the distillery has a new home!

Due to the closure of Kahladi Brothers coffee, we’re unable to hold our Distillery readings at Gay City.

We have been searching and we found a new home at West of Lenin! We’ll have readings the first Monday of the month, January - June, 2019. Each reading takes place at 7:00 pm, followed by a discussion with the cast, playwright, and director.


2018-2019 Distillery schedule

January 7, 2019 - Tight End by Rachel Bykowski, directed by Kathryn Stewart

February 4, 2019 - cancelled due to snow

March 4, 2019 - We Go Mad conceived and directed by Amy Escobar

April 1, 2019 - Edith: President of the United States by Timothy Andrew McIntosh, directed by Amy Poisson

May 6, 2019 - a new play by Lisa Every and Jenn Ruzumna

June 3, 2019 - On Your Way Here by Bryan Willis


about the plays

Tight End by Rachel Bykowski, directed by Kathryn Stewart


About the Play: Ash Miller’s dream is to catch the winning touchdown pass for the Westmont High Titans’ Homecoming game. Football is in her blood. In order to make the team, Ash will have to prove she is one of the guys even if that means sacrificing her body for the love of the game. 

Tight End will be receiving its regional premiere with Majestic Repertory Theatre in Las Vegas in February of 2019 and Macha will be helping Rachel put on her finishing touches before the premiere.

January 7, 2019, 7:00 pm, in the West of lenin studio

About the Playwright: Rachel Bykowski, a Chicago native, writes plays to explore the many facets of womanhood. Her full-length plays have been featured with The National New Play Network (NNPN) in a workshop at the Kennedy Center for the MFA Playwrights’ Festival in 2016. She was a top 20 finalist for CulturalDC’s Source Theatre Festival in 2017, received Honorable Mention for the Jane Chambers 2017 Student Playwriting Award, and was the runner-up for the 2018 Todd McNerney Playwriting Award for her play Rev. Her play, Tight End received its world premiere with 20% Theatre Company Chicago and will receive its regional premiere with Majestic Rep Theatre in Las Vegas. Rachel’s other full-length plays have been workshopped with Chicago companies like Cock and Bull Theatre, the Women’s Theatre Alliance, and the Chicago Dramatists. Her play The Big Fuckin’ Giant was featured in a workshop with Relative Theatrics in Laramie, Wyoming for their Playwrights’ Voiced Festival. Rachel’s ten-minute plays have been produced in the Midwest and West Coast including Renaissance Theaterworks, Fury Theatre, Arc Theatre, Commedia Beauregard, San Diego Theatre Lab, and Actors’ Theatre of Louisville Apprentice Company. She is also published in RiverSedge Arts and Literary Journal. Rachel is a playwriting affiliate with NNPN and a member of the Dramatists Guild. She received her BFA in playwriting from the Theatre School at DePaul University and her MFA from Ohio University.


we go mad conceived and directed by Amy Escobar

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About the Play:

They say this house is haunted.
It has a…history.
Centuries lived between these stones;
springs, summers, winters, falls,
over and over again.

We Go Mad examines the body as a haunted location, weaving a tale the draws from gothic romance, horror, and ghost stories to unravel inheritance, ancestral trauma, and all those shapes that shift and live on and on. Using puppetry techniques like shadow play, modified bunraku and object manipulation the playwright intends to externalize internal conflicts and articulate a felt experience as we follow our protagonist through her mother’s house of madness and her father’s house of bones.

march 4, 2019, 7:00 pm in the west of lenin studio

Starring Corinne Magin, Emily Pike, and Heidi Cheyenne

About the Playwright: Amy Escobar is a Seattle-based writer and performer interested in constructing practical magic and conscious language in her work. She is also an educator and puppeteer, specializing in modified tabletop Bunraku at Thistle Theatre, where she brings folk and fairy tales from around the world to local schools, libraries, and theaters. Recently, she received a 2018 GAP Award from Artist Trust to workshop We Go Mad, which also received development support from Rain City Projects and the HBMG Foundation. She was awarded a 4Culture 2018 Art Projects Grant for When You Wish Upon A Pizza, her commission with the 14/48 Projects as a part of their Parks Program, which creates free summer theater for families in King County. Her play Scary Mary and the Nightmares Nine (Annex Theater) was a 2017 Gregory Award nominee for Outstanding New Play and was described by City Arts as “Fun and frolicsome with the perfect amount of soul-crushing darkness.”


Edith: President of the United States by Timothy Andrew McIntosh, directed by amy poisson

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About the play:

Edith Galt is ready to settle into society life. But a friend tells her that President Woodrow Wilson wants to meet her. As the president pursues her, Edith is torn. She loves the President, but bridles at the traditional role of wife. When the President suffers a stroke, Edith must overcome her fears to play a vital role on the world stage.  

APRIL 1, 2019, 7:00 pm in the west of lenin studio

About the Playwright: With themes focusing on spiritual discovery and human flourishing, Timothy Andrew McIntosh’s scripts have been performed and awarded across the country. Most recently he was named a finalist for the 2018 Neil Simon New Play Contest. A produced screenwriter, professional speechwriter, and LeBron James enthusiast, he lives in a one-room writer's cottage in east Seattle.