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Rivendell Theatre Ensemble 



A Rolling World Premiere by Aurora Real de Asua
Directed by Rivendell Artistic Director Tara Mallen 

February 23 - April 6, 2024


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Three retired best friends. One hotrod surf instructor. The currents of the Pacific Ocean. What could possibly go wrong? Set on surfboards, WIPEOUT is a poignant comedy about friendship, grief, and the unpredictable tides of life. 



WIPEOUT was developed through Rivendell’s FRESH PRODUCE new play series directed by Devon de Mayo in August 2022 and at The New Harmony Project 2023.

WIPEOUT is produced at Rivendell as part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. Other Partner Theaters are B Street Theatre, Sacramento, CA and The Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester, MA.


For more information, please visit

Dining Partner


Herb is graciously offering a 3-course fixed price meal for WIPEOUT attendees. Click here to access the menu.

Pre-show reservations: 5:00pm-6:45pm
Post-show reservation: 9:45pm


Patrons must make an advance reservation at the Herb website and mention WIPEOUT when arriving.
Regular ala carte menu available pre-show,
limited menu after the show.


Herb is located a short walk from the theatre

5424 N. Broadway St


Production Sponsors: Mona and Michael Heath


Previews February 23-March 1, 2024

                         Friday, February 23 at 8PM

Saturday February 24 at 8PM
Wednesday, February 28 at 8PM
Thursday February 29 at 8PM
Friday,  March 1 at 8PM

Saturday, March 2 at 4PM

Regular Run: March 7 - April 6, 2024
Masks Required Performances
Saturday, March 9 at 4PM
Thursday, March 21 at 8PM

Open Caption Performance
Friday, March 15 at 8PM

Special Performance
Sunday, March 24 at 3PM


Industry Night
Monday, March 25 at 8PM

Townhall Discussion with 
Saturday April 6 

Immediately following the 4PM performance

All performances will take place at
Rivendell Theatre, 5775 N Ridge Ave, Chicago.





Meg Thalken+*
through 3/30


Celeste Williams*


Cindy Gold*


Glenn Obrero+

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Carmen Roman*
beginning 4/4

+= Member Rivendell Theatre Ensemble   *=Member Actors Equity Association

Photo credit: Nathanael Filbert


Creative Team

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Aurora Real de Asua

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Tara Mallen+*

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Devon de Mayo+
Movement Consultant

Creative Team

Deya P. Friedman, Stage Manager
Tanya Palmer, Dramaturg
Evelyn Danner
, Costume Designer
Angie Tillges, Experiential Design
Michael Mahlum, Lighting Designer
Caitlyn GirtenScenic Designer
Victoria Deiorio+
, Sound Designer
Andres Fiz, Projection Design
Shannon Golden-Starr
Production Manager
Grace Adams, Technical Director
Alyssa Vera Ramos, Assistant Director
Anthony Churchill, Digital Consultant
Mia Maccarella, Assistant Stage Manager
Chase Barron, Master Electrician
Chas Mathieu, Carpenter
Rose Johnson, Scenic Artist
Ema Kester, Front of House/Community Engagement
Dana Pepowski, Assistant Dramaturg/Community Engagement
Alyssa Vera Ramos, Assistant Director
Jerre Dye+, Artistic Producer
Pat Fries+, Associate Producer
Tara Mallen+
, Rivendell Artistic Director/Producer
Catherine Painter, Rivendell Managing Director


Media + Resources

Production Photos by Jenn Udoni
Celeste Williams, Glenn Obrero
Glenn Obrero, Meg Thalken, Celeste Williams, Cindy Gold (1)
Celeste Williams, Cindy Gold, Meg Thalken
Cindy Gold, Meg Thalken
Celeste Williams, Cindy Gold
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Members of the California Coast Girls Surf Club in 1963.
(Credit: UCLA Library Special Collections, Los Angeles Times Photo Archive)


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Hope springs eternal at all stages of life in Rivendell Theatre Ensemble’s poignant ‘Wipeout

Read more HERE

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Riding The Waves

In Rivendell’s Wipeout, three older women at a surfing lesson take on the riptides of life.

Read more HERE



No Age Limit on Adventure: A Review of “Wipeout” at Rivendell Theatre

Read more HERE

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Review: World Premiere Dramedy WIPEOUT at Rivendell Theatre

Read more HERE

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Our great friends at Women & Children First has created the Rivendell Book List for our production of WIPEOUT! Check out these great titles and shop local! CLICK HERE FOR MORE

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