The Ruckus Theater and Tympanic Theatre Company to Present BREWED, Opening 3/2

The Ruckus Theater and Tympanic Theatre Company to Present BREWED, Opening 3/2

The Ruckus Theater and Tympanic Theatre Company have announced their upcoming world premiere co-production of Brewed. Developed over the course of 8 years through a series of workshops, the script of Brewed is written by Scott T. Barsotti and directed by Anna C. Bahow. The cast of seven women is a motley crew of Ruckus and Tympanic regulars and Chicago theater favorites. Brewed is performed at Theater Wit (1229 W. Belmont) March 2-24, 2013. Thursday-Saturday performances are at 8:00pm; Sunday performances are at 7:00pm. Preview is on Friday, March 1 and tickets are $12. Press opening is on Monday, March 4, 2013. General tickets are $17. A complete performance schedule including dates, times, and ticket prices appears at the end of this release.

In the world of Brewed, the task is stirring a pot...all day, every day. The six sisters don't share the task as they once did. With Nannette busy racing stock cars and Roxette off doing her own thing, the others are left to shoulder the burden. But Paulette is fed up; Collette is clueless; and Babette, crippled in more ways than one, is volatile. Juliette does her best to maintain order and civility...for now. But why must they do this? When one of the sisters calls everyone together, old venom bubbles up and grievance flares, setting into motion an impossible moral struggle. Join The Ruckus and Tympanic Theatre as they explore this new work about gatherings, sacrifice, and the dark art of obligation.

Playwright Scott T. Barsotti is a writer and performer originally from Pittsburgh, PA. Scott's original plays include Kill Me, The Revenants, Jet Black Chevrolet, Brewed, McMeekin Finds Out, and Your Teacher is Out Today and have been performed at many theatres nationwide. His adaptation
of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Body Snatcher recently opened at Brisbane Arts Theatre in Queensland, Australia; also in 2012, The Revenants will be produced by Happy Medium Theatre in Boston, as well as New World Arts in Goshen, IN. His work has been seen at the New York International Fringe Festival, the Rhinoceros Theater Festival, and Collaboraction's Sketchbook, and has been produced and/or developed by WildClaw Theatre, Curious Theatre Branch, Chicago Dramatists, The Route 66 Theatre Company, Pittsburgh Playwrights, Roundelay Theatre Company, Theatre Seven of Chicago, American Theatre Company, Tympanic Theatre Company, The Ruckus, and The Visceral Company among others. He has recently adapted Geoffrey Hayes's children's book The Mystery of the Pirate Ghost for Lifeline Theatre's 2012-13 KidSeries season. As an actor, Scott

has appeared with WildClaw Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, Curious Theatre Branch, The Mammals, WNEP Theater, Collaboraction, Pavement Group, and Victory Gardens, and he has designed movement for WildClaw and Strawdog Theatre. Scott is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. For more information about Scott T. Barsotti, please visit his website at:

Director Anna C. Bahow is committed to the development of new work. Anna is an Associate Artist at the side project, Premiere Theatre and Performance and Chicago Dramatists. She served as the 2011-2012 Michael Maggio Directing Fellow at Goodman Theatre, has received an After Dark Award for direction, and her productions have received JEFF Awards for New Work and Use of Multi-Media. Upcoming: The Extinction Project at Rhino Fest in January and February, Brewed with Ruckus and Tympanic Theatres in March, Comrades Mine at City Lit in April and Invasion! with Silk Road Rising this summer. World premieres include: 2009 JEFF recommended The Rocks, Laura Eason's Rewind- the side project, 2008 JEFF nominated Odin's Horse - Infamous Commonwealth ("Top Five Fringe List 2008" Chicago Tribune), Keith Huff's Gray City - PTP, Mark Young's New Orleans - side project ("Top Five Fringe List 2006" Chicago Tribune), St. Colm's Inch - Chicago Dramatists, Martin's Fury Shot (Special JEFF- use of Multi Media) - Timeline and Robert Koon's Vintage Red And The Dust Of The Road (JEFF Citation New Work, American Critics' Association Steinberg Nominee Best New Work Produced Outside NY).

The cast of Brewed includes Dana Black as Juliette; Ruckus Ensemble Member Stevie Chaddock-Lambert as Babette; Tympanic Company Member Charlotte Mae Ellison as Collette; MerEdith Lyons as Nanette; Ruckus Company Member Elise Mayfield as Lee; Tympanic Artistic Associate Susan Myburgh as Roxette; and Erin Myers as Paulette. The creative team includes Set Designer Dustin Pettegrew, Lighting Designers Brian Berman and Christine Grodecki, Costume Designer Ashley Ann Woods, Sound Designer Maxwell Shults, Stage Manager Holly McCauley, Assistant Stage Manager Lizzy Powers, Assistant Director Casey Cunningham Production Manager Brian Ruby, Casting Director Joshua Davis, Tympanic Artistic Director Dan Caffrey, and Ruckus Artistic Director Allison Shoemaker. Full bio information for the company is available upon request.

Performance Schedule

Week 1 Week 2
Friday, March 1 (preview) 8 p.m. Thursday, March 7 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 2 8 p.m. Friday, March 8 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 3 7 p.m. Saturday, March 9 8 p.m.
Monday, March 4 (press opening) 8 p.m. Sunday, March 10 7 p.m.

Week 3 Week 4
Thursday, March 14 8 p.m. Thursday, March 21 8 p.m.
Friday, March 15 8 p.m. Friday, March 22 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 16 8 p.m. Saturday, March 23 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 17 8 p.m. Sunday, March 2 7 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased from Theater Wit's box office by calling 773.975.8150 or by visiting their website at

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