30+ Years of Curious Theatre
Playing God by Matt Rieger. Photo by Jeffrey Bivens.

Nov 13–Dec 20, 2015

8:00 p.m. Fridays/Saturdays
3:00 p.m. Sundays
  • Location
  • Prop Thtr • 3502 N. Elston, Chicago
  • Tickets
  • $15 or pay what you can
    $12 in advance online


In the cosmic game room, lost souls challenge the creator himself in a board game to determine their fate. However, the almighty is in the midst of a mid-eternity crisis, struggling with the balance between fair play in competition and the desire to win. Featuring Checkers, Chess, Battleship, Operation, Clue, Yahtzee and more.


Beau O’Reilly, Julia Williams, T-Roy Martin, KellyAnn Corcoran, Sidonie Greenberg, Zoë Pike, Kelly Anchors, Justin Botz, Ryan Hogan Wright, Jeremy Campbell

Directed by

Stefan Brün

Set Design by

Rick Paul

Lighting Design by

Chloe Bloede-Honeyman

Costume Design by

Diane Hamm

Technical Director

Jeremy Campbell

Music Director

T-Roy Martin

Design Associate

Shannon Evans

Stage Manager

Marlana May Rieger




PLAYING GOD by Matt Rieger


  • “[A] funhouse version of the Grim Reaper chess scene in Ingmar Bergman‘s ’The Seventh Seal.’ Rick Paul’s charming set, with its Lucite furniture and blue-and-silver palette, looks like a mini-clubhouse designed by Austin Powers.... The best elements in the script and Stefan Brün’s staging come from the performances of Justin Botz and Julia Williams as all of God’s gaming opponents. The latter in particular resonates as a young kid who shows God that an anarchic approach to life—at least as embodied in ‘Candyland’—can sometimes be the way to go.”—Chicago Tribune