The 5th Escape: Roll


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

One album.

Introducing the cast & crew of ʺRollʺ 
The fifth of 12 plays in Today We Escape: Plays inspired by Radiohead’s OK Computer!

Jade is crushed that her D&D group is breaking up, but she convinces Kristin to hang around for one last very important dungeon crawl.

Inspired by “Let Down”


Playwright: Joe Zarrow:

Joe Zarrow is a playwright, actor, and 5th-level gnome transmutation wizard. Plays produced in Chicago include PRINCIPAL PRINCIPLE (Stage Left Theatre and Theatre Seven of Chicago), THE PIGEONS (Walkabout Theatre), and the short EVERYTHINGAOKE (LiveWire). Chicago performances include BUDDY COP 2 (Pavement Group), STATE& MADISON: THE GRID in the Chicago Landmark Project (T7), BULRUSHER (Congo Square), ARCADIA (New Leaf), Bottom in MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (Sankofa), and WALK TWO MOONS (Adventure Stage). He is a proud graduate of the School at Steppenwolf. He keeps accidentally telling people that he wrote a play inspired by "Let it Go."

Director: Eric Turner

Eric Turner, Production Manager for Sandalwood (Tympanic), Assistant Director for Tempest (CityLit),  Assistant Director for Hellish Half-light (Mary-Archie), Production Manager for Scissor Tail (Adept).

Brenda Scott Wlazlo (Jade):

Brenda Scott Wlazlo* is thrilled to be back acting in a Tympanic Theatre Production after being appointed the new Managing Director this past January. Recent credits include Nightmare on Backstreet (The Public House) EL Stories: Rainbow Train (Waltzing Mechanics) and Hey Jackass, You're Rich! (Beesknees Productions). Brenda can also be seen in Tympanic's first film, All the Pleasures Prove and moonlights as a costume designer ( Tympanic's Sandalwood, Social Creatures). She holds a BA in Theater from Florida State University, and graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy's Musical Theater Conservatory in New York. Her favorite joke is as follows: "What do you get when you combine an elephant and a Rhino...Answer: ::Shrug:: " "el-iph-i-no."

Elise Spoerlein (Kristin):

Elise Spoerlein (Kristin) 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.


*Denotes Tympanic Artistic Associate



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

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