Johnny 10 Beers' Daughter

World Premiere

Jeff Recommended • Chicago Reader Recommended


We presented the world premiere of Johnny 10 Beer's Daughter in the spring, written by Dana Lynn Formby and directed by Emmi Hilger.

The piece was presented by Something Marvelous and Randy Steinmeyer in association with Chicago Dramatists' Grafting Project, and featured Arti Ishak and Randy Steinmeyer.

May 21–June 18 (Previews May 19 & 20)

Chicago Dramatists; 1105 West Chicago Ave

For more information, please visit our Johnny 10 Beers' page.

Praise for Johnny 10 Beers' Daughter

Chicago Reader RECOMMENDED — Jack Helbig

“Dana Lynn Formby’s tight, intense drama…isn't an easy play to watch—or to turn away from.” – Jack Helbig, Chicago Reader

“Arti Ishak and Randy Steinmeyer play the pair with sometimes terrifying full-throttle intensity, heightened by Emmi Hilger’s simple, unobtrusive direction.” – Jack Helbig, Chicago Reader

“[Dana Lynn] Formby tells her story well; hours after the play ended I found myself still brooding over the fates of these two lost souls. – Adelaide Lee

“Both actors in this two-hander are up to the task of this complex script.”

“It's a beautiful, challenging role, and it's hard to imagine anybody playing it better than [Arti] Ishak has here.”

“performed with razor-sharp precision. Not a word is out of place”

Production Team

Barry Bennett, Jonathan Berg-Einhorn, Sean Douglass, Justin Glombicki, Uriel Gomez, Adam Greye, Kara Grimm, Nick Lannan, Gracie Meier, Nicholas Schwartz, Zev Steinberg, and Michelle Underwood.



The Girl Who Turned Into a Feather by Christian Duhamel

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directed by Allyce Carryn Torres, featuring Jennifer Adams, Alexa Eldridge, Priya Mohanty, and Ilse Zacharias

Saturday, October 28, 4 PM - 6:30 PM at Vagabond School of the Arts (4001 N Ravenswood Ave, Ste 504)

Laurie is a successful architect and single mother raising her teenage daughter in Colorado Springs. But behind her well-crafted façade, she struggles to connect with those closest to her, especially her daughter, Jocelyn. To cope with the discord and maintain a sense of control, Laurie relies on bourbon and Xanax. When her assistant, Kendra, begins inexplicably transforming into an inanimate object, Laurie’s life begins to unravel, forcing her to face a transformation that hits much closer to home.

Faith in a Fallen World by Georgette Kelly

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directed by Rinska Carrasco-Prestinary, featuring H.B. Ward, Aurora Real de Asua, Cage Pierre, Jen Bosworth, and Sofia Tew

Monday, December 4 at 7:30pm

Bethany is the only daughter of a charismatic creationist preacher who has founded The Museum of God’s Creation in rural Kentucky. When Bethany returns home from her first year in a liberal arts college, she finds herself working retail in the museum’s gift shop as her father preps for a televised debate with Rita Anning, a famed evolution scientist.  The morning before the debate, Bethany’s atheist boyfriend shows up and they must juggle two worlds and a big secret.  Meanwhile, Bethany discovers a six-year-old girl who has been living in the museum and who promises to deliver a miracle.


Night of New Works: Generations

April 5 at 7:00 pm
Chicago Dramatists
1105 West Chicago Ave.

Our annual night of new works kicks off the season with premieres of short plays by Georgette Kelly, Barb Lhota, Juan Francisco Villa, Cory David Williamson, Ricardo Gamboa, and Marisela Treviño Orta.

The works center on the theme of generations. What defines a generation? Do generations divide, or do they find a bridge? Do generations find continuity in tradition or changes in perspective? Or do they find that the dividing lines are not so simple?

Premiere Works:

by Georgette Kelly
directed by Lexi Saunders
featuring Carlye Pollack, Jabu Mickle-Molefe, and Sarah Wisterman

by Ricardo Gamboa
directed by Azar Kazemi
featuring Sean Parris, Ricardo Gamboa, Eliseo Real, Nicolas Del Valle Jr, Alex Rodriguez, and Elijah Ruiz

by Barb Lhota
directed by Stephanie Stroud
featuring Marie Goodkin, Maggie Robinson, and Dane Van Brocklin

by Juan Francisco Villa
directed by Aaron Mays
featuring Frankie Davila, Victor Salinas, and Tricia Rodriguez

by Marisela Treviño Orta
directed by Claire Reinhart
featuring Elizabeth Nungaray and Emilio Velasco

by Cory David Williamson
directed by Kadin McGreevy
featuring Rebecca Flores and Kevin O'Connell

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