sandalwood

Written by Dan Caffrey
Directed by Aaron Henrickson
March - April 2014 at The Side Project

When a young man blazed a trail of blood and destruction throughout the American West, his father embarked on a quest to stop him.  But as he made his way through the ghost towns his son has visited, he questioned how evil the boy's intentions truly were, and if his terrible acts were somehow bringing him closer to humanity.  Exploring the genetic inheritance of sin and violence, this true Western with elements of the fantastical has been produced in collaboration with the side project.

[A] dark, dark variation on the Pinocchio story... Caffrey raises disquieting questions about what it means to be human.
— Chicago Reader
 
[I]nteresting and sometimes chilling ... I left the theater more than a bit unsettled.
— Chicago Theater Beat
[Sean] Thomas’ sadness captures the horror his work wracks up and [Anthony] Stamilio’s goofy energy belies the devastation his character leaves behind.
— New City Stage
[A] worthy experience that brings ...a new twist to an old genre.
— TimeOut Chicago