Before the fall

Based on Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Coriolanus

By Justin Verstraete

Rome's fiercest warrior. Re-Imagined. 

This re-imagination of the Tragedy of Coriolanus by William Shakespeare theorizes a new version of the historic fall of the greatest empire in western civilization. The play follows General Caius Martius' journey from being Rome's most elite soldier to being it's most hated enemy. Martius defies Roman traditions, wreaks havoc on his friendships (the few that he has), nearly burns his family’s legacy to the ground, and even turns his back on his homeland when he joins the ranks of his arch nemesis. What will come before the fall of Rome? Martius will.


by Justin Verstraete

Directed by Becca Wenning

Bradley University Theatre - New Faces 2010, Dec 3 & 4, 2010

When Sheffield entered the gym that afternoon, he knew it would be like any other "heavy" day. Some squats, some sweat, and some stolen looks from the female coeds milling about. What he didn't know, was that his eyes were about to be opened to a whole different world by Buddy, a seemingly un-athletic new guy.

BIG WEIGHT premiered on December 3, 2010 at Bradley University's Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts, in a production directed by Becca Wenning. BIG WEIGHT was one of many one act plays that were performed in conjunction with New Faces 2010. 

BIG WEIGHT made it’s Chicago premiere on July 22, 2019 with The Right Brain Project.



Story by Sean Patrick Cummings

Written by Sean Patrick Cummings & Justin Verstraete

Directed by Spencer Davis

Produced by Otherworld Theatre - Paragon Sci-Fi / Fantasy Play Festival 2016

Extroardinary premiered as a part of the world's largest Sci Fi / Fantasy Play festival in the world on October 1 & 2, 2016 in conjunction with Otherworld Theatre.

13 Going on 31

Written and Performed by Justin Verstraete

13 Going on 31 premiered at the 13th Anniversary Speakeasy for the Right Brain Project Theatre on February 18th 2018.


The Monologue Experiment

Theatre Collective

March 25, 2018

Written and Performed by Justin Verstraete

You rehearse and you rehearse and you rehearse a monologue to the point ad nauseaum just for the chance to perform it in front of some strangers for 1 minute in the hopes of getting job. But what happens if you introduce audience members in your piece? Will it make the piece more alive? Will the volunteers have any clue what you are talking about and act accordingly to you tactics? That's what I hope to find out.

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