The 8th Escape: Back and Forth


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

One album. Today We Escape: Twelve Plays Inspired by Radiohead's OK Computer!

Introducing the cast & crew of "Back and Forth"

The eighth of 12 plays in Today We Escape: Plays inspired by Radiohead’s OK Computer! Inspired by "Electioneering"

Two couples erotically and musically discover how little they know about Noam Chomsky.

Playwright: Chris Bower:

Chris Bower is a Chicago based writer and teacher who also is the creator/host of the The Ray's Tap Reading Series and a member of Found Objects Theatre Group. His novella, The Family Dogs, was published by Rose Metal Press in 2014 and his debut book of short stories, Little Boy Needs Ride is forthcoming from Curbside Splendor Publishing. The Ray's Tap Reading Series returns to the Prop Thtr on April 11th for a show called, It's Only April But We Are Shutting Down The Community Garden. You can find him at

Director Dan Caffrey:

Dan Caffrey* founded Tympanic in 2007 and has served as its Artistic Director ever since. He's usually a playwright, with work including Ozma And Harriet, Extinction Fantasies, and Orange Orbs (all produced by Tympanic), Sandalwood (Tympanic and the side project, where he's an Associate Artist), andGregor And The Squonk (Tympanic, Northeastern Illinois University). He's also an Ensemble Member of the Ruckus, who produced his play Little Triggers and are mounting the world premiere of Matawan—a Finalist for the 2013 O'Neill National Playwright's Conference—this summer. He's glad to be back in the directing saddle for a bit, having last directed a short play in Tell It & Speak It & Think It & Breathe It, and the musicalEscape From The Haltsburg Boys Choir for The Ruckus. You can check out his writings on pop culture onConsequence Of Sound, The A.V. Club, and The Groupon Guide, and see him playing bass and sometimes singing in the band The Elizabeth Dane.

Alexis Atwill (W2 ):

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 withKentalago. 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).

Sergio Soltero (M2 ):

Sergio Soltero is a proud Chicagoan since 2008, Sergio is excited to perform in his second Tympanic Theater Company production. A graduate of Florida State University, Sergio's Chicago credits include work with Genesis Ensemble (of which he is an Artistic Associate), Chicago Dramatists, Right Brain Theatre Project and The Side Project, as well as various film projects.

Carolyn Sinon (W1 ):

Carolyn Sinon is an actor, singer, and dancer hailing from Colorado. She was most recently seen in the Lost Geneva Project's The Penelopiad, and is currently working on several movement-based projects with them. This is her first time working with Tympanic, and is so excited to be involved in such a rad project!

Rob Grabowski (M1 ):

Rob Grabowski performs all over Chicago in improv and theatre. Previously, he has performed with Profiles Theatre, The New Colony, The Ruckus, InFusion Theatre, Piccolo Theatre and many that no longer exists. On a regular basis, Rob hosts the burlesque show Kiss Kiss Cabaret, performs as an ensemble member at Comedy Sportz and on the house team JuneBoy at iO Chicago. He has also appeared in several videos for The Onion.

Matt Test (Composer):

Matt Test is an interdisciplinary artist and Curious Theatre Branch ensemble member. With Curious, he is the author/composer of the operas Down (2015 workshop), and Rung (2014); the music theatre pieces I Am In a Small Space For Reason I Don’t Understand (2010), ElvisBride (2009), and A Minor Loss of Fidelity (2008); and the plays The Jesus Fields (2007) and Bad Action Project Course (2006). As a performer and composer, he has developed work with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Lifeline Theatre, The Ruckus, American Theater Company, Definition Theatre, Found Objects Thtr Group, and others. He has collaborated with Chris Bower on multiple projects, including Notes to Molly (2010), Mascot (2011, remounted 2013),Birthday Boy (2013), and The Garden Opera (2014). He is a regular contributor to Bower-curated Rays Tap Reading Series, and a founding member of the bands ElvisBride and The Crooked Mouth. Thanks to Chris and Tympanic for the opportunity and Kate for the encouragement.


*Denotes Tympanic Artistic Associate



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