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GayCo @ SKETCHFEST 2018

We’re doing it again. For the past 17 years GayCo has performed at the largest Sketch Comedy Festival in the entire WORLD, and it’s right here in Chicago. We have been asked back to perform at the fest to make sure it ends up being FABULOUS!

The festival runs for two weeks and features more than 800 performers, representing over 100 groups, who perform over 120 shows. While the majority of Chicago SketchFest performers are from Chicago (which, after all, is the sketch comedy capital of America), troupes from Boston, L.A., New York, Portland, Seattle, Milwaukee, Austin, and Denver are also performing. But you only need to catch one show – GayCo on Saturday, Jan. 13th at 7pm!

The Deets:

Who:        GayCo Productions

What:      SKETCHFEST

When:     Saturday, January 13th at 7pm – BOX Theatre

Where:   Stage 773

1225 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL ‎

(773) 327-5252 ‎ · stage773.com

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Fillet of Solo – A night of stories

Stay out of the cold and join us for two special evenings (1/12 & 1/20) during GayCo’s annual “Fillet of Solo” storytelling event, located at Heartland Studio Theatre in Rogers Park.

As we reflect back on 2017, GayCo would like to whisk you away with the narratives presented by our wonderful storytellers, dividing our attention into two insightful evenings.

JANUARY 12TH, 7 PM – IDENTITIES
The theme of our first night deals with IDENTITIES. In a community where identity plays such a large part, how has that identity changed in the past political year? What have we discovered about ourselves during the Trump administration? Is it really okay to still consider yourself goth? Our story tellers for the evening are:

Casey Coppess
L. Hejl
Brittani Ferguson
Xerxes Flores
Matt Fox

JANUARY 20TH, 7 PM – FIRSTS
Our second evening is all about our firsts. (Ironic, I know.) First loves, first kisses, first heartbreaks, first embarrassments – all of the “first moments” that shape who we are and explain the quirks we’ve come to bear. Our story tellers for this night are:

Jessica Belless
Kathy Betts
Casey Coppess
Debra Duncan
Maya Haughton
Katie Perry
Rachel Relman

Please join us at the Heartland Studio Theatre in Rogers Park on January 12 & 20th at 7PM for GayCo’s presentation of “Fillet of Solo.”

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Photos by: Bekki Y. Photography

Cast and Crew of Tis the Seasonal Depression

 

MEET THE CAST

Julie Fishbach
Julie Fishbach performs in sketch, improv, and music comedy shows throughout Chicago. She is a graduate of UC San Diego, and moved to Chicago in 2015 to pursue a career in comedy. Julie has completed the Second City Training Center’s Conservatory and Music Conservatory, as well as the iO Training Center’s Improv Program. She is a founding member of SOAP: An Improvised Soap Opera and performs regularly with Raging Tonight.

 

 

Clay Goodpasture
Clay Goodpasture is thrilled to be doing another GayCo Christmas holiday spectacular. He’s even more thrilled that you came to see it. Yes you! Holding the program…Have you gotten a drink yet? You probably should. Comedy is always better when you’re a little tipsy. Clay is standing behind that weird, raggedy, black curtain to your right, watching you read his bio. Don’t look! You’re not very good at being coy. I’m/He’s watching you to see if you’re going to take his suggestion and go get a drink. If you do, he would like to remind you that you can get him one too.

 

 

Evan M. Duggan
Evan Duggan is a gay actor and writer who performs in shows across Chicago. He also teaches performance to middle and high school students.

 

 

 

 

Collier
Collier moved to Chicago after graduating from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has completed the Second City Conservatory and Music Improv Program. They are a member of the CSz Theater and Funny Bones Improv ensemble. Sarah has performed in Maine as part of ImprovAcadia, and is very excited to be a part of this GayCo Production! They are always game to talk about or look at cute animals.

 

 

Christopher ‘Tito’ Thies Lotito
Chicago transplant from New York by way of Florida. BFA Musical Theater University of West Florida. GayCo credits include CNTRL+ALT-RIGHT+DELETE Swallow Your Pride(u/s); #GodHatesHashtags; Bearly Legal. Other credits include: As You Like It; Beauty and the Beast; Guys & Dolls; Much Ado About Nothing. GayCo ensemble member. Internationally recognized 12 time award winning gift wrapping and crafting expert.

 

 

Greg Phelps
Greg is a performer and writer originally from Washington state. He performed in the 2017 run of Steamworks: The Musical, and understudied for GayCo’s revue, CNTRL + ALT-RIGHT + DELETE. He is a graduate of The Annoyance’s improv program and is currently enrolled in the Second City Conservatory. In WA, he performed with Seattle’s Jet City Improv, and Western Washington University’s Dead Parrots Society.

 

 

 

Laurel Posakony
Laurel Posakony is an improviser and writer born and raised in San Diego. Last year, she moved to Chicago to major in Comedy Writing and Performance at Columbia College. She is a graduate of iO, The Annoyance, and The Second City’s Conservatory program. Today, she can be found performing with Columbia College’s Droppin’ $cience and Bob Fisher’s Imporv Show at the Annoyance, as well as around the country with her duo Merit Badge. There are only two things she loves: everybody and gingerbread houses.

 

 

Katie Cutler
Katie is delighted to make her GayCo debut. She’s a writer and performer, graduate of Cornell College, iO Training Center’s Improv Program, Second City’s Writing Program, and a current student in Second City Conservatory. She plays with Storytown, and several independent musical improv teams including First Time or Fan. Her favorite movie year-round is The Muppet Christmas Carol, and she feels strongly that if you gave it a chance, it could be yours too.

MEET THE CREW 

Jeff Bouthiette – Director
Jeff Bouthiette is a Chicago-based director, actor, and playwright. He is currently Head of the Music Program at the Second City Training Center. Recent directing credits include Choice: The Musical as part of Premiere Premieres at MCL Chicago, Delightmare (on Elm Step Up 2 The Streets 2 Fast 2 Furiosa) at Judy’s Beat Lounge, and Altered Boy (currently playing at Pride Arts). He has also worked with Victory Gardens, Gorilla Tango, the Charles Busch Festival, Bare Boned Theatre, and countless student sketch and improv shows with the Second City Training Center. He is a proud graduate of the Academy at Black Box Acting.

Shelbie Anderson – Assistant Director
Shelbie started writing and performing sketch comedy in her hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She moved to Chicago in 2016 to continue her comedy training. She has completed The Second City writing program and thinks the movie “The Mummy” is the greatest love story ever told.

Kathleen Gibson – Musical Director

Meghan Teal – Stage Manager
Meghan hails from Baltimore and has been Stage Managing professionally since 2005. She toured with The Second City Touring Company from 2005-2011, was the PSM for the Second City Mainstage revue South Side of Heaven, numerous UP Comedy Club revues since 2012, Second City regional theatre revues in Philadelphia, Tucson, Phoenix, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., including most recently at The Kennedy Center; plus, countless other shows and revues throughout Chicago. All love and gratitude to her family and friends.

Lily Staski – Choreographer
Former New Mexican, Lily Staski has lived in Chicago for three years. Since her move she has studied at io and worked with various independent improv and sketch groups, including Huggable Riot, Sleepover, and FOMOcop. Recent credits include choreography for Bite Size Broadway, co-choreography for Strike Out, and performing in There’s Something About Bloody Mary.

Kyle Ryan – Choreographer
Kyle Ryan, a native of Los Angeles, has been performing in Chicago for the last 5 years. Recent credits include co-choreographing Striking Out, performing in Bite Size Broadway and Purity Ball: The Musical all at The Annoyance Theatre. Kyle performed for Second City aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines, and enjoys tacos very much.

 

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GayCo Turns 20!

WE SPOKE UP LIKE THIS

Pioneering LGBTQ Comedy Troupe GayCo Productions Celebrates 20th Anniversary in Gaytastic One-Night-Only Event

CHICAGO—When they began, they couldn’t get married, serve openly in the military, adopt, or have federally recognized unions thanks to the brand new Defense of Marriage Act. Matthew Shepard was still alive. AIDs was still a serious threat. Ellen was in the closet and Will & Grace was two years away.

mini-raveGayCo Productions, Chicago’s first and longest-running gay sketch comedy ensemble, was founded 20 years ago, in 1996, as part of The Second City’s Outreach & Diversity arm. This was back when being out, gay and funny on stage was nothing short of a revolutionary act. They were bold and proud when the world wasn’t ready for them, and ever since have continued to create boundary-pushing comedy and foster up-and-coming LGBTQ talent.

On Oct. 15th at 7:30pm, GayCo Productions returns home to The Second City at the UP Comedy Club for its 20th Anniversary extravaganza GAYCO XX: GAY FOR PLAY.

GAYCO XX: GAY FOR PLAY is a one-night-only event that will feature GayCo luminaries from past and present performing the best scenes, songs, tributes and memories from GayCo’s two decades of game-changing LGBTQ sketch comedy.

whitney-art2008_ccGayCo has produced dozens of revues in its first 20 years, including the smash hit shows Weddings of Mass Destruction, Everything’s Coming Up Rosie, The Audacity of Nope and its debut Whitney Houston, We Have a Problem.

GAYCO XX: GAY FOR PLAY will feature a slew of GayCo alumni, including Andy Eninger, Butch Jerinic, Judy n Minstrels_CCHomer Marrs, John Loos, Mandy Price, Robin Treviño,  Kathy Betts, Martin Garcia (Black-ish, The Mindy Project), Jim Bennett (LAMBDA Legal, Chicago Gay Hall of Fame member, Moth Grand Slam Winner) and Celeste Pechous (Hot in Cleveland, Workaholics, Stranger Than Fiction). It will be hosted by queer comedy docent Clay Goodpasture.

Other notable alumni over the years include Jon Bonny (Arrested Development), Jeff Richmond (30 Rock producer and husband of Tina Fey) and the late Judy Fabjance, who was GayCo’s longest serving ensemble member and a GayCo founder, who recently passed away after a fight with cancer. A special tribute to Fabjance will also be featured in the program.
GAYCO XX: GAY FOR PLAY happens Oct. 15th at 7:30pm in Second City’s UP Comedy Club (230 W. North Ave) in Chicago. ticket button

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