Thursday, March 19, 2015

Strangeloop presents a staged reading of the new play, 'Mitera,' at Center on Halsted

Join us for a staged reading of Mitera, a new work written by Company Member Maria Burnham.

Three, single sisters have their lives turned upside down when they find out their mother is still micromanaging their lives from beyond the grave. Mitera pokes and prods the boundaries of family loyalty and examines the idea that sometimes the people we’ve known our entire lives are the people we know the least.

A scene from Mitera was originally featured in our short play and new works development series, Loopshop, in 2013. That version was directed by Elana Elyce, and starred Allison McCorkle as Olga, Stella Martin as Nitsa and Cyra K. Polizzi as Dimitra.

The free staged reading is directed by Breahan Eve Pautsch and takes place in the Hoover-Leppen Theatre at Center on Halsted (3656 N Halsted St., Chicago.)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

'Thinking Caps' Examines The Future Of Social Media In A Telepathic World


Playwright Keith Gatchel said he was inspired to write Thinking Caps after realizing technology increasingly has become what defines who we are and how we relate to previous and future generations.

Find out more about Gatchel's inspiration for writing Thinking Caps in our release here.

Thinking Caps runs May 8 through May 31 at The Charnel House (3421 W Fullerton Ave.) in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Tickets are $18 for general admission and available online at Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1347699.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Get your Thinking Caps now!

Thinking Caps are now on sale online at Brown Paper Tickets!

Everyone who is anyone already has one. Don't get left behind in the boring old real world! Join us in the virtual one!

(Poster design by Mike Wozniak)

Monday, March 9, 2015

Save the Date! HamBingo at Hamburger Mary's

Join Strangeloop at HamBINGO on Sunday, April 19, for fun and frivolity. HamBINGO is Hamburger Mary's weekly charity event that benefits a different nonprofit every week.

Hosted by drag diva Velicity Metropolis, it is an evening of raunchy fun with drink specials and ridiculous prizes. Your $15 donation will help Strangeloop fund programing throughout the year.

The bingo starts at 8 p.m. See you there! Hamburger Mary's is located in the heart of Andersonville, 5400 N. Clark St., Chicago.

http://hamburgermarys.com/chicago/bingo/

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Check us out on Logansquarist

Strangeloop was recently featured in an article on Logansquarist.

Our move to The Charnel House in Logan Square equals a sort of homecoming for the company, which has been headquartered in the neighborhood since our inception. Now we're finally performing there as well!

 Learn a little more about our company, as well as our most recent French With Me, in the article.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Announcing the cast of Thinking Caps

A scene from the opening of Thinking Caps,
which was part of our Loopshop short play
series in 2012.
We are officially cast for Thinking Caps!

Though the show is still several months away, work has already begun on this production and we're getting excited to build this new world within a brand new play just for you.

And we start by announcing our cast. The cast for "Thinking Caps" is:
  • Charles Cusick: Drew Wancket
  • Maggie Cusick : Laura Stratford
  • Kim Ayers: Jaclyn Jensen
  • David Scrab: Casey Kells
  • Emma Cusick: Ellen DeSitter
Written by Strangeloop Company Member Keith Gatchel and directed by Maria Burnham, Thinking Caps runs May 8-31, at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays at The Charnel House, 3421 W Fullerton Ave. in Chicago.

What is Thinking Caps, you ask?

The near future. Websites and the internet are dead. Telepathy and Headsites are the new reality. Everyone who is anyone has a Thinking Cap and they live in a semi-virtual, semi-real world where imagination is the key to success. But how far is too far when it comes to technology? Thinking Caps explores the upsides and downsides of virtual reality technology in the near future.

Tickets are $18 for general admission and are available in advance on Brown Paper Tickets or at the door. Discounts are available for students and seniors.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Strangeloop returns to Fight Night!


Strangeloop is excited to once again be part of Nothing Special Production's Fight Night!

This time we bring you Fight of The Bumblebee, conceived and directed by Strangeloop Company Member Holly Robison and starring company members Maria Burnham, Carrie Campana and Michael Houghton Wagman. Violence is once again designed by Justin Martin Fill.

Fight Night is a one-night, (now in prime-time!) violent cabaret celebrating the art of stage combat through original storytelling and violence design...and this time, it’s MUSICAL!

Fight Night: A Little Fight Music challenges eight Chicago theater companies to each create a 10-minute play combining violence design with musical elements.


The event takes place at 8 p.m. Friday, March 20 at the Mayne Stage in Rogers Park.

In addition to Strangeloop, other companies are: Live Action Theatre, To The Point, Walkabout Theater Company, Wayward Productions, Robert Frosty and Bare Knuckle Productions.

The evening also includes the opening act and house band Realife Dinosaurs.

Tickets are $15 online, and $18 at the door.