Paulina in The Seagull (Millikin University). You can see her next in the independent film Battle Scars, as well as around town as Vaudezilla! Burlesque and Productions' Street Team Coordinator. She would like to thank the cast and crew for being awesome, her friends and co-workers for being so patient, her burlesque mentors for their support, and her family for basically everything. Keep up with Jean at

Hack/Slash Bio: Tim Lee

Tim Lee (Vlad) is very excited to be a part of Hack/Slash. After studying theatre at Evangel University, he toured and performed as a part of the Skinny Improv. He decided to move to Chicago to pursue acting. Some of his most recent roles include, Busman in Strangeloop Theatre’s production of Rossum’s Universal Robots and as Andy in 101 Ways to Fall in Love with Bard and Fool Theatre. He is very proud to be an Associate Member of Strangeloop Theatre and part of Under the Gun Theatre’s ensemble. Thanks to Miona for always being there with love and support.

Hack/Slash Bio: Miona Lee

Miona Lee (Emily Cristy) received her BFA in Theatre Performance at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. She is an Associate Company Member for Strangeloop Theatre and a Company Member for The Living Canvas. Favorite roles include: Cobweb/Snug in A Midsummer Night's Dream, various characters in several Living Canvas productions (including credits for writer and movement consultant), Vixen in Bram Stoker's Dracula, Martha Graham in Ten Lives in Performance, various villainous characters at the Springfield Children's Playhouse, and Gwendolyn in The Odd Couple. Also, thank you to my husband, Tim, for the constant love and support.

Hack/Slash Bio: Erika Napoletano

Erika Napoletano
(Acid Angel/Delilah Hack/Ensemble) is bigger than a taco but smaller than an Airstream trailer. While from the South, she was not born in a trailer. Born in Opelika, Alabama and raised in Houston, Texas, Erika’s an actor and voiceover talent with recent appearances at Prologue Theater’s Landmark Festival, Second City, and iO — some of which even include Southern twangs. She has two dogs (Hippopotamus and Penelope), has more bicycles than ex-husbands, and is lactose intolerant yet loves banana milkshakes. Learn more about her at