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Verböten Rock Show

SPACE in Evanston, IL

December 9th, 2019
Featuring the Music of Jason Narducy (Bob Mould Band, Superchunk, Split Single, Verböten)

The cast of Verböten and Jason Narducy rock your face off in their first public performance together.  
7:30pm - 11:00pm 

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Verböten

The House Theatre of Chicago

January 16th - March 8th, 2020

Music and Lyrics by Jason Narducy

Book by Brett Nevue

Directed by Nathan Allen

1983. Chicago. It’s do-or-die for Verböten -- a band made up of outsider teens with seriously complex home lives. As they gear up for a show at The Cubby Bear that is sure to change their lives forever, can they keep their parents from destroying the fabric of their self-made punk rock family?


With lyrics and music by Verböten’s original guitarist, Jason Narducy, (Split Single, Superchunk, Bob Mould) and book by Brett Neveu (Odradek, Pilgrim's Progress, Traitor), Verböten is inspired by the true story of Chicago's own young punks.

Empire Waist

Chicago Tour Stop

October 15th, 2019

By Writer / Director Claire Ayoub

Writer / Director Claire Ayoub (Amy Poehler's Smart Girls) is taking her acclaimed screenplay Empire Waist on the road!


When an overweight, insecure teen’s talent for fashion design is discovered by her fat and fabulous classmate, she must choose to put her designs on display for the world to see or return to a life of sewing in the shadows.

Empire Waist is a heartwarming comedy about teen girls learning to love their bodies through inclusive fashion design. Ranked the #1 Comedy on The Black List, the screenplay has been acclaimed for its deft handling of teen body image, body diversity, and for being just plain funny. 

For Services Rendered

For Services Rendered

Griffin Theatre
May 19th - July 6th, 2019
Written by W. Somerset Maugham
Directed by Robin Witt 

Years ahead of its time, W. Somerset Maugham’s 1933 landmark play shows the impact of war on civilian life and suggests that the ideals of honor, patriotism and glory mean nothing if we show no care for the victims of conflict.

It's Only a Play

Pride Films & Plays
October 11th - November 11th, 2018
Written by Terrence McNally
Directed by Jon Martinez

It's Only a Play is a comedy set behind the scenes of a Broadway play that satirizes theater folk as it celebrates the sort of “chosen family” they form during their production. It premiered off-Broadway in 1986 and was revised and updated by McNally for a 2014 Broadway revival.  

2007 (a reading)

Commission Theatre
August 11th, 2018
A New Play by Grace McLeod

Directed by Jessica Fisch

It’s 2007 and Lucy is freaking out. Tenth grade totally sucks, her best friend Alison is moving onto bigger and better things, she can’t seem to get rid of her stupid made-up boyfriend, and her mom Eileen is bald now due to chemo treatments for breast cancer. And then there’s her idol, the infamous Popstar, who is also newly bald and refusing to leave the 24-hour news cycle, Lucy’s fantasies, Alison’s nightmares, and Eileen’s chemo dreams… “2007” is a dark comedy about the women who inspire us, the power they wield, and the crippling pressure to maintain our public selves in times of private crisis.

Birds of a Feather

Greenhouse Theater Center
April 27th - June 17th, 2018
Written by Mark Acito
Directed by Jacob Harvey

Roy and Silo are your typical gay american dads with one noticeable exception: they’re penguins! No strangers to the spotlight, these two Central Park Zoo chinstrap penguins have partnered and adopted an egg, but will these two be able to raise little Tango together? Birds of a Feather is a heartwarming and surprising tale, based on the true story that became one of the most banned books in the US.

Hatfield & McCoy

The House Theatre of Chicago
January 19th - March 11th, 2018
Written by Shawn Pfautsch
Directed by Matt Hawkins

This love letter to Romeo and Juliet takes us to a philosophically polarized America,
inspired by the true story of the famous families at war. On the border of Kentucky and
West Virginia, North and South, Fact and Fiction, two cabins both alike in dignity wage a
whip-smart war of words and bullets.


Marika reprises the role of Levicy Hatfield, which she originated in 2006.

Princess Cyd                       
Sunroom Pictures
Written and Directed by Stephen Cone

Currently available on Netflix, Amazon and iTunes -- check it out!

Eager to escape life with her depressive single father, 16-year-old athlete Cyd Loughlin visits her novelist aunt in Chicago over the summer. While there, she falls for a girl in the neighborhood, even as she and her aunt gently challenge each other in the realms of sex and spirit.

Vanity Fair -- 10 Best Films of the Year

Vox -- 5 Best Movies of 2017

IndieWire -- The 50 Best Movies of 2017 (#39)

NPR -- Favorite Movies of 2017

The Hollywood Reporter -- 10 Best LGBT Films of 2017 (#6) 

SAGIndie -- Favorite Films of 2017

Vulture -- Emily Yoshida's 10 Best Movies of 2017

Salon -- 25 Movies That Made 2017 a Turning Point for Women in Film

Top Pick -- Chicago International Film Fest 2017

Top 10 Best Films -- BFI London Film Festival 2017

SHOUT Audience Award -- Sidewalk Film Festival 2017

Best Director Award -- Kaleidoscope Film Festival 2017

Top 8 Must-See Films to Watch -- BAMcinemaFest 2017

Film still by Stephen Cone.