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An Interrogation Primer has its world premiere this week at the Side Project. It’s a short, intense one-actor play based on the writings of a former US military interrogator. The writer, Mike Nowacki, is from Chicago, an Iraq War veteran, and currently a member of the Chicago Police Department. He originally wrote An Interrogation Primer for Warrior Writers, a not-for-profit writing program that works with US military veterans. Actor Sean Bolger has performed at Lookingglass, Goodman Theater, and elsewhere. Don’t miss this harrowing account reminiscent of the raw early writings from the Vietnam War.

The Side Project, with only 25 seats, combines the elements that makes Chicago theater world-famous: intimate, gripping, intense, smart. The theater is located in Rogers Park, steps from the Jarvis red line station, and there are some great options for a bite or a drink before or after the show: Italian (Gruppo di Amici); Indian (the mom-and-pop Luzzat); Coffeehouse casual (Charmers Cafe); and Irish pub (Poitin Stil).

If you see An Interrogation Primer, we would love to hear your thoughts–tweet me at @ericzieg, or leave a comment on the show’s Facebook page.


An Interrogation Primer
written by Mike Nowacki
adapted for the stage and directed by Eric Ziegenhagen
performed by Sean Bolger

At The Side Project, 1439 W. Jarvis
Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays, 4 p.m.
Special Veterans Day performance this Friday at 10:30 p.m.

Running time: 35 minutes

Tickets: $10-$15
Advance tickets:

Eric Ziegenhagen

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