Nealshow Productions Presents:

Death is so Much Worse

Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays | 7:30PM | March 10th through April 4th

Tickets are $15 online or at the door

Nealshow Productions follows up last year’s hit zombie apocalypse comedy Just Chilling with Death Is So Much Worse, a new play by Pat Radke. In this mildly-dystopian thriller romp, a Chicago landlord develops a taste for human flesh while his tenants attend a punk show. Performances run about two hours with a ten-minute intermission.


Albany Park landlord Laszlo (Chuck Merydith) has always prioritized his tenants’ needs. Craving a home-cooked meal? Laszlo’s got a pot of soup just for you. Faucet knob won’t stop dripping? Laszlo will replace it within 24 hours. Need to improve the turnout at your punk-style band’s next gig? Laszlo will be there dancing, moshing, and drinking a can of lite beer. When fear sinks its talons into Laszlo’s heart, his newer girlfriend Beth (Eileen Hertz) and her best friend Emily (Liz Greenwood) lead his tenants through a waking nightmare of violence, cannibalism, and the inescapable fear in their own eyes to save him.   


Merydith says, “The play features an eclectic group of characters that navigate a confusing landscape of social and political opposites. I deeply appreciate writer/director Pat Radke’s ability to craft entertainment out of the social issues of the day with heart.” Greenwood adds, “It’s a hilarious, biting commentary on generational differences and what it really means to ‘adult.’”


Death Is So Much Worse features an original score and sound design by noted experimental composer Coleman Zurkowski: “The score is my impression of Pat’s writing. His plays, for me, present a deep truth about humanity through the absurd universe he has created over multiple works. Similarly, I wanted my music to present a sound that initially feels absurd but begins to reflect the truths that I find to be core to the entire work. Pat and I have been close friends for a long time, so in a way, the collaboration was a no brainer. It has been one of the most natural and exciting collaborations I have worked on to date. I can’t wait to hear my music incorporated into Pat’s strange and beautiful universe.”

Written and directed by Pat Radke, co-directed by Sara BenBella, and also featuring Roxy Adviento, Leah Huskey, Jason Quisenberry, Jorge Salas, David “Dave” Satterwhite, Manny Sevilla, and Harmon Taylor in the role of “Bonko,” Death Is So Much Worse is a surreal look at how fear can undo even the best of us.

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House opens 20 minutes before showtime.

Our theatre is BYOB, please drink responsibly.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

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