ANNOUnCING our fourth season: A Season of POWER

The Midwest Premiere of
CONTRACTIONS by mike bartlett
Directed by adrienne matzen
Greenhouse Theater Center
October 10-13, 2019
featuring comrades member cydney moody

ABOUT THE SHOW: Emma’s been seeing her coworker Darren. She thinks she’s in love. Her boss thinks she’s in breach of contract. In a series of cordial but increasingly tense conversations, the two dissect the differences between “sexual” and “romantic,” negotiate the length of Emma’s interoffice relationship, and face the consequences of shrinking privacy and binding contracts.


Mike Bartlett (Playwright) is currently Associate Playwright at Paines Plough. In 2011 he was writer-in-residence at The National Theatre, and in 2007 he was Pearson Playwright in Residence at the Royal Court Theatre. His play Love, Love, Love won Best New Play in the 2011 Theatre Awards UK, and his play Cock won an Olivier Award in 2010 for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre; Theatre credits include: Decade (co-writer), Earthquakes in London, Cock, Contractions, and My Child. He is currently under commission from Headlong Theatre, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Hampstead Theatre, and The Royal Court Theatre.


Adrienne Matzen (Director) is a Chicago-based actor/director-errant. Chicago directing credits include Elevator Girl (Chicago premiere, Vanguard Arts Collective), pieces for Bechdel Fest 6 (Broken Nose Theatre at Steppenwolf 1800) and the 2018 Documentary Play Festival (Waltzing Mechanics). Other directing credits include Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief by Paula Vogel (Wichita State University), and 10.10. Post 9.11 by Adam Sharp (Theatre on Consignment, Wichita, KS). As an actor, she has worked with Raven Theatre, Sideshow, TUTA, Stage Left, Muse of Fire, The Comrades, Living Room Playmakers, Waltzing Mechanics, and the arc theatre. Adrienne trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

THE LAYOVER by leslye headland

Directed by drew shirley
Greenhouse Theater Center
February 20 - March 22, 2020
featuring comrades member alison plott

ABOUT THE SHOW: Ever wonder who that stranger is sitting next to you? What is their story? What are they hiding? Shellie and Dex dare to answer these questions after their flight is delayed on a snowy Thanksgiving night. What they discover about themselves, and each other, sends both of their lives into upheaval. Can you ever really get to know somebody when you're hiding so much yourself?


Leslye Headland (Playwright) began her career writing and directing the Seven Deadly Plays series (IAMA Theatre Company) in LA. Her plays include Bachelorette, Assistance and The Layover, among others. Bachelorette was the basis for her 2012 directorial film debut which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Other film credits include writing the 2014 remake of About Last Night and writing/directing Sleeping with Other People starring Jason Sudeikis which also premiered at Sundance in 2015. TV credits include: Terriers, Blunt Talk, Heathers, and (most recently) Netflix’s Russian Doll.


Drew Shirley (Director) is a director who loves his wife and his mastiff very much.  He has most recently worked with Chicago Shakespeare, Theater Wit, Remy Bumppo, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, One Year Chekhov, Erasing The Distance, the Hermosa Beach Playhouse, and the Kingsmen Shakespeare company.  He received his MFA in acting from the University of Illinois, and a BFA in theater from the University of Emporia.  Drew won the Outstanding Director Award from StageScene LA for his production of Dennis Lehane's Coronado, and has directed a number of shows in Los Angeles and in Chicago.  In Fall 2019, he will be directing Southwest Shakespeare's production of Macbeth.  

AS BEES IN HONEY DROWN by douglas carter beane
Directed by  Derek Bertelsen
Greenhouse Theater Center
July 16 - August 16, 2020
Featuring Comrades members Taylor Wisham, Mike Newquist, and David Coupe

ABOUT THE SHOW: Evan Wyler, a young writer, is the latest “hot young thing” to hit New York City. He finds himself in the irresistible clutches of one Alexa Vere de Vere, who promises him fame and fortune — and takes him on a whirlwind of a ride. Ultimately realizing he’s been had, Evan embarks on a quest to find out the truth about Alexa, seeking help from the many others whom Alexa has “discovered.” Awards: Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Playwriting Award, Drama Desk Best Play Nomination


Douglas Carter Beane (Playwright) Douglas Carter Beane has written the screenplays for To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar; Advice From a Caterpillar and Skinner's Eddy. His plays include As Bees In Honey Drown, The Country Club, Music From A Sparkling Planet, Advice From A Caterpillar, White Lies, Devil May Care, Old Money, and The Little Dog Laughed, and The Nance. He wrote the book for the Broadway musicals Xanadu, Lysistrata Jones and rewrote the book for a new adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella


Derek Bertelsen (Director) is Artistic Director of The Comrades. Chicagoland directing credits include Roast, Mary-Kate Olsen Is In Love, Prelude To A Kiss (The Comrades), Design for Living, The Children’s Hour (Pride Films and Plays). For AstonRep Theatre Company (where he serves as Co-Artistic Director) credits include: The Lyons, The Laramie Project, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Wit, Doubt, The Crowd You’re In With and Next Fall (AstonRep Theatre). Other Chicagoland credits: You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Wilmette Arts Center), God of Carnage and The Dinner Party (BrightSide Theatre), Number the Stars (GreatWorks). Assistant directing credits include Goodman, Bailiwick Chicago, and Steppenwolf. Summer-stock credits include Festival 56, Shawnee Summer Theatre, and five seasons at Timber Lake Playhouse.