This week on the podcast, we are joined by company members of Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, an intimate salon-style theatre exploring the unique female perspectives of everyday stories  (located on Andersonville’s north end at 5779 N. Ridge Avenue). In studio, we discuss Rivendell’s Midwest premiere of The Cake, by playwright Bekah Brunstetter with artistic director Tara Mallen and ensemble members Krystel McNeil and Tuckie White – all three appear in the production, which was just extended through Saturday, June 2! They also recreate one of the iconic scenes from the play for us on air!


(From left) Tara Mallan, Tuckie White, and Kyrstel McNeil in studio at Transistor Radio's Studio C.

(From left) Tara Mallen, Tuckie White, and Krystel McNeil in studio at Transistor Radio’s Studio C.

 “Our theatre is never exclusive. Men can see their own journeys in our plays, but we’re always looking at it from the unique viewpoint of being a woman.”
– Tara Mallen, Artistic Director

Listen to Episode 8 with Rivendell Theatre Ensemble!

Here are some of the references from Episode 8 that you may want to check out:

  • About The Cake: Faith, Family and Frosting collide in this heartwarming play about a lesbian couple who return to their east coast hometown to ask a family friend to make the cake for their wedding – who then faces internal and external conflicts around the situation. Get tickets here.
  • Before they laid permanent roots in Edgewater on Ridge, Rivendell Theatre moved around the city for 16 years. Tara Mallen started the company when she became frustrated with the job availability in the field, particularly for women, and because she wanted to give females in the industry a greater chance at succeeding. She deveoped a relationship with American Blues Theater, and was able to produce the first Rivendell showcase. Read about the company history here. 
  • The play Wrens, that Tara mentions in the podcast, was produced in 1996 in the space that is now Gus Giordano Dance School at 5240 N Clark. View Rivendell’s production history!
  • Rivendell is part of Edgewater Theatre District, and Tara mentions that it felt like coming home when they finally opened here.
  • On Saturday, May 19 after the 4PM matinee of The Cake, there will be a community Town Hall talk back. Learn more here.
  • This Thursday, May 10, Rivendell will be celebrating their annual Blue Jean Ball. The event will feature barnyard dances and dance lessons, a pie contest, custom drinks, and more! The host of this year’s event is Milly from Milly’s Orchid Show. To get your tickets and find out more about the event, visit their website here.

“I think we have the unique capacity to invite the audience to take a journey with us, that you don’t have when you go bigger theatres in Chicago”
– Tara Mallen

The Cake was recently extended until Saturday, June 2. Keep in an out for a special ticket giveaway!

The Cake was recently extended until Saturday, June 2. Buy Tickets Now, and keep in an out for a special ticket giveaway!

Visit Rivendell Theatre Ensemble on these platforms:
Online: rivendelltheatre.org
Facebook: facebook.com/rivendelltheatre
Twitter: @RivendellThtr
Instagram: @rivendelltheatre