strangest things! the musical
march 3 - july 8, 2017
"one of the best shows in Chicago."
"truly one of the strangest things you will see."
- Broadway World Chicago
"the funniest parody Chicago has seen in years."
- The Hawk Chicago
"a late-night romp [that] hits a lot of satisfying,
low-budget musical comedy notes."
- The Chicago Reader
"one of the best plays in Chicago."
Set to the intoxicating beats of your favorite 80's hits, Strangest Things! is a new musical mystery from the twisted minds behind Barney the Elf and Ladies Night of the Living Dead. Lovingly ripped off from the hit Netflix series, Strangest Things! The Musical! takes us back to a time when the hair was huge, the music was loud, and parents were nowhere to be found.
Courtney Dane Mize
Sean Michael Mohler
Special Thank You: Greenhouse Theater Center, Brenda & Shawn Renaud, Julane Sullivan, All Dressed Up Costumes
Tommy Rivera-Vega (Director, Choreographer) Fresh from directing and choreographing The Other Theatre Co.'s Barney The Elf, Tommy makes his Random Acts directing debut. Chicago Acting Credits credits: Parachute Men, Between You Me and the Lampshade, A View From the Bridge, Momma’s Boyz – Teatro Vista; Mother Road - Goodman Theatre; West Side Story – Drury Lane; In the Heights – Skylight Music Theatre; In the Heights, My Fair Lady – Paramount Theatre; Three Sisters – Steppenwolf Theatre; Kiss of the Spiderwoman – BoHo Theatre; Augusta & Noble – Adventure Stage; Pippin – Music Theatre Company; CATS – Theo Ubique; Puerto Rico credits: Spring Awakening, Footloose – Black Box Theatre. Episodic: Chicago PD (Ep 411). He is a proud Teatro Vista, The Other Theatre Co. Ensemble member, and an Artistic Associate of Random Acts. Tommy is represented by Paonessa Talent Agency.
Bryan Renaud (Writer) is thrilled to premiere Strangest Things! with Random Acts, where he also premiered his plays All Our Twilight (co-writer Emily Schmidt) and Ladies Night of the Living Dead (top seller of the 2015 Chicago Fringe Festival). Other plays include Twelfth Night of the Living Dead (available from Chicago Dramaworks, produced internationally), Barney the Elf, and Other Letters. As a performer, Bryan has worked with American Theater Company, Pride Films & Plays, Provision Theater, Music Theatre Company, Greatworks, Prologue Theatre, Gorilla Tango, Shakespeare on Clark, Oak Park Festival Theatre, Nothing Without a Company, Two Pigs Productions and North Central College. www.BryanRenaud.com
Emily Schmidt (Writer) is an admissions representative by day and a writer by night. After spending 5 years writing sketches for Acid Reflux Comedy, she wrote original lyrics for The Other Theatre Co's Barney the Elf. Other credits include co-writing All Our Twilight and Strangest Things! with Bryan Renaud, Awkward Family Gatherings and An Evening in Revue. She received her MA in English from Loyola University.
Ben F. Locke
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