Pine Box Theater Stages 25 SAINTS World Premiere, 2/21-3/31


Pine Box Theater Company continues its 2012/13 season with the world premiere drama 25 SAINTS by Ensemble Member Joshua Rollins, author of Pine Box's smash hit A Girl With Sun In Her Eyes, directed by Ensemble Member Susan E. Bowen, playing February 21 – March 31, 2013 at the Greenhouse Theater Center Upstairs Studio, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago.

25 SAINTS features Pine Box Ensemble Member Josh Odor with Danny Goldring, Drew Johnson, Ashley Neal and Caroline Neff. Additional casting to be announced. Tickets are currently available at The press opening is Thursday, February 21 at 8 pm.

Charlie Roedel returns to Appalachia to clean up the mess his brother left behind. He's paying off a debt that isn't his. The woman of his dreams loves the man who left her there. There are no prospects. No jobs. No hope. And a homicidal Sheriff wants a batch of meth cooked by Thursday. Written by ensemble member Joshua Rollins, author of last year's provocative hit, A Girl With Sun in Her Eyes, 25 SAINTS takes a hard look at a world many of us choose to ignore and doesn't blink.

Joshua Rollins (Playwright) A Girl with Sun in Her Eyes marked Josh's first collaboration with Pine Box Theater Company, of which he is now an Ensemble Member. Other works include American Rex which just had its word premiere with Chicago Street Theatre and was a finalist for the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference; Concealed Carry, which is currently being workshopped in Colorado; and other full lengths in various stages of development. His one acts have been produced by Pine Box, American Theater Company, American Blues Theatre, The Artistic Home and many others.

Susan E. Bowen (Director) recently co-produced Pine Box Theater Company's ElectionFest 2012 at Theater Wit and directed Rachel Axler's Cliffside, one of twelve short plays featured in the festival. Other Chicago directing credits include: Graveyard of Empires written by Elaine Romero; Rivendell Theatre Ensemble's Fresh Produce Series; The Gingerbread House for Route 66 Theatre Company's monthly reading series; Chicago Chronicle: Volume III at American Theater Company; The Runaway Gene: Pass It On for A Red Orchid Theatre's summer reading series; and the production of Wild Women XXX, Chicago Fringe Festival. Susan was assistant director to Jessica Thebus on Late: A Cowboy Song at Piven Theatre Workshop and to Laura Eason on her adaptation of Ethan Frome at Lookingglass Theatre. She also directed a staged reading of The House of Mr. Orange by Aasif Mandvi at Access Theater in New York, where her previous credits include work with Epic Theatre Ensemble, Elevator Repair Service and Circle East, among other companies.

The production team for 25 SAINTS includes: John Ross Wilson (scenic design), Mike Durst (lighting design), Sarah Burnham (props design), Ryan Borque (fight choreography) and Christa Rolf van Baale (stage manager). Additional designers to be announced.

The Greenhouse Theater Center Upstairs Studio is located at 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. The show plays Previews: Saturday, February 16, 2013 7 pm & Sunday, February 17 at 3 pm, with Press opening set for Thursday, February 21 at 8 pm and an official opening on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 8 pm. The regular run continues Saturday, February 23 – Sunday, March 31, 2013, Thursdays & Fridays at 8 pm; Saturdays at 7 pm & 10 pm; Sundays at 3 pm. Tickets: $25. Available at

Pine Box Theater Company (Vincent Teninty, Artistic Director; Greg Rothman, Managing Director) has its genesis in a group of actors who all met and graduated from the School at Steppenwolf in 2004. Wanting to build upon this common experience and strengthen the relationships they had forged there, these actors agreed to form a company with a commitment to producing challenging theatre with a focus on intense character and relationship-driven stories. Seminal productions include: Life and Limb by Keith Reddin, This is Our Youth by Kenneth Lonergan, Hot 'N' Throbbing by Paula Vogel and Pine Box Ensemble Member Joshua Rollins' A Girl With Sun In Her Eyes in the summer of 2011. Most recently, Pine Box produced ElectionFest 2012, a short play festival featuring new work inspired by the 2012 presidential election.

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