Broken Nose Theatre and The New Colony are pleased to announce the world premiere of Liam Fitzgerald’s sexually-charged comedy PEG, directed by Broken Nose Artistic Director Elise Marie Davis*, playing November 13 – December 14, 2019 at The Den Theatre (2A), 1331 N Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. Tickets go on sale this June at www.brokennosetheatre.com and www.thenewcolony.org. All tickets are pay-what-you can.
PEG will feature The New Colony Co-Artistic Director Stephanie Shum** with Gage Wallace.
Peg is excited. Steve is nervous. Sure, they've opened a nice bottle of wine, dinner smells delicious... but the brand new strap-on they ordered has just arrived, and tonight's plan is to flip the script. Peg wants to peg Steve. And even though he was all for it initially, his last-minute hesitation will force this ordinary couple to face their kinks, quirks and societal conditioning, as they're quickly reminded that gender politics follow them everywhere – including the bedroom.
Comments Broken Nose Theatre Artistic Director Elise Marie Davis, “We originally developed this script with Liam through The Paper Trail, our new-play development program, and I still remember the moment the initial draft hit my inbox. The way its central couple bickers, banters and bites was astonishingly real and recognizable. Liam aimed to de-stigmatize certain types of sexual pleasure not considered 'polite conversation,' and throughout this piece, his arrows fly true. This is a play that tackles some truly big ideas without being showy, but instead embeds its truth in humor and honesty. We loved playing a part in its development, but it was not until our friends and theatrical siblings at The New Colony shared our same fascination with the material that we realized we could work with them to bring the story to the stage ourselves. We're thrilled to be teaming up with them on such a fantastic play.”
The New Colony Co-Artistic Director Fin Coe adds, “PEG is volcanic. Liam has created a script that is brilliantly written, wickedly funny and intimidatingly fearless. His human-to-a-fault characters and their off-the-sexual-rails evening will make you laugh and squirm and engage with your own assumptions about love, sex and power. It was impossible for us to pass up the chance to produce it, particularly as it meant getting to work hand-in-hand with our Den neighbors and longtime friends at Broken Nose Theatre, who share our relentless passion for bringing new work to Chicago audiences."
Playwrights: Liam Fitzgerald
Director: Broken Nose Artistic Director Elise Marie Davis*
Cast (in alphabetical order): Stephanie Shum** (Peg) and Gage Wallace (Steve).
Location: The Den Theatre (2A), 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
Dates: Previews: Wednesday, November 13 at 7:30 pm, Thursday, November 14 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, November 16 at 7:30 pm
Opening: Sunday, November 17 at 3 pm
Press performance: Monday, November 18 at 7:30 pm
Regular run: Thursday, November 21 – Saturday, December 14, 2019
Curtain times: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 3 pm.
Industry Nights: Monday, December 2 at 7:30 pm pm
Understudy Night: Wednesday, December 11 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: Pay-what-you-can. Tickets go on sale this June at www.brokennosetheatre.com and www.thenewcolony.org
*Denotes BNT company member **Denotes The New Colony ensemble member
About the Artists
Liam Fitzgerald (Playwright) is a Chicago based writer, director and producer. He holds a BFA from the University of Miami and an MFA from Northwestern University. His work has been performed and developed in Chicago and nationally with theaters including Stage Left, Broken Nose Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Theatre Masters, and the Campfire Theatre Festival. He is a resident designer at Links Hall and has worked for the production departments of Chicago Children’s Theatre, Red Theatre, Theatre Wit, Strawdogs, Pegasus Players, Chicago Dramatists and Wildclaw theatre.
Elise Marie Davis (Director) serves as the Artistic Director of Broken Nose Theatre, where she has performed in Girl in the Red Corner, Plainclothes, the award-winning At The Table, My First Time, several iterations of Bechdel Fest, and her own play A Phase. BNT's latest season – her first as AD – netted four Joseph Jefferson nominations, including Best Ensemble for Plainclothes. She is also an ensemble member with The Factory Theater, where she has performed in the world premieres of Adventures of Spirit Force Five and Zombie Broads. Other Chicago credits include Baby With the Bathwater (Eclipse Theatre), Pine (Uncommon Grounds), Hot Pink (New American Folk Theatre), Kin Folk and Here After (The New Colony), Speech & Debate (Brown Paper Box), as well as work with Lyric Opera, Route 66, Strawdog, Artemisia, Midsommer Flight, American Blues, and Pride Films and Plays, among others. She recently appeared in SQUID, a short-form comedy series now released on Amazon Prime. As a playwright, she has had her work performed at Steppenwolf 1700, First Floor Theater, BNT, and Arc Theatre, while her play A Phase has been taught at the University of Chicago. She is represented by Big Mouth Talent Agency.
About The Companies
Broken Nose Theatre is a Pay-What-You-Can theatre company. Founded in 2012, BNT was the 2018 recipient of the Emerging Theater Award, presented by the League of Chicago Theatres and Broadway in Chicago. The company has produced and developed 16 full-length plays (including 8 Chicago or World Premieres) and over 40 new womencentric short plays through their annual Bechdel Fest. We strive to spark conversation, cultivate empathy, and amplify underrepresented voices, and are committed to making new, exciting and relevant theatre that is economically accessible to all audiences. For more information, please visit www.brokennosetheatre.com.
The New Colony develops New Art and New Artists in order to educate and build New Audiences. Now in its 11th Season, The New Colony has established itself as “one of Chicago’s essential off-Loop companies” (Chicago Tribune). Through the world premiere of now 32 new plays and musicals, The New Colony has cultivated a diverse audience of theatergoers eager to have a voice in the storytelling. Conversation, collaboration and innovation remain at the heart of everything they produce. The New Colony’s work has been honored with five non-Equity Jeff Awards, Broadway In Chicago’s 2011 Emerging Theatre Award and Best Overall Production at the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival. thenewcolony.org
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