The 6th Escape: There's No Place Like Hoyne


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

One album.

Introducing the cast & crew of ʺThere's No Place Like Hoyneʺ 
The sixth of 12 plays in Today We Escape: Plays inspired by Radiohead’s OK Computer!

When Dot's boi-pet Totes goes mad from a poppy tea and ruins her favorite boots, they embark on an ultra-hip urban excursion.

Inspired by “Karma Police”
Playwright: Natalie DiCristafano:
Playwright & Screenwriter: Burn the Black Dog (Wayward Productions), A Play (Tympanic's Read'N'Hump"N'Show'N'Tell Staged Reading Series), SUGAR (You're Welcome Productions)
Director: Richard Paro
Richard Paro is an award winning director based in Chicago, where he can also be found acting and writing. He has worked with various companies around the city including Full Voice, Hobo Junction, Prologue, Fury, Commedia Beauregard, Theatre-Hikes, Stockyards Theatre, and Mudgeonsoul Productions, where he is Artistic Director. In addition, his films screen at film festivals around the world. Always excited to share his favorite theatre, movies, and music with new audiences, he has worked in festival programming and organizing for years, most recently with Indie Boots Theatre & Film Festivals.

Celeste Burns (Dot, 22, The heroine with the Hitler hairdo):
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.


Addison Heimann (Totes, 24, Her dog, or perhaps a man she has an open relationship with):
Addison Heimann is thrilled to be working with Tympanic for the first time. Since being in Chicago he has had the pleasure of working with Writers Theatre, Strange Tree Group, Shattered Globe, and Teatro Vista among others. Thanks to Mom, Dad, and Dan for the constant support.


Ashley Yates (The Deck Witch in Bookstore played by Sandra Bullock):
Ashley Yates moved to Chicago in 2011 after graduating from the University of Iowa with a BA in Theater Arts and met up with Wayward Productions at its start in 2012 as a founding member. She has been seen on the Wayward stage in Burn the Black Dog, Richard III and other Abbey Fest and Fight Night performances. She has also worked with Theatre Hikes and Three Brothers and is very excited to work with Tympanic for the first time! Thank you to all of the artists in Chicago who continue to inspire her greatly!


Elise Spoerlein (The Kidsmen played by Mary Kate and/or Ashley Olsen):
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.


Brian Bradford (Frado Devo played by LeBron James):

Brian Bradford has previously worked with companies such as Halcyon Theatre (Emperor of the Moon and From Every Mountainside), Polarity Ensemble Theatre (Macbeth), Muse of Fire Theatre Company (Romeo and Juliet) and Accidental Shakespeare Company (Macbeth). Special thanks to Nathan for introducing him to Tympanic Theatre. Love to his dear Julia.


Danny Mulae (Midtown Musician played by Jon Bon Jovi):
Danny Mulae is thrilled to be working with Tympanic Theatre on Today We Escape. He has worked with Signal Ensemble Theatre, Goodman Theatre, the Right Brain Project, Collaboraction, Circle Theatre, Attic Playhouse, and Big Noise Theatre amongst others, and has done readings at Chicago Dramatists, Public House Theatre, and the Piven Theatre Workshop. Danny is currently a student in the theatre school at UIC.


Chris Waldron (Total Jerry played by Matthew McConaughey):
Chris Waldron* attended Florida State University where he studied Criminology, Psychology, and Theatre. Since leaving Florida, Christopher has pursued theatre and film projects that moved him to New Orleans, England, and Ireland. Now living in Chicago, Christopher has taken classes through Improv Olympics and Acting Studio Chicago.  He has performed with Idle Muse Theatre Company, The Consortium Project, WNEP Theatre, Area IV Theatre, Point of Contention Theatre Company, and Hobo Junction Productions*, and Tympanic Theatre Co*.


Jazzma Pryor (The Wizard of Happy Village played by Oprah):
Jazzma Pryor attended Clemson University where she received a B.A. in Performing Arts.  She was born  and lived in Rochester, NY until she was 14, but moved to Georgetown, SC where she attended high school.  Her MCJROTC Gunnery Sergeant encouraged her to audition for a summer acting program after a performance in an assembly.  It was during the summer before her senior year of high school that her love of theater began.  Jazzma has had the pleasure of working with Wishbone Theater Collective, Stage Wright, and Stage Left Theater.  She has also had the pleasure of performing with Strawdog Theatre during Hobo Junction, Wishbone Theatre Collective in Incendiary, Chicago Fringe in En El Corazon, Wayward Productions in Burn the Black Dog, and is excited to perform in Today We Escape with Tympanic Theatre Company.


Alex Pelletier (Chicagorando):
Alex Pelletier recently graduated from Western Michigan University with her BFA in Theatre Performance. She is a two-time National Forensics Competitive Acting and Speaking Duo Semi-Finalist. Her previous credits include: Communicating Doors, Tony and Tina's Wedding, Mud, Criminal Genius, Eurydice, For Colored Girls, Nine, and Pippi Longstocking. Her directing credits include: Pride and Prejudice, Keely & Du, Stage Beauty, and 1000 Paper Cranes: Sadako's Story.


Brenda Scott Wlazlo (Chicagorando):
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."


Libby Conkle (Chicagorando):
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


Rosie Moan (Chicagorando):
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!





*Denotes Tympanic Artistic Associate



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