(CHICAGO)  Chicago-based playwright Lisa Scott’s Tell Me When It Hurts, with its nods to classic farce and to the popular steampunk genre, is fun for the whole family. Amid its silliness and high-spirits, Tell Me When It Hurts has a warm-hearted message about compassion and forgiveness, making it a fresh alternative for holiday entertainment. The play is the second in Three Cat’s 2013-14 season of new works by emerging Chicago playwrights.

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that involves fantastical steam-powered technology and is often set in an alternative history of the 19th Century British Victorian era or the American Wild West.

Tell Me When It Hurts was originally developed in a Chicago Dramatists workshop with Stage Left Theater. It was further revised this year in work with Jason Smith, Three Cat’s Artistic Director. “When Jason and I talked about Tell Me When It Hurts, we hit on the steampunk vibe as a way to really up the charm of the play. I was already dealing with steampunk elements in the technology,” Scott said. “Adding more of a steampunk vibe in the language and costuming just made everything more fun. And while this play has some darker underlying themes, our overall goal is for audiences to have a terrific time.”

Scott is a Network Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. Her play-in-progress, La Familia Dune, was part of the 2013 Chicago New Work Festival. Scott also is a storyteller and has been seen at Here’s The Story and This Much Is True. She is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Director and Three Cat Productions Artistic Director is Jason Paul Smith. This is the second production partnership with the Chicago Park District’s Berger Park Coach House Theater.

The production features Alex Fthenakis as Dr. Guy Better; Amy Dellagiarino as Kit Smart, Nurse Extraordinaire and Intrepid Scientist; Sheila Willis as Melissa Ver Batim; Don Baiocchi as Evan Olivier;  Adithi Chandrashekar as Constable Marne Grimm; and Matt Lloyd as Admiral D.O.G.

Opening performance is 7:30pm, Thursday, December 5.   The regular run is December 5 – December 21.  Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Saturday matinees at 4:00pm at the Berger Park Coach House Theater at 6205 N. Sheridan in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago. Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain.

Tickets are $25 each for all performances. Preview tickets are $20. The first five tickets to every performance are only $5 (available for purchase until December 5).  Tickets can be purchased on our website at or via phone at 312.970.9840.

Street parking (paybox until 9pm) is available on Granville, side streets, and Broadway.   (Handicapped and a limited parking is available.  Please call the box office for special arrangements).


About Three Cat Productions

Three Cat Productions was founded in 2007 with a mission to create connections between theater, music, audience and artists through the production of cabaret concerts, contemporary musicals and plays, the re-invention of classic work, the development of new works and new artists, and by creating educational and outreach opportunities for the Chicagoland community. Visit the web site at

Kit Smart (Amy Dellagiarino)     wheels out the Radiant Energy Apparatus with Admiral D.O.G. (Matt Lloyd) in Lisa Scott's "Tell Me When It Hurts" at Three Cat Productions.  (Photo by Jill Howe Photography)

Kit Smart (Amy Dellagiarino) wheels out the Radiant Energy Apparatus with Admiral D.O.G. (Matt Lloyd) in Lisa Scott’s “Tell Me When It Hurts” at Three Cat Productions. (Photo by Jill Howe Photography)