For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs... who just happened to be there too. A tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world.
In this hilarious parody of a familiar story about a certain school of magic and magic, three potential heroes are just trying to make it through a school that proves to be very dangerous for children. Alongside them are the Puffs, a group of well-meaning, loyal outsiders with a thing for badgers. Their epic quest takes the classic story to new places and reimagines what a boy wizard hero can be.
Written by Matt Cox • Directed by Tiffany Keane Schaefer + Vhenan Armitage Strange
Puffs is not authorized, sanctioned, licensed or endorsed by J.K Rowling, Warner Bros. or any person or company associated with the Harry Potter books, films or play.
Janice is an ongoing ensemble member of Improvised Jane Austen who will be performing Saturdays @8pm at the iO Theater: 1501 N Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL 60642
Improvised Jane Austen (2019 Best Improv/Sketch Troup, The Chicago Reader & PerformINK’s critics choice) tells a tale, on the spot, in the style of the most beloved 19th century authoress. Each original story might introduce you to leading ladies, steadfast suitors, meddling mothers, charming cads, auspicious aunts, silly sisters, boisterous brothers, verbose vicars, fastidious fathers, and any number of Austenesque auteurs! The cast is entirely female, non-binary, & non-conforming identified folk. Empowering the performers to speak truths that easily transcend from Austen's era directly to our own. The audience can expect to laugh heartily, be wooed to tears, and be made to think on how much, and how little, has changed in two hundred plus years.
Janice Rumschlag's Super Fancy Actress Bio!
Janice Rumschlag (she/her/hers) is your quirky, energetic, smart AF best-friend (who may secretly love wearing tiaras and playing with Barbies as an adult...). She's an actress, improviser, and some-times singer. Janice draws inspiration for her characters from strong, independent, smart, badass women (past and present!).
She relocated to the Bay Area from 2014 -2019, however the siren song of Chicago's innovative store-front theatre and improv comedy scene brought her back home to the Windy City just in time for the pandemic in early 2020.
Notable Chicago Theatre Credits: Ensemble member of Improvised Jane Austen (ongoing, Chicago Reader 2019 Best Sketch/Improv Troupe), Lt. Amalda in Starship Edsel (ongoing) at Otherworld Theatre, Night of the Iguana (u/s, performed) and Cut to the Chase: Fifty Years, Palace of Riches, and A Very Busy Man with The Artistic Home, Sketchbook 11 & 12 with Collaboraction, Troll the Sequel, Troll Again at Chemically Imbalanced Comedy, The Nairobi Project at The Annoyance, and Friday the Halloweenth at the iO Theatre.
Notable Regional Theatre Credits: Predator Block Tango (2nd Place Overall Finalist (out of 48 plays!) in Shortlived VII: an 11 week audience judged theatre competition), Shotz SF, Pint Sized Plays, and Music/Scene at PianoFight, Besties with Left Coast Theatre Co., Confessions of a Catholic Child at The Exit Theatre.
Training: She is a graduate of The Artistic Home Studio, the ACADEMY at Blackbox Acting, the SF Meisner Technique Studio, and 1-5b at iO Chicago (Long-Form Improv). She also studied acting at Studio ACT, Acting Studio Chicago, Victory Gardens Training Center, University of Chicago, and musical improvisation at The Annoyance Theatre.