John Ostrander’s ‘Bloody Bess’ Retakes The Stage

Mike Gold

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8 Responses

  1. Michael H. Price says:

    Spoke at some length this week with Stuart Gordon in connection with the opening of his latest film, "Stuck." Interesting that "Bloody Bess," as an early benchmark for the Gordon-kindred Organic Theatre Company, should be returning at around the same time as the formal release of the new Gordon picture. Certainly do wish I could be in Chicago for this one — but I'm, uh, stuck in Texas on some other theatricable business.(Backgrounder:…)

  2. John Ostrander says:

    An interesting side note, IMO, is that BLOODY BESS was probably my real audition for comics. It was my writing for the play that made our MG think MAYBE I could write for comics — which resulted in my getting a shot when Mike started up First Comics.

  3. Jason says:

    To see photos and times/dates for the show go to <a href="” target=”_blank”>

  4. Matt says:

    I'm a biased poster (I'm on the BackStage Board of Directors and I designed the lights for Bloody Bess) but the show is defintely worth checking out! It's had rave reviews in the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Tribune:…,0,4218705.storyThank you to John and Stuart and everyone at the Organic for helping to create such a rich tradition of Chicago theatre!(IMHO Bess would make a great one-shot graphic novel!)

    • Mike Gold says:

      Matt, I've been after the graphic novel rights for almost 30 years.The Chicago theater tradition is amazing and awesome — a who's who of performers over the past half-century. I've had the privilege to work with a number of people so involved, both in broadcasting and in comics (most recently, the gifted Chris Burnham) and I've been name-dropping ever since!

    • John Ostrander says:

      MattThanks so much for dropping by with those reviews. I hadn't seen them. I don't know if i'll be able to get back to Chicago while the play is running but I certainly hope I can. I would LOVE to see this performance!All the best– John

      • Mike Gold says:

        "But my words! My words shall live forever!!!"Ostrander's best performance… at least on stage. And he was upside-down at the time. With his co-writer's knife at his throat!

      • Jason says:

        John- If you can make it let me know. We'd love to have you there and take you out for a pint afterwards. I think Bill is coming in July.Jason-The AD