Missed Connections is a queer romantic comedy that follows Avery, an introverted grammar nerd, who gives her students an assignment to write love stories inspired by the missed connections ads in the local paper. But when one of them details Avery's own chance encounter with her neighborhood crush, she is uncharacteristically emboldened to take a chance on love. The problem? The ad was printed before they met. When more ads start predicting the future everyone's lives are thrown into upheaval.
Hallie Palladino’s (Playwright) plays include DISINFORMATION/INFLUENCE (Prop Thtr Church of the New Play), DERAILED (O'Neill Semi-Finalist; Seven Devils Semi-Finalist) and INFATUATION (Ojai Playwrights Conference; Chicago New Work Festival; Dandelion Theater). She was a contributing playwright to Three Cat's HOLIDAY RADIO SHOW 1943 and she's currently writing OPERATION MARSHMALLOW FLUFF for Broken Nose Theatre's Bechdel Fest 2019. Hallie is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
Terry Bell (Justin) is excited to be working with Wayward Sisters! Thanks for supporting new works and companies!
Brittany Ellis (Avery) has worked as a multi-disciplined artist in Chicago for 10 years. She loves this sweet play and hopes you do too!
Jessica Ervin (Carrie) is a Chicago-based actor, working in theatre, film, and television. An ensemble member at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Jessica received an equity Jeff nomination for her portrayal of Ester in Dry Land. In addition to Rivendell, Jessica has worked with Walkabout Theatre, Route 66, The Public House Theatre, and can be seen in the films Princess Cyd and the upcoming projects Teacher, Injustice, and Stalled. She is represented by Actors' Talent Group, graduated with her BFA from Ball State University, and is currently studying at the School at Steppenwolf.
August Forman (Layla) is an actor, playwright, and educator. They are an Artistic Associate with Oak Park Festival Theatre and Babes With Blades. Favorite credits include: Girl in the Red Corner (Broken Nose Theatre; Jeff Award for Best Supporting Actor), The Lady Demands Satisfaction (Babes With Blades), The Fair Maid of the West (Oak Park Festival Theatre), and Twelfth Night (Midsommer Flight). Catch them this fall in Tiny Beautiful Things (Victory Gardens Theater).
Shariba Rivers (Elena) is happy to revisit this lovely play and work with Hallie (again), the cast, and Wayward Sisters Theatre. She has several readings this month and will next be seen in a full production in August at Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre. Keep up with her at www.sharibatheactor.com.