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NEWS

A Historical Comedy About Drama!

 
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Our Show is on Fire!

It’s a hysterical romp through 100 years of the world’s most flammable theater, The Grand Carlysle.

It’s a merciless yet loving tribute to theater as seen through the eyes of three theater historians who also happen to be unreliable ghosts!

The Grand Carlysle has hosted some of the worst shows in history including Unsinkable Love – The Musical Tragedy about The Titanic, Come and Get Me – a musical adaptation of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick told from the whale’s perspective, and Death of a Salesman on Ice!

It has also hosted vaudeville acts, high wire circus stars, kitchen sink dramas, turn-of-the-century humor-filled scenarios, and Shakespeare!

The Greatest Theatrical Event...EVER! was written by Joe Janes, Lori McClain, and Ric Walker. Performed by Joe Janes, Kelly Haran, and Ric Walker. Directed by Andrea J. Dymond. Original music by Jeff Bouthiette. Graphics by Shane Swinea.

By Shane Swinea

By Shane Swinea

Langley (Ric Walker) and Pratt (Joe Janes” perform their vaudeville routine “Right in the Balzac” much to Alice’s (Kelly Haran) disgust. Photo by Jerry Schulman.

Langley (Ric Walker) and Pratt (Joe Janes” perform their vaudeville routine “Right in the Balzac” much to Alice’s (Kelly Haran) disgust. Photo by Jerry Schulman.

Robert (Joe Janes) and Elaine (Kelly Haran) rehearse Romeo and Juliet. Photo by Jerry Schulman.

Robert (Joe Janes) and Elaine (Kelly Haran) rehearse Romeo and Juliet. Photo by Jerry Schulman.

The Amazing Albeit Mediocre Craig (Joe Janes) and The Amazing Maxwell (Ric Walker) face off on the high wire. Photo by Jerry Schulman.

The Amazing Albeit Mediocre Craig (Joe Janes) and The Amazing Maxwell (Ric Walker) face off on the high wire. Photo by Jerry Schulman.

Trey Van Betheysen III (Ric Walker) really wants to tell you about his musical about Anne Frank titled “Panic in the Attic”. It has a happy ending, unless you’re a nazi. Photo by Jerry Schulman.

Trey Van Betheysen III (Ric Walker) really wants to tell you about his musical about Anne Frank titled “Panic in the Attic”. It has a happy ending, unless you’re a nazi. Photo by Jerry Schulman.



Gettin' to know joe

Joe Janes is an Emmy award-winning writer and teaches comedy writing and improvisation at The Second City and Columbia College. He has written for Jellyvision's "You Don't Know Jack" and SNL's "Weekend Update." He has published three books of his staged work: 365 Sketches50 Plays and Seven Deadly Plays.

His full-length plays include Metaluna and the Science of the Mind RevueA Hard Day's Journey Into Night, Our Christian Nation, The Incident, and Always Never. He is a regular contributor to the on-line magazine Literate Ape with his weekly satirical column The Minutes of Our Last Meeting.

 
 

 

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Writing Samples

 
 

hammer of love

10-Minute Play about a mysterious international spy returning to his love after decades apart fighting to keep the world safe from his nemesis, The Crimson Marsupial. 

 


butterfly jar

10-Minute Play about finding the love of your life and not being able to keep her told through spoken word.

 


damen silos

10-MInute Play based on a true experience of finding someone's heart wrenching journal in the abandoned Damen Silos in Chicago.

pushing the envelope

Monologue - A very arrogant theater creator gushes about his latest project. His arrogance is only matched by his lack of talent.

 
Joe pretends like his Emmy is just a paperweight, but when you read and experience his work, you know you’re in the presence of one of the greats.
— Collaborator

 


the something blue mile

10-Minute Play about a death row convict's happiest and last day.

 
 
 
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CONTACT joe

Would you like Joe to work on one of your shows?  Teach a workshop?  Give you some sage wisdom?  Email Joe directly.