The 4th Escape: Choke


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

One album.

Introducing the cast & crew of ʺChokeʺ 

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

Seven stories unravel one night at a party.

Inspired by “Exit Music (For a Film)”
Playwright (Devised): Wren Graves
Wren Graves has written for Tympanic, The Ruckus, the Ex-Pats, and Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre. He participated in a workshop at the Ojai Playwrights Conference with Jon Robin Baitz, and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University. For Mahala.
Co-Director (Devised): Amanda Dunne Acevedo

Amanda Dunne Acevedo is a founding company member of the Chicago-based Genesis Ensemble, with whom she is a performer and director creating ensemble-devised performances. She was last seen performing in Genesis Ensemble's epic 6-hour walk down Lawrence Avenue, History, Performance & Tea and in South Shore for the Chicago Home Theatre Festival. She has worked creatively with Vintage Theatre Collective, Tympanic Theatre Company, Odradek Theatre Company, and Red Tape. She works as a Teaching Artist for Steppenwolf and she serves as Northlight Theatre's Director of Education. She has also worked with the education programs at the Chicago Public Library, Writers Theatre, American Theatre Company, and Redmoon Theatre, as well as with the Los Angeles based Fringe Benefits. Her essay, co-written with Lindsey Barlag Thornton about The Walking Theatre Project, a theatre for social change organization she co-founded at Miami University in 2005, was published in Staging Social Justice: Collaborating to Create Activist Theatre (SIU Press, 2013). During the summer of 2014 she was accepted into the inaugural cohort of Lincoln Center Education's Teaching Artist Training Program and spent two weeks training at Lincoln Center with top arts educators from around the country. She is currently a member of Columbia College's Teaching Artist Development Studio.

Co-Director (Devised): Lindsey Barlag Thornton
Lindsey Barlag Thornton  is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist.  Her performance work manifests in collaborative and devised practices. Thornton’s recent work has been seen at Archer Ballroom, The Copernicus Center, Defibrillator Gallery, Links Hall, Hyde Park Art Center, Mana Contemporary, Sullivan Galleries, Tritriangle Gallery, and Whitebox Studio Gallery, as well as in abandoned storefronts and on the streets of Chicago. She is a MFA graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a founding member of Genesis Ensemble, and is currently the Director of Education at The Gift Theatre, a teacher at ChiArts, Chicago’s only public high school for the arts, and at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
*Chris Acevedo (Chris):
Chris Acevedo* is so thrilled to be back on stage with Tympanic, and working with such a wonderful group of artists, also his favorite band Radiohead, so he is pretty happy to be here. Previous Chicago credits include: I Am Not Batman (Adventure Stage Chicago), Velveteen Rabbit (Liveline Theatre), Romer & 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.

Alexis Atwill (Alexis):

Alexis Atwill is excited to be working with Tympanic for the first time. She was last seen onstage at The Gift Theatre in There is No Message... and in a devised piece entitled We Are The Things of Ghosts with Lindsey Barlag Thornton. On film, in Rubberband with Kentalago. Offstage, as Movement Coordinator for Cicada with Route 66 and exploring movement at Mind Art Core. She is a graduate of the Florida State University, the FSU Theatre Academy in London and the School at Steppenwolf (WP10).

Andrew Bailes (Mark):
Andrew Bailes has had the pleasure of working with Chicago dell'Arte, Chicago Dramatists, the Ruckus, the side project, Steep Theater, Strawdog Theatre Company and Victory Gardens. He twice performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, traveling to Scotland with Wishbone Theatre Collective and, most recently, Forks and Hope. Andrew received an MFA in Acting from the University of Florida. Prior to UF, he was a Resident Actor and Teaching Artist at Florida Studio Theater.
Celeste Burns (Random Girl):
Celeste Burns is overjoyed to be working with Tympanic Theatre for the first time!  You may have previously seen her as Borachio in The Most Ado: A Party Play, and in many of Nothing Special Productions' Fight Night! events.  She thanks the entire Today We Escape team for making this such a cool experience, as well has her husband and cat, Steve and Ernest (respectively) for all their support.
Jake Carr (Jake):

Jake Carr is excited to be performing with Tympanic for the first time, and to be directed by longtime friends and collaborators. He is proud to be an instructor with Black Box Acting. His first horror film as a screenwriter and producer, Cheap Plastic Mask, is currently in post-production.

Carrie Drapac (Carrie):
Carrie Drapac is a proud Red Tape Theatre ensemble member.  Red Tape credits include: The Life and Death of Madam Barker, Stadium Devildare, The Skriker, Elephant’s Graveyard, Brand, Church/Pullman WA, The Love of the Nightingale, and Phenomena(CFANN 2012).  Other Chicago credits: Amok! (Links Hall), Pink Milk (Oracle & White Elephant Productions), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Circle Theatre), as well as numerous film and video projects.  She holds a BFA in Theatre from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, having focused on musical theatre in the CAP21 program and film acting at Stonestreet Studios.  Carrie is also a personal trainer and co-founder/owner of boutique personal training studio, Comfy Fitness in the Bucktown neighborhood.
Wyatt Weber (Wyatt):
Wyatt Weber had a blast cooking up this delicious play with a very talented group of artists and thinks the whole show is pretty cool. Recently he's been in Line One with Waltzing Mechanics, The Importance of Being Earnest with 906 Theatre, and Spoon River with Benevolent Theatre, and he regularly contributes to the Coffee & Whiskey Reading Series.


*Denotes Tympanic Artistic Associate



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

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