Steep Theatre collaborates with New York's Naked Angels for workshop of Earthsiege: Commence

Steep Theatre is joining forces next week with New York's Naked Angels for a workshop and public readings of Earthsiege: Commence, a new play by New York–based playwright Sarah Burgess, says Steep artistic director Peter Moore. The weeklong workshop will culminate in public readings November 15 and 16, directed by Naked Angels artistic director Andy Donald and starring Steep ensemble members Caroline Neff, Julia Siple and Moore.

"We're beyond excited that Sarah's wildly adventurous, gonzo play is our company's first chance to dip our toe into the Chicago theater scene," Donald said in a statement. The 25-year-old Naked Angels, dedicated to the development of new work, has had a hand in the creation of plays such as Jon Robin Baitz's The Substance of Fire, Will Eno's Thom Pain (based on nothing), Stephen Belber's Tape and Geoffrey Naufft's Next Fall, which moved to Broadway from its Naked Angels production. "We hope this brief workshop sparks many dual-city collaborations between our companies in the very near future," Donald says.

The elevator pitch for Burgess's play, described as "a modern-day thriller for the stage," is pretty intense: "Chelsea Doors—under house arrest, trapped in a two-room apartment with her dad, with nothing at her disposal except the Internet and a phone and a box of Clif bars—is about to take over the world." The readings, at 8pm on Tuesday November 15 and Wednesday November 16, are free; email"> for reservations.

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