The Not King (Workshop)

an absurd comedy exploring the royalization of celebrity in America

Updated Not Synopsis

Haven’t posted in a while, but we have begun script development on Act III of The Not King. After reading through and discussing the first two acts, a new synopsis has been written to guide us as we write the third and final act. 

SYNOPSIS: King Not and Princess Why are about to become the rulers of the CNA Network currently run by Why’s father Ruler Randy and he is none to pleased so he sets a plan in motion to kill them but they catch wind and Why stabs her father dead seventeen times. This act, which she gets away with, turns the nation’s attention to the CNA Network and its inhabitants. Why and Not are banished from the CNA and are soon forgotten about as all eyes are on the new rulers, Queen Jam and her new toy The Star. Living is relative obscurity for the first time, Not is determined to get his revenge and get the couple back into the power, which is rightfully theirs, well hers, but maybe something will turn up. All the while, Why is met with a dream. Her dream takes her to meet her real parents (by the way, she was adopted) and there she finds her true destiny and her way back to ruling CNA… But? At what cost???

The King Returns

We stepped back into the Land of Cine for two weeks in March to workshop Act II of The Not King. Some new faces, some old face, a new playground, an old printer, mix and serve. Here’s a little video montage of the work we did:

Thanks to all the great talent we got to work with on this part:
Cliff Frei, Sapna Kumar, Noah Lepawsky, Grace Martinez, Earliana McLaurin, Nathan Paul, Brian Rad, David Seeber and Ian R. Tranberg.

We will be presenting Act I & II on Friday, May 4 at 10:30 at Stage 773. More info on our Facebook event page here.

The Royal Tech Rehearsal

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Don United (Chris Zdenek) takes council with The Ruler (Patrick King)

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The Ruler’s right hand man, Albert (Ian Tranberg) puts Don United on notice

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The Ruler’s daughter, The Princess of Why (Grace Martinez), shares a moment alone with her new husband, The King of Not (Patrick King)

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Simon (Ian Tranberg) makes a plea for his life to The Ruler

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The Star of the Land (Jess Efring) meets with The Ruler and Albert to discuss her next move…

FREE Public Performance on Friday

The Not King

Your attendance is requestered to:

a play in development as part of
University of Chicago’s Summer Inc program

presented by LiveWire Chicago Theatre
created by Joshua Aaron Weinstein
directed by Chris Zdenek
written in collaboration with Weinstein, Zdenek, Jess Efring, Pat King, Grace Martinez, Ian Tranberg and Kimberly Wiczer

FREE Public performance
Friday, August 12 at 8pm
Running time: 45 minutes

at the University Theater
Reynolds Club, First Floor Theater
5706 S. University (57th and University)
Chicago, IL 60637

THE NOT KING is an absurd comedy about the royalization of celebrity. It tells the story of a would be could be King in the Land of Fame.

See who else will be there and let us know you’re coming at our Facebook event

Day 7: My Daughter

“What we learn from celebrity is not of fame, but of ourselves”

The Princess of Why shares a dance with her father…

Featuring: Grace Martinez & Ian Tranberg

Day 6: The Star

You’ve reached The Star, make a wish!

Featuring: Jess Efring, Pat King, Ian Tranberg & Kimberly Wiczer

Day 5: The Gifted

Don United plays his hand with the King of Not.

Featuring: Grace Martinez & Ian Tranberg

Day 5: The Fool

It is not everyday you get in to see The Ruler. Watch what you say, Simon…

Featuring: Pat King, Ian Tranberg & Hilary Williams

Day 4: Don United

In the Land of Fame, you are either first or you are last.

Don United takes council with The Ruler.

Featuring: Pat King & Grace Martinez

Day 3: Prey

The Ruler’s son, Leo is tasked with a little bit of star making…

Featuring: Ian Tranberg & Kimberly Wiczer