Jeff Bouthiette

Jeff Bouthiette

Jeff Bouthiette is a Chicago-based playwright, songwriter, actor, and director; and is currently the Head of the Training Center Music Program at the Second City, the world's premiere comedy theater. His original musical Janus was a finalist in Fine Print Theatre's 2013 Citizens Play Festival, and won first place in the Overall Entertainment category. His musical Miami Nice: A Golden Girls Musical...
Jeff Bouthiette is a Chicago-based playwright, songwriter, actor, and director; and is currently the Head of the Training Center Music Program at the Second City, the world's premiere comedy theater. His original musical Janus was a finalist in Fine Print Theatre's 2013 Citizens Play Festival, and won first place in the Overall Entertainment category. His musical Miami Nice: A Golden Girls Musical recently finished its run at Gorilla Tango Theatre, where it was extended twice. Sarah Shuel of Gaper’s Block called it “random, risque, and hilarious...the whole theater was bent over laughing before five minutes of the show had passed.

Jeff served as a staff writer on Bare Boned Theatre’s live LGBT soap opera The Ville, contributing scenes and characters to new episodes as they premiered on a monthly basis. In total, Jeff contributed to all nineteen episodes, and co­-wrote the Season Two Musical Finale with Rebekah Walendzak and Jessica Murguia. He also co­-wrote Bare Boned Theatre’s first mainstage production, The Hecubae, with Rebekah Walendzak, about which Lawrence Bommer of the Chicago Free Press wrote “The Hecubae succeeds by fleshing out suffering and solace, making both too real to ever be comfortingly abstract.”

For Second City, Jeff was musical director for the National Tour as well as at sea aboard the Norwegian Spirit and the Norwegian Gem. He teaches musical improvisation and comedic songwriting, and collaborates with students on hundreds of sketches every year. He is an alumni of the Johnny Mercer Songwriter's Project, where he was mentored by Andrew Lippa, Craig Carnelia, Amanda McBroom, and Lari White. His original music and lyrics have also been performed at Victory Gardens Theatre, Stage Left Theatre, Metropolis Centre for the Performing Arts, the Dramatists Guild National Conference, Theatre Building Chicago, and at many venues across the country.

Plays

  • An' Pass By Midnight, the Kimakwa
    After the death of her mother, Maria returns to Chicago to find Thomas - the man she married twenty years before in a mysterious cult in the backwoods of Maine, and the person she considers her only living relative. Although surprised to find out that he's gay (and that he sells mattresses for a living!), Maria decides to stay and make her life in the new city. She soon discovers that the past can haunt...
    After the death of her mother, Maria returns to Chicago to find Thomas - the man she married twenty years before in a mysterious cult in the backwoods of Maine, and the person she considers her only living relative. Although surprised to find out that he's gay (and that he sells mattresses for a living!), Maria decides to stay and make her life in the new city. She soon discovers that the past can haunt you long after you've moved on...sometimes literally.
  • Marlowe Unstuck
    In the distant (or not-so-distant?) future, an alien intelligence has re-animated the brain of Christopher Marlowe, forcing him to relive his last days on Earth as it searches for the truth about his death. Although confused by this strange new circumstance, Kit seizes on the opportunity to cement his legacy as an artist. In the process, he becomes unstuck in time and space, as his position in the world, his...
    In the distant (or not-so-distant?) future, an alien intelligence has re-animated the brain of Christopher Marlowe, forcing him to relive his last days on Earth as it searches for the truth about his death. Although confused by this strange new circumstance, Kit seizes on the opportunity to cement his legacy as an artist. In the process, he becomes unstuck in time and space, as his position in the world, his sexuality, and his treatment of women are brought into stark new light.
  • Planted
    Co-conceived by Jeff Bouthiette and Christopher Pazdernik, music and lyrics by Jeff Bouthiette, with additional lyrics by Rebekah Walendzak. In the tradition of classic hetero-centric works such as Closer Than Ever and Songs for a New World, Planted is a contemporary song-cycle exploring relationships of modern-day queer men. Six men navigate through the minefields of dating, marriage, separation and...
    Co-conceived by Jeff Bouthiette and Christopher Pazdernik, music and lyrics by Jeff Bouthiette, with additional lyrics by Rebekah Walendzak. In the tradition of classic hetero-centric works such as Closer Than Ever and Songs for a New World, Planted is a contemporary song-cycle exploring relationships of modern-day queer men. Six men navigate through the minefields of dating, marriage, separation and independence. Through a multitude of characters and songs, audiences are introduced to stories both heart-breaking and hilarious during this one-act musical collage.

    "Of the three shows I saw, Planted is the most ready to be expanded into a full-fledged production...in terms of confidence and self-assured swagger, Planted is the furthest along in growing up to the next level." - Scott C. Morgan, Windy City Times
  • Wake
    After the suicide of her estranged brother, Nora visits his home city of Chicago to speak at his funeral. Desperate to find meaning in Josh's death, she instead is confronted with the dysfunctional cadre of snarky gay men that were his closest friends, themselves still reeling from his passing. Nora’s search for closure sets in motion a series of realizations and revelations that changes her view of her...
    After the suicide of her estranged brother, Nora visits his home city of Chicago to speak at his funeral. Desperate to find meaning in Josh's death, she instead is confronted with the dysfunctional cadre of snarky gay men that were his closest friends, themselves still reeling from his passing. Nora’s search for closure sets in motion a series of realizations and revelations that changes her view of her brother, herself, and the reverberating effects of mental illness. 
  • Sky Burial
    Shortly after the collapse of society, three sisters have to deal with something they never thought they'd have to: burying their mother. The harsh environment of rural Arizona dictates they find a unique solution to their problem.
  • Birthday
    Ellen and Delia have gone through the long and arduous process of becoming adoptive parents with surprisingly little turmoil. But when the call comes that a baby is available for them to take home, Ellen's reaction throws their entire relationship into question.
  • Book Club
    A mother and a daughter accidentally meet in the one place they never thought they'd see each other: a library. They embrace the ridiculousness as they each try to hide the true reason for their presence from the other.