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Paper City Phoenix
by Walt McGough
directed by Rebecca Willingham

April 15tthrough May 8th
Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2 p.m. and Mondays at 8 p.m.
The Alley Stage (4147 N. Broadway St.)

Brenna’s soul mate is missing, but finding him is hard when she can’t stop channeling the Internet. Gale tries to help, but she’s got her own problems and her printer’s out of toner. Both women, an anti-Tech cult, the FBI, and the Internet itself will be involved before it’s over, and the city will never be the same. An explosive comedy exploring how we connect when we’re always connected, and just what’s left when the universe hits the delete key.

About the Playwright

Walt McGough is a founding ensemble member of Chicago’s Sideshow Theatre Company. He currently lives in Boston, where he has held fellowships with both the Huntington and New Repertory Theatre Companies. His plays include Pattern of Life, which was named Best New Play by the Independent Reviewers of New England, as well as Chalk, The Farm, Priscilla Dreams the Answer, Dante Dies!! (And Then Things Get Weird), and Non-Player Character. He has worked around the country with companies including The Lark, the Huntington, New Rep, the Kennedy Center, NNPN, Boston Playwrights Theatre, Fresh Ink, Sideshow, Orfeo Group, Nu Sass Productions, Chicago Dramatists, and Argos. In 2015, his TYA play Advice for Astronauts was selected as the winner of the Milken Playwriting Prize. He serves on the staff at SpeakEasy Stage Company in Boston, and was previously the company manager at Chicago Dramatists. He holds a BA from the University of Virginia, and an MFA in playwriting from Boston University.

About the Director

Rebecca Willingham is a Chicago-based theater director. Her directing credits include Seagulls (Chicago Musical Theatre Festival), The Rockers (Bechdel Fest, Broken Nose Theatre), If you came closer (Snapshots Festival, 20% Theatre), Wavelength (Today We Escape, Tympanic Theatre), Danny Met Sarah (The Frontier), and The Sacred Schizoid Heart (Landmark Festival, Prologue Theatre). Her assistant-directing credits include Balm in Gilead (Griffin Theatre), Mr. Burns (Theater Wit), Cicada (Route 66), strangers, babies (Steep Theatre), and The Seafarer (Irish Theatre of Chicago). Rebecca is a proud alumna of Emerson College and the National Theatre Institute.

Stevie Chaddock* – Brenna
Jamie Bragg* – Gale
Andrew Bailes – Paul
Meredith Ernst – Sykes
Nick Mikula – Monroe
Tom Dacey Carr – Sal
Christopher Waldron* – Understudy
Celeste Burns – Understudy

Stage Manager: Erin Caitlin Altekruse*
Assistant Stage Manager: Anne Eck
Production Manager: Chris Acevedo*
Set Designer: Greg Culley
Technical Director: Michael Sanow
Lighting Designer: Brian Berman*
Sound Designer: Sarah Espinoza
Costume Designer: Jerica Hucke
Props Designer: Eric Shoemaker
Fight Choreographer: Mark Lancaster
Poster Design: Josh Mikel*
Casting Director: Kelly Parker*

*Denotes Tympanic Company Member or Artistic Associate