Aug 2012 05


45 Minutes Productions and WNEP Theater are pleased to announce Seven Deadly Plays by Joe Janes, a mini-festival of ten-minute plays written by Second City veteran Joe Janes in seven of the most dangerous places he could imagine opening Thursday, August 23 and running through Sunday, August 26 at Strawdog Theater, 3829 N. Broadway.  Tickets for all shows are $10.00 (online at or at the door).

All seven of the plays will have been written within one week of opening night. The bulk of the writing for each play will be done in a different location with an element of danger to it. For example, the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier, a street corner in Englewood, underground in a sewage treatment plant, next to the shark tank at Shedd Aquarium, the ball pit at the Children’s Museum. This list is subject to change.

“After Joe completed the Herculean tasks of writing 365 comedy sketches and then the writing of 50 ten-minute plays (all 415 pieces being produced at Strawdog Theater), he figured that the only thing more daunting was risking physical danger,” comments producer Don Hall.  “We’ll be shooting the experiences on digital video in case we ‘lose’ Joe along the way.”

The mini-festival will take place on the mainstage of Chicago’s Strawdog Theater, and the location has become a surrogate home for the work of Janes.

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