Miss Expanding Universe

Miss Expanding Universe

written by Conor McShane
directed by Regina Belt-Daniels

Feb 12 | 2018 | @ 7p – New Date!*

An awkward family drama.

WSRep LAB Staged Reading Series.
FREE Admission

Seventeen-year-old Amber runs away to Chicago with no job, no money, and no plans for what she’s going to do next.  She’s shown up at the apartment of her uncle David, a struggling writer and recovering alcoholic stuck in an unfulfilling job, upending his solitary existence.  Over the next few days, Amber and David engage in a battle of wills, as David tries to get Amber to take charge of her future, and open up about why she really ran away from home.  Along the way, these two self-defined misfits forge a deeper, unexpected connection.

featuring: Jessica Smith & Travis Greuel with Paul Lockwood (Stage Directions)


Conor McShane (playwright) is a Michigan-born playwright who has called Chicago home for the past three years.  After graduating from Western Michigan University, his work received numerous productions in his home state, including the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region III, where his play Umbrella Story was a winner in the one-act category.  Since moving to Chicago, his short plays have been produced by Dandelion Theatre (The Coat Check, The Hot Dog Stand), Thorpedo Productions (Love in 90 Minutes), and the 12 Ways to Play One-Act Festival at the Public House Theatre.  His full-length play The Letter G was produced as a staged reading by Coffee & Whiskey Productions in March of 2017.  He lives with his partner in life and art, Leslie Hull, and their moody cat, Cheena.


Admission for all LAB Series readings is FREE!
Location: Raue Center For The Arts | 26 N. Williams Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

*Due to an unforeseen circumstance, this reading has been rescheduled from its original date on January 8th to February 12th at 7p.