Thursday, April 18, 2019

OPENING: NON PLAYER CHARACTER Via Red Theater at The Athenaeum Theatre 4/20-5/18/2019

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Directed by Beth Wolf

Comic and poignant, Non-Player Character is a timely, boldly theatrical exploration of the games we play and who’s winning. With themes of “Gamer Gate” aspiring video game designer Katja and her longtime friend Trent are an unstoppable team against animated monsters in the virtual worlds. But after a humiliating falling-out, Trent marshals an army of internet trolls to wage real-life war against his former friend.

Location: Athenaeum Theatre,
2936 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
DATES: 4/20-5/18/2019
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Saturday, April 20th at 7:30pm  (Press Opening)
Sunday, April 21st at 3:00pm
Thursday, April 25th at 7:30pm
Friday, April 26th at 7:30pm
Saturday, April 27th at 7:30pm
Sunday, April 28th at 3:00pm
Thursday, May 2nd at 7:30pm 
Friday, May 3rd at 7:30pm 
Saturday, May 4th at 7:30pm *Touch Tour/Audio Description night. 
Sunday, May 5th at 3:00pm
Thursday, May 9th at 7:30pm 
Friday, May 10th at 7:30pm 
Saturday, May 11th at 7:30pm
Sunday, May 12th at 3:00pm
Monday, May 13th  at 7:30pm *ASL Interpreted performance. 
Thursday, May 16th at 7:30pm 
Friday, May 17th at 7:30pm 
Saturday, May 18th at 7:30pm (Closing) 

Non-Player Character runs Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm from April 20th through May 18th. Tickets are available at

The closest “L” stop is the Brown Line at Wellington Ave. Then walk 4 blocks WEST to Southport. Turn LEFT on Southport and go to 2936 N. Southport. The best bus to take is CTA Bus #9. For bus and train schedules, contact the CTA at (312) 836-7000.

There is plenty of free, unrestricted street parking in the area around the theatre west of Southport. Additionally, there is a $2/hour parking lot behind the theatre, which is shared with St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, enter this parking lot on Oakdale St. There is a second parking lot on the corner of Southport Ave. and Oakdale St, enter this parking lot on Southport Ave. 

Walt McGough (Playwright) is a Boston-based playwright (by way of Pittsburgh and Chicago). In Boston, he has held fellowships with both the Huntington and New Repertory Theatre Companies, and was a finalist for the 2016 Dramatists Guild Lanford Wilson Award. His plays include Pattern of Life, which was named Best New Play by the Independent Reviewers of New England, and The Farm, Priscilla Dreams The Answer, and Paper City Phoenix, all of which received Best New Play IRNE nominations. Other plays include Chalk, Dante Dies!! (And Then Things Get Weird), The Haberdasher!, and Non-Player Character. He has worked around the country with companies such as The Lark, the Huntington, New Rep, the Kennedy Center, NNPN, Boston Playwrights Theatre, Fresh Ink, Sideshow, Orfeo Group, Nu Sass Productions, Chicago Dramatists, and Argos. In 2015, his play Advice for Astronauts was selected as the winner of the Milken Playwriting Prize. He has served on the staff at SpeakEasy Stage Company in Boston and Chicago Dramatists, and is a founding ensemble member of Chicago’s Sideshow Theatre Company. He holds a BA from the University of Virginia, and an MFA in playwriting from Boston University.

Beth Wolf (Director) is the founder and Producing Artistic Director of Midsommer Flight. Beth’s directing credits include As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Midsommer Flight; LIAR!, which won first place in the 2012 City Lit Art of Adaptation Festival; Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, Black Magic: An Evening of Shakespeare, Seascape with Sharks and Dancer, Bury the Dead, The Fantasticks, and Shakespeare in the Garden (Promethean Theatre Ensemble). Additionally, she has directed for festivals, staged readings, and assistant directed with companies all around Chicago, including Remy Bumppo, the side project, City Lit Theater, Polarity Ensemble Theatre, and more. Beth is also a co-founder and the former Artistic Director of Promethean Theatre Ensemble. She is a proud Northwestern University graduate with a double major in theatre and gender studies.

Alice Wu - Katja 
Matthew Schnitker - Trent 
Tracey Green - Aria 
Michael Saubert - Caspar 
Margaret Kellas - Naomi/Crone/Voice
Abigail Lafont - Morwyn/Officer 
Trevor Strahan - Feldrick 
Dre Marquis - Grant/Farmer Jenkins 
Marisa Lerman - Katja/Aria Understudy
Chris Mueller - Trent/Caspar Understudy
Kellen Robinson - Naomi/Crone/Voice/Morwyn/Officer Understudy
Donovan Session - Feldrick/Grant/Farmer Jenkins Understudy

The artistic team includes Chas Mathieu (Scenic & Prop Design), Sanja Manakoski (Costume Design), Stefanie M. Senior (Sound Design), Marissa Geocaris (Lighting Design), Maureen Yasko and Chris Smith (Fight Directors and Movement Coaches), Becca Holloway (Producer), Anna Troy (Producer), Aaron Sawyer (Producer), Amelia Seidel (Production Manager), Becky Warner (Stage Manager), Wyatt Kent (Dramaturg), Catherine Miller (Casting Director), Claire Brennan (Assistant Director), and Beth Wolf (Director). 


Red Theater Chicago, now in its 7th Season, is committed to honoring all audiences by asking dangerous questions through accessible performances that broaden perspectives and inspire dialogue.

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