Blueberry Toast


Following its critically acclaimed eighth season, Tympanic is excited to begin its ninth season with the dark comedy, BLUEBERRY TOAST, a play by Mary Laws (MFA, Yale School of Drama, AMC’s Preacher), directed by artistic associate Michael Carnow. BLUEBERRY TOAST will play February 13 – March 13, 2016 at The Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. in Chicago.

Purchase your tickets today! Tickets are available on our home page or by calling the Athenaeum box office at 773-935-6875.

BLUEBERRY TOAST will feature Chris Acevedo*, Allie Long, Christopher Meister, Kelly Parker*, Libby Conkle, and Sergio Soltero*

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.

The production team for BLUEBERRY TOAST includes: Michael Lewis (scenic design), Katie Friedman (costume design), Claire Sangster (lighting design), Dan Caffrey* (sound design), Jon Beal (violence design), Eric Shoemaker (prop design) Rebecca Crystal (movement choreographer), Michael Sanow (technical director), Eric Turner (production manager), Erin Altekruse* (stage manager), and Raymond Hutchison (asst. stage manager).


Author 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, Theater Masters National MFA Playwrights Festival, the American Laboratory, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, the Endstation Theatre Playwrights 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 Drama Preacher.  MFA, Yale School of Drama.  BFA, Baylor University.


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 TheatreAmerican Blues TheatreAmerican 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.


*denotes Tympanic Company Member or Artistic Associate