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The Deer
Collaboraction's Pentagon Theater in the Flat Iron Arts Building
Chicago, IL
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The Deer
by Brooke Allen
directed by Eric Hoff

Clara got a degree in history, and she works in a bar. Russ is dropping out to get experience, see the world, and tag snowbanks. John hasn't written the Great American anything. The deer is a deer, and he's been hit by a car. As the snow falls on the wreckage, all four confront the wild edges of existence, clutching at memory and pawing through ash to arrive in the crisp but painful present.  Brooke Allen's THE DEER is a lyrical exploration of death, love, and obligation that celebrates moments of connection, the natural world, and pie.

Clara - Julie Cowden
Deer - Mike Tepeli
Russ - Bryan Bosque
John - Joshua Davis
Nan - Echaka Agba
Winnie - Cheryl Snodgrass
Understudies - Carmen Molina, Dennis Frymire


Brooke Allen (Playwright) is a Webster University graduate. Recent credits include; THE LIFE AND DEATH OF MADAM BARKER (Red Tape Theatre 2013); the IT COMES IN festival (the side project, 2013); RUBY WILDER (Tympanic Theatre, 2012; New York International Fringe Festival, 2010; Not Waiting Productions, 2008); HOUSE WORK (Not Waiting Productions, 2007; 2010 Semi-Finalist for the Leah Ryan's Fund for Emerging Women Writers). Brooke has been an Artist In Residence with The Ruckus since 2012 and was the 2013 Playwright in Residence at Red Tape Theatre. Brooke is also a Chicago Storyteller and has performed with Mortified, Guts and Glory, Solo in the Second City, The Paper Machete and You're Being Ridiculous.

Eric Hoff (Director) is pleased to work with The Ruckus for the first time. With playwright Brooke Allen: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF MADAM BARKER at Red Tape Theatre, RUBY WILDER at NY Fringe. Chicago: HIT THE WALL at Steppenwolf Garage and Theatre on the Lake; THE SKRIKER at Red Tape; WHAT'S THE T? with About Face Youth Theatre; THE WOYZECK PROJECT with Hypocrites and About Face. In New York: HIT THE WALL Off-Broadway at Barrow Street Theatre; ABOUT A WOMAN NAMED SARAH at 59E59; WHEN WE MET at CAP21. Eric has developed new plays with Goodman, About Face, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, Pig Iron, and Illyrian Players. At the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, he produced REVIVAL, a performance art/spectacle/dance party with co-creator Jesse Young. Eric lives in Chicago and Brooklyn.

Founded by an industrious group of Michigan ex-pats, The Ruckus is composed of actors, directors, playwrights, and musicians who aim to create a new kind of companya casteless theater that blends the lines between playwright and actor, audience and company member. The Ruckus Theater is led by Artistic Director Allison Shoemaker, Associate Artistic Director Joshua Davis and a company and ensemble of twenty.For more info, please visit



Collaboraction's Pentagon Theater in the Flat Iron Arts Building (View)
1579 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
United States

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Arts > Theatre

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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