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Since 2012, Indie Boots has been creating festivals celebrating art featuring underrepresented perspectives on whose stories are worth telling, what's funny, and how the world works. Indie Boots festivals bring independent theatre, film, and music to audiences through annual festivals, special events, and curated programs. We hope our festivals prompt both laughter and dialogue, entertaining audiences and inspiring discussion. For more information, please visit our Festivals page!

The Light, and Everything Else, is Broken

This new full length play is currently in development!

The March Sisters Carol

Presented at Stage 773 One Act Festival
December 1 - December 16, 2016 . Thursdays & Fridays at 8:15pm
Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL

Indie Boots Theatre presents The March Sisters Carol, a new comedy for the holidays. When Stage 773 invited us to participate in their holiday themed One Act Festival, "beginning with an exchange of dialogue from a well-known film, play, or story, each piece will reimagine the conclusion," we decided to lovingly rib one of our favorite holiday classics, Little Women. We think Louisa May "I have fallen in love in my life with so many pretty girls" Alcott would approve. The March Sisters Carol, by Richard Paro, features Ashely Bagot, Katia Jackson, Alex Molnar, and Cyra K. Polizzi.

Sea Creatures and Research

Presented at Bisexual Queer Alliance Chicago
September 23, 2016
Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St, Chicago, IL

Indie Boots ensemble members and guests are pleased to present short plays at Bisexual Queer Alliance Chicago's Celebrate Bisexuality Day event on September 23! The program includes artists Ashely Bagot, Suzanne Bracken, Alex Molnar, Richard Paro, and Cyra K. Polizzi.

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The Weird Between Us in 4 Short Plays

Presented at Mary-Arrchie Theatre's Abbie Fest XXVIII
August 2016
The Den, Chicago, IL

Indie Boots Theatre presents The Weird Between Us in 4 Short Plays, comedies about witches on an adventure, a confusing break-up, capitalist chums plotting, and star-crossed sea creatures. The plays, by Justine Krueger, Aisha Leverett, and Richard Paro, directed by Ashely Bagot, Richard Paro, and Breahan Eve Pautsch, feature Ashely Bagot, Danielle Lorae Byas, Justine Krueger, Mark Lancaster, Richard Paro, Breahan Eve Pautsch, Cyra K. Polizzi, and Jazzma Pryor, with stage management by Amy Hopkins.

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Happy May in June

Presented at Stage 773 One Act Festival: Skin in the Game
April 29 - May 27, 2016 . Fridays at 10:30pm
Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL

May and her partners have an exciting announcement, but things unravel quickly as they share their news with the cooperative. The atmosphere of conscious experimentation, friendship, and love is both challenged and developed as the community engages with feminism, sexuality, marriage, religion, nudity, commodification, and dirty towels. HAPPY MAY IN JUNE, a stand alone segment from the 2015 production THERE MIGHT BE... STUMBLE by Richard Paro, features actors Ashely Bagot, Celeste Burns, Carolyn Minor, Richard Paro, Cyra K. Polizzi, Jazzma Pryor, Robin Posavetz, Eileen Tull, and Christopher Waldron.

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Between You & Me in 4 Short Plays

Presented at Mary-Arrchie Theatre's Abbie Fest XXVII
Saturday, August 15, 2015 . 10:25pm
Angel Island Theatre . 735 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL

Old friends, complete strangers, and post-hookup party-goers, face unexpected circumstances that take us from surreal hilarity to touching realism in plays by Sara Israel, Richard Paro, and John Weagly, directed by Ashely Bagot and Richard Paro, and featuring Ashely Bagot, Don Baiocchi, Amy Geist, Jillann Morlan, Breahan Eve Pautsch, Cyra K. Polizzi, Danielle Rennalls, and Elise Spoerlein.

You Could Come Back Over Here and Rutabagas

Presented at Creating Change Conference
January 22, 2016
Chicago, IL

Indie Boots ensemble members and guests are pleased to present short plays with Bisexual Queer Alliance Chicago at the 2017 Creating Change Conference. The program includes artists Ashely Bagot, Crystal Hartford, Richard Paro, and Cyra K. Polizzi.

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There Might Be... Stumble

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10 short plays written and directed by Richard Paro.
Inspired by the first two Belle and Sebastian albums, Heidi Spencer and the Rare Birds, Dorothy Parker, Chicago, Love, Kate Bornstein, Internet Comments, Dr. Who, Nick Drake, TV On The Radio, Politics, St. Vincent, and Everything Else

June 9th - July 1st, 2015
Tuesdays & Wednesdays . 7:30pm
The Side Project Theatre . 1439 W. Jarvis, Chicago, IL

Ashely Bagot headshot Ashely Bagot is an actor, director, and costume designer. In addition to her work with mudgeonsoul productions and Indie Boots, she has frequently worked with Hobo Junction Productions, Full Voice, and Stockyards Theatre Project. Ashely also works assisting people dealing with mental illness access recovery services. Don Baiocchi headshot Don Baiocchi is thrilled to be working again with Mudgeonsoul Productions, after appearing in a short film and two audience award winners at their Indie Boots Theater Festivals. He has worked with Rasaka Theatre, The Paradeigma Collective, Pride Films and Plays, and Three Cats Productions, among others. He also completed the Studio program at Black Box Acting. Jean E. Burr graduated from University of North Carolina at Wilmington in Film Analysis and Japanese. She moved to Chicago in the midst of the polar vortex and has since worked with Gorilla Tango Burlesque, Strangeloop Theatre, Vaudezilla, and Plan 9 Burlesque. She would like to thank her friends, family, and the awesome cast for their support and awesomeness. Morgan Crouch headshot Morgan Crouch is a writer, performer, storyteller and aspiring raging feminist from Chicago. When she is not performing, Morgan works with Girls Fight Back!, a self-defense program that teaches girls across the country how to become total badasses. Laura Elleseg headshot Laura Elleseg is a Chicago based, Milwaukee raised actor and teaching artist who also directs. Laura graduated from The CCPA at Roosevelt University with a BFA in acting and has since worked with companies including Abraham Werewolf, Redmoon, Suffigance Shakespeare, Spartan Theater, and First Stage. Crystal Hartford heashot Crystal Hartford studied Theatre and History at Avila University. Some of her favorite roles include "Brooke" in Noises off, "Helena" in The Rover, and "Cinderella" in Into The Woods. She is also a director, as well as a musician in the bands Dust Bunnies and Hartford/Focht. Carolyn Minor headshot Carolyn Minor received her BA in Drama from UVA in 2001 and has been doing theatre in Chicago ever since. She is a company member of Knife & Fork and enjoys all her physical, devised, silliness she can fit into her schedule. Carolyn's excited to work with Indie Boots after years of admiring their work from the audience. Jillann Morlan headshot Jillann Morlan is a writer, director, producer and actor of film and theatre. She holds a BFA in Film and Television Production and an MA in Performance Studies from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. Jillann recently completed two years at The Meisner Technique Studio in San Francisco, and she is thrilled to be pursuing her passions in a vibrant new city! Katurah Nelson headshot Katurah Nelson is so pleased to work with mudgeonsoul productions again, because the folks are really cool. She was last seen in Ella's Children, which was part of the Indie Boots Theatre Festival. Erin O'Brien headshot Erin O'Brien is an Oklahoma native. She has been living in Chicago and immersing herself in the theatre community since 2010. An up and coming performer with a whole lot of snark, you may have previously seen her in the first stage adaptation of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at Strawdog Theatre Company and Trip. Theatre's Finding Graffenberg. Richard Paro headshot Richard Paro is an award-winning director based in Chicago, where he's also found acting and writing. He's the artistic director of Indie Boots/Mudgeonsoul and has worked with various companies including Full Voice, Hobo Junction, Stockyards, Tympanic, Prologue, Fury, and Theatre-Hikes. In addition, his films screen at festivals around the world. Breahan Eve Pautsch headshot Breahan Eve Pautsch is a director, actor, and writer. She earned her BA in Theatre and English at UW-Madison and is a company member with Indie Boots/Mudgeonsoul and Akvavit. She has worked with Raven, Hobo Junction, Full Voice, Stockyards, Halcyon, Chicago ScriptWorks, The Side Project, Strangeloop, International Voices, and Butcher's Son Films. Cyra K. Polizzi headshot Cyra K. Polizzi graduated from UW-Madison in Theatre Acting, Gender Studies, and Environmental Studies. Cyra works full-time in theatre and film, focusing on stage acting while also engaging in directing, writing, and exhibition. Cyra is particularly interested in pieces incorporating humor and queer alternatives to compulsory behavior. Danielle Rennalls headshot Danielle Rennalls wears many hats and loves storytelling. UNC School of the Arts Directing 2011. Credits: Lyric Opera, Redmoon Theater, Rising Phoenix Rep, Eugene O'Neill Theater Center and the Edinburgh Fringe. Mahek Tulsiani headshot Mahek Tulsiani Christopher Waldron headshot Christopher Waldron attended Florida State University where he studied Criminology, Psychology, and Theatre. Christopher has pursued theatre and film projects that moved him to New Orleans, England, and Ireland. Now living in Chicago, Christopher has taken classes through Improv Olympics and Acting Studio Chicago. He is a company member of Hobo Junction and Director of Visual Media with Tympanic Theatre. Mackenzie Wiglesworth headshot Mackenzie Wiglesworth received her degree in theatre from the University of Kansas. Mackenzie has worked on stage and in three feature films with Esemplastic LLC. Mother's Milk won numerous awards in festivals and her second film, Residuum will have its Chicago premiere this summer. For more information check out
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Indie Boots Theatre presents There Might Be... Stumble, 10 short plays by Richard Paro, inspired by the first two Belle & Sebastian albums, Heidi Spencer and the Rare Birds, Dorothy Parker, Chicago, Love, Kate Bornstein, Internet Comments, Dr. Who, Nick Drake, TV On The Radio, Politics, St. Vincent, and Everything Else. There Might Be... Stumble runs Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:30pm from June 9 - July 1 at The Side Project Theatre (an accessible theater at 1439 W. Jarvis Ave, just a block from the Red Line). The plays are both funny and melancholy, as the characters surprise each other, find each other, lose each other, argue, face existential crisis, and create. While touching on feminism, sexuality, religion, heath care, nudity, commodification, anti-intellectualism, marriage, and other hot-button issues, There Might Be... Stumble is more about people making personal choices in our political world, than it is about politics.

There Might Be... Stumble features actors Ashely Bagot, Don Baiocchi, Jean E. Burr, Morgan Crouch, Laura Elleseg, Carolyn Minor, Jillann Morlan, Katurah Nelson, Erin O'Brien, Richard Paro, Cyra K. Polizzi, Danielle Rennalls, Mahek Tulsiani, Christopher Waldron, Mackenzie Wiglesworth, Crystal Hartford (6/9, 6/10, 6/30, 7/1) and Breahan Eve Pautsch (6/16, 6/17, 6/23, 6/24). This ensemble of actors portrays 80 characters over the course of the evening, performing in everything from intimate two person scenes, to a full-cast musical number.

The first of the 10 short plays completed for There Might Be... Stumble, Fox in the Snow, was made into an award-winning short film in 2011 and was performed live to an enthusiastic audience at Abbie Fest in 2014. Fox in the Snow reflects both the themes and tone of There Might Be... Stumble, as a women's bible study meeting hilariously unravels until culminating in an unexpected and touching declaration of love. While each characters' true motives are revealed, so are pieces of their lives, including underrepresented character traits such as atheism and bisexuality, in a play not specifically about these topics. There Might Be... Stumble doesn't force the characters to revolve around just one identity as they search for happiness, purpose, and connection.

There Might Be... Stumble is presented by Indie Boots Theatre, creating and celebrating art with different perspectives on whose stories are worth telling, what's funny, and how the world works. As part of Mudgeonsoul Productions, Indie Boots projects are independently produced, collaborative, and encourage coalition building between artists. The production team for There Might Be... Stumble includes stage manager Megan Chaney and ensemble members Ashely Bagot, Crystal Hartford, Richard Paro, Breahan Eve Pautsch, and Cyra K. Polizzi.

General admission tickets are $20, with discounts available for artists, industry, students, educators, low income, and social justice workers. Tickets are available here:

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Fox in the Snow - The Play

Written & Directed by Richard Paro
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In this comedy, a women's bible study meeting takes an unexpected turn when the members' true motives are revealed.


Breahan Pautsch
Carolyn Reynolds
Chakira Lane
Crystal Hartford
Cyra K. Polizzi
Eva Corina
Kristi Parker Barnhart
Mackenzie Wiglesworth
Shadee Vossoughi
Travis Barnhart

Performances Include:

- Abbie Fest . Chicago, IL
- There Might Be... Stumble . Chicago, IL
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Rebecca Back to Life

Written by Liz Siedt, Directed by Richard Paro


Amy Crater
Cyra K. Polizzi
Kate Gerston

Performances Include:

- Indie Boots . Chicago, IL
- Abbie Fest . Chicago, IL


For information about our film production arm, please visit Mudgeonsoul Productions.

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