The Riots of Spring
are the hilarious counterparts interspersed amongst the play readings occurring over the course of the festival. Entirely student produced and cast by the Comedy Arts majors, these 15-60 minute performances range anywhere from sketch shows, improv, standup, and more! With a dozen riots popping up over the course of Wrights of Spring there’s plenty of opportunities to see some great comedy. Scroll to learn more about our featured works!
Come watch as Mo, Logan, and Trevor draw characters from the suggestions of the audience; joke around and have fun!
By Mo, Trevor Dudasik, & Logan Muñoz
A one-man show that mixes comedy and storytelling as I tell true tales from my life and hometown.
Joseph Walsdorf is a comedian, performer, and writer from Woodstock, Illinois. He is tall enough and his eyes are a color. If you need to know more than that, you’re digging too deep.
By Joseph Walsdorf
You are Cordially Invited to the Wedding & Funeral of Stuart Williams and Joel Dávila, Respectively
One of us is getting married, and the other is dead. You know who is what because you understand the definition of "respectively." Stuart and Joel cordially invite themselves and the people they deemed fit to perform at their wedding and funeral, respectively, in this Wright's Of Spring Production.
Stuart Williams was once a timid teen-ager mocked by the world. But, that all changed one day on a high school field trip to the science museum. In the radiation exhibit where the scientists were demonstrating, well, radiation, one lone spider managed to descend right into the radiation beam! And with its dying breath, it bit Stuart right on the hand! Then he was in the hospital for about a week and now he's funny. HAGS.
Joel Dávila is thrilled to pretend you're not going to read this so he can say whatever he wants and waste your precious time. He was taught comedy at a young age when we spent time in the Royal School for Young Royals in London, England. There, he learned the rule of threes and graduated Summa cum Great job!. He hopes you enjoy the show. HAGS.
By Stuart Williams and Joel Dávila
Wed 5/18 5:30-6:30 Healy Rehearsal Room
Friday 5/20 5:30-6:30 Healy Rehearsal Room
Thur 5/26 8:30-9:30 Healy Rehearsal Room
The Cretan of Seton
Thur 5/26 5:30-6:30 Healy Rehearsal Room
Neema Naemi is a freshman at DePaul University studying Film with a minor in advertising. In his free time he enjoys playing tennis, acting, singing, drawing, and bragging about all his hobbies.
Tucker Privette began acting in the early 1980s and made his breakthrough with leading roles in the comedy film Risky Business (1983) and action drama film Top Gun (1986). Critical acclaim came with his roles in the drama films The Color of Money (1986), Rain Man (1988), and Born on the Fourth of July (1989). For his portrayal of Ron Kovic in the latter, he won a Golden Globe Award and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. As a leading Hollywood star in the 1990s, he starred in several commercially successful films, including the drama A Few Good Men (1992), the thriller The Firm (1993), the horror film Interview with the Vampire (1994), and the romance Jerry Maguire (1996). For his role in the latter, he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and received his second Academy Award nomination.
The Adventures of Fates and Fellows:
The Special of Sweeney Todd:
Lazarus Howell Live and Sterile:
Wed 5/25 5:30-6:00, Wed 5/25 7:30-8:00, & Sat 5/21 2:30-3:30 Healy Rehearsal Room
Sweeney Todd has created a 30-minute comedy special and he’s gonna make you laugh…. Or else.
In this 30-minute one-man show. Lazarus has a repertoire of a certain variety. Watch him go sterile as he uncovers it all and hopefully the audience will learn something too.
In this humble hour. Lazarus will host a complete game of Dungeons and Dragons with guest stars: Rockie Wenrich, Stuart Williams, Trevor Dudasik, and Kathryn Courtney! Watch as we improvise our heroes through the gallows of a completely improvised show!
Lazarus is a comedy arts major with an itch to do pretty much everything. Watch him do pretty much everything.
By Lazarus Howell
By Tucker Privette & Neema Naemi
I Don't Know Why I'm Telling You This
By Robert Vetter and Josephine Clarke
Fri 5/27 5:30-6:00 Healy Rehearsal Room
A one man show whose creation process focused on blending comedy and dramaturgy.
Robert and Josephine are twins separated at birth. They reunited for one final performance on this plane of existence before they ascend to a higher plane of consciousness.
Sat 5/28 5:00-6:00 Healy Rehearsal Room
Trans Play follows Ivan, a young trans child as they travel through multiple worlds and realities, meeting many marvelous and strange creatures, on a journey to discover why they exist. This reading is the onstage premiere of a dark, winding, and magical comedy.
Eli Carey (they/them) is a first year Comedy Arts major from Portland, Oregon. They are the playwright of "Trans Play" and are thrilled to be sharing it for the first time! They would like to give special thanks to the production team and performers for making this piece happen!