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THE DRINKING & WRITING BREWERY’S, DRINKING & WRITING VOLUME 3, TO CURE A HANGOVER

The Drinking & Writing Brewery presents, “Drinking & Writing Volume 3, To Cure Hangover.” This third volume of the Drinking & Writing series focuses on how to cure a hangover through a hand crafted maze of literary references and personal experimentation.

Sean Benjamin and Steve Mosqueda, 10 year veterans of Chicago’s Neo-Futurists and the longest running late night show in Chicago, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, 30 plays in 60 minutes, continue their quest to explore the connection between creativity and alcohol. Set in a bar where the players drink along with the audience, this performance, lecture, symposium dissects, pulls apart and scientifically examines the hangover via personal experience, experimentation and literature from the likes of such notorious writers/embibers as Charles Bukowski, John Cheever, Raymond Carver and Dorothy Parker. “The hangover, or better known by it’s scientific name “Veisalgia” , is a disease and we intend to cure it”

This hour long show first debuted last year to great reviews in the Chicago reader and Time Out magazine. The show requires very little props, a few books, a boom box, an easel, a sketch pad and a few tasty beverages, which allows for it to be extremely portable. The show has been performed in bars throughout Chicago; at Dad's Garage Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia; Beaver Creek, Colorado; Des Moines, Iowa; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and in Edinburgh, Scotland at the Fringe Festival.

For more information go to www.drinkingandwriting.com or contact Steve Mosqueda at 773-960-9495 or steve@drinkingandwriting.com

Steve Mosqueda

Steve was born and raised in Los Angeles and has lived in Chicago since 1990. He performed a lot of improv before becoming an ensemble member of The Neo-Futurists. Besides writing and performing in Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind for more than 10 years he’s also co-written several prime time shows including Torque, SEX!, and Drinking & Writing Volume I, D&W Volume II: The Noble Experiment and D&W Volume III: To Cure A Hangover. The success of these shows formed the beginnings of what is now known as "The Drinking & Writing Brewery", an ever expanding company whose creative tentacles include the website, the radio show on WLUW, the stage shows, delicious home-brewed beer, the Beerfly Alleyfight, Drink! Eat! Watch! and the D&W Festival in June. He just returned from the Craft Brewers Conference in Austin, Texas, where he interviewed prestigious members of the Brewers Association for the radio show. These days you can find him most often inside Chicago’s own Beer-muda Triangle (Rock Bottom, Goose Island Beer Company, and Piece), Hopleaf Bar, The Edgewater Lounge, the Map Room or just about any other beer bar in the city, doing interviews, organizing events and sampling the great beers of the world. Salud!

Sean Benjamin

Sean is fairly new to good beer. He spent many, many years drinking beers like Miller Lite and Budweiser. While he can still drink those beers, he has slowly developed a taste for the finer things in life. And living in Chicago offers him the chance to drink at some of the best beer bars around. He does also write. Sean joined The Neo-Futurist Theater Company in 1996. He has been performing in the long-running show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind since then and has written over 300 two minute plays for the show. His full length work produced by The Neo-Futurists includes: Devolution (2000), Missing Parts (2001), 43 Plays for 43 Presidents (2002, written in collaboration with Neo-Futurists Andy Bayiates, Genevra Gallo, Chloe Johnston, and Karen Weinberg of SecondCitys Gayco. Also produced at Dads Garage Theatre and directed by Sean Daniels. This production was seen by Nobel Peace Prize-winner President Jimmy Carter. Script published by Playscripts, Inc.), Drinking & Writing Volume I (2002, written with Steve Mosqueda and Diana Slickman. Performed in bars throughout Chicago; in Des Moines Iowa; at the Minnesota Fringe Festival; at Dads Garage Theatre in Atlanta; Beaver Creek Theater Festival in Beaver Creek, Colorado; and, along with Volume II, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2004 in Scotland.), Drinking & Writing Volume II (with Steve Mosqueda and Chloe Johnson), SEX! (2005, conceived by Sean Benjamin and written with Jay Torrence, Steve Mosqueda, Noelle Krimm, and Chloe Johnston), The Santa Abductions (2005, directed by Sean Daniels), Drinking & Writing Volume III (2006, written with Steve Mosqueda). He has also performed in The Neo-Futurists production of City Girl! (the musical) (2002), and in Summer Shorts: David Mamets Sermon (1996). He trained in improvisation at The Second City Training Center with Martin DeMaat and Michael Gellman and at ImproOlympic with Charna Halpern and improv guru Del Close. He performed at ImprovOlympic with the house team Georgia Pacific, the longest e