Anarch City on YouTube!

Posted: February 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

We realize that all our supporters may not be able to make it to every performance–a sad but true reality. Which is why, as much as possible, Anarch City will preserve an archive of performances for all to watch on YouTube. It’s not the same as a live show, but it hopefully provides an accurate view of our vision and execution, as well as an opportunity for all of you to view our hard work and show it off to your friends.

In the future, the YouTube account will also be used for individual show promotions, production tie-ins, and maybe the occasional guest spot for friends of the company. If you’re interested, please subscribe; you’ll be glad you did.

The three Theatre Noir shows are up now. Take a look, and let us know what you think. We’re always open to new ideas and perspectives.

Happy viewing!

Chris Snapp, Artistic Director


Update: The First of Many

Posted: February 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

So it’s been quite a while since our premiere production, and you’ve probably been wondering what’s happened to us. The answer is, in short, a lot.

Theatre Noir was hugely successful–I can’t thank the cast and crew enough for their hard work and dedication, or those of you who took time out of your evenings back in October to come and see the show. We generated enough income from ticket sales to pay off our remaining expenses, and establish an LLC, based in Madison. Now, after several months of prep and planning, Anarch City is on the cusp of releasing its official first season.

As previously stated at both Theatre Noir performances, each season will feature several shows united by a broad political or social theme. We aim to include a diverse variety of plays–new and old work, celebrated playwrights alongside amateurs and unknowns, and genres ranging from tragedy to farce. Our goal is to expose theatregoers to a wide range of art, while exploring multiple aspects of an important but complex subject.

The theme for Season 1 is Sex and Sensibility. It will consist of five shows produced between Summer 2011 and Summer 2012, each examining sex, sexuality, and/or gender relationships from a different perspective. Specific topics will include adultery, workplace relations, pornography, the internet, and the LGBT community. Look for a posting, including audition and show dates, up within the next couple of weeks.

Again, I can’t thank you enough for your kind words and expressions of support over the past several months, and I feel we have a season worthy of the initial hype. I can’t wait to share it with you.

Chris Snapp, Artistic Director

Anarch City In The Isthmus!

Posted: September 17, 2010 in Uncategorized

This week Isthmus writer Jay Rath profiles our emerging company in the theater section. Check it out here:

Arts Beat: Anarch City Theatre Company launches – Isthmus | The Daily Page.

The Anarch Season (2010-2011)

As with the blog, our company is also shiny and new, so this is a work in progress. We will continue to update the website as we organize fundraisers, shows, and collaborative projects with the Madison arts community. We hope to have a full season for you next year, and our primary focus is on making that possible.

That said, we have a showcase of one-acts for you to enjoy–a collection of violence, betrayal, and heartbreak we’re calling Theatre Noir:

Deal with the Devil–my newest written work, about a hitman who is hired by a mafia don. Turns out the don is Satan, and he’s now in the business of stealing souls.

The Dumb Waiter–a one-act by Harold Pinter, about two British thugs waiting in a hotel for orders on a hit.

Sucker–Susan’s show was originally written for the theatre company we helped found at school, but was never performed. It’s about a young man who runs into his ex at a restaurant, and ponders trying to work things out. The whole thing is viewed from the perspective of his Ego–which, like your average human subconscious, has a mind all its own.

Rated PG-13 for language, mild violence, and some disturbing scenes.

We’ve got a great cast and crew working with us on this, our first project, and we hope you’ll come see it! Dates are October 8-9 at the Project Lodge (817 E. Johnson St.) at 8pm. Tickets are $10, $5 w/ Student ID. For further information on this and future projects, please contact us at

Thanks! We appreciate your patronage, and look forward to seeing you at the theatre!

–Chris Snapp, Artistic Director