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The American Demigods’ Old Tyme Variety Hour!

October 30, 2011

The tyme is almost here for our first-ever variety show: The American Demigods’ Old Tyme Variety Hour!

Featured acts:

  • Burlesque bombshell Marie Curiosity, star of A Nude Hope: A Star Wars Burlesque
  • The musical stylings of Lisa Wilhelm
  • The entirely adequate conjuring tricks of Rando, the World’s Most Affordable Magician! 
  • Time Warp Talk, a live talk show where hosts Jordan Hoisington, Rory Leahy, and Ele Matelan interview famous figures of history and legend

November 2, 9, 16, and 30

7:30 PM

Gorilla Tango Theater, 1919 N. Milwaukee

$10 at



December 12, 2010

The American Demigods are titillated to announce our next production: ERRATICA by Reina Hardy!
Directed by Dan Foss
April 21 through May 14, 2011.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights
Second Stage Theatre, 3408 N. Sheffield

“Bad poetry, good sex, and severe academic misconduct.” AD can’t wait to mount a new production of Hardy’s raucous and raunchy work. Produced with permission of Original Works Publishing.



February 25, 2010

It’s been two weeks and the first reviews are in.

“*****…Monks in Trouble has a terrific cast and is a thought provoking, humorous play.”

“Sam Bailey had a wonderful presence…Rich with fantastic banter…each actor brings a unique quality to the characters….This show is perfect for this venue.”

“The five very talented actors, two who stand out, Dan Cooney and Ken Craig take their audience on a journey seeking the answer to a soulful mystery. This is perfect entertainment for a weekend.”

See what Chicagoans are talking about. Tickets are still available for this week’s performances of “Monks In Trouble.”

Call the Apollo box office at (773) 935-6100 and punch 0 for a ticket agent.


Monks in Trouble Opens February 12!

January 22, 2010

THE AMERICAN DEMIGODS proudly present the Chicago premiere of MONKS IN TROUBLE, a theological horror comedy by Marc Heiden.

In a remote corner of the world, the brothers of a secluded monastery find their world is literally disappearing around them, piece by piece. Trapped in the path of an unholy, insatiable void, five very different men, each an eccentric, scarred refugee from the outside world, must face their darkest selves, and learn to work together to stop this phenomenon, which they fear may bring about the apocalypse. With these particular monks as champions, the entire world may soon be in trouble…

Monks in Trouble was first produced at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where it earned a favorable review from the campus newspaper, the Daily Illini, and “Best Original Work” at the 1999-2000 Independent Student Theatre Awards.

Poster for Monks in Trouble

Monks in Trouble. Art: Jacob Kennedy

The talented cast includes Eric Cartier (Absolute Macbeth, Polarity Ensemble, Invisible Bob, Sansculottes) Dan Cooney (Over the Tavern, Northlight, Sea Marks, Pyewacket) Ken Craig (Proof, NEIU Stage Center, Laramie Project, James Downing Theatre) Jordan Hoisington (Rusty Pipe, Astonrep, Promiscuous Stories. Plagiarists) and David Wilhelm (Twelfth Night, Bricklayers, Bad Guys in Suits, Hobo Junction)

The play is directed by Rory Leahy, American Demigods founder, who previously directed the hit Lysistrata 3000 and has written short works for companies such as Darknight Theatrical Productions and the Silent Theatre Company.

Author Marc Heiden is a successful travel writer who has published travel guides to Chicago and Hiroshima and photography for YahooNews.

Preceding the performance of Monks will be The Short Stack, 3 ultra-short dramedies by Reina Hardy, whose work has been performed in Chicago, New York, California, and Athens, Ohio, directed by Satyr productions founder Gabriel Pastrana.

The show will be performed every Friday and Saturday night at 7:30pm between February 12th and March 20th, 2010 at the Apollo Studio Theatre, 2540 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL. Tickets will be $15. Call 312-902-1500 or 773-935-6100.

Come see this funny, scary, thoughtful, and exciting piece of theatre.


The first first production as opposed to the second first production which we’re doing now.

November 3, 2009

Well okay, we’re calling Monks in Trouble our debut production but in the mists of prehistory we actually produced Lysistrata 3000, back in the mists of history. A postapocalyptic “reimagining” of the ancient Greek comedy. L3K was a huge hit which created a lot of momentum that we did absolutely nothing with. We’re totally not going to do this again. Trust us.


Monks in Trouble

October 1, 2009

Our debut production is Monks in Trouble, a theological horror comedy by Marc Heiden, directed by Rory Leahy.

In a remote corner of the world, the brothers of a secluded monastary find their world is literally disappearing around them. Trapped in the path of an unholy, insatiable void, five very different men can only hope to survive by facing their darkest selves.

Also featuring two short plays, The First Song I Ever Learned and Celestial Liquor by Reina Hardy.

Opens February 12 and runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm through March 20th at the Apollo Studio Theater, 2450 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. Admission is $15.