The 3rd Escape: B.E.M.


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

One album.

Introducing the cast & crew of ʺB.E.M.ʺ

The third of 12 plays in Today We Escape: Plays inspired by Radiohead’s OK Computer!

A middle-aged dermatologist finds a new career removing the slivers of glass and metal that his patients believe were implanted by extraterrestrials.

Inspired by “Subterranean Homesick Alien”

Playwright: Ted Brengle*:

Ted Brengle* has Master’s degrees in both English (Creative Writing) and Theatre (Playwriting) from Miami University of Ohio. His contributed scripts to Tympanic include Daughters of Necessity, a segment of 2012′s Deliver Us From Nowhere: Tales From Nebraska, the short film, All The Pleasures Prove, and the audio play, Best Show Ever, for the Bull Crow Project podcast. Outside Tympanic, his plays have been produced regionally as well as in New York City, and he produced the premier of his play Alone Apart at the Chicago Fringe Festival. Ted has won a couple of awards here and there, including national honors from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, First Prize in the One Million Monkeys playwriting competition, and he 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. He lives in Chicago.

Director Josh Sobel:
Josh Sobel is an Ensemble Member and Literary Manager with Strawdog Theatre Company, where he directed the world premieres ofThe Hunting of the Snark (which then traveled to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland) and Best Beloved: The Just So Stories in Hugen Hall, and where he will be directing The Pied Piper this June. Directing credits include work at Chicago Dramatists, A Red Orchid Theatre, LiveWire Chicago Theatre, Collaboraction's Sketchbook, WildClaw Theatre, Polarity Ensemble Theatre, The Fine Print Theatre Company, Citadel Theatre, The Greenhouse Theater Center, The Ruckus, Abbie-Fest and New Leaf Theatre. Josh directed the workshop Chuck O'Connor's Miracles in the Fall, winner of the 2013 Dionysus Cup at Polarity, and his production of Idris Goodwin's How We Got On received Honorable Mention from Kerry Reid in the Chicago Tribune's "Best of the Fringe 2013" listing. From 2010-2013 he served as Associate Director of the National Theater Institute summer "Theatermakers" program at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Josh is the recipient of a Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC) Observership on Hamlet at Writers' Theatre and is an Associate Member of SDC.
Daniel Houle (Benjamin):
Daniel Houle is excited to be working with Tympanic Theater Company. He received his BFA in acting from the University of Rhode Island in 2000. Daniel moved to Chicago in 2002 and has since worked with Teatro Vista, Speaking Ring Theater Company, American Theater Company, Timeline Theater, Bohemian Theater Ensemble, Prop Theater, Oak Park Festival Theater, Step Up Productions, Silk Road Rising, City Lit, and most recently Bare Knuckle Productions. Daniel would like to thank his family and friends for their continued love and support.
Ellen Girvin* (Dr. Sylvia):
Ellen Girvin* had a great time doing the companion piece to this show, Deliver Us From Nowhere, and is delighted to be in Today We Escape. She is a proud FSU Theatre school and iO Training Center alum. Ellen spends most of her time performing with The Murder Mystery Company doing interactive comedy dinner theatre shows.
Libby Conkle (Rachel):
Libby Conkle has most recently been seen on Chicago stages in a number of new plays including: The Tiger Among Us by Lauren Yee at Timeline Theatre's TimePieces, Breathing Up by Tyler Powell and The Most Ado: A Party Play adapted and directed by Mikey Laird with Nothing Special Productions, Yikes! There's a Phantom in the Opera with Chicago Dell'Arte directed by Nick Freed, and Kitchen Sink by Ike Holter and Nancy Drew: The Sign of he Twisted Candles by Damon Kiely at DePaul's Theatre School where she recently graduated with her MFA. Find more at
Michael Dritto (Geologist):

Michael Dritto recently graduated from the University of Central Florida with his BFA in Acting. During the year that he has been in Chicago, he has worked with Theatre Momentum and Whiskey Wry productions, and now Tympanic Theatre! He hopes you enjoy the show.

Christian Stokes (Contactee):
Christian Stokes is excited to be a part of this Tympanic festival. Other Chicago credits include, The Hunting of the Snark(Strawdog/Forks&Hope), Best Beloved: Just So Stories(Strawdog/Forks&Hope), Xylophone West(Fine Print Theatre), The Beats(16th St. Theatre). You will see him next in The Pied Piper at Strawdog Theatre Company. Christian is a proud member of the Forks and Hope Theatre Troupe.


*Denotes Tympanic Artistic Associate



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

Reserve your seats HERE!