Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Second City Finds 101 Ways to Let Them Eat Chaos

The Second City is proud to announce the opening of The Second City's 101st Revue, Let Them Eat Chaos. Reviewing press are invited to attend the show on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. at The Second City Mainstage Theatre (1616 N. Wells Street). A Grand Opening is scheduled for Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at 8:00 p.m.

For better or worse, we're someone to everyone. Sometimes the title is friend and sometimes the title is enemy - unfortunately, we can't always dictate our role nor can we control our path through the world. The cast of The Second City Mainstage invites you to grab the people that mean the most to you and take a journey with them from the high seas of the Atlantic to the bohemian home of Panamanian poets. Let's leave the rest and let them eat chaos.

Jeff Award-winning director Matt Hovde (Studs Terkel's Not Working, Sky's the Limit (Weather Permitting)) returns to The Second City's legendary Mainstage Theater to lead a veteran cast including Edgar Blackmon (Jeff Award-winner - Best Actor - Revue), Holly Laurent, Tawny Newsome, Katie Rich, Steve Waltien and new cast member Ross Bryant. Julie N. Nichols returns to the keys (and mandolin, gong and Wurlitzer) for Let Them Eat Chaos and Craig Taylor returns as Stage Manager. The producing team for Let Them Eat Chaos includes Chief Executive Officer & Executive Producer for The Second City, Andrew Alexander; Executive Vice President, Kelly Leonard; Producer, Alison Riley; and Associate Producer, Jeremy Smith.

Tickets for Let Them Eat Chaos are available by phone at 312-337-3992 or online at The show schedule and ticket prices are as follows:

Tuesday 8 p.m. $23.00
Wednesday 8 p.m. $23.00
Thursday 8 p.m. $23.00
Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. & 11 p.m. $28.00
Sunday 7 p.m. $23.00


Edgar Blackmon
EDGAR BLACKMON (Ensemble) is from Richton Park, IL. This is his third revue for The Second City Mainstage. He was a member of The Second City's Outreach & Diversity Ensemble and later toured with The Second City Touring Company. He is also a part of the comedy duo "Mad Highentists." Follow Edgar on twitter at @edgarblackmon.
Ross Bryant
ROSS BRYANT (Ensemble) travelled the world with The Second City Touring Company, co-wrote and performed the revue One Nation Under 1% in UP Comedy Club, and appeared in The Second City's Guide to the Opera at Lyric Opera. He is an ensemble member of Baby Wants Candy and The Improvised Shakespeare Company, with whom he has performed all over the USA and Canada.
Holly Laurent
HOLLY LAURENT (Ensemble) is a member of the longstanding improv group The Reckoning and is a consulting writer for The Onion News Network. She trained at iO Chicago, the Annoyance Theater, 500 Clown, and toured with The Second City Touring Company. Holly holds an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College. She was a member of the Jeff–nominated Mainstage revues South Side of Heaven and Who Do We Think We Are. This is her third Mainstage revue. Follow Holly on Twitter @laurentholly.
Tawny Newsome
TAWNY NEWSOME (Ensemble) was most recently in The Second City e.t.c.'s 36th revue We're All in This Room Together. A DePaul Theatre School graduate, Tawny has performed with several Chicago theatre companies including Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Writer's Theatre, and Porchlight Music Theater. Tawny can also be seen with her band Jon Langford and Skull Orchard, and she's just finished her first solo album and would love to talk to you for way too long about it. You can learn more about Tawny at
Katie Rich
KATIE RICH (Ensemble) studied at Northwestern University before traveling with The Second City Touring Company and performing in the 99th Mainstage revue, South Side of Heaven. Katie improvises at iO Chicago, and her solo work has been seen at iO West, TBS' Just for Laughs Festival, and the Paper Machete. Commercial credits include: Walmart, Sonic Drive-in, Lexus, Radio Shack and more. Movie credits include: Martin Short's Let Freedom Hum and with Abigail Breslin in Janie Jones. Follow her @katiemaryrich. Go Bears!
Steve Waltien
STEVE WALTIEN (Ensemble) is thrilled to be part of his second revue on The Second City Mainstage. Steve has performed regularly at the iO Theatre for years and toured the world with numerous improv shows including The Improvised Shakespeare Company and Whirled News Tonight. Favorite scripted shows include Jordan and Steve are Steve and Jordan, Respectively; The Late Night Late Show; and his solo show Scenes With Ghosts.
Matt Hovde
MATT HOVDE (Director) Directing credits include Sky's The Limit (Weather Permitting), Studs Terkel's Not Working (Jeff Award Winner – Best Director); Chicago Live!; America: All Better!; Rod Blagojevich Superstar!; Campaign Supernova; Between Barack and a Hard Place; How I Lost My Denverginity; and The Best of The Second City. He is the Artistic Director of The Second City Training Center, and is a founder of the Galileo Players sketch group. Matt was born in Chicago, grew up in Omaha, and graduated from TCU.
Julie Nichols
JULIE B. NICHOLS (Music Direction, Original Incidental Music, Sound Design) is thrilled to be part of the Second City Mainstage. This is her third Mainstage revue. Previous credits include Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies and the Jeff-nominated South Side of Heaven. Prior to life on the Mainstage, Julie was the associate musical director for Boom Chicago in Amsterdam. Prior to that, Julie toured with The Second City Touring Company and was lucky enough to perform and compose for The Annoyance Theater. Julie serves as the musical director for The New Colony and her pet project is the hit NPR parody podcast, The Fraudkast (, for which she serves as producer, composer, and editor.
  CRAIG TAYLOR (Stage Manager) has stage managed more than 35 revues for The Second City and has been asked to provide the impossible for numerous Second City directors.

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