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Blueberry Toast
by Mary Laws
directed by Michael Carnow*

February 13th through March 13th
Previews begin Thursday, February 11th
Thursdays-Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.
and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Athenaeum Theatre Studio One (2936 N. Southport Ave.)
Tickets $20 general, $15 students/industry/seniors

It’s a Sunday morning in a sunny, suburban kitchen. Barb is making breakfast for her husband, Walt. Their children, Jack and Jill, are busy writing a play. When Barb and Walt disagree over a seemingly innocuous piece of blueberry toast, the veneer of their polished existence begins to crack and what’s underneath might eat them for breakfast.

About the Playwright

Mary Laws is a native of Texas. Her plays include Bird Fire FlyBlueberry Toast (Yale School of Drama), Wonderful (Tympanic Theatre Company), The Drive (Tympanic Theatre Company),What A Very Pretty Pageant!, Stand (an autumn play) (The American Laboratory), The Trapeze Artist (Baylor University), and This. (Yale Cabaret). Her work has been read/developed by Baylor University, Theatre Masters National MRA Playwrites Festival, the American Laboratory, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, the Endstation Theatre Playwrigtes Initiative, The Cherry Lane, Le Pavé d’Orsay in Paris, and The Horton Foote American Playwrights Festival. For three years she served as literary associate at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York. In addition, she has mentored for the Yale/Co-Op Eugene O’Neill Playwriting Program, the Dwight/Edgewood Project in New Haven, and taught Playwriting at Wesleyan University. She also served as a Deacon at the University Church in Yale. In 2014, Mary signed on as co-screenwriter with Nicolas Winding Refn on his next film The Neon Demon, which recently shot in LA. She currently writes for the upcoming AMC DramaPreacher. MFA, Yale School of Drama. BFA, Baylor University.

About the Director

Michael Carnow is a Tympanic Artistic Associate, who has directed pieces in Today We Escape and Deliver Us From Nowhere. Elsewhere in Chicago, he has directed for The Gift Theatre, American Blues Theatre, American Theatre Company, WNEP Theatre, and The Whiskey Rebellion Theatre. In Detroit, he was nominated for a Wilde Award for the Best Production of a New Play for Snowbound and his production of A Trois was a Patron’s Pick at the Windsor International Fringe Festival. In collaboration with PopUP Theatrics, he has collaborated with artists in Romania, Australia and Nigeria, and his work has been seen in New York, Mexico and Scotland. He founded two new works festivals: GPS (the Gay Play Series) at the Ringwald Theatre in Ferndale, MI and Quickies at Brandeis University.

Allie Long – Barb 
Christopher Michael Meister – Walt
Kelly Parker* – Jill
Christopher Acevedo* – Jack
Sergio Soltero* – Understudy 
Libby Conkle – Understudy 

Stage Manager: Erin Caitlin Altekruse*
Production Manager: Eric Turner
Set Designer: Michael Lewis
Lighting Designer: Claire Sangster
Sound Designer: Dan Caffrey*
Costume Designer: Katie Friedman
Props Designer: Eric Shoemaker
Violence Design/Fight Choreographer: Jon Beal
Dance Movement/Choreographer: Rebecca Crystal
Poster Design: Josh Mikel*
Casting Director: Kelly Parker*

*Denotes Tympanic Company Member or Artistic Associate