Chalk

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Starts: 
May 24, 2015
Ends: 
Jun 28, 2015

A rolling world premiere with Boston's Fresh Ink Theatre

Maggie survived the end of the world, but it hasn't really ended, has it? Stuck in an abandoned building with nearly unlimited supplies, a broken radio, and a book of spells, she bides her time and waits for the monsters to leave. But when her daughter reappears, Maggie can't celebrate because something is not quite right. The two women square off with both their lives hanging in the balance, and all that keeps them separate is a razor-thin chalk circle, hastily drawn by Maggie on the floor. The world premiere of ensemble member Walt McGough's intense sci-fi fable digs deep into issues of motherhood, responsibility and possession of all kinds.

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Walt McGough is a founding ensemble member for Sideshow, and serves as the company's literary manager. He is currently a Playwriting Fellow at Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company. His plays include The Farm (IRNE & Broadway World Boston Nominee, Best New Play), Priscilla Dreams the Answer (IRNE Nominee, Best New Play), Dante Dies!! (and then things get weird), Everything Freezes, Paper City Phoenix and Pattern of Life, which was developed through a Next Voices Fellowship at New Rep Theatre. He won the 2011 Best Comedy Award from the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, D.C. and was named one of the Boston Globe’s 2012 Artists on the Rise. He was the recipient of the Kennedy Center’s 2010 Ken Ludwig Scholarship and a writing fellowship to the 2010 O’Neill Playwrights Conference, and was a finalist for ACTF’s John Cauble Short Play and ten-minute awards. He currently serves on the staff at SpeakEasy Stage Company in Boston, and was previously the company manager at Chicago Dramatists. He holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MFA in playwriting from Boston University.

Production Sponsor:
Karen S. Walters

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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at Richard Christiansen Theatre at Victory Gardens
2433 N Lincoln Ave

written by: Walt McGough

directed by: Megan A. Smith