Maggie Speer and Richard Gordon, veterans of the Chicago stage and well known to the Cigar Society, will give a dramatic reading of this scary short story by McKnight Malmar.

The Lounge at Iwan Ries
THURSDAY, October 29, 2015

Cocktails at 5:30, presentation 6:00-6:30, 
followed by discussion and more cocktails.   

Reservations are required.



"Janet arrives alone back at her secluded house during a nighttime storm. She begins to settle in, but keeps imagining that someone else is in the house. She investigates, and finds something horrifying in the storm cellar. Will her husband Ben make it through the storm in time to save her?"

Maggie Speer is artistic director of Azusa Productions, which is best known for its popular and critically acclaimed adaptations of Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction (featuring Richard Gordon) and Reservoir Dogs, and many of the works of Sam Shepard.  Maggie most recently directed the world premiere of David Alex’s new play, Adrift, and David Hammond’s adaptation of Fielding’s Tom Jones for Polarity Ensemble Theater. Earlier she served as artistic director of Waukegan’s Bowen Park Theater. For ten years, Maggie taught theater classes at Lake Forest College, where her favorite among them was “Shakespeare to Tarantino: Why violence endures and flourishes in theater, film, and literature.”  As an actor, Maggie was recently seen in Polarity’s adaptation of Peer Gynt, adapted by Robert Bly. Her favorite past roles include Bernarda, in The House of Bernarda Alba; Bessie, in The Plough and the Stars; Marie Antoinette, in French Gray; and Margaret, in Richard III.

Richard Gordon has been in the Chicago stage productions of Pulp Fiction (directed by Maggie Speer), A Few Good Men, The Rape of Nanking, Of Serial Murder, Suggestions for the Prevention, With Love in Your Arms, Night Galleries, The Courage of Mandy Kate Brown, The Taming of the Shrew, Ceremony of Innocence, and The Bells of Balangiga. He has also done many industrial and commercial shorts and voice-overs, including Beltone, My Neighborhood Pharmacy, Cox Digital Cable, Iowa Department of Public Safety, St. Anthony's Hospital, Comcast, Roserem, ISMIE, Kraft, ALAS, Country Insurance, Motorola, the National Safety Council, and ABC. He has also been an on-camera military analyst for WGN and CLTV. He studied voice-overs at Columbia College, took the Improv Workshop at Second City, did a number of monologue workshops at Act One, and studied jazz vocals under Spider Saloff at the Bloom School of Jazz.

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