Random Acts closes out its 2017 season with its first ever US premiere, The Bone House, playing at The Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave, November 3 - 11. The Fringe sensation by Marty Chan will be directed by Artistic Director Bryan Renaud and feature Erik Burke and Savanna Rae in their Random Acts debuts. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at RandomActsChicago.com or GreenhouseTheater.org.
Called "an unforgettable experience in fear and dread" by The List, The Bone House is a shocking piece of immersive theater that takes place at a lecture about serial killers such as Dahmer, Bundy, and Gacy. The play has been produced numerous times internationally to endless acclaim, with See Magazine calling it "the scariest f***ing thing I've seen all year."
"There is no pretend audience," states Chan, "Crowley is addressing the people sitting in the theatre. Through the course of the lecture, we start to rip away people's safety nets, the things that they cling to that sort of remind them that they're in a show, and it questions if they're actually watching a performance or if they're sitting in a real lecture about serial killers." Once the audience has lost their sense of reality, the production "pulls the rug out from under them."
In addition to Burke and Rae, additional casting will be announced soon.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Marty Chan's plays include Mom, Dad, I'm Living with a White Girl, Mothership Down, The Forbidden Phoenix and more. Television credits include Incredible Story Studio (seasons 2-4) and Jake and the Kid. He is the recipient of the Adams Chinese Theatre Society Award from Harvard University, the City of Edmonton Arts Achievement Award, the Diamond Willow Award and more. Chan is based in Edmonton, Alberta.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Bryan Renaud is a playwright, actor, and director who was worked with American Theater Co., Pride Films & Plays, Provision Theater, Music Theatre Co., Greatworks, Prologue, Oak Park Festival, Two Pigs Productions, Nothing Without a Company and Other Theatre. Selected directing credits include Twelfth Night of the Living Dead for Shakespeare at the Centre, Xanadu and Float for North Central College, and Ladies Night of the Living Dead for Random Acts. Plays include Barney the Elf, Other Letters, Strangest Things!, All Our Twilight, and the upcoming Lion which will receive a workshop this fall.
ABOUT THE ACTORS
Erik Burke (Eugene Crowley) is excited to be making his Random Acts premiere in The Bone House! Credits include The Circumference of a Squirrel (Greenhouse Theater Center), Henry V (Chicago Shakespeare), Sons of the Prophet (American Theater Co.), By Definition (BYOT), The Guilded Age (City Lit), and Time of Your Life (The Artistic Home).
Savanna Rae (Gabrielle) makes her Random Acts' debut directly off her win for "Best Solo Performance" from the Chicago Theatre Awards for her one-woman show, Daughters of Ire. Other Chicago credits include Julius Caesar (Chicago Shakespeare), Macbeth, Inherit the Wind and Richard III (Oak Park Festival Theatre), and The Realm (Other Theatre). Savanna is represented by Shirley Hamilton Talent.
ABOUT RANDOM ACTS
Random Acts is dedicated to presenting unpredictable and diverse genres of theatre. we strive to create approachable art with no expectations. Since March 2015, Random Aacts has presented 10 productions (including four world premieres and one Chicago premiere) through which the company featured the work of 101 actors, 13 writers, 7 directors and 17 designers while performing at 9 venues including 4 theatres, 2 bars, an empty storefront, a cafe, and a gymnasium. More information: www.RandomActsChicago.com