This Is Only A Test – A World Premiere Play
The Den Theatre
1331 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
The Den Theatre
1331 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
The Den Theatre
1331 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
The Den Theatre
1331 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
The Den Theatre
1331 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
The Den Theatre
1331 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
The Den Theatre
1331 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
The Den Theatre
1331 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
The Den Theatre
1331 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
The Den Theatre
1331 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
The Den Theatre
1331 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
The Den Theatre
1331 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
The Den Theatre
1331 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
The Den Theatre
1331 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
The Den Theatre
1331 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
The Den Theatre
1331 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
The Den Theatre
1331 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
The Den Theatre
1331 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
The Den Theatre
1331 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
Comedy/Drama, New Work
Runs Feb 13Mar 12, 2022

A World Premiere play by Eric Reyes Loo, directed by Toma Tavares Langston (“The Light,” “Hedwig and the Angry Itch”).

It could happen anywhere, at any time, and the faculty at Washington High have decided to take “being prepared” to a whole new level. Through a series of Active Shooter Drills, their students will be trained on how to fight back against intruders. But as they’re asked to quell violence by responding violently, four teenagers begin to wonder: if we’re so prepared, why do we feel even more unsafe? Directed by rising director Toma Tavares Langston (The Light; Hedwig and the Angry Itch), this brand-new play asks us to consider the moment when preparing for the worst tips over into a whole new breed of violence all its own.

Artistic Director E.M. Davis and Managing Director Rose Hamill say, “When the ensemble first read Eric’s darkly satirical play over three years ago, the terrifying but necessary questions it asked were immediately impossible to shake. And now, as we continue to stare into an uncertain future, the conversations it provokes feel all the more prevalent. What sort of world are we passing down to our children? If they can’t even feel safe in their place of learning, what haven can we possibly offer them? And worse, when we place the promise of security in the kids’ own ability to retaliate, how soon before we exacerbate the issue and push them to their breaking point? We’re proud to be partnering with director Toma Tavares Langston to bring this highly original new play to Chicago audiences for its world premiere.”

The cast includes company member RjW Mays* with Zhanna Albertini, Graham Helfrick, Sophia Vitello, Christopher M. Walsh and Austyn Williamson.

The production team includes Jessie Baldinger (scenic design), Jessica Van Winkle (costume design), Conchita Avitia (lighting design), Hannah Foerschler (sound design), Charlotte Lastra (props design), Carly Cason (fight director), Sarah Scanlon (intimacy director), David Weiss* (dramaturg), Ben F. Locke* (assistant director), Rose Hamill* (production manager), Evan Sposato (technical director), Liz Gomez* (master electrician), Jac Pytlik (stage manager) and Becca Smith (assistant stage manager).

Understudies: Maureen Azzun, Jeremiah Davis, Tim Huggenberger, Audrey Michaela, Kiefer Otto, and Toma Lynn Smith.

* denotes BNT ensemble members

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