Bombs, Babes and Bingo
The World Premiere of
BOMBS, BABES AND BINGO
by Merri Biechler
directed by Rachel Edwards Harvith*
Erica Hernandez, Richard Perez, Stephanie Stroud*, Megan Tabaque. (Understudy: Jason Boat*)
Bombs, Babes and Bingo is a play that deals with a war, the fallibility of memory, the division of family and the struggle by a scientist to make sense of his life and work after a traumatic brain injury. Dennis is the scientist, father and bomb maker. His wife keeps busy enrolled in Clown College and his daughter walks among the destruction her father’s designs have caused searching for meaning. Bookended by two fixed scenes, the additional scenes’ order is determined by a random pull of a bingo ball, creating a myriad of possibilities of story, character and comedy that plays out differently each performance. As Dennis’ broken synapses fire and misfire in hope of making any connection, the pull of the bingo ball randomly summons forth his memories. Neither the audience nor the cast knows the order until the moment the bingo ball number is called.
As a result, each performance of Bombs, Babes and Bingo is unique to that audience with 3,628,800 possible outcomes.
$20 – Regular ticket
$15 – Previews
$18 – Senior ticket (65+)
$15 – Student ticket
$15 – Industry
$12 – Group tickets (10 or more) (email tickets(at)mortartheatrecompany(dot)org)
Location: Luna Central (old Live Bait Theatre)
3914 N. Clark Ave., Chicago, IL
Previews: May 20 and 23, 2012. 7:30pm.
Opening Night: Thursday, May 24. 7:30pm.
Industry Night: Tuesday, June 12. 7:30pm.
Double Feature: Saturday, June 9. 7:30 & 9:15pm.
Performance Run: May 20 – June 17, 2012.
Thursday, Friday, Saturdays 7:30pm.
Join us for Industry Night
on Tuesday, June 12th.
A specially priced off-night performance for our friends in the theatre community. After the performance, stick around for drinks and special musical performances.
The production and artistic team includes Tracy Atteberry (magic consultant); Henry Behel (co-technical director); Dana Lynn Formby* (dramaturg); Derek Garza* (co-technical director); Rachel Haile (dialect coach); Heath Hays (original music and sound design); John Kelly (lighting design); Robert S. Kuhn* (co-scenic/costume design); Kate Masiak (stage manager); Jeff Shields (properties design); Michelle Underwood* (co-scenic/projection design).
*indicates Mortar Theatre Company member.
ABOUT MERRI BIECHLER, playwright
Merri Biechler’s plays include Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver (finalist, Princess Grace Award; winner, Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award; finalist, Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition; participant, WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory); Occupation (semi-finalist, P73 Playwriting Fellowship; finalist, Perishable Theatre’s International Women’s Playwriting Festival); and Real Girls Can’t Win! (nominee, Stavis Playwriting Award and David Mark Cohen Playwriting Award). Biechler received her MFA in playwriting from Ohio University. Biechler attended the Professional Actor Training Program at North Carolina School of the Arts, and studied acting with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse and at his private home on the island of Bequia, West Indies. NY theater credits include: Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding (Off-Broadway), Pathological Venus (EST), and more than a dozen original works with the Edge Theatre. Film and TV credits include: He Said, She Said, The Thing Called Love, Man of the Year, Trailerpark, E.R., Judging Amy, and Murphy Brown.
ABOUT RACHEL EDWARDS HARVITH*, director
Rachel Edward Harvith has worked as a director, actor, literary manager and dramaturg. In past seasons, she directed I Am Montana and Under America for Mortar. Other Chicago-area directing credits include Our Kind of Violence (Stage Left, LeapFest), The Body Snatcher and The Blue Hotel (City Lit Theater Company, Art of Adaptation Festival), Historic Election (American Theatre Company, Silver Project), Chiaroscuro: A Study in Shadow (Bailiwick Repertory) and Moonlight and Magnolias (Riverfront Theatre), as well as numerous staged readings and workshops with such companies as Chicago Dramatists, American Blues Theatre, Teatro Luna and Bailiwick Chicago. Outside of Chicago, Harvith has directed for Iowa Summer Rep, Syracuse Stage, Hedgerow Theatre and Dreamwell Theatre, among others; she has also served as an interim literary manager for Long Wharf Theatre and Syracuse Stage. A company member of Mortar Theatre Company and an associate artist at Chicago Dramatists, Harvith has a BA in Theatre from Grinnell College and an MFA in Directing from the University of Iowa.