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January 06 - 29

Friday - Saturday, 8:15 PM

Live Bait Theater
3914 N Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60613

TICKETS: $15:00

Star-crossed or addicted to love? Tongue-tied or bound and gagged? Hypersensitive or utterly desensitized? Boy meets girl meet 21st century America in dependent study, the latest from Big Picture Group, Chicago's newest multi-media theatre company. Boy and Girl are on a collision course with media culture in this original performance piece, and the crash leaves them desperately trying to sort out the difference between love and sex, body and image, reality and virtuality. dependent study captures the everyday catastrophes of love in an expressionistic collage of poetry and prose, sound, video, music, and live performance.

Exploring the communication of love at the same time that it explores theatre as communication, dependent study promises to challenge both the traditional narratives that propel our lives and the technological and live means we use to tell them.


written and directed by:
andrew schneider
allan aquino
sally bell
christine shallenberg
erin liston
technical direction:
brendan hendrick
master electrician:
margaret hartman
stage manager:
stephanie ehemann


DEPENDENT STUDY - by Andrew Schneider
A girl meets a boy. A boy meets a girl. Disaster. Over and over and over again. Dependent Study strives to expose our true motivation for action in all of our lives through the archetypal characters of boy and girl. It is through this simple device's use that I hope to critique the larger relationship we have with our surroundings and ourselves. We are all participating in an incessant daily conversation using newer and newer technologies. I think it's important to look at the content of that conversation

It's about you. Dependent Study offers a decided alternative to the standard fringe comedy or musical. It is contemplative while offering a very strong visual experience. To me, it's a piece of art that just happens to employ the stage as its medium. It employs a lot of video, but in ways you might not expect. Very visceral. Everyone loves themselves! You'll see some of you in the show. Everyone loves TV! I hate it. You'll see some of that in the show.

Script, sound, video, and character are all given equal weight. Video becomes character. Dialogue fades into sound. High and low-tech theatrical devices are employed to further the idea of the traditional scene. You'll hear and feel the theatre as well as see it. You'll see the lies of our lives. You'll hear what a teeming mass of lumbering ambivalence sounds like. You'll see masturbation with a meat cleaver. You'll feel the dull thud of boy meets girl. You'l see love explored through surgery. And of course, you'll see a big musical finale.

- Andrew Schneider, writer/director



- Gothamist, August, 2005

...there are probably a fair number of people in this town who would love this show. It's definitely a very Fringe-y experience, about as avant-garde as they come; there's no story to speak of, unless you count the age-old story of male-female communication, which is (we think) the show's theme. Fortunately, though it was really performance art rather than a play, the performers (Kristin Stewart and Gram Watts) are skilled as actors, which isn't always the case in that sort of thing. Through a variety of multimedia vignettes, the two explore some harsh realities of sexual relationships; the dramatic lighting, by Christine Shallenberg, goes a long way toward adding tension and urgency to it all. The less abstract segments, such as when the two are framed in "mirrors" or when one speaks as though to a psychiatrist, are certainly provocative and make you both uneasy and thoughtful. ...if you're a fan of dense, heavily conceptual art, this may be one of the best shows in the festival; otherwise, unless you need a palate cleanser after the loads of fluff elsewhere in the Fringe, you're likely to be left cold.


Romantically situated in Chicago's historic Wrigleyville neighborhood between Wrigley Field and Graceland Cemetery, Live Bait is located at 3914 N. Clark.

Street parking is generally available. (When the Cubs play at home, we have resident parking passes, something those ball fans won't have, but you will!) If you use public transportation, you can take the Clark St. 22 bus or take the Red Line to the Sheridan or Addison stops.

If you take Lake Shore Drive or the Kennedy Expressway, exit at Irving Park Road.

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