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About the show
PREMIERED July 6th - Aug 7th, 2016
At the dawn of humanity, one tribe of cave-people survives the many trials of prehistoric life under the wise leadership of Jemilla, The Peacemaker. Jemilla taught her people to express themselves, rather than bashing each others' heads with rocks and eating each others' babies. But one member of the tribe doesn't seem to fit in: Zazzalil. She's always trying to invent things to make life easier… for herself. While out hatching her latest scheme, Zazzalil stumbles upon the most important discovery in history. One that will pit her tribe against wooly mammoths, saber-toothed tigers, and change the world forever. She'll travel from omega to alpha, and become… the Firebringer!
Book by Matt Lang, Nick Lang, & Brian Holden
Music & Lyrics by Meredith Stepien & Mark Swiderski
Directed by Julia Albain & Nick Lang
Costume Design by June Saito
Lighting Design by Sarah Petty
Scenic Design by Corey Lubowich
Sound Design by Mark Swiderski & Adam Brunetti
Technical Direction by Craig Kidwell
Choreography by Denise Donovan
Stage Management by Ruby Summers
Scenic Painting by Amy Plouff
FIREBRINGER wasn't the only show playing during #StarKidSummer16! There were many other shows presented through our Late Night programming that played on FIREBRINGER's off-nights AND after regular performances! These shows were produced by members of the cast and crew, as well as some other Chicago friends. Check them out below!
Join staff and award winning students of Off The Ground Dance Studio for "A Fun Night of Dance 2" August 5th @10:30pm. Pieces will be presented by Denise Donovan, Lauren Lopez, Carly Carroll, Kristen Donovan and guests. You don't want to miss this!
Fri. Aug 5 - 10:30pm
A Jim and the Povolos concert featuring old songs as well as new! Help us celebrate our new album!! Come dance and be silly :)
Sat. July 30 - 10:30pm
Conway Gagey & Loretta Lyn Beatty are hoppin' back on the saddle with a night of good ol' fashioned country music n' square dancin'! Yeee Haw!! This wacky duo is sure to keep you hootin' & hollerin' with quirky songs! Puppets! And real live chickens*! If you love country music, you'll be very pleased! If you hate country music, you'll also be very pleased! Country western attire STRONGLY encouraged.
*Chickens not actually "live"
Featuring Jaime Lyn Beatty, Nick Gage and friends!
Thurs. July 28 - 10:30pm
Thurs. Aug. 4 - 10:30pm
Join Joseph Walker as he reads/tells the story of…The Digger! Come experience the first-ever public reading of The Digger and be a part of its creation. We may have audience talkbacks after the show to see how people like it!
Will, Sandy, and Billy Dig are the first people to successfully dig a hole all the way to China - forever changing the world for the better. But when a mysterious tragedy tears the family apart, the Digs are forced to return to the hole many years later to confront their past and learn the true nature of their creation. Love, loss, friendship, corporate responsibility, and a man with a drill-hand …The Digger has it all!
The Digger will eventually be a full-length musical, written by Joseph Walker and with music by TalkFine. The reading will be performed by Joseph Walker.
July 24 7:30 PM
August 03 10:30 PM
Fresh off their world premiere this spring in Los Angeles, the cast of Spies Are Forever returns to the stage to give you a taste of their Cold War spy comedy! With scenes and songs from the original musical by the Tin Can Brothers and TalkFine, you’ll be thrown head first back into the adventures of Agent Curt Mega!!
Directed by Corey Lubowich
Featuring Curt Mega, Mary Kate Wiles, Tessa Netting, Lauren Lopez, Joe Walker, Al Fallick, Brian Rosenthal, and Joey Richter
Sat. July 23 - 10:30pm
Mon. July 25 - 7:30pm
First staged in 2004, At Home at the Zoo, is a play by Edward Albee which adds a prequel to his seminal piece written in 1959, Zoo Story. The newer first act, Homelife, revolves around the stale marriage of Peter and Ann. After a unpacking their personal troubles, Peter leaves to read in Central Park, where the unsettling encounter with Jerry occurs from Albee's original work.
Directed by Julia Albain
Starring Lauren Lopez, Joe Walker, & Joey Richter
Wed. July 20 - 10:30pm
Sun. July 31 - 7:30pm
Growing up, Denise & Jaime Lyn were told they were special. Now that they’re finally full-grown, no one thinks they’re special any more, and this makes Denise & Jaime Lyn very sad. In order to feel special again, they created an original sketch show filled with outrageous characters, interpretive song and dance as well a variety of absurd monologues sure to make ANY mom proud! Especially, their own!
Created and Performed by Jaime Lyn Beatty & Denise Donovan
Tues. July 19 - 9:30pm
Fri. July 29 - 9:30pm
Jo March really thinks she could be the voice of her generation, or at least, a voice of a generation. But being a "little woman" in 1800's New England is just so hard, you know? Showing the world of the beloved March sisters through the lens of HBO's hit series Girls, Women is a hilarious, fast-paced contemporary spin on a timeless classic. #BethDies
By Chiara Atik
Directed by Madison Smith
Tues. July 19 - 7:30pm
Tues. July 26 - 9:30pm
Let's rock! A fast-paced sendup of the much beloved Nickelodeon series, Improvised Legends of the Hidden Temple pits Chicago's best improvisers (and one willing audience volunteer) against each other as they pursue an ancient artifact buried deep within a Mayan temple. Host Kirk Fogg and his bedrock buddy, Olmec, lead the contestants through a series of dizzying challenges that will test their minds, bodies ... and perhaps even their hearts. Temple guards, silver monkeys, and high-riding khaki shorts will be in ample supply, so don't miss it!
Created by Jon Pernisek/Nickelodeon
Mon. July 18 - 9:30pm
Tues. Aug. 2 - 9:30pm
The Universe has been screaming at Nick Gage in 2016 in a language he cannot comprehend. Through song and story Nick seeks to reach understanding with the Universe. It's gonna sound like Martians playing country music. At a discotheque. On the moon. In 1986. It's an audio cartoon/self help record you can dance to.
Written and Performed by Nick Gage
Sun. July 17 - 9:30pm
Mon. July 25 - 9:30pm
Brian Byrne and Brian Holden use their combined skills to create one of the most theatrical, engaging, and well reviewed/profitable shows of all time.
*Presented in conjunction with Ready 2 Die 2Nite
Created by Brian Byrne and Brian Holden
Sun. July 17 - 9:30pm
Mon. July 25 - 9:30pm
We're back for Season Two! We’ll take a suggestion for an episode title, then create a riveting half-hour of Canadian young adult television before your very eyes!
Featuring: Jaime Lyn Beatty, Denise Donovan, Brian Holden, Lauren Lopez, Pat Rourke, Joey Richter, Meredith Stepien, & Joe Walker.
Sun. July 17 - 7:30pm
Fri. July 22 - 10:30pm
Sun. July 31 - 10:30pm
The year is 2070, and every film ever has been adapted into a musical. The biggest hits, however, have all had one common thread: they starred Halpert Evans. MOVIES, MUSICALS, AND ME is an innovative, bizarre, and hysterical two-man-show, in which fictional Broadway legend Halpert Evans and his accompanist (and biggest fan) Courtney take you through a tour of Evans' Broadway career. Featuring songs from Forrest Gump: The Musical, Home Alone: The Musical, and more, MOVIES, MUSICALS, AND ME is the unflinching Broadway satire of the summer!
Written by Al Fallick, Clark Baxtresser, Pierce Siebers
Performed by Al Fallick, Clark Baxtresser
Sat. July 16 - 10:30pm
Thurs. July 21 - 10:30pm
Sun. July 24 - 9:30pm
From the minds behind Wet Hot American Summer, Stella, and The State, comes an absurd comedy about a noble sheriff's quest to rid Teaneck, New Jersey of a corrupt crime lord bent on controlling the citizens through his profitable monopoly on the brothels! With an array of bizarre characters, true love, musical numbers, interpretive dance, audience interaction, fight choreography, the innocence of adolescence, wieners, AND boobs, this play is sure to delight audiences!
Written by Joe Lo Truglio, Michael Showalter, and David Wain
Directed by Joey Richter
Starring Nick Gage, Jaime Lyn Beatty, Lauren Lopez, Joe Walker, Julia Albain, Jeff Blim, Jon Matteson and Joey Richter
Fri. July 15 - 10:30pm
Wed. July 27 - 10:30pm
We will be hosting 4 variety nights; each one with a different theme! All proceeds will go to a charity that coincides with the nights theme!
Come see some of Chicago's best performers in a variety of different comedic and musical acts! And help support important causes!!
Tickets - $5
Thurs July 14, 10:30pm
Charity: Alliance for the Great Lakes
Mon July 18, 7:30pm
Charity: Lurie's children's hospital
Tues July 26, 7:30pm
Tues Aug 2, 7:30pm
#Lemonade (all womyn babyyyy!!)
Charity: Sarah's Circle
Join us for a live recording of the Earwolf podcast, Hello from the Magic Tavern. Host Arnie Niekamp will be joined by his regular co-hosts, Chunt, the shapeshifting badger, and Usidore the Blue Wizard to record an episode of the wildly popular talk show set in a fully-improvised fantasy world.
But that is not all! The second half of the evening shall be hosted by Chunt as he presents the long-teased Chunt’s Night, a variety show in the eponymous tavern, The Vermillion Minotaur. Guests both old and new will be on hand to show off their amazing talents.
About the podcast
Arnie fell through a magical portal behind a Burger King in Chicago and found himself in the magical land of Foon. With his podcasting gear and a weak Wi-Fi signal from the Burger King, he records a weekly podcast along with his two “goon” companions: Chunt and Usidore. Every week they interview different fantastical and magical denizens of Foon, such as elves, wedding planners, goblins, talking flowers, and sports commissioners.
Featuring: Arnie Niekamp, Adal Rifai, and Matt Young
With Special Guests: Many returning favorites and more beloved Magic Tavern characters than have ever appeared in a single show!
Produced by: Ryan DiGiorgi and Evan Jacover
Sat. July 9 - 7:30pm
This is Jim. This show will not be live streamed. Sorry! It's a secret. Now, I can tell you I will be doing stand-up and storytelling. I'd tell you more but, honestly, nobody really knows what this show is about... including myself. But I guarantee it's going to be pretty damn good. I'm betting my whole career on it.