By Madison Fiedler
Directed by RTE member Hallie Gordon
Featuring RTE members Rae Gray, Krystel McNeil and Artistic Director Tara Mallen, with Sam Krey

A World Premiere

Williamson, West Virginia has been aptly nicknamed “Pilliamson” as long as anyone there can remember, certainly since the Attridge family’s been around. The now-grown sisters have taken very different paths in the wake of their mother’s overdose. As Harper raises her sister’s child vowing to tread new ground, Noah opts for the old ways and finds herself in all-too-familiar territory.

In Madison Fiedler’s new drama SPAY, cycles of addiction and all notions of autonomy are catapulted into question when a stranger shows up in town with an answer to their prayers– at a certain cost.  Selected from a field of over 150 new plays, SPAY was one of six new plays featured in the 2019 National New Play Network’s Annual Showcase of New Plays in Atlanta, Georgia.


April 23 – June 7 2020

Rivendell Theatre
5779 N. Ridge Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660


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Rivendell provides several opportunities throughout our runs to see the performance and also take part in additional access, entertainment, or insight. Check this space for information on special events for SPAY.



Friday, April 24 – 8:00pm

Saturday, April 25, 8:00pm

Sunday, April 26, 3:00pm

Thursday, April 30, 8:00pm

Friday, May 1, 8:00pm

Saturday, May 2, 8:00pm


Open Captioned Performances

Friday, May 15th at 8:00pm




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Madison Fiedler (Playwright)

Madison Fiedler is a Brooklyn-based, Asheville-raised playwright and short story writer. She graduated Northwestern University in June 2019 with a B.A. in Theatre and Creative Writing. Her work has been developed and/or produced by Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Actor’s Express, BoHo Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, IRT Theater, Hudson Guild Theater and Northwestern University. Her play “Spay” was selected for the 2019 National Showcase of New Plays, in Atlanta 2019.





Hallie Gordon (Director)

Hallie is Artistic Producer at Steppenwolf, Artistic Director of Steppenwolf Young Adults and an ensemble member Rivendell Theatre Company. As a theatre artist Hallie has directed Eclipsed at Northlight Theatre, for Steppenwolf 1984, Animal Farm, Leveling Up, the world premiere of The Book Thief, To Kill A Mockingbird, the world premiere of a new adaptation by Tanya Saracho of The House on Mango Street, and  Harriet Jacobs adapted for the stage by Lydia R. Diamond. A new premier of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye also adapted by Lydia R. Diamond which won a Black Excellence Award from the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago, This production also transferred Off-Broadway to The New Victory Theatre. She has directed staged readings for The Goodman Theatre, Timeline Theatre, Chicago Dramatists and Steppenwolf Theatre Company.  Hallie is the recipient of The Helen Coburn Meier & Tim Meier Achievement Award.


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