Season 34


a world premiere
by Mia McCullough

directed by Greg Werstler*

September 1 – October 7, 2012

Previews: 9/1,9/5 and 9/6 @ 8pm
9/2 @ 3pm

: Friday, September 7th @ 8pm
Regular Run:
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm
Sundays at 3:00pm




In a well-to-do Northshore suburb, a local spa causes outrage with a billboard ad featuring a gorgeous woman in a bikini, superimposed with arrows highlighting “problems” and offering “solutions.” Stage Left favorite Mia McCullough (Chagrin Falls, Echoes of Another Man) is back with a play developed through our Downstage Left program.


Talya: Melanie Derleth*
: Emi Clark
Mourad: Kamal Hans
Andie: Jennifer Pompa
Pete: Kyle Johnson
Cari: Kayla Rea


*Stage Left Ensemble Member
♦Emeritus member

Production Team:

Stage Manager: Jason Crutchfield
Production Manager: Kristin Toerpe
Scenic Designer: Roger Wykes
Lighting Designer: John Kohn III*
Costume Designer: Erica Griese
Projections Designer: Anna Henson
Sound Designer: Adam Smith*
Dialect Coach: Lindsay Bartlett
Assistant Director: Amy Szerlong
Graphic Design: Seam Studios
Photograhpher: Johnny Knight


Mia McCullough (playwright) is thrilled to be returning to Stage Left with Impenetrable. An Emeritus Ensemble Member, many of Mia’s plays have been produced at Stage Left including Chagrin Falls, Suicide, Cyber Serenade, Echoes of Another Man, and Spare Change. Her plays have also been produced in Chicago at Steppenwolf and Chicago Dramatists, and around the country at The Old Globe (San Diego), The Victory Theatre (LA), Actors Express (Atlanta), InterAct (Philadelphia), and Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival, among others. Mia recently returned from Philadelphia where she worked on her play Household Spirits at PlayPenn. In addition, she has recently written and directed a short film. Mia teaches playwriting and screenwriting at Northwestern University. She also dabbles in stand-up comedy and is trying to write her first musical. For a more detailed bio and production information, please refer to



“slicing and poignant… a series of charged encounters. ” -Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune

“Mia McCullough’s smart and spirited world premiere work, “Impenetrable,” now in a snappy production by Stage Left Theatre… expertly directed by Greg Werstler.” -Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

“a drama at once disturbing, insightful and unexpectedly humorous.  ” -Catey Sullivan, Chicago Theater Beat

“Derleth serves as a strong emotional anchor, playing Talya with a steely confidence that shields her vulnerable soul. As a bitter barista trapped in the ’burbs, scene-stealer Jennifer Pompa gets the best one-liners, but is equally sharp during intimate dramatic scenes.”  -Oliver Sava, TimeOut Chicago

“Derleth delivers a nuanced mix of strength and vulnerability; Pompa walks away with every scene she’s in, covering depths of hurt with defensive, self-deprecating humor.” -Catey Sullivan, Chicago Theater Beat

“a terrific Jennifer Pompa is vulnerable and bold in equal measures.” -Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune