TRACES TitleFeast Productions is proud to announce the world premiere of TRACES, the first production in Jackalope Theatre Company’s new works program/initiative, the Pioneer Series, in The Frontier, Jackalope’s newly renovated storefront performance venue. TRACES is an urban faerie tale based on the Scottish folk ballad Tam Lin, written by Shannon Pritchard and directed by Jessica Fisch. Playing March 6-28, 2015 at The Frontier, at 1106 W Thorndale Ave, TRACES is the result of a partnership between Feast Productions and Jackalope Theatre Company. The Press Performance is Monday, March 9 at 8pm.

TRACES features Patrick Budde, Kristen Johnson, Will Kiley (Jackalope Company Member, Raven Theater “Good Boys and True”), Maximillian Lapine (Hypocrites “All Our Tragic”), Stella Martin and Sasha Smith.
Jenny is a typical Chicago girl, but lately getting lunch from food trucks, seeing shows at iO and drinking PBR isn’t cutting it. Then she meets Tom at the Lincoln Park Farmer’s Market. Tom’s different, mysterious – and disappears after one perfect day. When Jenny discovers their night together left her with more than she bargained for, she sets out on an epic journey in search of answers. With her memories mysteriously hazy, Jenny retraces her steps through the Windy City sprawl. Inspired by the Scottish folk ballad Tam Lin, Traces is an urban faerie tale that questions when to let go, and when we should hold on.
The creative team for TRACES includes Emily Tarleton (scenic design – costumes for “Failure: A Love Story” at Victory Gardens), Lindsey Lyddan (lighting design), Stephanie Cluggish (costume design – “Othello” at The Gift), Ray Rehberg (sound design), Sarah Burnham (props design – “Lookingglass Alice” at Lookingglass Theatre), and Patrick Budde (composer).
The production team for TRACES includes Sam Garrott (stage manager), Jackie Bautista (assistant stage manager), Hannah Fisher (assistant director), Max Cove (graphic designer), Dylan Pickus, and Louis Schermerhorn (producers for Feast Productions).
Feast Productions Presents
Part of Jackalope Theatre Company’s Pioneer Series
World Premiere play by Shannon Pritchard
At The Frontier, 1106 W Thorndale
Friday, March 6 at 8pm
Saturday, March 7 at 8pm
Press Performance:
Monday, March 9 at 8pm
Friday, March 13 at 8pm
Saturday, March 14 at 8pm
Friday, March 20 at 8pm
Saturday, March 21 at 8pm
Monday, March 23 at 8pm
Friday, March 27 at 8pm
Saturday, March 28 at 8pm
Tickets will be on-sale mid-February.
About the Playwright
Shannon Pritchard is a native of Los Angeles and a current resident of Chicago. She holds a BFA in Theater from NYU and an MFA in Writing for the Screen + Stage from Northwestern University. Her play “The County Hell” was a semi-finalist for the 2014 Eugene O’Neill Playwrighting Conference, and she has written commissions for Next Theater and the DePaul Theater School.  Her ten-minute plays “Riotous Behavior” and “Get Lucky” have received staged readings at Chicago Dramatists, and “Get Lucky” premiered at The Second City as part of the Best of the Tens comedy festival. Shannon’s play “Practice Babies” will receive a staged reading at Timeline Theatre this April.
About the Director
Jessica Fisch recently completed her MFA in Directing at Northwestern University. Recent Chicago credits include: “Far Away” (a site-specific production in two abandoned buildings on the border of Chicago and Evanston), “42 Stories” (Raven Theatre, [Working Title] series), “Machinal,” “Spike Heels” (Northwestern University). Selected New York credits: “The Realm” (NY Premiere, Down Payment Productions/The Wild Project), “strive/seek/find” (Abingdon Theatre), the 2009 Playwrights Horizons Stories on 5 Stories Benefit, “Personal History” (Ensemble Studio Theatre), “The Redheaded Man” (Down Payment Productions/FringeNYC/FringeEncores Barrow Street Theatre), “Dressed In Your Dreams” (Public Theater/Emerging Writers Group), “Exploits” (Theatre of the Expendable), “Within the Boundary” (Working Man’s Clothes/Ohio Theater), an adaptation of the cult 1960’s gothic vampire soap opera “Dark Shadows” (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Jessica was a 2010–2011 resident director at Ensemble Studio Theater, the 2008–2009 Playwrights Horizons Directing Resident, a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and the founding Artistic Director of Down Payment Productions, a company committed to the development of new work, where she oversaw the production of three World Premieres, Two New York Premieres, and countless readings and workshops. She also works as an audition coach for Two Birds Casting.
About Feast Productions
Feast Productions operates in Chicago and New York City, and supports art and enhances communities through relationships with artists and their creations. Feast extends resources, develops work, and forges partnerships that generate nourishing theatrical experiences. We believe art is both a necessity and a luxury and audiences of all ages benefit from access to culture. We are committed to new work, new artists, and new audiences. Feast’s work includes “Pink Milk” at Oracle Theatre (4 non-equity Jeff Nominations), “Precious Monster Operas” (a new opera for children), “Coming to Bad Ends” (a new electro-pop musical), and “The King” (a two-person clown show). Learn more at Feast-Productions.com.
About Jackalope Theatre Company and the Pioneer Series
Jackalope Theatre Company, founded in 2008, cultivates theatre that manifests the adventure deeply rooted in the American mythos. The Pioneer series is a new initiative to cultivate bold new work in Chicago’s storefront scene.  Beginning in 2015, Jackalope will curate productions that are Chicago premieres, experimental in nature, minimal in technical requirements, and have a focus on intimate story telling. These productions receive artistic and administrative support, as well as exclusive access to The Frontier as a performance venue. Learn more at JackalopeTheatre.org.