Laced poster

Written by Samantha Mueller
Directed by AFT Artistic Associate Lexi Saunders

May 13 – June 13, 2020
Theater Wit, 1229 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

The night after a queer bar outside of Tampa, Florida, is vandalized, three twenty-something bartenders gather to grieve, riot, and above all, piece together the events of the night before. But as these three friends process the violation of their space, they must decide if it is healthier to understand what happened or to just clean up and move on. Fiery, poetic, and up-to-the-minute contemporary, LACED ferociously celebrates the spaces in which we find our truest selves and the spectrum of ways the LGBTQ community comes together in the face of hate.

Meet the Artists

Headshot: Samantha Mueller

Samantha Mueller (Playwright, Actor) is a Chicago-born, New York-based playwright. Her play The Way This City Bleeds was a 2017 semi-finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival as well as a 2015 winner of the Agnes Nixon Playwriting Award. She is an artistic associate with the NYC theater collective G45 Productions and a proud graduate of Northwestern University, where she first began working with Seesaw Theatre to create pieces of theater for children with disabilities. She has published two articles about immersive theater on Howlround, including one about Seesaw’s 2017 production.

Headshot: Lexi Saunders

Lexi Saunders (director) is a queer director, writer, performer, and teaching artist originally from Los Angeles with a BA in Theatre from UC San Diego. She has been part of the About Face’s touring Outreach Ensemble since 2015. Lexi’s recent Chicago directing credits include Eurydice (Jedlicka Performing Arts Center), Missed Opportunities (Cuckoo’s Theatre Project), The Departure (Haven Theatre), Grounded (Theater of Thought/Pride Arts), Fifty Shades Of Shakespeare ((re)discover theatre), Super (Mudlark Theater), and various other workshops, readings, and short plays at The Gift, Victory Gardens, Chicago Dramatists, 2nd Story, Something Marvelous, and Pride Films & Plays. She currently teaches theatre with TimeLine Theatre, The Viola Project, 2nd Story, Mudlark Theater, Silk Road Rising, Camp Bravo, and Chicago Children Theatre’s Red Kite Project.