Dead Writers Theatre Collective Announces Benefit Staged Reading of LOOS ENDS: A Hollywood Memoir July 10 & 11, 2013 at Stage 773

0_0_0_0_127_155_csupload_58207997_largeDead Writers Theatre Collective shall present a benefit-staged reading of Brenda Kilianski’s Loos Ends: A Hollywood Memoir directed by Charlie McGrath. Performances are Wednesday, July 10 & Thursday, July 11, 2013 @ 7:30pm at Stage 773 Cabaret, 1225 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. Tickets are $35.00 (501(c) (3) deduction letter will be presented to patron). To purchase tickets please visit or call (773) 350-8221.

Ms. Kilianski’s touching comic memoir about the lifelong friendship of one of Hollywood’s first screenwriters, Anita Loos and screen siren Paulette Goddard as they recount their career climb in the male dominated film industry spanning from 1914 to 1979. Wit rules as the two women, now in old age, look back on the ghosts and follies of their youth and what led to their big fallout as they wrap up the loose ends of their friendship.

Characters include: Charlie Chaplain, Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith, George Cukor, David O’Selznick, Eric Maria Remarque and George Gershwin among others. Please visit for more information and “Like” us on Facebook.

Dead Writers’ Upcoming Events

Dead Writers’ Theatre Collective presents a staged reading of Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan, directed by Artistic Director Jim Schneider. Attend the reading of the work that made Oscar Wilde an overnight sensation. Two nights only: October 22 and 23, 2013 @ 7:30pm at Stage 773.

Dead Writers’ Theatre Collective presents Jane Austen’s Emma, adapted by Michael Bloom and directed by Artistic Director Jim Schneider. Jane Austen explores the perils of matchmaking in this beloved drawing room comedy of manners. Dead Writers presents the Chicago Premiere of a fresh, new adaptation first presented by Cleveland Playhouse in 2010 that captures the spirit and fun of the feature film starring Gwyneth Paltrow. April 18-May 25, 2014 at Stage 773.

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Dead Writers Theatre Collective’s World Premiere of Adam Pasen’s Tea with Edie and Fitz, directed by Jim Schneider wrapped up its critically successful and audience pleasing run on June 9, 2013 at the Greenhouse Theater Complex. Tea with Edie and Fitz chronicles the tempestuous meeting of literary icons Edith Wharton (Patti Roeder) and F. Scott Fitzgerald (Madison Niederhauser) at her estate for tea in the 1920s. Tea with Edie and Fitz calls into question themes of gender, sanity, time, the purpose of art and the nature of love and loss.

Adam Pasen’s play under Jim Schneider’s direction garnered great acclaim with Chicago’s critics:

“Best of all, in Patti Roeder’s Edith, we get to see a woman who was far more modern and forward-thinking than her tightly corseted characters suggest. Though she may dismiss Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway” as “a 200-page excuse for not washing one’s hair,” like Woolf’s heroine, Edie triumphs as a clear-eyed survivor in an age of upheaval.”
Kerry Ried; Chicago Tribune
“Director Jim Schneider elicits stylish character turns from Nelson Rodriguez, Christina Irwin, Peter Esposito, Luke Renn, Bill Chamberlain, Ben Muller, Megan DeLay and Brandon Johnson.”
Hedy Weiss; Chicago Sun Times
“Jim Schneider’s direction renders Patti Roeder and Michael D. Graham’s Wharton and James as witty and engaging a couple as ever shared passions all the more enduring for being platonic, while Madison Niederhauser and Nora Lise Ulrey’s Scott and Zelda convey the tragedy lurking beneath the veneer of jazz-age celebrity.”
Mary Shen Barnidge: Windy City Times
“Dead Writers’ Theatre Collective is a true beacon for other theatre companies to follow. It is with respect that they approach their productions (just look at last year’s hit The Vortex) with every minute detail being given attention. That is a rarity in today’s theatre world and one that deserves respect.”
Michael J. Roberts:

Tea With Edie & Fitz also proved to be a sure fire audience pleaser, earning a phenomenal four out of five stars on Goldstar for patron reviews.