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Badfic Love

April 3, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - April 30, 2015 @ 10:00 pm

| $20

Strange Bedfellows Theatre, known for its integrated, experiential approach to producing theatre, proudly announces the Professional World Premiere of Badfic Love by Adam Pasen and directed by Aaron Henrickson. Badfic Love will be presented at The Den Theatre, 1333 N Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago, for 15 performances, April 3 – May 2, 2015. Tickets, priced at $20, are on sale at strangebedfellowstheatre.com.

By day Kyle is a lowly sales associate at Staples, but by night he is part of an elite organization that scours the internet to keep it safe from the writers of bad fanfiction. When he becomes obsessed with a Harry Potter badfic and falls for the group’s public enemy #1, his love life and the fate of the entire plot continuum are at stake. Meanwhile, inside the badfic, the characters formerly known as Harry and Draco race to understand who they are as their narrative goes increasingly off the rails. Part Pirandello and part Joss Whedon, Badfic Love asks the question: “what if the writer telling your story never disappeared, but is just really, really, REALLY terrible?”

In 2012 playwright Adam Pasen was awarded the WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory Fellowship by the Kennedy Center to develop Badfic Love at Center Stage in Baltimore with dramaturg George Brant (Grounded). Badfic Love was also a finalist for the 2015 Steppenwolf Garage Rep, as well as a semifinalist for the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference and The Dionysos Cup Festival of New Plays.

The Strange Bedfellows are proud to have a number of talented partners for the Integration Projects on Badfic Love, bringing together musicians, visual artists and local businesses in creating an integrated environment surrounding the performance. • “Wizard Rock” bands will perform Harry Potter-inspired rock music before all performances of Badfic Love (doors open at 7:00 pm). Bands scheduled to appear include Diagon Alley (April 3-11), Tonks and the Aurors (April 16, 17, 18), Hawthorne & Holly (April 23, 24, 25) and more TBA. • A comic book adaptation of the Badfic Love script has been put to page by artist Don Edwards (creator of Unemployed Duck, Ultrakyle, and STIK comics). More information about Don can be found at www.donedwardsart.blogspot.com. The comic will also feature the art of several guest artists, such as Jay Taylor, Chris Merkley, and J Tinman, among others. • Dark Sage Brewery has created two custom craft beers for Badfic Love – Diagon Delight, a butterscotch ESB, and Amurican Red, a Locavore American Red Ale. The beer was sold exclusively at Strange Bedfellows Theatre’s fundraising event, One Night Stand: A Celebration of the Arts (And Bite-Sized Convention), at The HQ (1914 N Milwaukee Ave) on Saturday, February 28.

The cast of Badfic Love includes Cristiana Barbatelli (Michelle), David Flora (Benny/Snape/Voldemort), Chris Fowler (Kyle), Katie Hunter (Cynthia/Hermione), Jovan King (Jared), Connor Konz (Harry), Stephanie Shum (Dale/Ron), and Jake Szczepaniak (Draco).

The creative team includes: Isaac Gomez (Dramaturg), Jeff Chaney (Scenic), Barbara Little (Costumes), Zoe Mikel-Stites (Lighting), Petra Cantzler (Production Manager), Danielle Moore (Stage Manager), Eric Backus (Sound / Composer), Paul Deziel (Projections), Jeremiah Barr (Props), Alex Farrington (Fight Choreographer), and Kyle Encinas (Asst. Fight Choreographer).

Badfic Love will be presented at The Den Theatre, 1333 N Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago, for 15 performances, April 3 – May 2, 2015. Performances will be held Thursdays thru Saturdays at 7:30 pm. The Press Opening is scheduled for Monday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, priced at $20, are now on sale at strangebedfellowstheatre.com.


April 3, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
April 30, 2015 @ 10:00 pm
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Strange Bedfellows Theatre


The Den Theatre
1333 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 United States
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