The 1st Escape: The Great Story of Love and Sacrifice and Loss and Rebirth


Twelve songs. Twelve playwrights. Thirteen directors. Four bands. A frankly unconscionable number of actors.

One album.

Introducing the cast & crew of ʺThe Great Story of Love and Sacrifice and Loss and Rebirthʺ 
The first of 12 plays in Today We Escape: Plays inspired by Radiohead's OK Computer!

 A child and her nurse encounter the infinite.

Inspired by "Airbag"

Director Michael Carnow:

Michael Carnow* is a Chicago-based theatrical director with a speciality in new work.  In town, he has directed for The Gift TheatreAmerican Blues TheatreAmerican Theatre CompanyWNEP Theatre and Tympanic Theatre. He is currently an Artistic Associate with Tympanic and is the former Literary Manager of Profiles Theatre. While directing in Detroit, Michael 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. Through Pop UP Theatrics, an international collective, his directing work has been seen in New York, Mexico, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Writer Michael Thornton:

Artistic director & co-founder of The Gift Theatre, Michael was most recently seen onstage in the critically-acclaimed, Hayes-nominated inaugural rolling premiere of Andrew Hinderaker’s Colossal at Olney Theatre. Other recent credits: Iago in Othello at The Gift Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville’s renowned production of Our Town, and onstage at The Gift in the world premiere of Hinderaker’s Jeff-Nominated Dirty. Previous stage credits: U.S. Premiere of Absolute Hell at The Gift Theatre directed by fellow Gift ensemble member Sheldon Patinkin and the Midwest Premiere of Will Eno’s Middletown at Steppenwolf, directed by Les Waters. Thornton is currently in rehearsals at Lookingglass for Title And Deed, a one man show written by Will Eno, marking Thornton’s fourth collaboration with Eno.

As a writer, Michael’s plays have been workshopped in New York through Young Playwrights, Inc. and in Chicago through Second City. His play The Princess And The Bear was performed at Western Michigan University and published in excerpt along with his creative non-fiction in Third Coast Press and The Packingtown Review. He is a staff writer for Chicago’s live magazine salon-in-a-saloon, “The Paper Machete” and has completed two novels, one of which is A Low Hum.

TV/Film: Dr. Gabriel Fife on ABC’s Private Practice, FOX’s The Chicago Code, Ron Howard’s The Dilemma, Caitlin Parrish & Erica Weiss’ The View From Tall. He lives blissfully in the Jefferson Park neighborhood of Chicago with his wife, performance artist Lindsey Barlag Thornton

This fall, Thornton will direct the world premiere of David Rabe’s Good For Otto at The Gift.

Rachel Gabrielle (Shirly):

Rachel Gabrielle is a writer and performing artist from the south side of Chicago. She recently graduated from Columbia College where she earned a BA in acting. She has studied abroad through Rose Bruford's American Theatre Arts program in London and has also trained at the London International School of  Performing Arts. Her recent credits include TheLIVINGroom (Stage 773), the role of Queen Elizabeth in Mary Stuart (Studio 404), The Dictionary Project (Strawdog Theatre), and Ketchup and Blood (film).

 Noa Silins (Arina - First two weekends):

Noa Silins loves to dance and perform and is thrilled to be a part of Today We Escape.  Noa is a fan of most, if not all, creatures and loves her dogs and chickens.  She is an avid reader and loves to snuggle up with a good book. She also loves to  play outside,  and really enjoys time with her friends and riding her bike. Noa has made her theatre home at Evanston's Mudlark Theatre where she has performed in Little Women, A Christmas Carol and now in Peter in Kensignton Garden. A big shout out to Krista D'Agostino, Christina Lepri, Michael Miro, Andrew Biliter and Brian Crawford as well as all the wonderful new folks she has met at Tympanic.  A special thank you to Micheal Carnow for his patience, flexibility and thoughtfulness.

Elodie Tougne (Arina - Last two weekends):

Elodie was most recently seen in “Watch on the Rhine” at The Artistic Home Theater and in “Cicada” with Route 66 at the Greenhouse Theater. Other theater includes “Macbeth” at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and “Vigils” at the Gift Theater. Elodie played Adam Sandler’s and Katie Holmes’ daughter in the movie “Jack and Jill.”  She is in 7th grade.


*Denotes Tympanic Artistic Associate



March 13 - Aptil 4 @ the Den Fri – Sat @ 7:30pm, Sun @ 3pm

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