Collaboraction announces 2010-2011 Season

Collaboraction announces their 15th-Anniversary Season

* including their 11th annual SKETCHBOOK Festival *


guinea pig solo 2006 From the critically-acclaimed 2005 production of Guinea Pig Solo

Anthony Moseley, Collaboraction’s executive and artistic director, has announced the line-up for the company’s 15th season to be staged in its entirety at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division Avenue:


September 13 – October 10, 2010


World premiere by Jason Grote
Directed by Seth Bockley
The Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division Street

Seth Bockley takes the directing reins of the season’s first production, Jason Grote’s ambitious 1001, a wild time-bending re-imagining of The Arabian Nights. Interweaving Scheherazade’s tales with contemporary Manhattan, 1001 examines East and West in the post-9/11 world.

This Chicago premiere takes the audience on a surrealist politically charged, Monty Python-esque journey through the precarious world of the 21st Century.


March 21 – April 17, 2011

Guinea Pig Solo

By Brett C. Leonard
Directed by Anthony Moseley
The Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division

The season continues with Collaboraction’s revival of its 2005 critically acclaimed production of Guinea Pig Solo by Brett C. Leonard.  The play is loosely based on Buchner’s “Woyzeck” and follows the difficult return to society of Iraq War veteran Jose Solo. The remount will feature Dale Rivera and Sandra Delgado reprising their original roles as Jose and Marie.  (pics below are from the 2005 production)

Anthony Moseley directs the revival as part of the “The Woyzeck Project”, a collaborative exploration around Buchner’s seminal work anchored by full length productions by Collaboraction, About Face Theatre and The Hypocrites, as well as featuring short plays, visual art and film.

Guinea pig solo 2005-2  From the critically-acclaimed 2005 production of Guinea Pig Solo


Jun18 – July 3, 2011

11th Annual Sketchbook Festival


Collaboraction rounds out the season with the 11th-annual SKETCHBOOK Festival of short plays, visual art, video and music, also at the Chopin Theatre. Since 2000, this unique festival has provided an incredible platform for emerging and established playwrights, actors, directors, videographers, musicians, artists and more.

SKETCHBOOK is Collaboraction at its best: breaking down the walls that divide theater, music, visual art, video, and the internet. Selected from hundreds of submissions, SKETCHBOOK once again brings together the collective talents of more than 200 pioneering directors, designers, actors, musicians, and artists from Chicago and around the country for a jaw-dropping evening of creativity, experimentation, and celebration.


Flex Pass Tickets Now Available

Collaboraction’s season Flex Pass, which grants tickets to every performance of the 2010-2011 season, is now available. If subscribers miss a production, the tickets can be applied to any of the performances in the rest of the season. A four-pack of tickets is available for $75 and a 10-pack for $150. Reservations must be made in advance and tickets are subject to availability. To purchase a Flex Pass, call 312.226.9633 or go to


Sketchbook 9a Sketchbook 9c Sketchbook 9d Sketchbook 9e

Pictures from Sketchbook 9


Meet the Creative Team

Jason Grote: playwright, screenwriter

Grote’s long list of accomplishments includes a bevy of well-received and critically acclaimed productions including “1001,” “Maria/Stuart,” “Hamilton Township” and “This Storm Is What We Call Progress.” In addition to working with Collaboraction, Grote’s plays have also been produced at The O’Neill National Playwrights’ Conference, The Sundance Theater Lab, Playwrights’ Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, The Atlantic Theater, Soho Rep, Portland Center Stage and many other locations across the United States and Canada. He has been honored with an Ovation Award from The Denver Post, The P73 Fellowship, nominations for The Pushcart Prize, The Kesselring Prize, and The Weissberger Award, an NEA Grant via Soho Rep, a NYSCA Grant via Clubbed Thumb; a Sloan Commission from Ensemble Studio Theatre, among others.

LA Weekly hails, “Jason Grote is one of a generation of brainy new American dramatists — including Tracy Letts and Will Eno — who understand that to reach new audiences, political theater needs to move beyond moral indignation and outrage, past spoon-feeding an attitude.” 


Seth Bockley: Collaboraction Company Member and Director

Bockley is a Chicago-based playwright, director and performer. He won a 2009 Equity Jeff Award for Best New Adaptation for “Jon,” which was adapted from a short story by George Saunders. He has created design-focused theater with several notable Chicago companies including Walkabout Theatre (“Impossible Cities”), Collaboraction (“Jon,” “Deep Blue Sea”), and Redmoon (“Boneyard Prayer,” “Laika’s Coffin”), where he spent two years as a directing apprentice through TCG’s New Generations program. Current commissions include the book for “February House,” a collaboration with lyricist and composer Gabriel Kahane for the Public Theater’s Musical Theater Initiative, and an adaptation of “CommComm” by George Saunders, for The Goodman Theatre’s Ofner Prize.

Brett C. Leonard: playwright, screenwriter

Leonard has been a member of New York’s LAByrinth Theater Company since 2003. His plays have been produced in New York, London, Chicago, Berlin, Sydney, Los Angelesand Toronto. Some of his works include “Unconditional,” “Guinea Pig Solo,” “Roger and Vanessa” and “Scotch and Water.” His debut feature film, “Jailbait,” starring Michael Pitt and Stephen Adly Guirgis, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and won both the Grand Jury Prize and Emerging Filmmaker Award at the Lake Placid Film Festival. Leonard is currently adapting “Unconditional” for the screen for Cooper’s Town Productions and Overture Films. His latest play, “The Long Red Road,” directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, premiered at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre in February 2010.

Anthony Moseley, Executive and Artistic Director of Collaboraction

Moseley has been the leader of Collaboraction since 1999, where he has led the company through a period of remarkable growth. During this period he has developed a Board of Directors, strategic planning process, operations staff, a for-hire division called Experience Design, which offers Collaboraction’s creative and production services to private clients, and produced more than 100 productions and events including Collaboraction’s critically acclaimed productions of “JON,” “The Life and Times of Tulsa Lovechild; a road trip,” “Guinea Pig Solo,” and “The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow.” For the past decade, Moseley has served as the co-creator and Festival Director of the annual SKETCHBOOK Festival, an electrifying blend of theatre, music and art that makes up the “premiere short play festival in the Midwest”. His past Collaboraction directing credits include “Mud” by Maria Irene Fornes, the Chicago premiere of “Refuge” by Jessica Goldberg (2000 Jeff Citation nomination for Best Direction), “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Christopher Sergel based on the novel by Harper Lee, the Chicago premiere of “The Cosmonaut’s Last Message to the Woman He One Loved in the Former Soviet Union” by David Greig, the Chicago premiere of “Guinea Pig Solo” by Brett C. Leonard, the world premiere of “The Pull Toy (and His Pasian)” by Robert McEwen, the world premiere of “Heroes and Villains” by Dan Janoff and numerous world premiere short plays at SKETCHBOOK. He also directed the world premiere of “El Grito Del Bronx” by Migdalia Cruz in co-production with Teatro Vista Theatre, in association with the Goodman Theatre, in the Goodman’s Owen Theatre.


About Collaboraction 

Collaboraction celebrates its 14th year as a Chicago-based arts organization and remains focused on becoming a national leader of contemporary theater. By incorporating innovative artists and inter-disciplinary collaboration, Collaboraction audiences are sure to experience groundbreaking theatrical and art-based events. Presenting such smash hits as 2008’s Jon by George Saunders and adapted and directed by Seth Bockley, and 2007’s critically acclaimed production of The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow: an instant message with excitable music by Rolin Jones, as well as the annual SKETCHBOOK Festival, Collaboraction has worked with more than 2,500 artists to bring more than 60 productions and events to more than 50,000 audience members. For more information, visit


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