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Mary Shelley Sees the Future Casting Announcement

The cast of Mary Shelley Sees the Future, a play written and directed by esteemed theatre artist Olivia Lilley, has been announced this Labor Day. The accomplished cast includes artists that have worked in several different playgrounds, including Collaboraction, The Chicago Fringe Festival, Folksbiene National Theater, Redtwist Theatre, The New Colony and more.

As the first play of The Runaways stacked, diverse 5th season, Mary Shelley brings to light a myriad of hot topics in Chicago arts and social justice. These themes include, identity politics, female rights and Millenial characterizations.

We hope you will join these actors at OuterSpace Chicago. Ticket Sales to be announced within the next month.

October 21st – November 13th @ Outerspace Studios
Fridays – Sundays @ 8pm
October 22nd @ 3pm

*In order of appearance

Mary Shelley / Mya – Lindsey Tindall
Trelawny / Juan – Nico Fernandez
Mya / Mary Shelley – Sarah Patin
Percy Shelley / Eric – Daniel Mozurkewich
Angelica – Natalie Joyce
Pete / Lord Byron – Garcia Julissa
Josie / Claire Claremont – Alexia Meneely
Jane / Isabella Baxter Booth – Magdalen Kay
Simone / Jane Williams – Kenya Ann Hall
William Godwin – Rebecca Fletcher


Season Generals Casting Call Full info sheet below

The Runaways Lab Theatre- 2016-2017 Season- Main Stage Productions

Season General Auditions

August 16-17, 6pm-10pm, Kamehachi Sushi Restaurant 2nd Floor, 1531 N. Wells St.

Submit to or Via this form.


The Runaways Lab Theatre seeks multi-talented actors of all backgrounds, ages, ethnicities and pronouns to help make our 5th season groundbreaking and thrilling.

Compensation: All actors are guaranteed a small stipend and remaining compensation comes from a percentage of ticket sales, determined beforehand by level of commitment required of the performer. (We will respect the time of our actors during the rehearsal process to reflect these percentages)

*Call Backs for our first production, “Mary Shelley Sees the Future,” will be Sunday August 28th at Kamehachi, 7-9pm. Details to be sent after general auditions.

A site-specific theatre company in many ways, the locations of our productions will be announced soon.

Material to Prepare: 1 contemporary monologue, dramatic or comedic, under 3 minutes. 1 language piece less than 2 minutes, either from a historical or advanced language play, or a poem/piece of text adapted for performance.

Submissions: Interested parties should submit their headshot and resume to with the subject General Auditions: ‘Actor Name’


“Mary Shelley Sees the Future”

Written and Directed by Olivia Lilley

Dramaturgy by Malvika Jolly

In July 1822, upon hearing the news that her husband Percy Shelley has drowned, Mary, the young author of Frankenstein, makes a wish. In July 2016, after graduating with her MFA in creative writing and reading Frankenstein for the first time, Mya, a queer Creole author, makes a wish. When they open their eyes, they are someone else, in another time. In this Freaky Friday-esque odyssey, Mary Shelley Sees the Future asks the question, “Has the world really become a better place for female identified artists?”


Rehearsals: 3-4 days a week, September 4-October 13 Tech Week: Oct 17-19

Performances: Thurs, Friday and Saturday Evenings. Sunday Matinee. Oct 20- Nov 13



Pete- Mid 20’s to mid 30’s, all ethnicities. Trans male-identifying.

Loves bro culture and literature.

Juan / Lord Byron- Mid 20’s to mid 30’s, Latinx male-identifying.

Plays a yogi mystic in Act 1, plays the famous English poet in Act 2.

Simone / Jane Williams- Early 20’s to late 30’s, African American female-identifying.

A queer poly-amorous singer / bartender and various roles in Act 1, plays a woman of The Shelley’s inner circle in Act 2, a character role.

Angelica- Early to late 20’s, all ethnicities.

Accountant in training, former singer songwriter, Mya’s poly-amorous partner.

William Godwin- Late 40s to early 70s, all ethnicities, male-identifying.

Intelligent author from French Revolution and early 19th century. Believes in equality, not good with money. Father of Mary Shelley.

Eric / Trelawny- Early 20’s to mid 30’s, African American male.

A Programmer for Google, very sociable and loves old Hollywood in Act 1, plays a gentleman of Shelley and Byron’s inner circle in Act 2.

Percival / Percy Shelley- Late 20’s, Caucasian, male-identifying.

A pretentious Logan Square modern day poet as Percival, plays the ghost of the famous 19th century poet as well, must be able to shift easily between the two.

Written by Nathaniel Shane and Gannon Reedy

Directed by Gannon Reedy

At the 1927 Solvay conference a group of brilliant physicists engage in a passionate discussion about the nature of reality and the relationships that define who they are. Then they get interrupted by a time traveling pleasure-surfer with a briefcase full of swords, firearms, and magic bandannas, there to alert them to the hundreds of transdimensional demons hot on their heels and hungry for blood. A play both ambitious in intellect and breathless in stupidity, it pushes the capacity of onstage chaos to radical heights.


Rehearsals: 3-5 days of rehearsal a week. January 2-Feb2. Book work and readings December 19-Jan 2. Tech Week: February 5-9.

Productions: Friday and Saturday Evenings, Sunday Matinee. February 10-26. Possible extension through March 5th.

*Stage combat experience is a plus. Actors of all pronouns, ethnicities, and ages are in equal consideration for all roles.



Albert Einstein- Female-identifying.

Confident and bold. Hand to hand stage combat experience encouraged.

Neils Bohr- Female-identifying.

Pleasant and easygoing. Stage combat experience encouraged.

Wolfgang Pauli– Female-identifying.

Cocky and mischievous. Stage combat experience encouraged.

Paul Dirac- Female-identifying.

Introverted and intellectual. Sword-based stage combat experience encouraged.

Marie Curie- Male-Identifying or female-identifying.

Erudite, curious. stage combat experience encouraged.

Ensemble– Stage combat or dance experience highly encouraged. Actors of all genders, ethnicities and ages are in equal consideration.


Dead Youth, or, The Leaks

Written by Joyelle McSweeney 

Directed by Logan Breitbart 

Choreographed by Cheryl Nowlin 

Aboard a high-jacked containership, Julian Assange leads a troupe of Dead Youth–youngsters killed in violent circumstances like war, factories, and senior prom–to Magnetic Island to upload them to the Internet before they completely decay. They encounter choppy water along the way: a Somali pirate & Antoine de St-Exupery. Politically-charged, filthy, & funny as hell, this lyrical farce digs into the tumor we call the 21st Century & dances in the muck.


Rehearsals: April 3- May 11th Tech week: May 14-18

Productions: Friday, Sat, Sun May 19-21st, possible extension through June 4



Henrietta Lacks- Mid 20’s to late 30’s, African American female-identifying.

The play’s muse, she catalyzes action and stops it when she’s bored. Powerful, intelligent, eloquent.

Abdi Wali Abdulqadir Muse- Early 20’s to late 30’s, African American male-identifying.

Somali pirate who emerges as the play’s tragic hero.

Dead Youth (5 roles)- All ages, all ethnicities.

The soul and oil of the play. Sprightly, naughty (& a little stinky). Dancers and vocalists encouraged, all story telling skills will be employed by this ensemble as they recount their deaths.

DIY Museum Thanks




The DIY Museum Gala has come and gone: it ripped, it ruled, and it totally shredded. We celebrated the life and future demise of the Runaways, and I (Gannon Reedy) drank to many fancy bourbon sours and lost my nice red blazer. But this Facebook post isn’t about my very nice red blazer that is missing, NO! This Facebook post is about giving recognition to the amazing people and organizations that made what was (to my knowledge) the word’s first Do-It-Yrself Museum.

The first and biggest thanks go to Frances McKearn, the Museum God. The look of the museum and the overall contextual functionality wouldn’t exist without the work of Frances. The majority of the exhibits were either built by her or being framed by something she built. The amount of detail in each of these cardboard masterpieces is really incredible – with her the thing really was a functional museum. Thank you, Frances, thank you a million times over.

Big thanks to Voice of the City for letting us use their space, for sponsoring the event, and in general being so easy and fun to work with. Check out the shows and classes they got going in the space – it’s a really killer spot!

Major thanks to the alcohol sponsors Four Roses Bourbon, Finch Beer Co and Mila One. Thanks to these guys we had a fully functioning bar with fancy beer, bourbon, and a whole variety of wine choices. For a company that operates mostly on a DIY level, that was a real luxury. And special shout out to Mila One for getting us extra cups, straws, and other necessary bar accouterments!

Thanks to Janice Lim for building a full-on talking robo head, to Anthony Cramer for the beautiful painting of Logan Breitbart as a facist dictator, and to Mikaila Von Merr for the severed hand. All of those ideas for exhibits I came up with that seemed too ambitious to actually achieve, so it was a real thrill to see them existing live the day of.

Thank you, DJ Ariel Zetina for providing righteous tunes through the evening. Nothing gives an event the sheen of authenticity than a DJ and nothing makes an event killer like a great DJ, so thank you for that, and thank you for keeping me boogyin’ all night long.

Thanks to Mike Davis for giving us two of his songs to use for the exhibit on The Psychic Internet.

All hail Erin Kathryn Morrill for presiding over the performances and thanks to the performers Casey Toney, David Seeber, Daniel Mozurkewich, Wyn Evans, Maximillian Correa, and Ross Childs. I laughed, I cried, I beheld robo-carnage with baited breath – it was real powerful stuff.

Thanks to the rest of the runaways on hand for working the door, acting as security, or being living statue robo dude answering questions for guests:Cheryl Cornacchione Nowlin, Nicholas Hassebrock, Sarah Patin, Olivia Lilley, and Nate Shane.

Finally thanks to all the folks who came out and made it such a fun evening. We hope ya dug it and that you keep coming out, because we got some gnarly cool events and shows happening this year!