Cupid Players, Chicago's only all musical sketch comedy group, announces their new revue It's Not the Heat, It's the Cupidity, opening February 26th at the Theatre Building Chicago for a late-night run.
The hour-long show's original material was created by the director and cast. As the Cupid cast will be performing on the set of their sister company Broutil & Frothingham Productions' Tour de Farce, the company decided that every sketch would take place in a hotel room; director Brian Posen calls the room the show's "main character."
Cupid Players is a non-for-profit theater company dedicated to elevating the art of musical sketch comedy. Their hallmark is creating original and intelligent sketches rooted in social and political satire. They provide a vehicle to nurture artists as performers, writers, and musicians in a collaborative and educational environment and create original ensemble driven shows that draw on improvisation, music, script writing, and other art forms to create a connection between the performers and the audience.
The Cupid Players, who have performed from coast to coast, create and perform 2-3 original musical sketch comedy shows in Chicago each year. They also perform for various corporations and festivals, including the Boston Comedy Fest, the Seattle Sketchfest, the Miami Improv Fest, the Chicago Sketchfest, Chicago Improv Fest, Vancouver Fringe Festival, and the San Francisco Fringe Fest. Cupid Players is also traveling to LA, Seattle, Portland, and Iowa this year for special performances.
HBO's Sketchpad saw Cupid Players perform at the Chicago Sketchfest, and the group is now under consideration to appear in an episode. The cast is Sara Lifvendahl, Jack Perdue, Brian Peterlin, Andrew Ritter, Billy Sullivan, Jill Valentine, and Karen Weinberg. Peterlin also serves as technical director and stage manager.
Director Brian Posen is core faculty at the Second City Training Center, Columbia College and Act One Studios. He has taught at various theatre, including the Steppenwolf Theater and the Actor's Theatre of Louisville. He acts, directs, produces and writes music all around Chicago and is the Artistic Director of the award-winning Broutil & Frothingham Productions and the producer of Chicago Sketchfest, where over 50 groups from across the nation performed.