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Photos: Get A First Look At THIS IS ONLY A TEST at Broken Nose Theatre

Founded in 2012, BNT was the 2018 recipient of the Emerging Theater Award.

Broken Nose Theatre, one of Chicago's premier Pay-What-You-Can theatre companies, is pleased to welcome back live audiences this winter with the world premiere of Eric Reyes Loo's drama This Is Only a Test, directed by Toma Tavares Langston.

This all-too-prescient view of the future our youth may be inheriting plays February 11 - March 12, 2022 at BNT's resident home, The Den Theatre (2A), 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. Tickets are currently available at brokennosetheatre.com and thedentheatre.com. Tickets for all Broken Nose Theatre performances are "Pay-What-You-Can," allowing patrons to set their own price.

The cast includes company member RjW Mays* with Zhanna Albertini, Graham Helfrick, Sophia Vitello, Christopher M. Walsh and Austyn Williamson. Understudies: Maureen Azzun, Jeremiah Davis, Tim Huggenberger, Audrey Michaela, Kiefer Otto and Toma Lynn Smith

It could happen anywhere, at any time, and the faculty at Washington High have decided to take "being prepared" to a whole new level. Through a series of Active Shooter Drills, their students will be trained on how to fight back against intruders. But as they're asked to quell violence by responding violently, four teenagers begin to wonder: if we're so prepared, why do we feel even more unsafe? Directed by rising director Toma Tavares Langston (The Light; Hedwig and the Angry Itch), this brand-new play asks us to consider the moment when preparing for the worst tips over into a whole new breed of violence all its own

Artistic Director E.M. Davis and Managing Director Rose Hamill comment, "When the ensemble first read Eric's darkly satirical play over three years ago, the terrifying but necessary questions it asked were immediately impossible to shake. And now, as we continue to stare into an uncertain future, the conversations it provokes feel all the more prevalent. What sort of world are we passing down to our children? If they can't even feel safe in their place of learning, what haven can we possibly offer them? And worse, when we place the promise of security in the kids' own ability to retaliate, how soon before we exacerbate the issue and push them to their breaking point? We're proud to be partnering with director Toma Tavares Langston to bring this highly original new play to Chicago audiences for its world premiere.

The production team includes Jessie Baldinger (scenic design), Jessica Van Winkle (costume design), Conchita Avitia (lighting design), Hannah Foerschler (sound design), Charlotte Lastra (props design), Carly Cason (fight director), Sarah Scanlon (intimacy director), David Weiss* (dramaturg), Ben F. Locke* (assistant director), Rose Hamill* (production manager), Evan Sposato (technical director), Liz Gomez* (master electrician), Jac Pytlik (stage manager) and Becca Smith (assistant stage manager).

Photos by Evan Hanover.

Photos: Get A First Look At THIS IS ONLY A TEST at Broken Nose Theatre
Graham Helfrick, Sophia Vitello, Austyn Williamson, Christopher M. Walsh and Zhanna Albertini in Broken Nose Theatre's world premiere of This Is Only a Test

Photos: Get A First Look At THIS IS ONLY A TEST at Broken Nose Theatre
Austyn Williamson, Sophia Vitello, Graham Helfrick and Zhanna Albertini in Broken Nose Theatre's world premiere of This Is Only a Test

Photos: Get A First Look At THIS IS ONLY A TEST at Broken Nose Theatre
Austyn Williamson, Zhanna Albertini, Christopher M. Walsh, Sophia Vitello and Graham Helfrick in Broken Nose Theatre's world premiere of This Is Only a Test

Photos: Get A First Look At THIS IS ONLY A TEST at Broken Nose Theatre
Sophia Vitello and Christopher M. Walsh in Broken Nose Theatre's world premiere of This Is Only a Test

Photos: Get A First Look At THIS IS ONLY A TEST at Broken Nose Theatre
RjW Mays and Christopher M. Walsh in Broken Nose Theatre's world premiere of This Is Only a Test

Photos: Get A First Look At THIS IS ONLY A TEST at Broken Nose Theatre
Zhanna Albertini and Sophia Vitello in Broken Nose Theatre's world premiere of This Is Only a Test

Photos: Get A First Look At THIS IS ONLY A TEST at Broken Nose Theatre
Zhanna Albertini and Christopher M. Walsh in Broken Nose Theatre's world premiere of This Is Only a Test

Photos: Get A First Look At THIS IS ONLY A TEST at Broken Nose Theatre
Zhanna Albertini and Austyn Williamson in Broken Nose Theatre's world premiere of This Is Only a Test

Photos: Get A First Look At THIS IS ONLY A TEST at Broken Nose Theatre
Austyn Williamson and Zhanna Albertini in Broken Nose Theatre's world premiere of This Is Only a Test

Photos: Get A First Look At THIS IS ONLY A TEST at Broken Nose Theatre
Austyn Williamson and RjW Mays in Broken Nose Theatre's world premiere of This Is Only a Test

Photos: Get A First Look At THIS IS ONLY A TEST at Broken Nose Theatre
Sophia Vitello and Zhanna Albertini in Broken Nose Theatre's world premiere of This Is Only a Test




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