Chicago has a rich history with the roots of Improvisation being used to create one act plays (dating back to The Compass Players original mission in 1955). Under The Gun Theater is proud to announce our inaugural production “One Act Roulette” performing on Fridays at 10:30pm Nov 22-Jan 3 at the Donny’s Skybox Theater.
One Act Roulette will take a cast of 12 performers and have them Improvise several short 8-10 minute pieces inspired by the audiences suggestions. A guest playwright of the evening will then choose out of the Improvised pieces of the night which one they will develop into a written one act play to have its world premier the following week.
Each week the audience will be treated to each stage of the creation process (from Improv, to opening night, then an additional closing night performance).
Our guest playwrights bolster impressive stage writing resumes in Chicago and beyond.
Playwrights include: Fri Nov 15 (PREVIEW)- David Cerda [Artistic Director of Hell In A Handbag and writer of such shows at The Birds, Scarrie The Musical, and Rudolf The Red Hosed Reindeer] (Directed by Angie McMahon)
Fri Nov 22-Vicki Quade [Co-Author of Late Nite Catechism and Author of Sunday School Cinema, Put The Nuns In Charge] (Directed by Angie McMahon) (location Skybox)
Fri Nov 29- Scott Woldman [Resident Playwright at Redtwist Theatre, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, and Chicago Dramatists](Directed by Greg Callozzo) (location Skybox)
Fri Dec 6- Joe Janes [Author of 50 Plays, 365 Sketches a comedy sketch a day for one year, and Seven Deadly Plays](Directed by Greg Callozzo) (location Skybox)
Fri Dec 13-Mia McCullough [Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. Author of “Spare Change” and “Taking Care”, both performed at Steppenwolf] (Directed by Kevin Mullaney) (location Skybox)
Fri Dec 20- Evan Linder [Co-Artistic Director of The New Colony. Devised by include “Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche”, “Frat” and “11:11”] (Directed by Kevin Mullaney) (location Skybox)
Fri Dec 27- (location Skybox) Only Improvised One Acts
Fri Jan 3- (location Skybox) a presentation of all scripted One Acts created during the run.
Fridays 10:30pm Nov 22-Jan 3
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