A crew of Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department teachers, alumni, and students are on board for Nobody’s Wench: Six Tales of Pirate Women on the Rolling Seas, presented by Fury Theatre and Badass Broads September 17-October 4 at Chase Park, 4701 N. Ashland, Chicago.
This collection of short plays about real-life female pirates is the fourth annual installment of Fury Theatre’s “Short Attention Span Theatre” festival of new works. The festival features two programs of three plays each. Every performance “attacks each story with gusto and more stage combat than an Errol Flynn movie could shake a stick at,” according to a publicity statement.
Fury Theatre’s founder and artistic director, Mark Dodge (BA ’01), is a graduate of the Columbia College Theatre Department’s Theatre Directing Program. Among the Columbia College Theatre Department teachers, alumni, and students participating in the project are:
actors Alison Dornheggen, Kim Fukawa, Kein Onickel, Eddie Reynolds, Cameron Peart, Chase Scarborough, Keith Roper, and Maren Matthias (all alumni) and Kellen Robinson, Gabrielle Perrea, Tyler Oser, Dylan Barlowe, Alec Silver, Katheryn Pucillo, David Stobbe, Ted Dayton, Taylor Weber, and Sarah Smith (all students);
directors Susan Padveen and Andrea J. Dymond (faculty members) and Emily Brantz (alumna);
fight choreographers David Woolley (faculty member), Mark Dodge (alumnus), and Glenese Hand (alumna and faculty member);
playwrights Skye Robinson Hillis, Hannah Ii-Epstein, Ian Michael James, and Samantha Kozloff (alumni) and Ross Krakow (student);
costume designers Frances Maggio (faculty) and Jerica Hucke and Angela Tabachik (alumni), as well as assistant costume designer Stormy Weaver (student);
lighting designer Marc Chevalier (faculty);
properties designer Forrest Schmidt (alumnus);
stage manager Chian Fitzpatrick (alumna);
and assistant stage manager/sound technician Abby Gillette (student).
For a performance schedule and more information, click here.
Tickets for previews on Thursday and Friday, September 17 and 18, are only $5. Once the production opens on Saturday, September 19 (“International Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day”), tickets are $15 in advance or “pay what you can” at the door. For tickets, click here.
Nobody’s Wench is partly funded by a 2015 Part-Time Faculty Development Grant from Columbia College Chicago.