Running time: One hour and 30 minutes, with one intermission

"A strong debut from RED STAGE ... sincerely and movingly performed." --The Seattle Times

Channeling the rhythms of Harold Pinter and David Mamet, Chicago's Mark Chrisler crafts a wild and absurdist comedy that takes you on a 90-minute thrill ride to discover what it takes to zap a failing marriage back to life.

Olivia and Humphry live in a state-of-the-art urban condominium. They have pretty knickkacks from top-of-the-line catalogs. They have very active Facebook accounts. They have a safe, enviable, and comfortable life. And it's eating them alive. Lucky for them, there's an escaped tiger salivating outside their door.

Featuring ACT Core Company member Kirsten Potter, New Century Theatre Company member Brad Farwell, and Sleep No More's John William Watkins.

Age Recommendation: 12+

RED STAGE is a new all-female Seattle theatre company devoted to its community, trumpeting the voice of the new American theatre by staging new and surprising plays that ask its audience to RISK, ENGAGE, and DISCOVER. With a special focus on producing plays about strong female characters, RED STAGE's flagship  production of Worse Than Tigers is a world premiere,  which will lay the foundation for future RED STAGE projects, including civic and community partnerships and charitable work structured to benefit our city and the people who live in it.

Mark Chrisler ’s plays have been produced in New York, Chicago, London, San Francisco, New Orleans, and throughout the U.S., as well as in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He has been presented or developed at such places as The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, The Stella Adler Studio, The San Francisco Playhouse, Ilkhom Theatre, Four Humours Theatre, The Side Project, Springboard Theatre, The New York International Fringe Festival, Curious Theatre Branch, and many more. He is the author of over ten full-length and solo plays in addition to nearly a hundred short plays. He received his M.F.A. in dramatic writing from Ohio University and his B.A. in theatre arts from Northern Illinois University. He is the recipient of many awards and honors, including a Newberry Library Fellowship, a special Orgie Award, a NAPAT New Play Award, and the Best Emerging Playwright of 2010 award from The Chicago Reader. He lives in Chicago with his wife, where he serves as a resident playwright for Found Objects Theatre Group, an Artistic Associate for Prop Thtr, and teaches playwriting for Silk Road Rising Theatre.

Cast
Kirsten Potter *   Olivia
Bradford Farwell *   Humphry
John William Watkins *   Kurt
     
Creative Team
Emily Penick   Director
Jennifer Zeyl   Scenic Designer
K.D. Schill   Costume Designer
Andrew D. Smith   Lighting Designer
Phillip Johnson   Sound Designer
Keiko Green   Community and Artist Liaison
Julia Nardin   Dramaturg/Artistic Producer
     

*Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.