A princess, minstrels and a rabid bat swooped around The 606


Princess is threatened

Rabid Bat Theatricals debuted their The Princess, The Minstrels and The Rabid Bat in three 606 Parks (Walsh, Churchill and Park 567), engaging audiences of all ages with action, fun, charm, wit and imagination in a folktale. 


He who threatens a princess can be turned into a dog

Written by Ned Baker and directed by Jake Pollock, the tale follows the story of a princess who wanted to be free, on her own. She was not the first of the kingdom's princesses to leave the royal palace, the audience learned. 


The Protector

Fortunately for this Princess, there was a mysterious being in the forest who often interceded when peril was dancing around the newly "freed" Princess. 


Bats attack Princess

With guitars, an accordion and wooden swords [that did look as though they could have caused at least some discomfort during the stabs and jabs], the 9-person troupe talked, sang, walked, danced, ran, crawled over and around the little mound at Park 567. They expressed anger, fear, happiness, sadness, love, hate, despair, longing, angst and triumph in a little more than an hour. 


Continual action stage center


The minstrels singing and playing helped move the story forward smoothly

The tent structure perched on top of the mound helped maintain the audience attention to center "stage." Bedecked in  a string of colored lights, the focal point was maintained as the mystery deepened as the night sky darkened. 

It ended as do all folk tales with a moral or two  and the everyone getting their just deserts! 


Plot and skies darken

One lesson that could be learned from this charming experience is that you never want to anger anyone that could turn you into a dog! 

"It was totally entertaining!  Their enthusiasm was catching!  It was nice to see how the crowd spontaneously grew, from people walking off the 606 and neighbors watching off of their roof top gardens," said Denise Browning, a Wicker Park resident.


Jake Pollock

The formation of Rabid Bat Theatricals, three years ago, became a way for a group of Northwestern students to continue making art together after leaving school, explained Pollack. Professionally he now works in the University's Engineering Department. Baker is a tutor.


Ned Baker

Romeo and Juliet was their first endeavor, staged in a pub where they acted amid the wait staff delivering beer and burgers to hungry patrons. 

Baker emphasized that it was important to have their productions accessible to audiences of any age, race, gender, socio-economic or cultural background. They create for all to understand and enjoy, as well as having all their scenery and props fit in one car! 

Check out their website for future events, they are delightful!



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