SQUAT, a Play with Music
BY: Lisa Cordes
DIRECTED BY: Michael S. Pieper

CAST: Jennifer Ostrega, David Divita, Pat Anderson, Alfred Kemp, John Gray, Mary Ann de la Cruz, Sam Poretta, Bob Rokos
LIGHTING DESIGN: Richard Norwood
SET DESIGN: Michael S. Pieper
LYRICS: Lisa Cordes

“Squat does more than put a face on the homeless. It also gives them hearts and souls.”
-Lucia Mauro, Chicago Sun-Times


– explores the lives of a group of homeless individuals and the new family they created.

– puts stories and faces behind the statistics in today’s homeless community.

– we all have a reason for being where we are and doing what we’re doing.

Michael S. Pieper
Michael is currently the Head of Acting at the Second city Training Center. He created this program almost nine years ago with the late Martin da Maat. He also was on the faculty of the United States International University of San Diego for 8 years and Artistic Director of the North Coast Repertory Theatre Conservatory in San Diego for four years. In Chicago, Michael was Artistic Director at the Boxer Rebellion Theatre and Resident Director/Artistic Associate at the Trap Door Theatre. He has been a Guest Director and Instructor at Northern Illinois University over the past 7 years. He has directed over 80 productions in his career. His plays have received 9 Jeff recommendations, 7 Jeff nominations, 3 Jeff citations and 5 After Dark Awards.

Lisa Cordes has been a member of the Kansas City arts community for over 20 years, serving in the field as an administrator, educator and artist. She has taught performance at the Kansas City Art Institute and served as artist-in-residence in several area high schools and housing projects. She has also written several plays for The Coterie Theater, including scripts for their award-winning Dramatic AIDS Education Project. Other Coterie projects include two adaptations of Laura Ingalls Wilder books and an original script based on Senator Eugene McCarthy’s children’s book, Mr. Raccoon and His Friends. Cordes served as artist-in-residence at Shawnee Mission North High School in Overland Park, Kansas for seven years, writing two original teen dramas for their students. Cordes is the founder of two performance companies, Eyes Wide Open and Big Fragile Stage and her interest in community-based theater led her in 1996 to create “The Bus Event”, a series of performances staged at city bus stops involving over 60 artists and musicians. For Eyes Wide Open, Cordes created three full-length works: Postcard from Los Alamos, Scaryman and Squat in addition to over a dozen smaller works. She is the mother of three teenaged children.

Opened: September 1998