The Ruckus Theater and Tympanic Theatre announce a joint World Premiere Production of Scott T. Barsotti’s Brewed as part of their 2012-2013 Seasons

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Two companies join forces to produce ambitious work with all-female cast                 



Chicago, IL – The Ruckus Theater, in conjunction with Tympanic Theatre Company, announces the imminent production of the world premiere ofBrewed as part of The Ruckus’ fourth and Tympanic’s sixth seasons. Created by playwright Scott T. Barsotti, the play will be co-produced by The Ruckus Theater and Tympanic Theatre Company in the early 2013.

More information about director, dates, fight choreographers, and casting will be in The Ruckus’ and Tympanic’s respective season announcements, and inquiries for both companies may be directed to The Ruckus’ marketing manager.

The Ruckus is partially funded by the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Tympanic Theatre Company is partially funded by a grant from the City of Chicago’s Community Arts Assistance Program.

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. A play about gatherings, sacrifice, and the dark art of obligation.

Scott T. Barsotti is a playwright 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 will receive its world premiere this fall 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.  Scott will also be contributing to Tympanic Theatre Company’s DELIVER US FROM NOWHERE this spring.  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, and The Visceral Company among others.  As an actor, Scott has appeared with WildClaw Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, Curious Theatre Branch, The Mammals, WNEP Theater, Collaboraction, Pavement Group, and Victory Gardens.  Scott designed movement for the WildClaw production of KILL ME, and will be serving as movement director for Strawdog Theatre’s upcoming production of ‘The Duchess of Malfi.’  Scott is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists.

About The Ruckus Theater

Founded in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 2006, The Ruckus is composed of actors, directors, playwrights, musicians, casting directors, grant writers, baristas, grad students, poem-writers, computer fixers, appointment-makers and census-takers— an ensemble of multi-disciplinary artists whose aim is to blur the lines between playwright and actor, audience and ensemble. A resident company at the side project from 2009 to the present, The Ruckus has produced three Chicago-based seasons of world premieres and workshops, including the company-devised 15 MINUTES, recently remounted in Curious Theatre Branch’s Rhinoceros Theater Festival. The Ruckus is led by Artistic Director Allison Shoemaker, Associate Artistic Director Joshua Davis, and a company and ensemble of nineteen.

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.

About The Tympanic Theatre Company

After moving to Chicago in the Fall of 2006, a handful of fellow alumni from Florida State University founded The Tympanic Theatre Company. Producing five seasons of thrilling new work, the collective has since expanded to 16 members and associates and is helmed by Artistic Director Daniel Caffrey and Managing Director Paul E. Martinez. Besides being a resident company at the side project from 2007 to 2011, Tympanic has participated in the Department of Cultural Affairs’ Incubator Series to extensively workshop Randall Colburn’s VERSE CHORUS VERSE before mounting the full world premiere, as well as Mary Arrchie’s Abbie Hoffman Festival and Curious Theatre Branch’s Rhino Fest. This April, they will produce DELIVER US FROM NOWHERE at The Right Brain Project, a night of ten short plays each inspired by a song on Bruce Springsteen’s seminal album, Nebraska. The evening involves 11 playwrights, 10 directors, four musicians, and over 30 actors.

The Tympanic Theatre Company is dedicated to producing new work with fantastical, frightening, or absurd subject matter that provokes, inspires, and entertains. Through our use of vibrant storytelling, dynamic language, and colorful characters, we invite our audience to plunge headfirst with us into theatrical worlds that are fresh, energetic, and visceral.

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