The citizens of Christmas, Illinois are known for their unyielding incorruptibility–that is, until a stranger arrives hell-bent on destroying the town’s reputation for honesty once and for all…



CHICAGO, IL | November 13, 2018 – The Inertia Theatre Project will produce “The Man That Corrupted Christmas by Mark Twainas an exclusive two-night-only acting/directing showcase at Strawdog Theatre Company the evenings of December 11 and 12, 2018, at 8pm. Adapted and directed by Corey Bradberry, the play’s ensemble of ten features Annie Burnett, Kayla DeFrenza, Julia Germeroth, Nick Grischow, Eliott Johnson, Kirsten Linder, Cat McGee, Patrick O’Keefe, P. Cullen Ryan, and Talia Santia.

The performance will last approximately eighty minutes with no intermission. This showcase is the second production by the Inertia Theatre Project, which premiered Daniel Glenn’s THE LAKES at Stage 773 this past October. The adaptation, based on Twain’s short story “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg”, was originally workshopped at the University of Southern Mississippi by Bradberry in 2015.

“This script honors Twain’s genius for satire while bringing his original tale into the here and now,” says Bradberry. “Though Twain never specifically wrote for the theatre, this story in particular is well-suited for our time, when the holidays can sometimes become synonymous with artificiality and skin-deep intentions. Living through America’s Gilded Age (a term he himself helped coin), Twain intentionally places the townspeople in peril’s way, testing the true mettle of their coveted reputation for honesty.”

Opening for the play both evenings is The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, another Twain story adapted/directed by Bradberry and featuring Courtney Matula. The infamous short story relates the curious tale of Daniel Webster, the biggest jumping frog to ever leap in southern California.

General admission is $10 cash / $12 card, with tickets available at the door only. Producers, Artistic Directors, and casting agents may contact Inertia Theatre Project for information on comp tickets. This show is recommended for ages 13+. More information is available at Directions and more information about Strawdog Theatre Company can be found at its website.

Show Dates & Times:    Tuesday, December 11 @ 8pm  Wednesday, December 12 @ 8pm

  • What: “The Man That Corrupted Christmas by Mark Twain”, adapted by Corey Bradberry
  • Where: Strawdog Theatre Company, 1802 W. Berenice Ave. Chicago, IL 60613.
  • When: Tuesday, December 11 and Wednesday, December 12 @ 8pm
  • Price: $10 cash / $12 card
  • Age Restrictions: recommended 13+
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Seeking Associate Producer

Small producing team is seeking additional Associate Producer for its December acting/directing showcase of The Man That Corrupted Christmas by Mark Twain, adapted and directed by Corey Bradberry.

Seeking producers with interests in all areas, but specifically interest or knowledge in Chicago theatre reviewers, art blogs, and other forms of press outreach. Producers work on their own time, with some shared flexible group work.

To Apply: please send a short introduction and resume with producing experience to, subject line “CHRISTMAS producing team”. Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis.