Today We Escape!


Tympanic’s got a HUMONGOUS project coming your way this Spring! A companion piece to Tympanic’s critically-acclaimed 2012 play festival, Deliver Us From Nowhere — itself drawn from Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska Today We Escape pairs twelve Chicago playwrights with thirteen directors to create an evening of theatre inspired by Radiohead’s experimental album, OK Computer. Each writer used a song on the record as the springboard for a short play before an ensemble of musicians composes original music based on the plays themselves. Like Deliver Us.Today We Escape is a meditation on how art reflects art; a live album in the most unique sense of the word, and a celebration of music that is at times detached, yet strangely comforting. Your donations go directly to producing this mammoth production, that we are so very proud to present this March!


March 13th through April 4th

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

and Sundays at 3 p.m.

Special industry performance on Wednesday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m.

The Den Theatre (1333 N. Milwaukee Ave.)

Tickets $20 general, $15 students/industry/seniors

The Plays:

The Great Story of Love and Sacrifice and Loss and Rebirth (inspired by “Airbag”)

by Michael Patrick Thornton (co-founding Artistic Director of The Gift Theatre)

directed by Michael Carnow* (200 Feet & Counting (The Ten Festival – The Gift Theatre), The Drive (Deliver Us From Nowhere Festival - Tympanic Theatre))

Terry” (inspired by “Paranoid Android”)

by Randall Colburn* (Hesperia (Writers Theatre), Verse Chorus Verse (Tympanic Theatre), Happy. Happier Then. (Deliver us from Nowhere Festival - Tympanic Theatre))

directed by Allison Shoemaker* (Director of Marketing & PR at The Ruckus; Heist Play and The Strange (The Ruckus), The Stray (Deliver Us From Nowhere Festival - Tympanic Theatre))

“B.E.M.” (inspired by “Subterranean Homesick Alien”)

by Ted Brengle* (Assistant Literary Manager at Tympanic Theatre, Daughters of Necessity (Deliver us from Nowhere Festival - Tympanic Theatre))

directed by Josh Sobel (Literary Manager/Ensemble Member at Strawdog Theatre, Artistic Director at Haven Theatre, The Hunting of the Snark/Just So Stories (Strawdog), How We Got On (Citadel))

Untitled Devised Piece (inspired by “Exit Music (For a Film))

by Wren Graves (The Boy Who Fell (Tympanic Theatre))

directed by Amanda Dunne Acevedo (Genesis Ensemble, Director of Education at Northlight Theatre, Resurrecting Beauty (Deliver Us From Nowhere Festival - Tympanic Theatre)) and Lindsey Barlag Thornton (Genesis Ensemble, School of the Art Institute, We Are The Things of Ghosts, Phenomena (Genesis Ensemble))

“Roll” (inspired by “Let Down”)

by Joe Zarrow (Principal Principle (Stage Left and Theatre Seven of Chicago))

directed by Eric Turner (Asst. Director Tempest (CityLit), Asst. Director Hellish Half-light (Mary-Arrchie))

“There’s No Place Like Hoyne” (inspired by “Karma Police”)

by Natalie DiCristofano (Burn the Black Dog (Wayward Productions), A Play (Tympanic Theatre), SUGAR (You're Welcome Productions))

directed by Richard Paro (Artistic Director of Mudgeonsoul Productions and Indie Boots Theatre and Film Festivals)

“Last Show” (inspired by “Fitter Happier”)

by Justin Gerber (Film Editor/Senior Staff Writer at Consequence of Sound, Man Will Meddle (Deliver Us From Nowhere Festival - Tympanic Theatre), The Timey Wimey Fantastic Brilliant Extravaganza (Geronimo!) (co-writer, The Right Brain Project))

directed by Scott Weinstein (Titanic and Spelling Bee (Griffin Theatre), Seussical (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre))

“Back and Forth” (inspired by “Electioneering”)

by Chris Bower (Found Objects, Curious Theater Branch, When You’re Dead (Deliver Us From Nowhere Festival - Tympanic Theatre))

directed by Dan Caffrey* (Artistic Director of Tympanic)

“Wavelength” (inspired by “Climbing Up the Walls”)

by Scott Barsotti (Current member of the Goodman Playwrights Unit, The Revenants (WildClaw), Jet Black Chevrolet (the side project), Brewed (Tympanic Theatre) & The Stray (Deliver Us From Nowhere Festival - Tympanic Theatre))

directed by Rebecca Willingham (Assistant Directed Cicada (Route 66), strangers, babies (Steep Theatre), The Seafarer (Seanachai Theatre Company)

“King Charlie” (inspired by “No Surprises”)

by Brooke Allen (The Deer (The Ruckus), The Life And Death of Madam Barker (Red Tape Theatre), Ruby Wilder (Tympanic Theatre))

directed by Dennis Frymire (Company Member with The Ruckus and Founding Member of Broken Road Theatre Company, Fault Lines (Broken Road))

“Lucky” (inspired by “Lucky”)

by Alex Lubischer (The Xylophone West (The Fine Print Theatre Company), Survey No. 5 (Collaboraction))

directed by Spenser Davis (Literary Manager of Broken Nose Theatre, Artistic Director of Hobo Junction, From White Plains (Broken Nose Theatre))

“The Iceland of Space”

by Rory Jobst (Film Producer and Company Member at Oracle Productions, Daniel Day-Lewis and the Big Potatas (Prop Thtr), Samuel Beckett, Andre the Giant, and the Crickets (Oracle b*sides))

directed by Joshua Ellison* (Assistant Literary Manager at Tympanic Theatre, Vacation (Area IV Theatre), Julia Pastrana(Tympanic Theatre), Daughters of Necessity (Deliver us from Nowhere Festival - Tympanic Theatre))


* Denotes Tympanic Artistic Associate or Company Member


We are so excited for Today We Escape! Please help us make this production a true success by donating to our Season 8 Pledge drive:




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