Elevator Project 2019/2020


a New Play by Thomas Ward / Directed by Jake Nice

January 16 – 26, 2020

Wyly Studio Theatre

2400 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201


It’s the week after the Columbine shootings and Chad Squier is subbing at his former high school amidst threats of a copycat attack. Once the state wrestling champ and big man on campus, Chad is now adrift in his twenties, living at home, and carrying the guilt of a suicide that happened his senior year. After learning that most of the teachers have stayed home and the rest of them might be armed (the result of a “hush-hush” district meeting), Chad tries to make it through the day unscathed. With the help of his best friend Dave, a drug-dealing janitor, and a new sub named Susan, Chad must face his anger at a mentor who betrayed him, as well as his troubling admiration for the Columbine shooters.

Talk Back

Local playwright Matt Lyle sits down with the writer of SLIDE BY, Thomas Ward, and the show’s producer/director, Jake Nice, to have a conversation inspired by Thomas’ new play.

Learn More

Arts District Podcast Featuring Jake Nice

Dallas Observer Article

Dallas Morning News Article

TheatreJones Interviews Director Jake Nice

Content Advisory

Show contains mature content involving drug use, gun violence and sexual misconduct.
Caution is advised and parents are urged to learn more about the play before bringing their children.
Haze and strobe lights will be used during the performance.
Any firearms used on the stage are strictly stage props.



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