Friday, November 30, 2012


Fish are scary.

We can just agree on that.  Everything that lives underwater is terrifying.

Here in Chicago, we just know something, someday, many-tentacled, many-eyed, and flesh-hungry is going to crawl out of that big ol' lake.  Someday.

Our next 2012 Deathscribe is an award-winning dramatist who hails from the wind-chapped apocalyptic wasteland once known as "Michigan."  (Or as WildClaw founding artistic director called it, "Mitch-igan.")  Joseph has treated us to a dark tale of greed, deception, and the wickedness of nature itself.  Three men find themselves alone in a snowstorm, with only each other for company (or competition), and what may be an unknown species in the bathtub.  You're heard about the one that got away, and about the catch that was this big!, but this here ain't no ordinary FISH STORY.  This delicious creature feature is directed by Kevin Theis.

Written by Joseph Zettelmaier
Directed by Kevin Theis

Joseph Zettelmaier is a Michigan-based playwright and three-time nominee for the Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association Award for best new play, first in 2006 for All Childish Things, then in 2007 for Language Lessons and in 2010 for It Came From Mars. Other plays include Dead Man’s Shoes, And The Creek Don’t Rise, The All Childish Things Trilogy, Dr. Seward’s Dracula, First Snow, Blackwater Ballad, Night Blooming, Point of Origin, and The Stillness Between Breaths. The Stillness Between Breaths won Best New Play 2005 from the Oakland Press and was selected (as was It Came From Mars) to appear in the National New Play Network’s Festival of New Plays. He also co-authored Flyover, USA: Voices From Men of the Midwest at the Williamston Theatre (Winner of the 2009 Thespie Award for Best New Script). It Came From Mars was a recipient of 2009’s Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, and won Best New Script 2010 from the Lansing State Journal. Dead Man’s Shoes won the Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award in 2011, and won both a Lansing Pulsar Award and Wilde Award for Best New Script. His newest script, Ebenezer, will be performed this winter at Williamston Theatre. He is an Associate Artist at Performance Network, and an adjunct lecturer at Eastern Michigan University, where he teaches Dramatic Composition. Joseph was recently profiled in the March 2012 issue of American Theatre Magazine, and can be reached at

Thursday, November 29, 2012


Alright kids.  DEATHSCRIBE 2012 is right around the corner, ready to haunt your dreams and make you think of things like this:

And this:

But see the thing is, all that shit's IN YOUR MIND.  Our intrepid crews of actors, musicians, and foley artists aren't gonna show you any of this, they're going to make you see it in your own dark, lonely, twisted, terrifying imagination (we love you) through the wonders of sound.

But before any of those insane artists dive into creating such sonic scares, some asylum escapee has to think that stuff up and write it down using...I'm gonna say ichor.  Just like every year, this year's DEATHSCRIBE features the work of five sagely psychos, five tormented souls who know all too well what the world is, what it was, and what it is certain to become.  And they want to share.

Our first Deathscribe of 2012 is a fella name Brandon Zachary.  Brandon invites us to a poker game at the table of Hell, where nothing is as it seems and no one truly wins.  Is this game hosted by a demon?  Is it an insane billionaire?  Or is it AN ABSTRACT THOUGHT WITH SINISTER INTENTIONS?  Damon Kiely directs this five-card mindfuck.

I'd also like to note that Brandon is the youngest Deathscribe finalist to date.  Hear that, college students across the world?  Get to writing.  We want your nightmares.

Written by Brandon Zachary
Directed by Damon Kiely

Brandon Zachary is a student at Columbia College in Chicago, currently working on a screenwriting concentration. He is a graduate of the Second City sketch writing program, and a staff writer for Ain't It Cool News. All these things combine to form a twenty one year old slacker who watches too many films.

I never got a headshot from Brandon, so I can only assume he looks like this:

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Deathblow Productions - Monday, Nov 19th

This looks like great fun.
 Ryan Oliver is a great filmmaker and a quality dude. I remember him talking about "Air Conditions" way back when; I'm excited to see it fully realized.
And although archival video of live theatre productions are rarely super-polished, I've been hearing about Factory Theater's "Among the Dead" for years. This show sounds off-the-wall bonkers and incredibly bad-ass.
A fantastic night of weird.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Neighborhood 3 at Strawdog

Three more chances to check out this cool show from our friends at Strawdog!

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