The Inconvenience is proud to announce their Mid-West Premiere Production of Love Tapes by Penn Jillette and Steven Banks. Slated to open May 30th, 2014, and directed by Shade Murray, Love Tapes will co-star Inconvenience company members Chris Chmelik and Mary Williamson. Love Tapes will be be presented at Angel Island, home of Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company.
LOVE TAPES is an unconventional love story set in Minneapolis and Los Angeles at the close of the 20th century. Love Tapes tells the story of Melinda, an x-ray technician completely obsessed with Kevin, the lead guitarist of the 80's hair metal super-group Umlaut.
Directed by A Red Orchid ensemble member Shade Murray.
Featuring Inconvenience company members Chris Chmelik (The Ear
Original Music by Rick Sims
Lyrics by Penn Jillette and Steven Banks
Additional lyrics by Rick Sims
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The Inconveneince is proud to announce that the original smash-hit production of Hit The Wall will reopen at The Greenhouse Theatre (2257 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago) thanks in part to The Chicago Commercial Collective.
The fourth and final episode of B-SIDE STUDIO, entitled “FEE-NAL-LAY” has just dropped online!
Cynthia's plans to tear down B Side Studio are coming into action!
Armed with nothing but their wits and black-tar-bourboun, they scheme, dream and team-up to save the studio.
This season finale is packed with guest stars, musical numbers, and more drama then you can stand.
This episode, along with its three predecessors, will only be available online in its long format until January 1st, 2014. At that time, all four episodes will be taken offline to be re-mastered and re-edited for new release in spring 2014. They will then be available for viewing right here, on our website, as well as purchase through Amazon.
Meanwhile, Gary introduces the gang to his new girlfriend: Cynthia (Mary Williamson), a mysteriously sassy villain
who's got history with Lady and insidiously hilarious plans for B Side Studio.
Heads will roll!
We, The Inconvenience, are pleased to announce the addition of our first Artistic Associates.
LORI CROSTHWAIT, SHANNON MATESKY and BRANDON MOORHEAD have been outstanding collaborators and supporters of The Inconvenience for years and we are proud to welcome them into our family.
Lori Crothswait has worked as a dancer with The Inconvenience since 2008. In the last couple of years she has stepped into a grander role, most recently as Dance Captain for The Fly Honey Show 2013 at Chopin Theater and then as Production Manager for Aftertaste. Shannon Matesky has also worked with The Inconvenience since 2008, most notably playing Roberta in the original production of Hit the Wall at Steppenwolf Theatre Garage. Brandon Moorhead most recently shared his musical talents at The Fly Honey Show 2013 and has been a pillar of reliability in technical aspects for The Inconvenience since 2010.
"We are so delighted to have Lori, Shannon and Brandon join our team. These three artists have worked very diligently and brought their creative talents generously to our table. We feel that this official partnership is less of a beginning of our relationship and more of a definition to the world of how we have been working together and our commitment to them as artists. We stand behind them and are so honored that they stand with us."
-Artistic Director Chris Chmelik
"We are especially excited to see how these artists expand our horizons. Lori's experience in hospitality and dance, Shannon's expertise in creative writing, poetry and education, and Brandon's musical theatre, spectacle and puppetry background will grow our community and expand the breadth of our events."
- Producer Missi Davis.
A Little About Our New Artistic Associates
Lori Crosthwait has called Chicago home since 2008. A Louisville, Kentucky native, she completed her BFA in Dance at the University of Arizona where she performed in work by Doug Nielsen, Susan Quinn-Williams, and Amy Ernst. She has performed in Chicago and New York for choreographers Lauren Hale Biniaris, Joanna Rosenthal, and Keesha Beckford, among others. Lori has danced in The Fly Honey Show since its inception in 2010. Most recently, she served as The Inconvenience’s Project Assistant for Aftertaste: Experiments in Food and Dance. Lori is a Certified Pilates Instructor and Personal Trainer with Chicago Athletic Clubs
Shannon Matesky has been seen on numerous stages across the country as a poet and actress. Some of her theatrical credits include: The March(Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Hit the Wall (The Inconvenience, Steppenwolf Garage Rep);Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses (The Hypocrites); and Sonnets for an Old Century (UrbanTheater Company, Steppenwolf Garage Rep). Shannon was a featured spoken word artist of the Brave New Voices College Tour and the final season of HBO'sDef Poetry Jam. She has performed with the likes of Talib Kweli, Rachel McKibbens, George Watsky, and countless others. She is featured in the award-winning documentary 2nd Verse: The Rebirth of Poetry (Corduroy Media). Shannon is an activist and teacher who has worked with such organizations as Young Chicago Authors, Youth Speaks, Step-Up Women's Network, Kuumba Lynx and others, aiding young adults in technical and life skills. Shannon has also written her first solo play, She Think She Grown.
Brandon Moorhead is a longtime friend and fan of the Inconvenience. He started singing and performing when he was three years old while growing up in Vinita, Oklahoma and has performed in places as varied as Connecticut, Michigan and Japan. He now lives in Logan Square and regularly performs with Redmoon, The Paramount Theatre, and his performance duo Head/Rhap. With the Inconvenience he has created work for The Fly Honey Show and last year's BlockOut, and he has worked in a technical or administrative capacity on multiple other projects. He is elated and honored to bring his experience in musical theatre and opera as well as his skills in production and direction to the Inconvenience.