Tuesday, December 2, 2014

From our artistic directors: We are in Development

Hello everyone and Happy Giving Tuesday!

This Giving Tuesday, I am asking you to consider committing to a monthly donation to Strangeloop Theatre.

Strangeloop is growing in so many ways, but for me, the most interesting growth has been in development. This year Strangeloop has made a real effort to create an internal development series. This is a place for company members to workshop their ideas into more polished scripts that can then contribute to our season selection discussions. We have long been interested in new and adapted work, but to have some many ideas coming straight from our artists has been incredible.

We have held public readings of two of these works. The reading of the full script Thinking Caps, by company member Keith Gatchel, was presentedon September 2 as a part of the Greenhouse Trellis Reading Series. Select scenes from a movement-based stage adaptation of The Odyssey, being adapted by Carrie Campana and Maria Burnham, were performed on November 24 at Black Rock Pub. At both events, we received invaluable feedback from our audiences. There are more exciting ideas in the pipeline, and we can't wait to continue our progress.

In fact, our Spring of 2015 mainstage show will be a full production ofThinking Caps, a play which supposes the advantages and consequences of telepathic social media. The biggest challenge facing new ideas is they need support. New plays are harder to market and therefore riskier for companies to produce.

We think the risk is worth it, we hope you do too.

Commit* to supporting new works by setting up a monthly donation through on our website – strangelooptheatre.org. Simply click on the donation button and you'll be able to set up the amount you wish. If you donate today — or any Giving Tuesday during the holiday season — through our website, PayPal will provide a 1 percent match on every donation received. These types of donations will help create a financial base of support for all our operations, including supporting these new plays. Strangeloop is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit. Your contribution will be tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Thank you for reading, and thank you for supporting Strangeloop Theatre.

Letitia Guillaud
Co-Artistic Director

*There are many other ways to give. If you cannot commit to monthly donations, one-time donations in check form can be made out to "Strangeloop Theatre, NFP" and sent to 2616 N. Spaulding Ave. #2, Chicago, IL 60647. If you cannot give at this time, you can still support by helping to spread the word. 

If you are interested in volunteering and feel you have skills that would be helpful to us, or are interested in serving on our board, please e-mail us at loop@strangelooptheatre.org. Thank you.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas Clue-seau at Christkindle Market

Strangeloop Theatre will be one of eight companies performing throughout the day at Christkindle Market, as part of the League of Chicago Theatres' Theatre Tag.

Grab a warm beverage and join us as we close out the day's performances at 6:30 p.m. with a scene from our upcoming holiday production, Christmas Clue-seau.

Christmas Clue-seau is a holiday mash-up of all things Who Done It. On a dark and snowy night in Chicago, a group of strangers, who all received a mysterious invitation to a holiday party at an old speakeasy on the Northside, arrive expecting to have their questions answered. Instead, they find themselves in the middle of a crime scene with a dead celebrity.

For a full list of performances and more information visit the event page.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Strangeloop's Holiday Who Done It: Christmas Clue-seau

On a dark and snowy night in Chicago, a group of strangers, who all received a mysterious invitation to a holiday party at an old speakeasy on the Northside, arrive expecting to have their questions answered. Instead, they find themselves in the middle of a crime scene with a dead celebrity in this mash-up holiday version of all things Who Done It.

Strangeloop Theatre presents an original devised piece, "Christmas Clue-seau," written by Letitia Guillaud and the cast. Directed by Holly Robison, the play stars Maria Burnham, Allison McCorkle, Juliana Brecher, Justin Martin Fill, Enan Heneghan, Caitlin Jackson, Carol Ludwick, Richard John McLain, Zachary Rebich, Peter Robards, James Sparling and Chad Wise.

"Christmas Clue-seau" runs two nights only: Monday, December 15, and Tuesday, December 16 at 8 p.m. at the Underground Wonder Bar, 710 North Clark Street, Chicago, 60654.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or online on Brown Paper Tickets.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The gloves — and sometimes the shirts — come off this season for Fight Night: Fightsgiving

Strangeloop is once again stepping into the ring (stage) for Nothing Special Production's Fight Night extravaganza!

Fight Night is a one-night, late-night violent cabaret celebrating the art of stage combat through original storytelling and violence design.

Fight Night: Fightsgiving is autumnal themed — celebrating everything that makes this season wonderful — and it takes place at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 8, at The Den Theater, 1333 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622.

In addition to Strangeloop, participating companies include: Red Theater, To The Point, Nothing Special Productions, Live Action Theater, The Reutan Collective, Nothing Without A Company and Walkabout Theater Company.

Strangeloop's contender is a story that details the epic battle between Fall and Autumn to determine once and for all what the season will be called, told in the only way such a mythic story can be told — as a Greek tragedy.

Written and directed by Strangeloop Company Member Maria Burnham, Fall Our Tragic stars Strangeloop Associate Member Miona Lee as Autumn and Jean E. Burr (Cassie Hack in Hack/Slash) as Fall. Chad Wise, Grace DeSant and Vickie Eisenstein also star. Justin Martin Fill is the fight choreographer and Strangeloop Company Member Holly Robison is the assistant director.

Tickets are on sale now. You are highly encouraged to buy tickets in advance as this event always sells out to a standing room only crowd.

Friday, October 24, 2014

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