The 12th Escape: The Iceland of Space
Twelve songs. Twelve playwrights. Thirteen directors. Four bands. A frankly unconscionable number of actors.
The twelfth of 12 plays in Today We Escape: Plays inspired by Radiohead’s OK Computer!
When the corpulent Matt is kicked off a flight to Iceland that cannot accommodate his girth, a wise-cracking, charismatic "voice" whisks him away on an even better interstellar vacation. Alright, alright, alright.
Inspired by “The Tourist”
Playwright: Rory Jobst
Rory Jobst is a playwright, actor, secret critic, curator, moderator, teacher, podcaster, male, adult, and homosapien. Plays produced in Chicago include SUPER-WELLESIAN (Chicago Fringe Festival), SAMUEL BECKETT, ANDRE THE GIANT, AND THE CRICKETS (Oracle b*sides), DANIEL DAY-LEWIS AND THE BIG POTATAS (Oracle b*sides/Prop Thtr), CIVIL RIGHTS LEGS (Rhino Fest), A BABEL FISH FOR CHARLIE BROWN'S MOM (Rhino Fest), and DISLOCATION TO THE LEFT (Curious Theater Branch). SUPER-WELLESIAN received its regional premiere down south with Acting Unlimited in Lafayette, Louisiana this past February. He also wrote and performed the solo show THE BELLE OF AUSTIN, where he portrayed the renown cult musician Daniel Johnston. He is a company member at Oracle Productions where he also serves as the Film Producer. In high school, he wrote a play based on the song "Supper's Ready" by Genesis, so he digs this kind of thing. He would also like to write short plays based on "Tupelo Honey", "Njosnavelin (Nothing Song)", "Particle Man", and "Hot Crossed Buns."
Director: Josh Ellison
Josh Ellison* is a founding member of Area IV Theatre where he directed Vacation, MARCH (Edmonton International Theatre Festival) and From the Nightshade Family (Chicago Fringe Festival). His work was also seen at Oracle, where he directed Samuel Beckett, Andre the Giant, and the Crickets. He is an assistant Literary manager for Tympanic where he directed Julia Pastrana and a part of Deliver Us From Nowhere. He also co-produces Tympanic's Podcast series The Bull Crow Project.
Rob Grabowski (Matt McConaha):
Rob Grabowski performs all over Chicago in improv and theatre. Previously, he has performed with Profiles Theatre, The New Colony, The Ruckus, InFusion Theatre, Piccolo Theatre and many that no longer exists. On a regular basis, Rob hosts the burlesque show Kiss Kiss Cabaret, performs as an ensemble member at Comedy Sportz and on the house team JuneBoy at iO Chicago. He has also appeared in several videos for The Onion.
Rosie Moan (Celeste):
Rosie Moan moved to Chicago in 2011 after graduating with a BFA in Acting from Emerson College in Boston. Since then, she has been regularly performing improv at theaters such as iO, the Annoyance, Comedy Sportz and the Playground Theater. This is her first Tympanic Theater production and she is so thrilled to be working with such great talent in this cast and crew!
Chris Acevedo (Passenger 1):
Chris Acevedo* is so thrilled to be back on the stage with Tympanic, and working with such a wonderful group of artists, also his favorite band is Radiohead, so he's pretty happy to be here. Previous Chicago credits include: I Am Not Batman (Adventure Stage Chicago), Velveteen Rabbit (Lifeline Theatre), Romeo & Juliet, and White Tie Ball (Teatro Vista), Big Love (Strawdog Theatre – Jeff Recommended), The One Minute Play Festival (Victory Gardens), An Actor Prepares (University of Chicago), as well as work with American Theatre, the Right Brain Project, Urban Theater, Tympanic Theatre, Genesis Ensemble, Teatro Luna, Pavement Group, Collaboraction, Red Tape, The Ruckus, and the side project. He is a proud founding member of Tympanic Theatre, and is represented by Lily's Talent. Up next he can be seen as Alan in Mary-Arrchie's Our Bad Magnet. Much love to his wife, Amanda Jane. www.thechristopheracevedo.com
Elise Spoerlein (Passenger 2):
Elise Spoerlein is so excited to be working with Tympanic! A graduate of Ball State, she's a company member with both Broken Nose Theatre and Waltzing Mechanics. Her credits include Lyric Opera, Poor Theatre, Artemisia, Strawdog,Factory, Profiles, Knife and Fork, Arc Theatre, the side project, as well as an acting internship at Simon Casting. She is the project leader on Forever Hold Your Peace - a marriage documentary play in development, and has recently finished a playwriting workshop with The New Colony in their inaugural Writers' Room. Much love to her family and Sparky.
Charlotte Mae Ellison (Montbel Fieldsheff):
Charlotte Mae Ellison* is a company memeber with Tympanic Theatre, where she appeared in Brewed (a co-production with The Ruckus, where she is an Artistic Associate), Wonderful, and El Muerte del Maestro. Other credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - Jeff Nomination: Actress in A Supporting Role, Musical, Letters Home (Griffin Theatre); Spark (Adventure Stage Chicago); Vacation, Bear Claw, March (Area IV Theatre, where she is a founding company member); Little Shop of Horrors, The Rocky Horror Show (Awkward Pause Theatre); and Circle Mirror Transformation - Kevin Kline Award: Best Ensemble (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis). Charlotte is a graduate of Emerson College and the Gaiety School of Acting, and is proudly represented by Big Mouth Talent. charlottemaeellison.com
*Denotes Tympanic Artistic Associate
TODAY WE ESCAPE: Plays Inspired by OK COMPUTER
March 13 – Aptil 4 @ the Den Fri – Sat @ 7:30pm, Sun @ 3pm