Annual Festivals and Year-Round Curated Programs
Since 2012, Indie Boots has been creating festivals celebrating art featuring underrepresented perspectives on whose stories are worth telling, what's funny, and how the world works. Indie Boots festivals bring independent theatre, film, and music to audiences through annual festivals, special events, and curated programs. We hope our festivals prompt both laughter and dialogue, entertaining audiences and inspiring discussion. For more information, please visit our Festivals page!
For more information about Indie Boots festivals, including cast and crew info, please visit our Festivals page.
The Light, and Everything Else, is Broken
This new full length play is currently in development!
The March Sisters Carol
Presented at Stage 773 One Act Festival
Indie Boots Theatre presents The March Sisters Carol, a new comedy for the holidays. When Stage 773 invited us to participate in their holiday themed One Act Festival, "beginning with an exchange of dialogue from a well-known film, play, or story, each piece will reimagine the conclusion," we decided to lovingly rib one of our favorite holiday classics, Little Women. We think Louisa May "I have fallen in love in my life with so many pretty girls" Alcott would approve. The March Sisters Carol, by Richard Paro, features Ashely Bagot, Katia Jackson, Alex Molnar, and Cyra K. Polizzi. www.IndieBoots.org
December 1 - December 16, 2016 . Thursdays & Fridays at 8:15pm
Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL
Sea Creatures and Research
Presented at Bisexual Queer Alliance Chicago
Indie Boots ensemble members and guests are pleased to present short plays at Bisexual Queer Alliance Chicago's Celebrate Bisexuality Day event on September 23! The program includes artists Ashely Bagot, Suzanne Bracken, Alex Molnar, Richard Paro, and Cyra K. Polizzi. www.IndieBoots.org
September 23, 2016
Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St, Chicago, IL
The Weird Between Us in 4 Short Plays
Presented at Mary-Arrchie Theatre's Abbie Fest XXVIII
Indie Boots Theatre presents The Weird Between Us in 4 Short Plays, comedies about witches on an adventure, a confusing break-up, capitalist chums plotting, and star-crossed sea creatures. The plays, by Justine Krueger, Aisha Leverett, and Richard Paro, directed by Ashely Bagot, Richard Paro, and Breahan Eve Pautsch, feature Ashely Bagot, Danielle Lorae Byas, Justine Krueger, Mark Lancaster, Richard Paro, Breahan Eve Pautsch, Cyra K. Polizzi, and Jazzma Pryor, with stage management by Amy Hopkins.
The Den, Chicago, IL
Happy May in June
Presented at Stage 773 One Act Festival: Skin in the Game
May and her partners have an exciting announcement, but things unravel quickly as they share their news with the cooperative. The atmosphere of conscious experimentation, friendship, and love is both challenged and developed as the community engages with feminism, sexuality, marriage, religion, nudity, commodification, and dirty towels. HAPPY MAY IN JUNE, a stand alone segment from the 2015 production THERE MIGHT BE... STUMBLE by Richard Paro, features actors Ashely Bagot, Celeste Burns, Carolyn Minor, Richard Paro, Cyra K. Polizzi, Jazzma Pryor, Robin Posavetz, Eileen Tull, and Christopher Waldron. www.IndieBoots.org
April 29 - May 27, 2016 . Fridays at 10:30pm
Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL
Between You & Me in 4 Short Plays
Presented at Mary-Arrchie Theatre's Abbie Fest XXVII
Old friends, complete strangers, and post-hookup party-goers, face unexpected circumstances that take us from surreal hilarity to touching realism in plays by Sara Israel, Richard Paro, and John Weagly, directed by Ashely Bagot and Richard Paro, and featuring Ashely Bagot, Don Baiocchi, Amy Geist, Jillann Morlan, Breahan Eve Pautsch, Cyra K. Polizzi, Danielle Rennalls, and Elise Spoerlein. indieboots.org
Saturday, August 15, 2015 . 10:25pm
Angel Island Theatre . 735 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL
You Could Come Back Over Here and Rutabagas
Presented at Creating Change Conference
Indie Boots ensemble members and guests are pleased to present short plays with Bisexual Queer Alliance Chicago at the 2017 Creating Change Conference. The program includes artists Ashely Bagot, Crystal Hartford, Richard Paro, and Cyra K. Polizzi. www.IndieBoots.org
January 22, 2016
There Might Be... Stumble
Inspired by the first two Belle and Sebastian albums, Heidi Spencer and the Rare Birds, Dorothy Parker, Chicago, Love, Kate Bornstein, Internet Comments, Dr. Who, Nick Drake, TV On The Radio, Politics, St. Vincent, and Everything Else
June 9th - July 1st, 2015
Tuesdays & Wednesdays . 7:30pm
The Side Project Theatre . 1439 W. Jarvis, Chicago, IL
Indie Boots Theatre presents There Might Be... Stumble, 10 short plays by Richard Paro, inspired by the first two Belle & Sebastian albums, Heidi Spencer and the Rare Birds, Dorothy Parker, Chicago, Love, Kate Bornstein, Internet Comments, Dr. Who, Nick Drake, TV On The Radio, Politics, St. Vincent, and Everything Else. There Might Be... Stumble runs Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:30pm from June 9 - July 1 at The Side Project Theatre (an accessible theater at 1439 W. Jarvis Ave, just a block from the Red Line). The plays are both funny and melancholy, as the characters surprise each other, find each other, lose each other, argue, face existential crisis, and create. While touching on feminism, sexuality, religion, heath care, nudity, commodification, anti-intellectualism, marriage, and other hot-button issues, There Might Be... Stumble is more about people making personal choices in our political world, than it is about politics.
There Might Be... Stumble features actors Ashely Bagot, Don Baiocchi, Jean E. Burr, Morgan Crouch, Laura Elleseg, Carolyn Minor, Jillann Morlan, Katurah Nelson, Erin O'Brien, Richard Paro, Cyra K. Polizzi, Danielle Rennalls, Mahek Tulsiani, Christopher Waldron, Mackenzie Wiglesworth, Crystal Hartford (6/9, 6/10, 6/30, 7/1) and Breahan Eve Pautsch (6/16, 6/17, 6/23, 6/24). This ensemble of actors portrays 80 characters over the course of the evening, performing in everything from intimate two person scenes, to a full-cast musical number.
The first of the 10 short plays completed for There Might Be... Stumble, Fox in the Snow, was made into an award-winning short film in 2011 and was performed live to an enthusiastic audience at Abbie Fest in 2014. Fox in the Snow reflects both the themes and tone of There Might Be... Stumble, as a women's bible study meeting hilariously unravels until culminating in an unexpected and touching declaration of love. While each characters' true motives are revealed, so are pieces of their lives, including underrepresented character traits such as atheism and bisexuality, in a play not specifically about these topics. There Might Be... Stumble doesn't force the characters to revolve around just one identity as they search for happiness, purpose, and connection.
There Might Be... Stumble is presented by Indie Boots Theatre, creating and celebrating art with different perspectives on whose stories are worth telling, what's funny, and how the world works. As part of Mudgeonsoul Productions, Indie Boots projects are independently produced, collaborative, and encourage coalition building between artists. The production team for There Might Be... Stumble includes stage manager Megan Chaney and ensemble members Ashely Bagot, Crystal Hartford, Richard Paro, Breahan Eve Pautsch, and Cyra K. Polizzi.
General admission tickets are $20, with discounts available for artists, industry, students, educators, low income, and social justice workers. Tickets are available here: http://stumble.bpt.me
Due to adult content, viewer discretion is advised. For more information, please visit: www.indieboots.org or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fox in the Snow - The PlayWritten & Directed by Richard Paro
In this comedy, a women's bible study meeting takes an unexpected turn when the members' true motives are revealed.
Cyra K. Polizzi
Kristi Parker Barnhart
Performances Include:- Abbie Fest . Chicago, IL
- There Might Be... Stumble . Chicago, IL
Rebecca Back to LifeWritten by Liz Siedt, Directed by Richard Paro
Cyra K. Polizzi
Performances Include:- Indie Boots . Chicago, IL
- Abbie Fest . Chicago, IL