Monday, October 25, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Interview with the Stonecipher Report

Michael Sweeney of the Stonecipher report on WHPK FM interviews Scott McKinsey and Curtis Powell of DreamLogic Theatreworks about their production of Titus Andronicus. The Stonecipher report can be heard on 88.5 FM and at Mon, 10/25 from 3 - 5 PM and from 11/01 on, every week from 3 - 4 PM.

Rehearsal Photos

Titus Cast Interviews--Nick Goodman

Next up in our series of cast interviews is Nick Goodman, who plays Martius and Aemilius.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Shakespeare is Everywhere #1: Hamlet

Mikey Renan performs the "What a Piece of Work is Man" soliloquy in the shadow of the Hancock building.

Titus Cast Interviews--Alexis Meuche

Our interview series continues with Alexis Meuche, who plays Lavinia:

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Rehearsal Photos

I want to thank the fabulous and talented Jehan Roberson for these photos of our rehearsals.


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Monday, October 4, 2010

Titus Cast Interviews--Jack Sharkey

Jack Sharkey, who plays Saturninus in DreamLogic's Titus Andronicus, discusses his process, the text of the play and what he hopes audiences will take away from his performance and the play in general:

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Titus Andronicus to Be Performed at Historic Southside Mansion

Chicago, IL, September 29, 2010—DreamLogic Theatreworks is thrilled to open its inaugural season with Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare's brutal tale of savagery and revenge, at Beverly's historic Hopkinson House, once the final American stop on the Underground railroad. The production opens Thursday, October 21st and runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM. Each performance includes an open-bar cocktail hour at 6:30 PM, catered dinner, the show and a coffee and dessert post-show talk-back. For complimentary press tickets, please contact us at

The Hopkinson House was once a refuge for slaves fleeing their oppressors on the Underground Railroad,” commented director Scott McKinsey in a recent interview, “They hid in the attic, literally buried under the floorboards. When you set foot in the space, you can feel the weight of their needless suffering hanging in the air, bleeding from the walls. That is why we are so passionate about the staging of Titus Andronicus in this historic home. Titus is, at its heart, a play about needless suffering and its terrible consequences. In this staging, ever act of brutality, cruelty and prejudice that occurs feels far more visceral and immediate. The experience is very primal. However, the experience is not meant to be gratuitous. Our goal is to honor the legacy of these people who suffered immeasurable hardships and agony to achieve their freedom.”

To further tap into the immediacy and primal energy of the play, Titus Andronicus is being presented in promenade. The promenade style eliminates the barrier between audience and actors by placing them together in the same environment. Throughout the performance, patrons may move around the space amongst the actors, viewing scenes from any vantage point they choose. Rather than sitting passively outside the action, the audience is entirely immersed. The actors may speak directly to patrons around them, further drawing them into the action. The promenade experience is highly exhilarating and intensifies the core message of the plot. This staging choice is reflective of DreamLogic Theatreworks' commitment to revitalizing classic texts through bold, innovative and experimental choices.

DreamLogic Theatreworks is a non-profit theatre company founded in 2009. The production features Mallory Backstrom, Paul Fleschner, Nick Goodman, Sara Katherine Hammond, Brady Greer Huffman, Alexis Meuche, Curtis Powell, Ray Ready, Mikey Renan, Jack Sharkey, Brendan Siegfried, Jeffrey Stokes, Megan Storti and Edwin Unger. Scott McKinsey is the Artistic Director of DreamLogic and director of Titus Andronicus. Lauren Sweeney is DreamLogic’s Executive Designer and the designer for Titus Andronicus. David Sweeney is Managing Director of DreamLogic Theatreworks.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Press Release

If you like the music of Rocky Horror, you're going to love this event. On Monday, August 23rd a spectacular chance for Chicagoans to let their inner divas shine will be available at Mary's Attic in Andersonville.

The event? A live "Karaoke-style" Cabaret of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and other cult favorites.

An accompanist will be on hand to back performers on the stage at Mary's. "The idea of this actually came from my wedding" says event co-planner David Sweeney, "we had Live Band Karaoke at the reception and our guests went crazy over the chance to be a rock star for one song. With this event, we want to capture the feeling of being the lead in the big musical while also indulging out love of cult movies."

The event will feature a costume contest with prizes donated by local merchants. “I absolutely love midnight showings of Rocky Horror,” says event co-planner Scott McKinsey. “My favorite part of going is seeing the amazing costumes people create. Our brilliant designer Lauren Sweeney is outfitting us for the big night, and we want all of you to show up looking fabulous too.”

The event will feature a complete performance of the music from "Rocky Horror” and two sessions of cult favorite karaoke. Sign-up for the Rocky Horror session will be on a strictly "first come, first serve" basis. The sign up sheet will be available at 7 PM and Rocky Horror will begin at 8:30 following the first karaoke session which will run from 7:30-8:30. Following Rocky Horror, there will be another session of cult favorite karaoke.

The song listings for the night will include music from "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," "Repo: The Genetic Opera," the soundtrack to "Priscilla Queen of the Desert" and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Singers with special requests and sheet music will be accommodated if possible.

Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door. For more information or to RSVP for the event visit us on our Facebook page:

Monday, May 3, 2010

Are you Excited Yet?

Hey all,
We are polishing our records and dusting off our big floppy chef's hats! You should be oiling your dancing shoes and picking out some trendy togs! We are excited that so many of our friends will be joining us to help launch what is, for most of us, one of the most exciting projects we've been involved in.

DreamLogic Theatreworks is going to be an exciting new voice in Chicago theatre, and there is still time for you to buy gala tickets to be with us from the very start. I can't wait for Saturday and a chance to celebrate with all of you.


Monday, March 29, 2010

Inaugural Gala

Be a part of the magic from the start! Join DreamLogic Theatreworks as we celebrate the launch of our inaugural season. Enjoy a delicious tapas menu, dance to live DJs, and get a sneak preview of the marketing for our first two shows. Listen to live music by Ampersand and bid on classy wares in our silent auction.

Dress: cocktail attire.

Visit our blog at for advance tickets or email for more information.

Your attendance will help us fulfill our mission of bringing new life to the classics!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Hitting the Ground Running

So, I guess this is the first post of the DreamLogic Theatreworks blog. The plan is to use this space as a way to keep our loyal fans and partners "in the loop" about the goings on of the company.
So far, we've been doing a lot of planning. Our biggest news right now is that we just dropped our articles of incorporation as a non-profit to the Secretary of State's office.

I can't get into too many details about the season we have lined up for the Fall, but I can say that we will be juxtaposing two works from an Elizabethan playwrite with a penchant for soliloquy in some ways that might surprise you.

Too cryptic for you? We'll be unveiling our season, complete with advanced marketing materials, at a gala in Logan Square on the evening of May 8th. If you'd like to be one of the first to get an official invitation, or if you're just looking for more information about DreamLogic, drop an email to

Dave Sweeney
(Design Guy)