Forsythian Dweller's Club

By Bittersweet Arts Co.

Written by Alex Fortune

How long does it take this brand consultant to get from online content to cult? Apparently about 55 Minutes. Fresh out of 2 sold-out Chicago shows, a new piece by Bittersweet Ensemble member, Alex Fortune.
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The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 12-15 and up
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Forsythian Dweller's Club 08/02 8:30 PM Rarig Center Xperimental $3.00

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Cast and Crew
Ben Kaye
Ben Kaye is a freelance director, performer, and composer based in Chicago, with an emphasis on developing new plays and promoting arts activism. Favorite credits include work with Dandelion Theatre, Haven Theatre, Nothing Without a Company, The New Colony, Porchlight Music Theatre, and The Hypocrites. In 2014, he directed the Chicago premiere of Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins by award-winning memoirist and poet Nick Flynn. This fall, he will be appearing in the world premiere of Les Innocents/The Innocents with (re)discover theatre. See more at
Alex Fortune
Alex Fortune is a Chicago-based playwright, graduate of Columbia College Chicago, and member of Bittersweet Arts Co. Alex is primarily interested in the human instinct for expansion and where the line between creating and experiencing reality blurs. His play Forsythian Dweller’s Club premiered with Bittersweet Arts Co in Chicago in 2017. His short play The Hat-Walk was performed in Bittersweet’s Good Zoo (2017), and was featured as a reading at Horizon Theatre’s 2017 New South Young Playwright’s Festival in Atlanta. Aside from being a playwright, Alex plays in the band FFHKS, which is approaching their 100th album.
Alexis Allotta
Alexis Allotta is a Chicago-based actress, model and creative. She is an alumnus of Columbia College Chicago, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts. Since graduating, Alexis has co-founded an arts collective: Bittersweet Arts Co., starred in the Off-Broadway run of Tony n' Tina's Wedding and the world premiere of Forsythian Dweller's Club. She would like to thank her family and friends for their acceptance and encouragement, as well as the incredibly talented cast and crew for their endless support, outrageous talent and commitment to this wild art.
Victoria Perez
Victoria Perez ​is a southern born ​​Chicago convert with the jam-packed coat closet to prove it! She is so excited to be a member of this Bittersweet Arts Co. cast! Victoria earned her BA in Theatre and Performance. Some of her favorite Chicago performances have been seen on the stages of The New Colony, Goodman Theatre, TUTA Theatre, and Broken Nose Theatre. In her spare time, she enjoys collaborating on modeling projects, exploring Chicago restaurants, and a Woodford Reserve neat. For nudes, follow @lavaca73.
Alec Silver
Alec Silver is an actor from Brattleboro, Vermont. He has studied theatre practice at Columbia College Chicago and Rose Bruford College in London. He draws inspiration from international theatre, and looks to create cross-cultural, interdisciplinary work on the American and world stages. He has taught at the Get Thee to the Funnery! Shakespeare camp in Vermont, worked with Chicago based incubators for new work such as Victory Gardens Theatre and MOZAWA, and is an ensemble member of Bittersweet Arts Company, where he recently movement directed Stranger on the River by Ross Krakow. He most recently could be seen as Peter Pan in Peter Pan & Wendy at Burning Coal Theatre in Raleigh, NC (dir. Lillian White). Recent performance credits in Chicago include: Wolf Play (dir. Halena Kays), Never the Sinner (dir. Steve Scott), End of Message (dir. Monty Cole), M. Butterfly (dir. Nathan Clifford), Office Hour (dir. Chay Yew), and The Tempest (dir. Tom Mula). He is represented by Grossman & Jack Talent.
David Stobbe
David Stobbe is an actor, singer, and founding member of the Bittersweet Arts Co. He's a graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a degree in musical theater. When not performing, he gives architectural tours with Wendella Sightseeing, rides his bike, or swings in a hammock he's named Franklin. He's worked as an actor around Chicago. He's worked with Chicago companies such as Lifeline Theater, Steep Theater, The Black Ensemble Theater, Griffin Theater, Stage Left Theater, and Porchlight Music Theater. Some credits include Celeb-Jay in the previous iterations of Forsythian Dweller's Club, Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Baker in Into the Woods, Christopher Columbus in La Reunion at Victory Gardens’ international voices project. He loves new work, The Bittersweet Arts Co. and fishing!
Henry Weisel
Henry Weisel is an actor and teaching artist haling from southern Vermont. Graduating from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Acting, Henry went on to form the Bittersweet Arts Company with several other friends. Bittersweet functions as an arts incubator to workshop new pieces of theatre and writing. This led to several public performances throughout the 2017 year, including the first iteration of Forsythian Dweller's Club. Henry is so excited to be reprising his role as Orion, and wants to thank the development team for making this possible. Previous theatre credits include Charlie Brown (You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown), the Doctor (Getting Out), and Adam (Stranger on the River). Henry is represented by Stewart Talent.
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The staff of literary magazine, “Forsythian Dweller’s Club” brings in a brand consultant, Celebjay. This transforms an otherwise normal meeting into a test of how far an idea can go, through internet content, marketing, idea ownership, cults, nation-states, and beyond. One by one, the staff disappears, becomes replaced, and are redirected into avenues seemingly disconnected from any coherent purpose beyond expansion.
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First time Fringe producers, Bittersweet Arts Co. is a young performance collective out of Chicago IL, quickly making their way up the storefront theater ladder. Coming straight from a sold-out  preview in Chicago to the Minnesota Fringe Festival, they're excited to make new connections in a city known for daring new works. 

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