‘Because They Have No Words’ @ Chicago’s Piven Theatre

February 21st, 2008 7:43 pm by Kelly Garbato

But what of Kansas City? Sigh. It’s all just hay and megachurches.

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From: Andrew Bennett
Date: Tue, Feb 19, 2008 at 12:51 PM
Subject: Because They Have No Words

Hello Kelly –

I received your information from Lotti Pharriss, one of the playwright’s of BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO WORDS. The play tells the true story of Tim Maddock, who worked in the animal rescue efforts in post-Katrina New Orleans. We’re wondering if there’s any way you could mention the production on your site and to your readers. I’ve included a press release with more information, and if you have questions, just let me know!


Andrew Bennett

Production Manager
Piven Theatre Workshop
927 Noyes Street, Rm 110
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 866-8049
ajbennett [at] piventheatre.org


CONTACT: Andrew Bennett (847) 866-8049
ajbennett [at] piventheatre.org

Kinship Circle - 2007-10-05 - 08 - Because They Have No Words



(EVANSTON, ILLINOIS) Piven Theatre proudly announces the Chicago Premiere of Because They Have No Words, written by Tim Maddock and Lotti Louise Pharriss, and directed by Emilie Beck.

• Production opens on Monday, May 12th
• Production runs from May 12th – June 15th
• Tickets: $23-25 / group rates available for groups of 10 or more.
• At the Piven Theatre, 927 Noyes Street in Evanston.
• Ticket and show information at (847) 866-8049 or http://www.piventheatre.org.

This production focuses on the true story of Tim Maddock who, in response to Hurricane Katrina, traveled to New Orleans and threw himself into the chaos of animal rescue efforts in the wake of the storm. In September of 2005, Tim loaded his car with food, water, clothing and rescue gear. He said goodbye to his partner and his dog, and drove straight into the heart of one of the greatest natural disasters in our country’s history.

During his time in New Orleans, Tim witnessed great human tragedy and stupendous bureaucratic blunders. From the stranded animals somehow able to weather the storm, to the frantic, grief-stricken families searching for the pets they were forced to abandon, the flood of emotion was a constant reminder of the failures of a city, a state, and a nation to respond when their citizens needed them most.

The play, written by Tim Maddock and Lotti Louise Pharriss received its world-premiere in L.A. under the direction of Piven Theatre Workshop alum Emilie Beck. Piven Theatre is pleased to reunite the playwrights with their original director, Ms. Beck, for this Midwest Premiere and to announce that the play’s author and inspiration, Tim Maddock, will be starring in the production.

This riveting true story has been called “Raw, moving, and darkly humorous” by the L.A. Weekly and Backstage West proclaims it “Reminds us of what good theatre is capable of achieving.”

About The Piven Theatre:

For 35 years, the Piven Theatre Workshop has remained a nationally respected acting school and professional Equity theatre. Within recent years, Piven Theatre has received an After Dark Award for Outstanding Ensemble, several Joseph Jefferson Recommendations, a Jeff Award for Best New Adaptation, and a Jeff nomination for Best Original Score. Co-Founders Byrne & Joyce Piven have trained countless theatre artists such as John and Joan Cusack, Kate Walsh, Aidan Quinn, Lili Taylor and Jeremy Piven, to name only a few. Stagebill honored the Pivens with the designation “Chicago’s first family of acting.” The Pivens have been awarded the Evanston Arts Council Youth and Education Award, the Evanston Mayors Award for the Arts, Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Chicago Improv Festival, and the University of Chicago’s Glorious Gargoyle Award for lifetime contribution to the theatre. They were named 1996 Artists of the Year by the Chicago Tribune and were recipients of the Chicago Drama League’s 1998 Crystal Award. In 2000, they were awarded a Joseph Jefferson Lifetime Achievement Award. For more information, please visit www.piventheatre.org.




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