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 (re)discover theatre is going at it again. This time we are breaking down gender roles with a hot new adaptation of Aristophanes’ anti-war sex farce Lysistrata. This production penetrates the absurdity of gender expectations by inserting a new and different mix of male and female actors on both sides of this 'blue balling' conflict. To spice things up, a male and female actor will alternate the roles of Lysistrata and the Magistrate every other night, giving a unique dual perspective on gender. Want to get in on the action? To ensure your satisfaction, we are allowing you to pick your gender for the night as well. We have surprises in store for both. Choose wisely. (This is the easiest gender reassignment you'll ever get.)

Women: $15 Men: $20*


* Based on the national average. Women currently earn .77 to every $1 earned by men.


Miriam Reuter: Lysistrata/Magistrate
Bobby Arnold: Lysistrata/Magistrate
Erika Haaland: Calonice
Poppy Golland: Lampito/Athenian Woman
Andrew Lund: Myrrhine
Grace Palmer: Spartan Man/Elder
Brendan Meyer: Cinesias/Toady
Janet Howe: Director
J.R. Pierce: Stage Manager
Celeste Kelley: Assistant Stage Manager
Sotirios Livaditis: Set Designer
Cassy Schillo: Props Designer
Laura Wiley: Lighting Designer
Matt Wills: Sound Designer/Videographer
Kari Warning: Costume Designer
Danielle Whaley: Production Manager
Aaron Pagel: Fight Director

Join us for an orgy of hilarious, powerful, and revealing explorations of gender roles, sexuality, kink and relationships all told through the bard's sexiest scenes: stripped down to 4 actors, 12 scenes and 27 roles. The only question is: How do you want it? 
Every night the audience picks which actor plays each role. The possibilities are endless and every show is a salacious surprise. Grab your f*ck buddy, a lover, your gay best friend, your spouse or the hottie at the next table and prepare to get your drink on. 
Shakespeare is bringing sexy back! 

Jan. 31-Feb17 at Mary's Attic

*Early to Bed will be hosting workshops and sexy give aways for many performances
Jessica Shoemaker
Jon Matteson
Kody Walker 
Miriam Reuter

Matt Wills: Director
Ann Kreitman: Stage Manager
Grayson Heyl: Text Coach
Aaron Pagel: Fight Director
Janet Howe: Costumes/Props


 (Chicago, IL) (re)discover theatre is proud to announce their latest production, HOME, a new devised piece inspired by the American folk song "Wayfaring Stranger". This summer, audiences are able to catch HOME at the Chicago Fringe Festival. (re)discover is excited to share in the Fringe's mission to unite daring theatregoers with emerging and boundary-pushing performing artists from around the world, while engaging non-traditional audiences through a commitment to low ticket prices and through outreach into artistically under served communities. HOME is being devised by an ensemble of Chicago actors, including actor/musician Pamela Mae Davis of (re)discover theatre's As You Like It, actor/musician Jenny Lynn Christoffersen of Collaboraction Theatre Company, (re)discover company member Jon Matteson, and (re)discover co-artistic director Matthew Wills, all under the direction of Ann Kreitman.

"HOME is shaping into a modern tragedy.  We improvise scenes, record them, and then ensemble members step aside and write a draft of the scene.  Every cast member's voice will be present in this piece." said co-artistic director Matthew Wills. “What's most exciting is how new, raw, and collaborative this piece is," he added.

HOME is part of the Chicago Fringe Festival, and performs August 31st at 7 PM, September 6th at 10:00 pm, and September 7th at 2:30 pm at The Spilled Milk Stage (5320 W Giddings, Chicago, IL 60630). Tickets can be reserved at HOME production team includes Marcy Barbeau (Lighting), Matthew Wills (Sound), and Janet Howe (Costumes/Props).

(re)discover theatre is proud to announce their newest production, Jason and (Medea), a fresh and contemporary take on the classical myth by (re)discover ensemble member Jessica Shoemaker, whose work was most recently seen this spring in (re)discover’s adaptation of As You Like It. This summer, audiences are able to catch Jason and (Medea) completely free of charge, in the company’s effort to engage Chicago theatregoers in new, fresh work at an affordable and accessible rate.  Utilizing contemporary poetic style, heightened movement and modern language, the play follows Jason and Medea through the part of their story that never gets told: the love story.  Jason and (Medea) explores sex, gender, love and power in a funny, aching, accessible and timeless context. 

(re)discover theatre presents JASON AND (MEDEA)  by Jessica Shoemaker

Performances Thursdays - Sundays June 20 - July 7
At The Second Stage 3408 N Sheffield Chicago, IL 60657
Tickets: FREE! 



Bridget Schreiber: Medea
Alex Thompson: Jason
Shariba Rivers: Chalciope/Creon 
Erika Lecaj: Atalanta 
Mark Lancaster: Heracles/Pelias 
Kyle Geissler: Heller 
Kelly Amshoff: The Princess

Jessica Shoemaker: Playwright 
Janet Howe: Director
Aaron Pagel: Fight Director
Cassy Schillo: Props Designer/Assistant Director
Laura Wiley: Lighting Designer
Matthew Wills: Sound Designer
Sotirios Livadits: Set Designer
Sarah Jo White: Costume Designer
Kelly Schmidt: Hair and Makeup Designer
Danelle Whaley: Production Manager
Jean E. Compton: Stage Manager
Ann Kreitman: Assistant Stage Manager
Jon Matteson: Creative Fulfillment Director

(re)discover theatre presents AS YOU LIKE IT
(re)discover theatre continues to pick-up steam, kicking off their second season with a bold adaptation of Shakespeare's As You Like It, adapted by Jessica Shoemaker and directed by Matthew Wills. The company is known for tackling devised work and language plays with a focus on text, relationship and discovery. Audiences are engaged in a visceral experience that feels anything but traditional. Says adaptor Shoemaker: "For us, exploring these "classical" works isn't a delicate excavation of an ancient work… We believe that classical works have survived so long because they continue to be vibrantly alive. They were meant to be taken outside the box and played with. Hard." (re)discover theatre has been hailed as “shocking, sexy, and haunting” by the Chicago Reader, and “inventive and authentic” by Chicago Theater Beat. You won't want to miss their tragicomic take on Shakespeare's most famous love-comedy with touches of theatrical clowning and live music. Tickets are $15 at the door and $12 in advance. To purchase tickets visit The production opens on Valentine's Day and runs through February 24th, playing at 1244 W. Thorndale Ave., Chicago, IL 60660, Magnolia St. entrance. 

"Flesh and Bone"
Conceived and written by Jessica Shoemaker

Developed by (re)discover ensemble 

Flesh and Bone is: 
Sexuality. Body Image. American media. 
A fresh and humorous exploration of the issue that lives in ads and breathes in us. 
A show. 
A demonstration. 
A call to arms.

Thur June 21 10:00 pm
Fri  June 22 7:00  pm
Sat  June 23 4:00  pm
Sun  June 24 1:00  pm 

At The Kranzberg Cabaret
501 N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108

The Team:
Jessica Shoemaker- director / writer
Janet Howe- director / choreographer 
Matthew Wills - actor / projections designer
Miriam Reuter - actor / poetic genius

‘Flesh and Bone’ is a devised piece. The team collaborated on all elements of the piece to create the full expression of the ideas. 

“An Evening of Beckett”
Play – Not I – What Where

by Samuel Beckett

Thur- Sun May 24 – June 2  8pm
Sunday May 27 and June 3  2pm

At The Heartland Studio
7016 N Glenwood Ave
Chicago, IL 60626

W1 - Miriam Reuter
W2 - Paloma Nozicka
M - Jon Matteson

Not I
Mouth - Jessica Shoemaker

What Where
Bam - Miriam Reuter
Bom - Mark Chaitin
Bim - Bobby Arnold
Bem - Aaron Pagel
V - Paloma Nozicka

 "the tragedie of hamlet: prince of denmarke"
by william shakespeare

february 16,17,18,19,24,25 at 7 p.m.
february 18,19,25 at 2 p.m

Live Bait Theater
3914 n. clark st


Jon Matteson: Hamlet
Miriam Reuter: Ophelia
Jessica Shoemaker: Laertes
Charlie Askenaizer: Horatio
Dan Toot: Claudius
Josie Nahas: Gertrude
David Cady, Jr: Polonius
Cat Kusch: Rosencrantz/Priest
AJ Miller: Guildenstern/Osric
Candice Allen: Bernardo/Captain/Player 1/Player King
Jay Reed: Ghost/Gravedigger
Mark Chaitin: Francisco/Player 3 (Lucianus)/Messenger/GD 3
Tracey Kaplan: Marcellus/Sailor/Player 2/Player Queen/Fortinbra


Matt Wills: Director, Co-Producer
Jon Matteson: Producer
Miriam Reuter:  Producer
Jessica Shoemaker:  Text Coach
Mark Jacob Chaitin: Assistant Text Coach
Molly Slavin: Director of Marketing
Bobby Arnold: Stage Manager
Janet Howe: Costume Designer
Aaron Pagel: Fight Director