THE WILD PARTY VARIETY HOUR: Celebrates A Decade Of The “Dirtiest Fun To Be Had On A Chicago Stage”

THE WILD PARTY VARIETY HOUR: Celebrates A Decade Of The “Dirtiest Fun To Be Had On A Chicago Stage”

The Wild Party Variety Hour celebrates 10 years of Silent Theatre's longest running show with a local city tour at three venues reimagining the top three voted themes by our fans. Come celebrate the last leg of this tour on August 3rd at 8p at Steppenwolf Theatre.

The Wild Party Variety Hour is an immersive event featuring an hour long variety show packed with top Chicago talent encased in a shell of original shenanigans by Silent Theatre's ensemble members Brendan Balfe (writer) and Marvin Quijada a.k.a. Silent Marvin (co-creator and host). Each production comes with its own theme that tailors the immersive components from photo booths to audience participation stations. There is a great opportunity for strangest tomfoolery to happen during WPVH, so leave your kids at home and come experience the unpredictable.

As the final leg of the Wild Party Variety Hour's 10th Anniversary Tour, Silent Theatre proudly present an all new horror story. Silent Marvin claims he has moved on from his Wild Party days and, even more alarming, his vow of silence. But how long can he keep his true nature buried? And in what hilariously horrifying ways will the struggle present itself? And who will end up on the floor in a bloody mess?! Join an all-star cast of Wild Party alumni as we throw the best party of the year two months early!

August 3rd

Steppenwolf Theatre, 1700 N. Halsted

Tickets: $15 and can be purchased at

Marvin Quijada, otherwise known as Silent Marvin, is a co-founder and ensemble member of Silent Theatre. He received a BA in acting at Columbia College. He is a co-creator of The Wild Party Variety Hour where his alias Silent Marvin originated. Marvin has taken this character for a stroll around town, gracing other variety stages and sometimes performing with Gabe Ruiz as a comedic duo in Sound and Fury. Most recently, Silent Marvin has ventured into the world of iOS music and he enjoys his new found passion.

Brendan Balfe is a Columbia College graduate and has been writing, directing and acting with Silent Theatre Company since it was formed in 2006. He has also been seen onstage at IO, Oracle, Strawdog and Prop Theater, most recently directing a staged adaptation of Nosferatu. He has been writing comedy with his partner Marvin Quijada for more than a decade.

Past Productions of 2019 Tour:

February 16th

Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave

The Wild Party Variety Hour presents: 00Marvin - The Spy Who Shushed Me!

For the first leg of our 10th Anniversary Tour, Silent Marvin and Silent Theatre decided to reach into the past and bring back a fan favorite. Secret agent 00Marvin faces his gravest challenge yet when he matches wits and gadgets with the international crime syndicate S.P.E.C.T.R.O.M.E.T.E.R. Can Marvin find the nuclear diamond, save the Wild Party and seduce literally every single person along the way? You know he's going to try!

April 13th, 10:30p

Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston Ave

The Wild Party Variety Hour presents: Silent Marvin, This is Your Life!!!

On our second stop along our 10th Anniversary Tour, Silent Marvin and Silent Theatre return to the place where it all started in 2009- Prop Thtr, to present to the public a one night only reinterpretation of the unauthorized autobiography of Chicago's most enigmatic underground emcee. Discover the real Silent Marvin with live testimonials from the people who knew him best as we explore his opera career, his time spent across enemy lines, and a tortured past so hilarious we had to tell it again.

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