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The Runaways Lab and Voice of the City Present Goddamn Geniuses February 10 - March 5

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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 Akash Dixit

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

Nick Benz

Trenton McFatridge

Nick Villalon

Polley Cooney

Aaron Wertheim


Magdalen Vaughn, Co-Artistic Director



The Runaways Lab Theatre is accepting play submissions for 2017’s Doing Drugs And Dying In Space Short Play Festival.

The rules for submission 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 pages long.
For thematic reference, please consult:

Submissions will be accepted until January 13th. Please refer all play submissions, questions to Gannon Reedy at


Images from last years ritual:

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A Family Portrait: Part Two

For the upcoming week, Mary Shelley dramaturge Malvika Jolly will be guest posting here with all manner of dramaturgical research and documentation that goes into bringing our play to life! Here you will find short essays, photos & video from the rehearsal process, and other tasty tidbits to help us flesh out the social, political, and performative landscapes of “Mary Shelley Sees the Future”. This is part two in the series. You can read parts one, three, and four here.

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screen-shot-2016-10-23-at-11-11-11-pmIn the Runaways’ newest production, we delve into the interior worlds of one of the 19th century’s most radical— and scandalous— families. Visionaries and early drafters of many of the political and literary ideas we hold so dear— Feminism! Anarchism! Raising daughters as humans! The modern thriller! The gothic! The dystopian science fiction novel!

At the same time, the Godwin/Wollstonecraft family was subject to all the notoriety, accusations, and bad-reputation that, it would seem, comes folded into the alternative lifestyle.

By consequence, the characters that populate playwright Olivia Lilley’s play arrive already deeply interconnected by the threads of scandal: teenaged sisters conspiring their escape, suicide, poverty, elopements, serial marriages, dalliances, and numerous love affairs (past, present, and to come) all within the same incestuous circle, illegitimate children, abandoned lovers, group sex, and the ghosts of children lost and miscarried.

In her time-traveling epic, playwright Olivia Lilley chooses to hone in on the two sisters Mary Shelley and Claire Clairmont and their (delightfully cross-cast) parental figure William Godwin. Together, the two Wollstonecraft sisters navigate a world of harsh propriety and rigid social conduct as women who have returned to mainstream society and find themselves painted scarlet.

But wait! We can’t forget Mary Wollstonecraft, mother to Mary Shelley. Nor should we forget the eldest Wollstonecraft sister, Fanny Imlay (whose story is diffused into Claire’s in our play). Both are characters who— though technically absent from the world of our play— still hold a palpable presence.

Here is an introduction— a family portrait— of the Wollstonecraft sisters and their progenitors. In our last post we covered Mary Shelley’s mother Mary Wollstonecraft; today we will tackle polymath William Godwin and his eldest step-daughter Fanny Wollstonecraft… Buckle up!



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