Next Reading: "Alone at Last" by Ted Brengle


Our SIXTH installment of Read’n’Hump’n’Show’n’Tell is coming! Please come grab a beer and join us as we read and discuss a brand new piece by a local Chicago playwright (who you just may remember from Deliver Us From Nowhere).

At Black Rock Pub and Kitchen's back room

on Wednesday, April 10th 

at 7:30pm

We will proudly present:

ALONE AT LAST by Ted Brengle



Catherine Bullard as Ellen

Christopher Waldron as Ben


The perfect day.”

Ellen deserves it. Ben knows this. He loves her. She is pregnant with his child, after all. What else could that be but love? He knows what she has given up to be with him.

And on this beautiful spring day, as they move into the small bucolic house where they will raise their family, Ben is determined to give her something perfect to hang on to and remember. Nothing will get in the way of that.

Not the boxes they unload, each containing a stark reminder of everything Ellen is giving up for a life and child she isn’t even sure she wants.

Not the strange, insistent phone calls that stubbornly intrude via a land line that hasn’t been turned on yet.

Not the half-heard whispers of fights that cannot end.

No, this will be the perfect day. The day of sunlight and love. The day they have been waiting for. The one they were always meant to have. A moment of happiness. A moment of grace.  Alone together.

Alone at last.

Want to know a little more about our playwright and actors? Read on...

Ted Brengle has Master's degrees in both English and Theatre from Miami University of Ohio. Alone At Last is the final part of a three-play cycle that includes Alone Together, which has been produced regionally and in New York City, and Alone Apart, which premiered at the 2011 Chicago Fringe Festival. His last work with Tympanic Theatre was Daughters of Necessity which he wrote for their “Deliver Us From Nowhere” production in 2012. He has won a couple of awards here and there, including First Prize in the One Million Monkeys playwriting competition and has been a semi-finalist for the National Playwrights Conference. Also, his play Of Apocalypse and Cappuccino was adapted into an independent short film in 2006, so he (bafflingly) somehow has an IMDB entry. Despite a ten line walk-on part in a particularly desperate college production of Two Gentlemen of Verona, he is not even remotely an actor and thus doesn’t have a headshot. He apologizes and hopes you will understand. He lives in Chicago.


Catherine Bullard is pleased to work again with her good friend Ted after acting in the prequel to Alone at Last (Alone Apart) in the 2011 Chicago Fringe. Other Chicago credits include Beautiful Broken (Julie), currently running at The Greenhouse Theatre, with Broken Nose Theatre, Reasons to be Pretty(Carly u/s) at Profiles Theatre and Common Hatred with The Ruckus. Catherine has also done play development work with Chicago Dramatists, Stage Left Theatre, and The Ruckus, with which she is an ensemble member.




Christopher Waldron is happy to be working with Ted Bringle and Tympanic Theatre again.   He is currently busy with On Camera classes at the Acting Studio Chicago and his improv team Old Face.  You can check them out every other Tuesday at the Tonic Room.