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Through an exploration of Anton Chekhov’s work, six actors search for a personal Moscow in the Premiere of Common Hatred

Karie Miller directs a cast of six actors in this ensemble-devised piece written by Calamity West at the Side Project Theatre, starting June 21


Chicago, IL – The Ruckus Theater announces casting for the world premiere of Common Hatred starting June 21 at The Side Project Theatre in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. Devised and developed by a company of actors and writers during a six-month creation process in 2012, the script of Common Hatred is written by Calamity West and is directed by Ruckus Ensemble Member Karie Miller. The cast of six includes Catherine Bullard (Profiles Theatre, Walkabout Theater), Ruckus Artist in Residence Scottie Caldwell (Sideshow Theatre, Polarity Ensemble Theatre), Ruckus Artist in Residence Julie Cowden (The Ruckus, Stage Left), Ruckus Literary Manager Aaron Dean (The Ruckus, Tympanic Theater), Michael Moran (Urban Theater Company, Interrobang Theatre Project), and Ruckus Artist in Residence Neal Starbird (The Ruckus, New Leaf Theater).


Performances of Common Hatred begin June 21 (Opening Night is June 22) and runs through July 22, 2012 at The Side Project Theatre (1439 W Jarvis Ave); performances are Friday – Sunday at 8pm. Tickets are $15 and go on sale April 16 at ruckustheater.org. The Ruckus is partially funded by the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.


Life is a story, but it’s not a short one. It has many acts, and they never quite end the way we predict. Built through a collaborative six-month process, Common Hatred prompts playwright Calamity West, director Karie Miller, and a band of fearless actors to try to see the Cherry Orchard for the trees in this company-devised work: an exploration of realism, tragicomedy, and never quite arriving in your personal Moscow.

Playwright Calamity West is a Chicago-based playwright. She received her BA in playwriting from Webster University and her MFA in playwriting from California College of the Arts in San Francisco. In Chicago, her plays have been seen with Chicago Dramatists, The Inconvenience, Jackalope Theatre Company, American Theater Company and at last, The Ruckus. This summer, Calamity’s newest work, The Gacy Play, will be produced by Sideshow Theatre Company.


Director Karie Miller is an interdisciplinary artist with a focus on devised performance. Before Common Hatred, she spent two years developing Strangerland with Sideshow Theatre Company and was recently seen performing in 15 Minutes with The Ruckus at Rhinofest. Karie has worked with American Theatre Company, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Genesis Ensemble, Redmoon, and Sojourn Theatre Company. With an MFA in Acting from the University of Virginia, Karie is now an Ensemble Member with The Ruckus, an Artistic Associate and staff member with Sideshow Theatre Company, and serves on the founding Board of Directors for CLAW USA, and Froghammer Shakespeare.


About The Ruckus Theater


Founded by an industrious group of Michigan ex-pats, The Ruckus is composed of actors, directors, playwrights, musicians, casting directors, publicity managers, grant writers, baristas, grad students, poets, computer fixers, appointment-makers and census-takers who aim to create a new kind of company—a casteless theater that blends the lines between playwright and actor, audience and company member. The Ruckus Theater is led by Artistic Director Allison Shoemaker, Associate Artistic Director Joshua Davis and a company and ensemble of twenty.


We’re here to create, to examine, to invent, to explode—to create a ruckus. The Ruckus develops new work and the artists who create that work. Our ensemble breaks down the walls of traditional methods to nurture new plays and challenge exceptional artists. We believe in creating our process for every project from the ground up. We commit to the growth of our ensemble, the artists we collaborate with, and the plays we develop. We aim to deepen the cultural bedrock of our community by giving megaphones to new voices and by making theater affordable. By fostering conversations that rip through the curtain, we aim to lead both artist and audience down an unexpected path with art that doesn’t play by the rules.


See how we make a ruckus all over the internet on our blog, iruckus.blogspot.com; like us at facebook.com/theruckustheater; view our photostream at flickr.com/ruckustheater; follow our tweets at twitter.com/ruckustheater; and spend hours at youtube.com/theruckustheater.


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