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On the planet of Nerth, physicist Mayra Ecazin races against time to unlock the secret of light speed travel while a hoarde of alien invaders threaten to decimate life on the planet. However, getting the machine made proves more difficult than anticipated. Battling greedy investors, competing agendas, and her own mortality, how much is Mayra willing to sacrifice to make her machine?

Speed of Light takes a fantastical look at the infinite possibilities of the human mind and the finite potential of a flawed civilization.

Otherworld is also proud to announce that tickets to this production will be “pay what you can” as we believe live theatre should be accessible to everyone.


Otherworld Theatre is a local theatre company in Chicago dedicated to science fiction and fantasy performance. Since being founded in 2012, Otherworld has produced some incredible Science Fiction and Fantasy plays. Some favorites include: Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, Bella Poynton’s The Aurora Project, Charles Busch’s Queen Amarantha, the dystopian retelling of Much Ado About Nothing as Messina 3004, their original production Fight Quest!, a choose-your-own adventure fight show, the world premiere adaptation of A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, adapted by Nick Izzo and Tiffany Keane Schaefer, and the world premiere of The Rogue Aviator by Nick Izzo.

Otherworld has been featured in American Theatre Magazine, The Lark, and on WGN Radio. They were voted “Best New Theatre Company” in the Chicago Reader’s “Best of Chicago” poll. Otherworld artistic director, Tiffany Keane Schaefer was voted “Best Stage Director in the Reader’s 2017 poll and Otherworld was nominated for six other categories including “Best Established Theatre Company”, “Best Actor”, “Best Actress” and “Best New Play”.

They also annually host Juggernaut: A Sci-Fi and Fantasy Short Film Festival, and the Paragon Play Festival, the world’s largest Sci-Fi and Fantasy play festival. Otherworld frequently performs at various conventions around the Midwest including C2E2, ValorCon, Capricon and GenCon.


Preview Performance: Friday, October 6

Opening: Saturday, October 7

Thursdays - Saturdays, October 6th - October 21st

  • Thursdays and Fridays @ 7:30pm & Saturdays @ 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM

Berger Park Coach House (6205 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660)

Tickets: Pay what you can with a suggested price of $20

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Stephanie Mattos plays Mayra Ecazin

Morgan Manasa plays Kippling "Kip" Rakai

Ashley Crowe plays Valki Oveyna R. Scott Purdy plays Tazmen Zandt

Rodrigo Arreola plays Frey Pevenzy

Watson Swift plays Ferrin Rubinowitz

Shaun Hayden plays Nevik Kier+


Playwright: Bella Poynton

Director: Nathan Pease+

Stage Manager: Devonte Washington+

Fight Choreographer: Kai Young*

Costume Designer: Stefanie Sajib-Johnsen

Lighting Designer: David Goodman-Edberg*

Set Designer: Jessica Howe

Dramaturg: Lauren Nicole Fields

Props Designer: Sara Robinson+

Sound Designer: Tiffany Keane Schaefer*

* indicates Ensemble Member, + indicates Artistic Associate

WINNER: "Best New Theatre Company"

Chicago Reader's "Best of Chicago 2016"

See our previous coverage of Otherworld Theatre shows and events:

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