Service Sanctuary Call
Friday, June 3, 10, 17, and 24 at 8 pm
Chicago, Illinois @ The Foxhole

Service Sanctuary Call is three one-acts in one evening. In The Service, two brothers run a black market business for disparate reasons while in Sanctuary, an ex-pro basketball player's bizarre spending habits get him in trouble with the law. Call for Slutty Bondage Sex follows a blind date on top of a mountain.

Area IV Theatre was formed out of necessity in the fall of 2009 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Though the company began as mere scaffolding for a foray to the Edmonton and Calgary Fringe Festivals with our premiere play, we soon realized the company was not just a temporary venture but a specific gathering of artistic visions. Our work with Area IV is committed to plays that explore the fogginess of sexuality as it manifests culturally and biologically. We produce new works that are rigorously developed with directors, playwrights, designers, and actors all contributing to the voice of the show. This workshop process takes place over a lengthy period of time, a year or more, complete with readings and other small productions of the piece along the way. We currently operate within the vital theatre community of Chicago, Illinois. Please follow us on Facebook.
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Out for the season, Reading, a pro hockey player, recoups during the winter months in a secluded beach house. He relies on his cousin for companionship but finds himself overwhelmed when a string of unwelcome guests wedge their way into his hermitage one night. As the society he tried to keep out overtakes his home, Reading is forced to face the emotional scars that match his physical wounds.

Bear Claw

Two sisters – April and Francesca – return home to support their father in the wake of accusations he has sexually harassed one of his students at the local high school. Though troubled by the lack of information surrounding their father's situation, the two separate for the night as April trades flirting with a faraway fling for human contact and Francesca tries to find meaningful conversation at a sloppy house party.

From the Nightshade Family

After an ambiguous dream, Teddie invites an old college acquaintance, Marion, to his apartment to hang out and catch up. They are stuck together when a January blizzard snows them in, opening the door for a late night of drinking, smoking, and treading old ground. Though Teddie's roommate, Claudio, insists on prying into Marion's sexual history, Teddie is entrusted with Marion's biggest secret, a near-supernatural admission that proves crippling for them both.


As a way to take time off from her life, Cornelia spends her days babysitting her invalid grandparents in exchange for continued financial support from her parents. She sees her life slipping into an unsettling contentment while her long-time boyfriend, White, is hoping she settles into his newly furnished apartment. Struggling to accept stagnation but unable to move forward, Cornelia finds the friction she's looking for when her reclusive friend, Nicole, hires a questionable employee in her rarely trafficked bookstore.

Charlotte Mae Ellison is one of the founding members of Area IV, with whom she appeared in Bear Claw and MARCH, and also designed costumes for From the Nightshade Family and MARCH. Charlotte has appeared onstage around the city with Adventure Stage Chicago (Spark), Griffin Theatre (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - Jeff Nomination Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, Letters Home), Awkward Pause Theatre (Little Shop of Horrors, The Rocky Horror Show), Tympanic Theatre and The Ruckus - where she is a company member and artistic associate respectively (Brewed), and Chicago Fusion Theatre (Las Hermanas Padilla) among others. Regionally, she has performed at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (Circle Mirror Transformation - Kevin Kline Award Winner Best Ensemble). Charlotte is a graduate of both Emerson College and the Gaiety School of Acting, and is proudly represented by Big Mouth Talent.

Greyory Blake is a founding member of Area IV Theatre and an artist based out of Chicago, IL. He graduated from Emerson College with a BS major in Marketing Communication: Advertising and Public Relations and minors in Photography and Visual Studies and the Arts. With Area IV, Greyory is in charge of branding and all visual marketing materials. He has worked with a variety of design clients in the fields of print, web, theatre, art, film, and music. Most notably, he also designed and coded the website that you are looking at right now.

havalah's first formal credit with Area IV was the role of Francesca in Bear Claw. havalah has been seen all around Chicago performing for theatre and performance art companies. She has been working regularly with Red Tape Theater (Life and Death of Madam Barker, The Skriker), ScreenDoor Productions, ROOMS, and Food & Performance. havalah is also a company of Oracle Productions where she has been seen in The Mother and The Return of Radio Goggles. She is also a proud alum of Actors Theatre of Louisville's acting apprentice program where she performed in Dracula, The End and Hygeine. havalah has a BFA Acting degree from Emerson College.

Hayes Borkowski is a founding member of Area IV Theatre and a New England-bred playwright working in Chicago. Works include MARCH (Edmonton International Fringe Festival), From the Nightshade Family (Chicago Fringe Festival), and Bear Claw (Area IV Theatre Company). Dedicated to the life of a production, Borkowski has also offered design, dramaturgy, and acting to these works.

Joshua Ellison is a founding member of Area IV Theatre where he directed MARCH (Edmonton International Theatre Festival), From the Nightshade Family (Chicago Fringe Festival), and provided dramaturgy and lighting design to Bear Claw. He also is a company member with Tympanic Theatre where he directed part of the critically lauded Deliver Us From Nowhere as well as the acclaimed production of The True History of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in the World. His work was also mounted at Oracle Productions where he directed Samuel Beckett, Andre the Giant, and the Crickets.

Zachary Baker-Salmon's most recent work with Area IV was as the director of 2013's Bear Claw. Other Chicago directing credits: Oracle Productions (This House Believes the American Dream is at the Expense of the American Negro). Chicago acting credits: Oracle Productions (The Mother, The Mother - Remount), Area IV Theatre (MARCH, From the Nightshade Family), Jonny Stax Presents (Alien Queen), Tympanic Theatre (Deliver Us from Nowhere). Zachary is a company member of Area IV and Executive Producer of Theater Unspeakable.

June 3 - 24, 2016
Chicago, Illinois @ The Foxhole

Written by Hayes Borkowski
Directed by Joshua Ellison

Xavier … Wade Howard
Caden … Zachary Baker-Salmon
Jean … Jasmine Henri Jordan

Wood … Zachary Baker-Salmon
Lillian … Jasmine Henri Jordan
Noel … Kelly Parker
Woman News Anchor … Rosie Moan
Man News Anchor … Ben Kirberger

Wendy … Kelly Parker
Vern … Wade Howard

Design and Marketing … Greyory Blake
October 10 - November 9, 2014
Chicago, Illinois @ The Den Theatre

Written by Hayes Borkowski
Directed by Joshua Ellison

Reading … Zach Livingston
Holly … Rosie Moan
Ursula … Christine Vrem-Ydstie
Adam … Zachary Baker-Salmon
Marina … Charlotte Mae Ellison

Karaoke Performances …
Christopher Francis, Tom Simmons,
Greyory Blake, & Hayes Borkowski

Stage Manager … Erin Caitlin Altekruse
Costumes … Charlotte Mae Ellison
Set … Greyory Blake & Jennifer Choi
Props … Hayes Borkowski
Sound Design … Preston Reynolds
Lighting Design … Joshua Ellison

Design and Marketing … Greyory Blake
"Borkowski has created rich characters who deliver infuriatingly opaque dialogue that between the lines contains a world of heartbreak and rage. Surely part of the credit for this belongs to director Joshua Ellison and his perfectly paced production, presented by Area IV Theatre; the ensemble too is superb, led by the able Zach Livingston as a disaffected hockey pro in the midst of a serious identity crisis."
Chicago Reader
August 1 - 18, 2013
Chicago, Illinois @ The Side Project Theatre

Written by Hayes Borkowski
Directed by Zachary Baker-Salmon

April … Charlotte Mae Ellison
Francesca … havalah grace
George … Michael Patrick Knutson
Gordon … Steven Delisi
Morgan … Jason Clements

Dramaturgy … Joshua Ellison
Costumes and Props … Hayes Borkowski
Lighting Design … Joshua Ellison
Sound Design … Preston Reynolds
Projection Design … Greyory Blake

Design and Marketing … Greyory Blake
September 4-11, 2011
Chicago, Illinois @ Chicago Fringe Festival

Written by Hayes Borkowski
Directed by Joshua Ellison

Teddie … Zachary Baker-Salmon
Claudio … Christopher Waldron
Marion … Hayes Borkowski

Costumes … Charlotte Mae Ellison née Jusino
Set and Props … Casey Bentley

Design and Marketing … Greyory Blake
"Twentysomethings toss around New Yorker-esque snarky commentary to avoid their real life problems. The dialogue isn't distracting and helps move along the story… Over pot-smoking sessions and binge drinking (another attempt to remain forever young), they're forced to delve into their issues."
Time Out Chicago
July 8 - August 22, 2010
Boston, Massachusetts @ First Church Boston
Milford, New Hampshire @ The Amato Center for the Performing Arts
Calgary, Alberta @ Calgary Fringe Festival
Edmonton, Alberta @ Edmonton International Fringe Festival

Written by Hayes Borkowski
Directed by Joshua Ellison

Anderson … Zachary Baker-Salmon
White … Gabriel Rodriguez
Cornelia … Charlotte Mae Ellison née Jusino
Nicole … Catherine Kennedy

Costumes … Charlotte Mae Ellison née Jusino
Set and Props … Hayes Borkowski
Fight Choreography … Kirin McCrory
Vocal Work … Rosie Moan, Charlotte Mae Ellison née Jusino

Producer … James Viggiano
Design and Marketing … Greyory Blake
PR … Randi Heylek, Laura Von Bergen

"Nearly all of the dialogue seems to be entirely subtextual–nothing that any character says to another seems to be altogether truthful. Instead, it's couched, cautious. The play itself is a language game where everything and nothing is said–and what's more, it's brilliant."
★★★★, Vue Weekly

"Fascinating work that slowly builds momentum to a memorable conclusion. Acting is terrific in this period piece (1983) about a moment in time and the choices that people respond to within that moment… A very difficult scenario to dramatize done with enormous clarity and sensitivity."
★★★★, See Magazine