New show this summer!

We've been very busy the last few months working on the casting, hiring and planning for our Summer 2017 production of IN THE WAKE by Lisa Kron. We're excited to bring this script to life and rehearsals begin in just one week!

Our director Alex Mallory has assembled a great team of actors and staff:

Ellen – Rose Sengenberger
Danny – Mike Newquist
Kayla – Adrienne Matzen
Laurie – Erin O'Brien
Judy – Kelli Walker
Amy – Alison Plott
Tessa – Samantha Newcomb

Director – Alex Mallory
Dramaturg – Carol Ann Tan
Asst. Director – Becca Holloway
Stage Manager – Kamren Smith
Scenic Designer – Rachel Rauscher
Lighting Designer – Nicholas Coso
Projections Designer – G Max Maxin IV
Sound Designer/Technical Director – Becca Venable
Costume Designer – Alycia Matz

One Year Anniversary!

Today marks our 1 year anniversary! In the past year, we’ve produced three full productions, one staged reading and welcomed nearly one thousand audience members to experience fun, vibrant, and engaging theater. Today, we’re excited to announce the addition of six new members (clockwise from top left): Alex Nolen, Raymond Jacquet, Taylor Wisham, Kate Leslie, Nicholas Coso, and Melanie Kulas. 

Announcing the cast of THE TAMING!

We're thrilled to announce the cast and director of our 2017 Inauguration Day performance of THE TAMING by Lauren Gunderson! Over 25 theaters across the country are producing a staged reading of this engaging play on January 20 and we're excited to bring this script to Chicago audiences!

Director - Kate Leslie
Patricia - Alison Plott
Bianca - Angela Horn
Katherine - Courtney Dane Mize

Prelude rehearsals start tonight!

Tonight we start the adventure known as PRELUDE TO A KISS. I'm very excited to get everyone in the room for the first time and to hear this script out loud. We have a great group of artists lined up for this show!

Peter – David Coupe
Rita – Bethany Hart
Old Man – Ed McGuire
Mrs. Boyle – Carol Ludwick
Dr. Boyle – Jim Spangler
Taylor – Mike Newquist
Uncle Fred – Tom Lally
Aunt Dorothy – Anne Wrider
Ensemble – Alex Nolan
Ensemble – Jazzma Pryor
Leah/Ensemble – Cydney Moody
Tom/Ensemble – Raymond Jacquet

Director – Derek Bertelsen
Stage Manager – Melanie Kulas
Assistant Director – David Lew Cooper
Set Designer – Michael Lewis
Costume Designer – Uriel Gomez
Hair/Make-Up Designer – Asha McAllister
Sound Designer – Becca Venable
Lighting Designer – Nicholas Coso
Technical Director – Mike Sanow



DYING CITY is up and running in Rogers Park...don't miss it!

I'm writing this blog entry from the darkened box office of BoHo Theatre's Heartland Studio where our second production of DYING CITY by Christopher Shinn is running until next weekend. This evening's performance is sold out and we're incredibly excited to end this third performance weekend with a bang, especially after last night's historic win from the Chicago Cubs, who are on their way to the World Series for the first time since 1945. The city is buzzing (as is the theater), to say the least.

I'm extremely proud of this show and the people involved. Director Elizabeth Lovelady, along with Assistant Director Kate Leslie and Stage Manager Nate Dion, have done a wonderful job to bring this engaging script to life. The design team worked so well together to give us a scenic , costume, sound, and lighting design that work so cohesively together. And actors Mickey O'Sullivan and Laura Matthews continue to give wonderful performances each and every night. This show is the perfect fit for this intimate performance venue.

Join us for the final weekend of DYING CITY! See you at the theater!

Derek Bertelsen
Artistic Director

Our Winter 2017 show!

The Comrades are pleased to announce their Winter 2017 production, PRELUDE TO A KISS by Craig Lucas. This new production of the classic romantic comedy will be directed by Artistic Director Derek Bertelsen and will play the Greenhouse Theater Center (2257 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago) from January 12 through February 4, 2017. Press opening is Saturday, January 14 at 8:00pm.

In this modern day fairy tale, an uninvited guest turns a perfect wedding into a white-knuckled rollercoaster ride of doubt and regret. When an elderly “wedding crasher” kisses the bride, their souls exchange, leaving the brave but bewildered groom to reverse the curse armed only with the power of love. When it first premiered, PRELUDE TO A KISS received a Tony Award nomination for Best Play and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1991.

“Nearly thirty years after its premiere, this play still hits close to home. In a world full of complicated relationships, I am excited to bring a fresh production of this classic romantic comedy to Chicago,” said Artistic Director Derek Bertelsen.

Tickets for PRELUDE TO A KISS will go on sale at a later date. For additional information about The Comrades, please visit

About the show:
By Craig Lucas
Directed by Artistic Director Derek Bertelsen
at the Greenhouse Theater Center (2257 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago)
Previews: Thursday, January 12 and Friday, January 13
Press Opening: Saturday, January 14
Regular Run: Sunday, January 15 - Saturday, February 4
Industry Night: Monday, January 30
Performance Times: All shows at 8:00pm

DYING CITY cast and creative team!

We’re excited to announce the cast and creative team for our Fall 2016 production of DYING CITY by Christopher Shinn. We are excited to welcome these great artists to The Comrades!

Kelly – Laura Matthews
Peter/Craig – Mickey O’Sullivan

Director – Elizabeth Lovelady
Assistant Director – Kate Leslie
Stage Manager – Nate Dion
Set Designer – Elyse Balogh
Costume Designer – Asha McAllister
Lighting Designer – Emma Deane
Sound Designer – Patrick John O’Brien
Technical Director – Becca Venable

Looking Ahead!

We’ve been quiet, but we’ve been busy! We were extremely happy with our inaugural production and Chicago premiere of Mallery Avidon’s MARY-KATE OLSEN IS IN LOVE. It was so thrilling for us to work with such a great group of artists on that show and it was very fun to share the show with audiences as well. Since closing, we’ve brought on two new company members from that first production - David Coupe and Cydney Moody - and we’re excited to add their talents and expertise to The Comrades.

Looking ahead, we’ll be producing Christopher Shinn’s dynamic psychological drama DYING CITY at the Heartland Studio in Rogers Park this fall which will be directed by recent Jeff Award winner, Elizabeth Lovelady. We’re assembling another great team of artists and looking forward to auditions later this summer!

Stay in touch with what we’re doing by following and liking our social media pages!

The Comrades

The cast of Mary-Kate Olsen Is In Love

We were incredibly fortunate to receive so many headshots/resumes from so many talented Chicago actors for our first ever casting session. There is so much talent in this city! We saw some great people at our auditions and can't wait to start rehearsals with this group of artists. Announcing the cast for the Chicago premiere of Mary-Kate Olsen Is In Love:

Grace - Carolyn Sinon
Tyler - David Coupe
Mary-Kate Olsen - Angela Horn
Ashley Olsen - Cydney Moody
Soldier - Mike Newquist
Amazing Girl - Naomi Lindh
Amazing Girl - Taylor Wisham
Amazing Girl - Laura Jewell
Amazing Girl - Jenna Liddle

A New Theatre Company in 2016.

There's something very exciting about starting a new theatre company in Chicago. This city has a rich history of supporting storefront theatre (Steppenwolf Theatre’s humble beginning in a church basement comes to mind) and we’re all very excited to be on this adventure.

Fun. Vibrant. Engaging. Three words that explain it all. We are going to produce theatre that is thought provoking, yet funny and poignant. We are going to produce theatre that people want to see and want to talk about. And we are going to entertain our audiences and leave them wanting more.

Starting a new company is not without it’s challenges: raising money, picking a show, hiring designers, rehearsing actors: there is more to putting on a show than what the audience sees. That being said, the best thing anyone can do for us right now is to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or Instagram and come see what we’re all about at the Chicago premiere of Mallery Avidon’s Mary-Kate Olsen Is In Love.

See you at the theatre!

Derek Bertelsen,
Artistic Director