Recent Tragic Events

Recent Tragic Events

By Craig Wright
Directed by Georgette Verdin

Recent Tragic Events is a quirky and dark comedy set in Minneapolis on the evening of Sept. 12, 2001. Waverly, an attractive advertising executive and Andrew, an awkward, yet oddly-endearing airport bookstore manager are meant to go on a blind-date. The idea of going out evolves into an evening in, as Waverly becomes increasingly concerned about her twin sister, a New York resident who's been unaccounted for since 9/11. With the arrival of uninvited, yet obnoxiously-charming neighbor Ron and his oddly-silent 'house-guest,' Nancy, the date begins to unravel. The question of fate vs. free will gets entangled amidst a slew of shocking coincidences, an unexpected visit and one bizarre turn after another in this existential exploration by Craig Wright.

"There is really too much talent here to celebrate each component in the detail that they deserve. Suffice it to say, this cast fits together exquisitely, their humor and heart in perfect alignment." - NewCity

Cast Bios

Production Team

BEN APPLE, Stage Manager
This is Ben’s first production with Interrobang Theatre Project. Past regional credits include: Brother Wolf (Triad Stage), Snow Queen (Triad Stage), Christmas Carol (Triad Stage), Rum and Vodka (Burning Coal Theater), Romeo and Juliet (NC Shakespeare Festival), Actor and the Assassin (Haywood Arts Regional Theater). Ben graduated in 2014 with a BFA in Acting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

CLAIRE CHRZAN, Lighting Design
Claire grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. She is thrilled to work with Interrobang Theatre Project as an artistic associate where she has designed the lighting for their recent productions of Ibsen is DeadThe Pitchfork DisneyHot ‘N’ ThrobbingSpeaking in Tongues, and Orange Flower Water. Other previous designs include, In the Heart of America (Theatre Seven), Little Shop of Horrors (Street Tempo Theatre), and Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me and Seascape (Oak Park Festival Theatre).

SAMANTHA R. DZIRKO, Production Manager
Samantha is grateful to be doing her 2nd show with Interrobang Theatre Project. Production Management credits include:Really Really (Interrobang Theatre Project), Workshop Production Manager at Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Production Management Intern at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

SHAWN GALLIGAN, Assistant Stage Manager
With a background in performance, Shawn switched to stage management in 2011. That's not to say he can't be dragged back onstage, if arm twisted... Since then, he has worked for theaters in Ohio, Illinois, and Wisconsin, both onstage and backstage. His Interrobang SM credits include: Speaking in Tongues, Terminus, Really Really, and Recent Tragic Events. Shawn spends his summers in Wisconsin under the stars, where he is the ASM at Northern Sky Theater. He is a recreational cyclist (and a bike mechanic), and a lover of board games.

LISA GIEBLER, Technical Director
Lisa is a freelance technical director, carpenter and mixed media artist in the Chicagoland area.  She works at Northbrook Theatre regularly and has also done work at Harper College, Chicago Folks Operetta, and Chicago Dramatists.  This is her third production with Interrobang.

Some of Mealah’s previous prop designs include Caged Dames and Miracle! with Hell in a Handbag Productions, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum with Porchlight Music Theatre,  Really Really with Interrobang Theatre Project andHello, Dolly! with Light Opera Works. Mealah is an ensemble member with Hell in a Handbag Productions.

NOEL HUNTZINGER, Costume Design 
Noel is an Interrobang Theatre Project company member for which she has designed costumes for Really Really, Owners, Ibsen is Dead, The Pitchfork Disney, Terminus, and Speaking in Tongues. She is also an artistic associate with Filament Theatre Ensemble where she designed Snow Queen and Hank Williams: Lost Highway. Other favorite credits inlude: Mistakes Madeline Made and Permanent Image with Livewire Theatre and Happy Now? with Shattered Globe Theatre.

CHRISTOPHER AARON KNARR, House Manager & Social Media Guru
Originally from South Bend, IN and relocated to beautiful Chicago, Christopher graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in Theatre & Drama, and studied abroad with The Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland. His last credits included Interrobang Theatre Project's previous productions of Terminus, The Pitchfork Disney and Ibsen is Dead as Assistant Stage Manager. He was also House Manager for these productions as well as last season's Owners, Really Really, and this season's Katrina: Mother-in-Law of 'em All.

MORGAN LAKE, Sound Design
Morgan is a Chicago-based sound designer. She is very excited to be working with Interrobang Theatre Project for the first time. Recent projects include designing The Terrible (The New Colony) and engineering It's a Wonderful Life (American Blues Theater). Upcoming work includes engineering The Life of Galileo (Remy Bumppo Theatre Company) and Little Shop of Horrors (American Blues Theater) this spring.

Greg is a Chicago based designer who recently received a BFA in Scenic Design from The Theatre School at DePaul University.  Chicago credits include works with Griffin Theatre, Profiles Theatre, Interrobang Theatre Project, Rasaka Theatre Company, The Agency Theatre Collective, Cock and Bull, and Underscore Theatre Company.  He has also assisted on productions at The Cort Theatre (NYC), The Broadhurst Theatre, Glimmerglass Opera, The Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Paramount Theatre, and Drury Lane Oakbrook.  Greg was the recipient of The 2014 Theatre School Michael Merritt Award and the 2015 USITT W Oren Parker Undergraduate Scene Design Award.  Examples of his work can be found at

ZOE VERDIN, Graphic Design
Zoë is a freelance graphic designer and Thai masseuse. She received her undergraduate degree in Studio Art from Carleton College in 2006 and is currently enrolled at the Thai Bodywork School of Thai Massage in Evanston. She has worked as scenic designer/carpenter, costume designer and muralist on a number of projects at Polaris Charter Academy, including Wiley and the Hairy Man, Alice in Wonderland, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. She is delighted to be a part of Interrobang Theatre Project's incredible company of artists.