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Cowboy Play

by Lily Rushing

A public reading presented as part of The Playwriting Initiative

MAY 22 / The Theatre School at DePaul

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A public reading presented as part of The Playwriting Initiative

Playwright: Lily Rushing
Director: Angela Forshee

May 22 (7 pm, The Theatre School at DePaul, Room 301)

Please join us for the culmination of our year-long partnership with recent DePaul graduate Lily Rushing on her latest draft of Cowboy Play.

Tickets are FREE (please bring friends!)

Gail tries to end her own life, but instead ends up back in the 1940s and on the very day when, at 16, she is crowned Rodeo Queen. As she haunts her old childhood ranch and interacts with her younger self she is reminded of how much her world has changed. This is a world where memory, sexuality and the Wild West all come together and two selves collide.

The Artists

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LILY RUSHING, Playwright

Playwright Lily Rushing is from the hot, inland metropolis known as Sacramento, CA. She recently graduated from The Theatre School at DePaul University with a BFA in Playwriting. She is the current recipient of The Playwriting Initiative award at Interrobang Theatre Project. Three of her plays, Office Romance, Desert Stories for Lost Girls, and a one-act called Lights Out were developed into staged readings as a part of the Wrights of Spring festival at The Theatre School. Desert Stories received a full production in April 2018, directed by Ann Filmer. Her ten-minute play, The Dog, was recently commissioned by Victory Gardens and presented at their College Night. She has also worked with Sacramento Theatre Company and the School Partnership Program, putting on plays at urban schools with kids from her neighborhood, in her beloved hometown.

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Angela Forshee is a Chicago-based director and is excited to be working with Interrobang for the first time. She was last seen directing She Kills Monsters with The Cuckoo's Theater Project and has worked with a variety of other companies in Chicago, including Broken Nose Theatre, Raven Theatre, and Walkabout.



CHICAGO: 2 unfortunate 2 travel (Prop Thtr), Indecent (Victory Gardens Theater u/s), May Day (Rhinofest). REGIONAL: Pinocchio, Charley's Aunt, Jungle Book (Peterborough Players). READINGS: The Enchanted (Book by John Kander and Greg Pierce), FILM: Widows (Dir. Steve McQueen). TRAINING: Oberlin College, NTI at Moscow Art Theatre School. Thanks to Sarah, Lily and Georgette!!

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JACK OLIN, Lone Ranger

Jack is an actor and acrobat working in Chicago. He has previously worked with Interrobang on Foxfinder. Other credits include Letters Home, Frindle, and The Harvest (Griffin), The Exonerated (Next Theatre), and Romeo & Juliet (American Myth Center). As an acrobat, he has developed work with Lookingglass and The Actors Gymnasium. He is a proud graduate of Northwestern University and is represented by Actors Talent Group. Yee, and he cannot stress this enough, haw!

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As may be expected, Maggie is excited to be working with the talented folks at Interrobang, particularly on Lily Rushing’s compelling play. Maggie is an actor, director, producer, educator and long time veteran of Chicago theatre. As an actor, she has appeared in many a play and has done many a staged-reading at many a theatre throughout Chicago.

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For those wondering, "Whats an interrobang?", it is the combination of a question mark and exclamation point, joining the Latin word for “question” (interro) with a proofreading term for “exclamation” (bang). Through the plays we produce, Interrobang Theatre Project aims to pose questions that challenge our understanding and assumptions of who we are and the world in which we live.

Beginning this season, we are also proud to be in residence at Rivendell Theatre, located at 5779 N Ridge Ave in the Edgewater neighborhood. 


Interrobang Theatre Project (ITP) produces visceral and timely works, rarely produced texts, and new American plays. We strive to excite a new generation of theatergoers, to engage our community through challenging plays, to maintain an environment in which artists can do their very best work, and to change our world one play at a time. ITP is not recommended for audiences who prefer theatre to be benign or familiar.


Now in its eighth season, ITP is under the artistic leadership of Georgette Verdin.  Founded in 2010 by Jeffry Stanton, ITP has been hailed by the Chicago Tribune as a “company to watch” and by Time Out Chicago as “one of Chicago’s most promising young theatre companies.”

Over the past seven seasons, productions have included the world premiere of Ibsen is Dead by Calamity West, the Midwest premiere of The Argument by Gregory Moss, the Jeff Award Recommended The Pitchfork Disney, TerminusOrange Flower Water, Speaking in Tongues, Here Lies Henry, Really Really, Recent Tragic Events, and the critically-acclaimed Hot ‘N’ Throbbing, which Time Out Chicago’s 5-star review called a “scintillating revival.” 

During the 2016-2017 season, ITP was nominated for seven Jeff Awards, winning two:

Production - Play: The North Pool
Director - Play: James Yost (The North Pool)
Actor in a Principal Role - Play: Salar Ardebili (The North Pool)
Actress in a Principal Role - Play: Amy Johnson (Falling) WINNER
Actor in a Supporting Role - Play: Justin Tsatsa (Falling) WINNER
Solo Performance: Sarah Gise (The Amish Project)
Scenic Design: Greg Pinsoneault (The North Pool)



Last season's FOXFINDER was nominated for seven Jeff Awards:

Best Production: FOXFINDER
Director: Margaret Knapp
Actor in a Principle role: Alexandra Fisher
Set Design: Eric Luchen
Original Music: Jesse Case
Sound Design: Jesse Case
Lighting Design: John Kelly



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Cowboy Play
by Lily Rushing
A public reading presented as part of The Playwriting Initiative

May 22 (7pm, The Theatre School at DePaul)

Tickets are FREE (please bring friends)

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Chicago, IL 60640

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