Columbia College Chicago Theatre and Cinema/TV Alums Present Silent Theatre’s ‘Unearthed Crown’ Radio Drama Nov. 7-Dec. 12

The Silent Theatre Company, an ensemble founded and led by Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alumni, presents the world premiere of Unearthed Crown, a six-part, episodic radio drama that runs November 7 through December 12Unearthed Crown is offered with no paywall but virtual contributions are gladly accepted.

Phillip Lewis

Unearthed Crown is written and directed by Columbia College alum Phillip Lewis ’14, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Theatre.

Will Nicholson

Ash Janelle

Julius Baldridge Jr.

Jordan Brown

The show’s cast includes Columbia College alums Will Nicholson ’17, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Comedy Writing and Performance, Ash Janelle, Khloe Janel, and Julius Baldridge Jr. ’13, a graduate of the Columbia College Chicago Cinema and Television Arts Department‘s Film and Television BA program. Also in the cast is Columbia College student Jordan Brown.

Paul Brennan

The show is filmed and edited by Columbia College alum Paul William Brennan ’17, a graduate of the Cinema and Television Arts Department’s Film and Television BA program.
Tonika Todorova

Tonika Todorova

Columbia College alum Tonika Todorova ‘02, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s Theatre BA program, is the show’s production manager. She is also the Silent Theatre Company‘s founding artistic  director.

Fluctuating between a conscious social commentary on black history and current events, this “meta radio Sci-Fi mystery” follows the story of two high school students as they uncover a series of uncomfortable truths about their neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side as they fight to restore majesty to a mysterious abandoned building. The production is performed live and an original episode is broadcast to a virtual audience every Sunday night. Part ghost story, part social commentary, the plot explores intersectionality within Black culture throughout history and is peppered with pre-recorded footage, music, sound engineering, and live folly art. Audience members can tune in from anywhere and can subsequently catch up on episodes on the Silent Theatre Company’s website.