Columbia College Chicago Theatre Dept. Alums Launch Otherworld Theatre’s ‘Kitties in Space’ Aug. 5-Sept. 4

Otherworld Theatre, a company founded and led by Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alumni, presents the sci-fi comedy Kitties in Space: The Saga August 5 through September 4. John Enright’s eight-episode spoof, set in a future where humans have vanished but former pets enjoy augmented intelligence, focuses on spaceship co-pilots Socks and Mittens, two furr-ever buddies who journey to the mee-owter limits of the universe, going where no cat has gone before.

First seen at Otherworld Theatre’s 2013 Paragon Theatre Festival, Kitties in Space has been performed at festivals in London, England, and Bloomington, Illinois. Otherworld Theatre is located at 3914 N. Clark in Chicago. For tickets, click here.

Tiffany Keane Schaefer

Sofia DiGiovanni

The show is directed by Columbia College alum Tiffany Keane Schaefer ’12, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s Theatre Directing program. Schaefer founded Otherworld Theatre in 2012 as a company dedicated to developing and producing theatrical entertainment in the science fiction and fantasy genres. Sofia DiGiovanni ’21, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Comedy Writing and Performance, is assistant director.

Belle Decker and Mar Warner in “Kitties in Space: The Saga.”

The cast features Columbia College alum Belle Decker ’21, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Comedy Writing and Performance, and former Theatre Department student Mar Warner. Warner plays Mittens and Decker plays Socks.

“Otherworld Theatre first shared the hilarity and absurdity of Kitties in Space with Chicago audiences seven years ago at our Paragon Theatre Festival,” says Schaefer. “Now, as we memorialize the production forever by producing all eight episodes of the saga, it’s fitting that we’re donating 10% of ticket sales to local animal shelters to help pets find their forever homes as well.”