Wife Material

By Jamie Shriner Tells Stories

Created by Jamie Shriner

Jamie Shriner eloped in January 2017, and life has been bliss ever since. But was it always? In Wife Material, Shriner shares her own "coming of age" story; how she learned to love sex, her husband, and herself
Adult language,Sexual content,Violence
The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16 and up
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Wife Material 08/03 7:00 PM Augsburg Studio $3.00

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Jamie Shriner
Writer, Composer, Self
Jamie Shriner is a Chicago-based actress, singer, comedian, writer, and teaching artist. Shriner is known regionally for her breakout hit, Wife Material (Prop Thtr), which earned praise for its unique voice and all-new music. She has performed for the BBC and played Judy in the hit musical 9 to 5 at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The sold-out run of her original cabaret, Little Miss (a show about loving food and loving your body), earned critical acclaim during its 2016 run at Sloans’ Bar in Glasgow, Scotland. Recent credits include Alice in Wonderland (AlphaBet Soup Productions), Little Miss (Davenport’s Piano Bar), The Last Days of the Commune (Prop Thtr), The Night that Disco Died (Under the Gun Theatre) and On Loss (Prop Thtr). ​ You can catch her performing her original stand-up and musical comedy all over the country. She holds an MA in Musical Theatre from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and earned her BFA in Musical Theatre at Milikin University.
Stefan G. Brün
Stefan Brün is now Artistic Co-Director of the Prop Thtr in Chicago. He directs plays, mostly new ones, organizes a venue with two theater spaces in Avondale, had directed a film (Busted City) and a TV series and acted in some Beckett plays, some Beau O'Reilly plays, as Abe Lincoln on the radio and, recently, got to work with Jamie Shriner on three very different projects, which he greatly appreciates!
Shelbi Albert & Jake Diggity of Nashville's "PET ENVY"
Musical Arrangements
Shelbi and Jake make up one half of the popular Nashville bad PET ENVY. Pet Envy formed in Nashville, TN in 2015. Since then the quintet has quickly gained a loyal following and is thrilling audiences with their radio-friendly sing-a-longs. They captured their first award as Best Pop Band at the Nashville Industry Music Awards in Summer 2016. The band is winning over more fans and critics alike with their hybrid pop, rock, R&B sound. Quickly capitalizing on their early success, the band is ready to release their follow up EP "Flowers For Your Brain" with special guest appearances from Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band, BellaFleck), Roy Agee (Prince, Glenn Miller Orchestra), and once again produced by Josh Reynolds (Little Big Town, Joe Nichols). This sophomore EP is a sonic dream that will captivate audiences and keep hips shaking.
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Book, Music, Lyrics & Performance by Jamie Shriner
Directed by Stefan Brün
Musical Arrangements by Shelbi Albert and Jake Diggity of PET ENVY

Jamie Shriner eloped in January 2017, and her life has been sheer bliss ever since. Or has it? In Wife Material, Shriner examines female sexuality, loneliness, love, dating, and consent with unapologetic honesty. Is it acceptable for a married woman to be sex-positive? Wife Material is an hour-long musical comedy, featuring songs like “F***boi,” “Let’s Screw,” and “Love Myself.” The show examines a society that criticizes teenage “bad girls” for liking sex; and at the same time, hypocritically assumes married women’s sexual needs are perfectly satiated.


Wife Material is a show and a type of theatre that we desperately need more of." - PerformInk

While this is by no means new territory, the intimate, autobiographical lens through which Shriner explores these issues is captivating. " -Chicago Reader


★★★★ " -Chicago Reader


“In November 2016, one day before the Presidential election, I moved back into my parents’ house in Northwest Indiana after a year and a half of living in the UK with my fiancée (now husband) Tom,” said Shriner. “I struggled with the lack of physical contact and came to terms with the reality that while I, a woman, am sexual, many do not welcome me admitting that I like, let alone LOVE sex,” she added.
“Wife Material began based upon my inner turmoil about being newly married, and not feeling newly married,” said Shriner. “My husband was thousands of miles away, but everyone expected me to be perfect and eternally happy. It was very isolating. I didn’t feel like I could talk about what internal struggle I was going through, so I wrote about it. The emphasis is truly more on the word MATERIAL – on what I as an individual am made of, the events that led to my engagement/marriage, as well as the str

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