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Best of Chicago 2010

January 3,2011

Huffington Post released their 'Best of 2010' for Chicago Theater and guess who's on the list?  Guess who's number one on the list?

Congrats to everyone involved with THE TWINS WOULD LIKE TO SAY, and Happy 2011 everyone!

Best of Chicago 2010: The Best Theater Of The Year

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September 11,2010

Nov. 12 - Dec. 18 at The Building Stage

Dog & Pony Theatre Company continues its commitment to producing new works in its seventh anniversary season with the Midwest premiere of Auctioning the Ainsleys by Laura Schellhardt and directed by artistic associate Dan Stermer at The Building Stage, 412 N. Carpenter St.

Dog & Pony's seventh season continues in spring 2011 at The Building Stage May 6 - June 8 with the Midwest premiere of Roadkill Confidential by Sheila Callaghan and directed by associate artistic director Devon de Mayo.  Roadkill Confidential will mark the third play by artistic associate Callaghan produced by Dog & Pony.

Auctioning the Ainsleys from Dog & Pony Theatre on Vimeo.

Preview performances for Auctioning the Ainsleys are Tuesday - Thursday, Nov. 9-11.  Regular run is Nov. 12 - Dec. 18.  Press is invited to attend opening night Friday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m.  Performances are Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.  There is no performance on Thanksgiving Thursday, Nov. 25.  There is an added performance Saturday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m.  

Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for students and seniors.  All Thursday and Sunday performances are pay-what-you-can.  For tickets, call 312-491-1369 or visit

Auctioning the Ainsleys is a fresh new dramatic comedy about a family of Midwest auctioneers.  The play follows the story of Alice Ainsley and her dysfunctional relationship with her four children: Avery, Annalee, Amelia, and Aiden.  The matriarch clings to the objects in her home and the memories they hold in hopes of retaining her family history as her life fades before her.  With the help of Arthur, the hired aide, the mysterious and agoraphobic world of the Ainsleys springs to life in this play about people and the objects that own them.

Playwright Laura Schellhardt has had her plays produced in more than a dozen cities nationally.  Original works include Air Guitar High, Auctioning the Ainsleys, The Apothecary's Daughter, How To Remove Blood From A Carpet, The K Of D (Jeff Award Nominee), Courting Vampires, Shapeshifter, Inheritance, and Je Ne Sais Quoi.  Adaptations include The Phantom Tollbooth, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, The Outfit (Jeff Award Nominee), and Creole Folktales.  She is also the author of Screenwriting for Dummies.  Laura is a recipient of the TCG National Playwriting Residency, the Jerome Fellowship, the New Play Award from ACT in Seattle, and a Dramatist Guild Playwriting Fellowship.  Auctioning the Ainsleys received its world premiere at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto this summer after workshops at Naked Angels Theatre, Northlight Theatre and Steppenwolf.  The K Of D premiered at Woolly Mammoth Theatre after workshops at Trinity Rep, ACT in Seattle, and The Kennedy Center.  It received its Chicago premiere in 2009 and will be part of the 2010-11 season at Seattle Repertory Company.  Laura holds degrees in theatre and English from Northwestern and an MFA in playwriting from Brown University where she studied under Paula Vogel.  She currently teaches playwriting at Northwestern University.

Artistic associate Dan Stermer makes his directorial debut with Dog & Pony this fall.  He is a director, choreographer and performer and has co-directed The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, assistant directed God's Ear, and served as disco choreographer for The Twins Would Like to Say for Dog & Pony.  Dan is also an artistic associate with About Face Theatre where he has written, directed, and choreographed Oklahomo! For the Holidays.  As a performer, Dan dances with DoubleDJ and will be seen this fall as part of About Face Theatre's XYZ Festival.  Dan teaches at the National High School Institute Theatre Arts program at Northwestern University (Cherubs) and has directed productions of The Devil and Billy Markham, Autobiography of Red, and We'll Be Better Later.  Dan also teaches for the Northlight Theatre Academy where he has directed productions of The Giver, Night of the Living Dead, and co-directed Suessical! 

The cast for Auctioning the Ainsleys features Faith Noelle Hurley*, Kate Kisner, Teeny Lamothe*, Matthew Sherbach, Austin Talley and Rebekah Ward-Hays. Alex Hugh Brown and Stephanie Chavara serve as understudies.

Crew includes production management by Jenn BeVard; produced by John Blick*; dramaturgy by Devon de Mayo*; assistant directed by Aaron Morris; sound design by Kevin O'Donnell; set and props design by Tracy Otwell; costume design by Catherine Tantillo*; and lighting design by Aaron Weissman*.

* denotes Dog & Pony Artistic Associate

Click here to see more details on the cast and staff for Auctioning the Ainsleys.

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Ruff Play Reading Series

August 27,2010


by Karrine Keithley
directed by Stephen Ptacek
Monday, September 6th, 6:30pm
@ The Whistler
2421 N. Milwaukee

We're on the Brown Line to Lincoln Square. We're on the Metra to Arlington Heights. We're on an Amtrak to Kentuck-Montana. We're going somewhere that didn't exist, doesn't exist, or will cease to exist. We're spreading out faster and farther than we think. We're making sacrifices that will change us forever. Can we ever come back? If and when we do, will we even recognize ourselves? Karinne Keithley's DO NOT DO THIS EVER AGAIN takes us to an unreal place where real questions can be raised. 

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Ruff Play Reading Series

July 23,2010

410[GONE] by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig

The Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee
Monday, Aug. 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Our reading series is up and running, and we'd love for you to join us for cocktails at the Whistler.
410[GONE] fantastically blends pop culture and the Chinese Land of the Dead in its exploration of cultural identity and how survivors cope with death.

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It's Christmas in July

July 1,2010

...and we have a present for you this holiday weekend. Get half off regular priced tickets to Dead Letter Office this Friday and Saturday, July 2 and 3.

Just use the code "FIRECRACKER" when you order tickets online, over the phone or at the door.  


Dog & Pony Theatre Co. 
in association with Chicago DCA Theater 
welcomes you to Dead Letter Office 
by Philip Dawkins, Conceived by Ben Vicellio, Directed by Dieterich Gray


...character development is sumptuous and heartbreaking....ingenious production design." -NewCity

"Dead Letter Office is the first thriller I've ever seen performed live, on a stage, and I was impressed with how, well, thrilling it was." - Gapers Block

Dead Letter Office is a place where mishandled mail and people end up.  Christian has long sorted the backlog of the U.S. postal system.  But when a new employee shows up for work, the office's long-buried secrets start to surface in surprising ways.  

All Thursday and Sunday performances are Pay-What-You-Can. Go here to purchase tickets or call the box office at 312-742-TIXS(8497). 

And check out Time Out's preview article about Dead Letter Office!  

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