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January 7th-February 5th, 2022 
Theatre Wit 1229 W. Belmont Chicago

Around 80 minutes with no intermission. 
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Recommended for ages 12 and up. Show contains adult language and discussions of suicide.

All politics is local!

In the year 2465 a human-induced environmental catastrophe has destroyed the world's water supplies and killed off most of the world's population. Four small Massachusetts towns have survived. The residents proudly preserve political traditions, and all adults are members of a Congress. These four towns are-so the people there think- all that remains of the United States. But an army has suddenly camped outside their ramparts, delivering an ultimatum. Suddenly politics matter! 

Performance Schedule andTickets 
**indicates special performance

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Friday 1/7             7:30 pm
Saturday 1/8       7:30 pm
Thursday 1/13     7:30 pm - Talk-Back with Chicago comic book writer/artist Tim Seeley
Friday 1/14**        7:30 pm 
Saturday 1/15     7:30 pm
Sunday 1/16        2:00 pm 
Thursday 1/20** 7:30 pm- Talk-Back with Chicago Deputy Mayor Samir Mayekar
Friday 1/21           7:30 pm
Saturday 1/22     7:30 pm
Sunday 1/23        2:00 pm
Tuesday 1/25      7:30 pm
Thursday 1/27    7:30 pm
Friday 1/28          7:30 pm
Saturday 1/29    7:30 pm
Sunday 1/30**    2:00 pm- Talk-Back The Responsibility of Voice with Prof. Leila Brammer
Thursday 2/3     7:30  pm
Friday 2/4            7:30 PM
Saturday 2/5      7:30pm





 
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About the Director

James Fleming is a freelance director based in New York & Chicago. James is currently pursuing his MFA in directing at Yale School of Drama and coming back to Chicago in the winter of 2021/2022 to direct for Compass Theatre.  Prior to Yale, James served as Associate Artistic Director at Redtwist theatre and as Director of New Works at The New Colony in Chicago. Recent credits include Grace McLeod's Scare Me(The New Colony) and Herland (Redtwist Theatre); Thornton Wilder's Our Town and MJ Kaufman's Sagittarius Ponderosa (Redtwist Theatre);Alexandra Matthews and Eric Shoemaker's adaptation of Kate Chopin's The Awakening (ArtsOnSite NYC). He has assistant directed at Goodman Theatre, Court Theatre, and Greenhouse Theatre Center. He holds a BA in Public Policy and Theatre & Performance Studies from the University of Chicago. 

About the Playwright

Brendan Pelsue is a playwright, librettist, and translator whose work has been produced in New York and regionally. His play Wellesley Girl Premiered at the 2016 Humanna Festival of New American Plays. Hagoromo, a dance-opera piece for which he wrote the libretto, has appeared at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Pocantico Center. Other work includes New Domestic Architecture at the Yale Carlotta Festival, Read to Me at the 2015 Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Lost Weekend at the Actors Theatre of Louisville Professional Training Company, Parking Lot, Riverbank: a Noh Play for Northerly Americans,  and a translation of Moliere’s Don Juan at the Yale School of Drama, Visitors with Corkscrew Theatre Company, Petra and the Saints with the Telephonic Literary Union, and Diagram of a Kidnapping with the Brown University New Play Festival. He has taught or mentored at Yale College, Wesleyan University, and Lesley University. Originally from Newburyport, Massachusetts, he received his B.A. from Brown University, where he received the Weston Prize in Playwriting, and his M.F. A. from Yale School of Drama

Meet the Cast
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Brandon Boler

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Ted James

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Darren Jones

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Todd Wojcik

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Grant Lewis

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Noah Villarreal

IDenise Hoeflich

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Allyce Carryn Torres

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Deanna Reed-Foster

Max:         Brandon Boler

Garth:      Denise Hoeflich

Marie:     Allyce Carryn Torres

RJ:           Darren Jones

Scott:     Todd Wojcik

Donna:   Deanna Reed-Foster

Mick:       Grant Lewis

Donnie:  Noah Villarreal

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Thomas Tong

Understudy Scott

Faiz Siddique

UnderstudyMax 

Noelle Klyce

Understudy Donna

Maria Clara Ospina

Understudy Marie

 John Dooley

Understudy Hank

Caroline Kidwell

Understudy Garth

Eric Roberts

Understudy RJ

Meet the Production Team

Associate Director                           Isabel Brodsky

Stage Manager                                Caitlin Body

Assistant Stage Manager               Sunniva Holmulund

Production Manager                       Robert Salazar

Technical Director                           Evan Sposato

Scenic Design                                  Sotirios Livaditis

Costume Design                             Rachel Sypniewski

Lighting Design                              Cat Davis

Sound Design                                 Stefanie M Senior

Property Design.                            Bren Coombs