Season 34


by Christopher Chen
directed by Vanessa Stalling
a co-production with  RT_Logo

January 9 – February 14, 2016

Previews: 1/9 & 1/12 @8pm; 1/10 @3pm
Opening: Wednesday, 1/13 @8pm
Regular Run:Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm; Sundays at 3pm
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The Republican Party finally —finally! — realizes it has a problem with race. So it decides its best chance for success in the 2016 presidential election is to back a candidate who’s of mixed race, white and Asian descent. They think they’ve found their man in Len, a multiracial war hero who can check off every single box — and maybe a couple more boxes no one knows about. A blisteringly funny satire that skewers not only the elephants in the room but the donkeys too, Mutt burns down the entire house of racial cards.

“a major – and highly entertaining – accomplishment.” – San Francisco Chronicle
“a wonderfully crazy, seemingly out-of-control political comedy.” – San Jose Mercury News 


Hannah: Aurora Adachi-Winter
Michael Reyes*
Len: Daniel Smith
Zach, etc: Ian McLaren*
Miriam, etc: Mary Williamson
Quinn, etc: Alejandra Vivanco
 Nicole Michelle Haskins





Production Team:

Stage Manager: Jason Crutchfield*
Production Manager: Emmaline Keddy-Hector^
Scenic Designer: Kathy Arfken*
Lighting Designer: John Kelly
Costume Designer: Izumi Inaba ♦
Props Designer: Emily Breyer
Sound Designer: Steve Labedz
Projections Designer: Paul Deziel
Technical Director
 Lisa Giebler
Assistant Director: Lesley Fisher Chapman
Assistant Stage Manager: Jennifer Thompson
Dramaturg: Zev Valancy*
Graphic DesignBridget Schultz
Photographer: Johnny Knight

*SLT Company Member    ♦Red Tape Company Member

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MUTT cast Mutt 6


“The texture of “Mutt,” directed by Vanessa Stalling, is varied and engaging. Hilarious spoofs of “Hardball” are sprinkled throughout… Scene changes bombard the audience with projections mimicking news channels… It’s funny because it’s disturbingly familiar. Playwright Christopher Chen’s language is lithe and playful throughout and necessarily so, highlighting the absurdity of political rhetoric and the even greater absurdity of its impact on our world. RECOMMENDED” —Joy Miller, New City Stage

“Mutt bitingly imagines what might happen if the Republican Party sought out a mixed-race presidential candidate… the diverse cast all throw themselves into their zany and glib characters under the zippy direction of Vanessa Stalling.”  —Scott C. Morgan, Windy City Times

“A political satire of outrageous personality and lightning-fast wit, Christopher Chen’s “Mutt” is surely one of the more original complements to the 2016 election season, and it has received a vigorous, energetic staging by Stage Left Theatre Company and Red Tape Theatre” —Peter Thomas Ricci, Chicago Theatre Review

“a winner, thanks to smart direction, phenomenal production values and a stellar cast… cast and crew sell the bejesus out of it. Everyone from director Vanessa Stalling to projections designer Paul Deziel to every single cast member are completely, one hundred percent committed to Mutt’s utter ridiculousness. Mutt is sure to be a hit.” —Lauren Whalen , Chicago Theater Beat

“There is a lot of funny stuff… very, very fine performances. Daniel Smith really scared me, and Michael Reyes gave a lovely performance… Christopher Chen, the playwright, certainly makes a lot of fun of the professional political establishment, and it should have a lot of fun made of it, but the real nut of the play, the real issue, is about America’s conversation about race, or lack of conversation about race, and that is the pointed center of MUTT”—Jonathan Abarbanel, Dueling Critics

“Vanessa Stalling’s production has some nice moments (and Paul Deziel’s largely GIF-based projection design is delightful).” —Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago 

“…Vanessa Stalling’s production for Stage Left and Red Tape Theatre nods to the nonpartisan South Park school of political comedy by portraying both sides of the aisle as full of bumbling oafs” —Dan Jakes, Chicago Reader