Wednesday, January 20, 2010

We Want You!

We have only got 4 shows left, and those final seats are going fast!!!

Friday Jan 22nd
Saturday Jan 23rd
Saturday Feb 6th
Saturday Feb 13th

All show start at 10pm

Call 866-593-4614

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Mammals are Extending our Critically Acclaimed Production of BREED WITH ME!


The Mammals Theatre Company presents

written and directed by Bob Fisher

"I was alternately fascinated and terrified by the wonderfully perverse story" - Jack Helbig w/the Reader

"A must see for horror and noir fans alike" - Kerry Reid w/Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Mammals are extending their run of BREED WITH ME.

The following performance dates have been added

Saturday Feb 6th
Saturday Feb 13th

Both additional performances are at 10pm

Aliens, Ghosts, Noir... BREED WITH ME (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, Chicago Reader & New City) is the Mammals' Hardboiled story of a man whose sexual appetites have forced him to run away from his past into the American desert where he falls into the clutches of the ultimate femme fatale.

Remaining Performance Dates including added shows are as follows

Friday Jan 22,
Saturday Jan 23
Saturday Feb 6th
Saturday Feb 13th

All performances are at 10pm – BYOB
Zoo Studio
4001 N. Ravenswood Ste B-1
Chicago, IL 60613

Suggested donations $15.00.

Reservations can be made by calling 866-593-4614

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Can You Do Nighthawks Justice?

This is not even with final lighting and costumes. I think we're going to rock it out!

The Edward Hopper Project

Monday, January 11, 2010

Lame Post About How Books Should Get You Laid

"We need to make reading books sexy again. If you go home with someone and they don't have books in their home... don't fuck them." - John Waters

What are the 5 best books you read last year?

I'm talking about 'ought to get you laid on the college quad' kind of sexy books.

What are some books you want to read this year or that you would put on everyone else's must read list.

p.s. I will delete any reference to Outrageous Fortune (wink to Issac)

Friday, January 08, 2010

The year is starting off with a bang!

The year is starting off with a bang!

Right now....

we are nearly sold out for the remaining run of the Mammals' Show BREED WITH ME.

Next week, my other theater company WNEP, opens The (edward) HOPPER project, an endeavor that has been years in the making.

The week after that, WNEP opens NIGHTHAWK SANDWICH, a sort of wild child constructed out of HOPPER scenes that maybe didnt make the final cut, but still were so fun and compelling that they deserve a night all their own!

Non-traditional Spaces and Approaches Forum on the 17th at the Zoo Studio, great way to make new friends and have exciting and challenging conversations with fellow theater makers.

And then Auditions for the Mammals' next show THE MEATLOCKER

No sleep till Feb!

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Picking Our Parents?

Thinking about 99's post yesterday, specifically the comments section

This sort of conversation is the kind that I find pleasurable. Who has influenced you?

How does inheritance, essentialism, conditioning, etc affect who we consider to be the parents of our artistic influence?

Is there a difference between building upon the parents, entering into conversation with the parents, or publicly rebuking the parents?

Do we merely inherit a canon, or do we have the opportunity not merely at a counter canon, but multiple counter canons?

Are there reasons to fear a sort of 'seperate but equal' perception of not multi-culture but multiple culture?

What are the fine points of difference between those two concepts?

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Auditions! Please help us spread the word!

The Meatlocker - Opening April 2010

The Chicago Mammals are holding non-equity auditions for men of all ages for our next show entitled THE MEATLOCKER.

Auditions will be held on Sunday Jan 24th from 12-5pm. To schedule an appointment to audition or to ask questions, please email us at

The Chicago Mammals like smart tough non-equity actors who work hard and are easy to get along with! If that sounds like you drop us an email!

The Third Play in the Noir Triptych, this is the tale of a boxer haunted by demons from his past warning that if he goes down for the full ten count, even if it's a dive, he wont ever get back up. Every time the boxer steps on the mat, he is fighting for his life. The real trouble occurs when the boxer meets a bookie who wont take no for an answer to fix a fight. This story will be told by the Mammals in both graphic novel form as well as a stage production.

pre-visualization of one of the pages from the upcoming graphic novel, click to enlarge


Non-Traditional Spaces and Approaches - Part Two

Where you come from and where you want to be greatly influences you're opinion of non-traditional spaces and approaches.

Where you do your show affects your production how? When you did that show in...

a bar,
in the park,
at the gallery,
in the back of a car,
at the bus stop,
in your living room,
beneath the bean,
from the balcony
in the lobby
in the goldfish bowl...

There was no way you were able to process in a manner that you were taught while at college. What are the big surprises that almost or maybe even did kick you in the butt?

How did the non-traditional venue affect things like

audience's comfort
attention span
actors enthusiasm
difficulties in promotion
ensemble anxiety

When you did your non-traditional production, did it feel...

just right
sort of like 'slumming it'
nothing special
a break thru for the form the form of theatre
sort of like a dirty picnic
walking through a sculpture garden?

Monday, January 04, 2010


Click on image to enlarge!

Ron Kroll as The Shutterbug and Meghann Tabor as The Doll in the Mammals' new show BREED WITH ME! For info about tickets click here!

Sunday, January 03, 2010

The Mammals are back at it!

click on image to enlarge

BREED WITH ME is back in 2010!

We have six shows left! And due to limited seating, remaining shows are already half full! We really hope you come out to see our show called a "MUST SEE" by the Chicago Tribune.

Performance Dates are as follows

Jan 8,9
Jan 16 (no show Jan 15th)
Jan 22, 23

Industry Night Monday Jan 18th (PLEASE NOTE Industry night performance is at 8:30pm)

All other performances are at 10pm – BYOB
Zoo Studio
4001 N. Ravenswood Ste B-1
Chicago, IL 60613

Suggested donation $15.00. Jan 22nd and Jan 23 will be closing weekend fundraisers. Tickets for Jan 22nd and Jan 23rd are $15.00 (post show party and drinks included)

Reservations can be made by calling 866-593-4614

How Do You Deal With The Doubts of Others?

Listen... evaluate... then persist.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Who's Going To Stop You?

No one can. They may try, but you can endure. You may change, but you will endure.