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Goddamn Geniuses February 10 - March 5


Goddamn Geniuses


The Runaways Lab and Voice of the City are proud to announce the second offering of their 2016-2017 season, Goddamn Geniuses. This original play, by company member Nathaniel Shane and Artistic Director Gannon Reedy, uses one of the Runaways’ staples of reimagining an historic event in a fast and loose piece of theater. Explore the limitations of live entertainment as the heralds of quantum physics launch into a gender blurred reality where anything can happen to a docile scientist.

“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, a time traveling pleasure-surfer with a briefcase full of swords, firearms, and magic bandanas, interrupts them. He alerts 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.”

Goddamn Geniuses runs February 10th- March 5th Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7pm, at Voice of the City,  3429 W Diversey Ave*. Tickets are on sale Monday January 9th @

*Voice of the City a non-profit organization and the official co-producer of this production.

*=Runaways Company Member

Written by Nathaniel Shane* and Gannon Reedy*

Directed by Gannon Reedy*

Assistant Directed by Sarah Patin*

Dramaturgy by Maggie Vaughn* and Malvika Jolly

Costumes by Mikaila Jasso*

Set and Prop Design by Frances McKearn*

Fight Choreography by Kai Young

Lighting by Andrew Leumkhul

Stage Manager: Laura Swierzbin


Nick Hassebrock*

Ross Childs

Elizabeth Rinaldi

Erin Morrill*

Jillian Leff

Lauren Thompson

Eleni Sauvageau

Roy Rainey*

Trenton McFatridge

Nick Villalon

Polley Cooney

Aaron Wertheim


Magdalen Vaughn, Co-Artistic Director

Mary Shelley Sees The Future October 21 - November 13, 2016


October 21st – November 13th @ Outerspace Studios, 1474 N Milwaukee


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. ‘Mary Shelley’ is a body-swapping, time-traveling odyssey with comedic and gothic textures.

On a stormy night in Italy circa 1822, Mary Shelley – author of Frankenstein, outcast, daughter of a feminist vanguard – makes a wish and finds herself in the body of a queer female novelist in Chicago, 2016. Mary’s progressive ideas about women in the world appear to have found their home, but Mary struggles with her new friends’ views of Mary Shelley, the historical figure and the legacy of her work. Meanwhile, Mya is hurtled back in time and into the body of Mary Shelley. What she finds is hardly the polite, old world of her daydreams. In this blasphemous bio-play, Lilley challenges the ideas of aesthetic and political “progress” and asks us to consider the true monstrosities among us.
Fridays – Sundays @ 8pm
October 22nd @ 3pm

Tickets are SUGGESTED DONATION $13 online and SUGESTED DONATION $15 at the door.

*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 – Peter Wilde
Josie / Claire Claremont – Alexia Meneely
Jane / Isabella Baxter Booth – Magdalen Kay
Simone / Jane Williams – Kenya Ann Hall
William Godwin – Rebecca Fletcher

The Doing Drugs And Dying In Space Short Play Festival Artistic submissions

The Runaways are looking for artists to devise new work or direct submitted material for The Doing Drugs and Dying in Space Short Play Festival tentatively set to open November 2015. Rules for content within the festival are as follows:

1. The play must involve characters on or offstage engaging with mind altering substances.
2. The play must involve characters dying in space
(ie: on the space station, on another planet, floating in the void; anywhere but Earth).
3. The play must be at longest 10 minutes long.

For thematic reference, please consult this video: Here

If interested in working on a devised piece, please submit a resume and a proposal outlining what the foundational ideas behind the devised piece would be, what their devising process would look like, and what technical materials they would need for the completion of the piece.

Directors interested in directing submitted pieces may submit a resume and a cover letter outlining what sort of play they would like to work with.

Directors may also submit their own plays that they would like to direct themselves.

Submissions will be accepted until September 16th. Please refer all play submissions, questions to Gannon Reedy at

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