A Christmas Commercial (1976)
Was produced at the St. Nicholas Theater in 1976, and featured Tom Mula as Scrooge, with Text by Warren Leming, libretto and music by Nate Herman and Warren Leming, visual conception: Robert Falls.
".sharp, savage cabaret musical for our time."
".....sleek, sinewy dance movements devised by Leming..." ..." thoroughly
engrossing.." ",.... dynamite..." ...exhilarating.." "The nervous
energy of the score composed by Leming and Wittek is sensational, just as
Brecht would have liked." Richard Christiansen, Critic at Large, Chicago Tribune
"....astonishing impudence..." Glenna Syise.. Chicago Sun Times
Cross Currents Cabaret. Weimar was written and directed by Warren Leming .
" A teriffic piece of satircal theater..." Tom Goodman, Cross Currents Cabaret..
The Lottery Bureau (1984)
Created for public television, the Lottery Bureau was written by Warren Leming and co-directed with Bob Hercules of the Media Process Group. Music is by Ed Yo. A Blade Runner future where the media serve the state and provide it with entertaining victims .
With Peter Kuttner, Warren Leming, Bob Hercules, Guy Nixon, and Duncan Mitchell.
" A darkfantastical vision of a world just around the corner. Brilliantly edited and performed."
Waiting For Krapp (1985)
Part of a cabaret series directed and written by Warren Leming at Cross Currents Cabaret. Waiting for Krapp was a mini play produced as part of the Weimar Revue and featured The Partisans: Jeanette Schwaba, Jim Winter, and Paul Raci. (video available of Weimar and Waiting for Krapp.)
The Post Rational Players (1985) at Cross Currents Cabaret:
Del Close, Warren Leming, Larry Coven.
"The most powerful combination of satirical talent in a decade..." Chicago Magazine
The Devil in Bremen (1986)
"Lemings reworking of Fassbinder's film "Bremer Freiheit" is compelling, original, startling. A completely new interpretation." CONTEXT.
The Brecht Document (1987)
Developed in what was then East Berlin, West Berlin, London and Chicago, the Brecht document was made for public television. Its a view of the life and work of the German writer Bertolt Brecht. Written and directed by Warren Leming, video'd by Dave MacBryde in Berlin (East and West) and in Chicago by the Media Process Group. Contains interviews, views of the Brecht house and archive in East Berlin, and theatrical and cabaret segments. Shot a few short years before the Wall came down, and the East German state dissolved itself.
"Compelling and .. Brechtian in its scope and analysis.
Betrays a profound understanding of both history and its subject."
Patrick Lanagan, Berliner Ensemble
The Eight Hours (1987)
"..a wonderful, exciting work. Warren Leming has done a superb job in crafting this piece."
Diana Spinrad, Chicago Reader
Conversations With Algren (1988)
Adapted by Warren Leming and Charles Anstatt and featuring Darryl Warren as Algren, and a jazz ensemble featuring Larry Jones, Tom Jasek, and Annette Michalsky. Taken from the HEF Donahue book of the same name.
Neon Wilderness (1989)
A collection of stories, songs and anecdotes from Algren's Neon Wilderness. Featured Nate Herman, Warren Leming, Jim Tomasello, Marian Hanks, and Ginny Herman. With songs and music by Leming and Herman.
"quiet, finely etched performances ..... talented and sensitive ensemble."
Hugh Iglarsh, New City
Consciousness Raising and Phone Sex (1990)
A cabaret revue featuring documentary footage, songs, and skits. Included music by the Ruthless Cosmopolitans, with Allen Wittek and Annette Michalsky.
Wagner:the Musical (1991)
Featuring Charles Richards as Richard Wagner and Jeff Christian as Frederick Nietzsche. Written and directed by Warren Leming with music by New Zealander Anthony Burr.
"........ a meditation on aesthetics, philosophy and fascism..." Chicago Reader
Reimagined from images which the play suggested, not its narrative, Woyzeck focused on the tale on which Buchner has based his text. It featured Charles Richards and a cast of seven including the music of Bill Close, Chicago's leading original instrument maker and performer.
Richard Christiansen, Chicago Tribune, "Engrossing, intriguing, imaginative and sharp."
Dark City (1993)
A satire on Dance, women's roles, sexuality and Performance Art. Dark City was inspired by a new phenomena, the Performance Department graduates populating what was once a small but dangerous service organization called the Avant Garde.
Ulrike Meinhof (1994)
Based on the prison letters and life of postwar Germany's most publicized radical, Ulrike Meinhof drew on the new and horrific literature of forced incarceration. Meinhof's final months were spent in a "model" prison void of light, air and sound.
Music by composer David Maddox.
Dan Ursini, Chicago critic and writer says this production contains "images that bring you to your knees".
Seven Industrial Sins (1995)
Featuring dancers Courtney Blakemore and Sabrina Ross, Seven Industrial Sins was a Dance/Theatre view of the commodified imagery skidding around in the contemporary brain set in space overseen by a bottle, a mirror and two bar stools. Part homage to the after hours romanticism of the urban bar, and the universe of customers.
Music by Warren Leming and the Ink Spots.
Robin Lakes of Northwestern University's Department of Dance calls this 'fun, penetrating and amazing ensemble work".
Walter Benjamin: A Theory of Castastrophe (1996)
Combining text from Benjamin, who committed suicide fleeing from the Nazis, footage from Leni Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will and a dramaturgical study, A Theory of Catastrophe was workshopped in Berlin and developed in Chicago.
Joseph Houseal of Ballet Review says it was
A revue featuring a cast of eight and three musicians. Satirical songs, scenes and a Jerry Springer reunion followed by a tribute in song to the U. S. State Department.
"Sharp, accurate, funny, precise, and great songs." Paul Donahue, critic at large, CONTEXT.
The Poisoned Bikini (1998)
Workshopped in Berlin and cast and completed in Chicago. A tale of urban fashion angst played out against the ruins of the modern psyche.
"wunderbar... und mehr..." Links Journal , Berlin, Germany
Rich Mans War, Poor Mans Fight (1999)
An original one act play about the American Civil War and the lie of Reconstruction. Songs, text, and direction by Warren Leming.
"Played to a packed house at the Old State Capitol...... simple grandeur..... shattered convention.." Jacqueline Gerber, Springfield Journal Register
Ambrose Bierce and American Destiny (2000)
A one man show with three musicians about the American satirist and soldier Ambrose Bierce, who vanished in 1913.
"A withering critique of Bierce's time and place. Superb." Heartland Journal
Handlebar Howl (2001)
Handlebar Howl is a No Hands Two Wheeled Cyber Beatnik Handle-Bard generated Low Fi, High Stunt Word Spew in Praise of the Worlds Most Perfect Tool: The Bike. (Warren Leming)
Cold Chicago, A Haymarket Fable (2002)
Published by Kerr Publishing, written by Warren Leming, and illustrated by Carlos Cortez. Music by Warren Leming and Joe Tech.
"Warren Lemings play on the Haymarket affair is the best antidote we have for the national Alzheimer's,
our forgetfulness of yesterday." Studs Terkel
Algren's Last Night (2003)
"Warren Leming and Carmine Cervi's shockingly bitter "Algren's Last Night" (video) uses voice over and montage to dramatize Nelson Algren's late-70's farewell to his city on the make."
Chicago Reader, June 13, 2003
Axis of Evil (2004)
"Stunning package" John Whiting, Diatribal Press
(Warren Leming co produced, narrated and wrote the music for Axis of Evil. The DVD features interviews with Howard Zinn, Daniel Ellsberg, Bernadine Dohrn, James Weinstein, Dr. John Ketterson and a host of artist activists. For more info see: BulletProofFilm.com)