Red Tape Theatre’s THE STRIKER Begins Performances September 13th

 Red Tape Theatre presents THE SKRIKER, a haunting fairytale by Caryl Churchill, directed by Eric Hoff, director of The Inconvenience’s critically-acclaimed production of Hit the Wal), performed promenade style September 13 – October 20, 2012 at Red Tape Theatre, 621 W. Belmont, Chicago.  Tickets are available online at or at the Red Tape Box Office.  


THE SKRIKER features Ensemble members Carrie DrapacAmanda Drinkall and Myah Shein with Nico AgerBryan BosqueCynthia CastiglioneShawn EscarcigaHavalah GraceCarmen MolinaShariba RiversSadie RogersMike SteeleDerek Van Barham and Johnard Washington.


An ancient shapeshifter, hell-bent on destroying the lives of two impressionable young mothers, unleashes an army of folklore creatures.  THE SKRIKER is Churchill’s visionary exploration of global ecology made through gender, storytelling, distorted language and modern urban life.


The production team for THE SKRIKER includes: Ensemble member Emily Guthrie (Scenic Design), Izumi Inaba (Costume Design), Karen M. Thompson (Lighting Design), Stephen Ptacek (Sound Design), Ellen Ranney (Props Design), Lindsay Bartlett (Dialect), Jamie Link (Stage Manager), Jessica Reese (Dramaturg) and Allison Shoemaker (Assistant Director).


Title:                           THE SKRIKER

Playwright:                Caryl Churchill

Director:                     Eric Hoff

Featuring:                  Ensemble members Carrie Drapac (Lily), Amanda Drinkall (Josie) and Myah Shein (Ensemble) with Nico Ager (Ensemble), Bryan Bosque (Ensemble), Cynthia Castiglione (Ensemble), Shawn Escarciga (Ensemble), Havalah Grace (Ensemble), Carmen Molina (Ensemble), Shariba Rivers (Ensemble), Sadie Rogers (The Skriker), Mike Steele (Ensemble), Derek Van Barham (Ensemble) and Johnard (Ensemble).


Location:                   Red Tape Theatre

621 W. Belmont, Chicago (in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church)

Dates:                         Previews:  September 13 – 15, 2012

Press preview: Monday, September 17 at 8 pm

      Regular run: September 20 – October 20, 2012

      Industry night: Monday, September 24 at 8 pm

Curtain Times:          Thursdays, Fridays, Saturday and Sundays at 8 pm

Tickets:                      Previews: $15   

Regular run: $25; $15 student & industry

Tickets are available online at or at the Red Tape Box Office.


About the Playwright:

Caryl Churchill has written for the stage, television and radio. Her singular and striking stage plays, which have been widely produced in London, New York and throughout the world, include: Light Shining in BuckinghamshireVinegar TomCloud NineTop GirlsFenSerious MoneyMad ForestThis Is a Chair, Blue HeartFar Away, A Number, Dream Play and Drunk Enough to say I Love You.


About the Director:

Eric Hoff’s mission is to explore the intersection of beautiful art and social justice. He directed Ike Holter’s Hit the Wall for The Inconvenience at both the Steppenwolf Garage and Theatre on the Lake. Eric is a proud Artistic Associate for About Face Theatre, where he recently directed What’s the T? and co-produced The Woyzeck Project, a city-wide event featuring works by over thirty collaborators. Also at About Face, he served as dramaturg and assistant director for Sylvan Oswald’s Pony.  Eric directed Ruby Wilder for the New York International Fringe Festival. He served as Managing Director for (a)Symmetry Cycle at The Viaduct. He is an alumnus of Lincoln Center Theater’s Director’s Lab 2011. Eric is a co-founder of The Accidentals, an experimental troupe in New York City, with whom he is developing The American Mythology Project: Genesis, creating a new American Origins myth.


About Red Tape Theatre:

Red Tape Theatre Company, now in its ninth season, is committed to the creation of new and experimental work. Red Tape’s plays invite our audiences to reimagine their world.  Red Tape’s work serves a vital purpose in our community: to arrest attention and create empathy. Our ensemble collaborates with playwrights, musicians, dancers and visual artists on our three annual productions. This work is supported by our Fresh Eyes Playwrights Workshop and the Chicago Fringe Artist Networking Night, both of which are produced annually. Red Tape is housed in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.  The unique performance space allows us to continually reinvent the audience/artist relationship.