Presenting the WORLD PREMIERE of

The Wild Party Variety Hour

Celebrating a decade of the "dirtiest fun to be had on a Chicago stage"

The Wild Party Variety Hour

Written by ensemble member Brendan Balfe

Hosted by ensemble member

Marvin Quijada a.k.a. Silent Marvin

Tech Design by Chloe Honeyman-Bloede


presented as part of

Steppenwolf's LookOut Series

1700 N. Halsted

August 3rd

Tickets $15 

Door at 7:30p; Show at 8p

Come for the show. Stay for the party.

CHICAGO- The Wild Party Variety Hour celebrates 10 years of Silent Theatre’s longest running show with a local city tour at three venues reimagining the top three voted themes by our fans on February 16th, April 13th and August 3rd, 2019.


The Wild Party Variety Hour is an immersive event featuring an hour long variety show packed with top Chicago talent encased in a shell of original shenanigans by Silent Theatre’s ensemble members Brendan Balfe (writer) and Marvin Quijada a.k.a. Silent Marvin (co-creator and host). Each production comes with its own theme that tailors the immersive components from photo booths to audience participation stations. There is a great opportunity for strangest tomfoolery to happen during WPVH, so leave your kids at home and come experience the unpredictable.

WPVH: The Strange Case of Dr. Marvin and Mr. Shhhhh!

Halloween Summer Show and Costume Party!

As the final leg of the Wild Party Variety Hour's 10th Anniversary Tour, Silent Theatre proudly present an all new horror story. Silent Marvin claims he has moved on from his Wild Party days and, even more alarming, his vow of silence. But how long can he keep his true nature buried? And in what hilariously horrifying ways will the struggle present itself? And who will end up on the floor in a bloody mess?! Join an all star cast of Wild Party alumni as they throw the best party of the year (Halloween) two months early!

Silent Theatre invites you to participate in the costume party of the year! Celebrate Halloween in August and dress up as precariously as you like, grab a cocktail or seven at the bar and commemorate it all at the Wild Party Variety Hour Photo Booth! The bartenders will be slinging drinks and the Photobooth will be aimed and ready for your costume close up. 

Scott Ray Merchant
Marz Timms
Nick DuFloth and Friends
Brad French | The Silver Fox
Lindsey Marks | Lady Jack

Hosted by Silent Marvin

Written by Brendan Balfe

Silent Theatre's 2019 Wild Party Variety Hour 10th Anniversary Tour has included:

February 16th @ Den Theatre

April 13th @ Prop Thtr


Cast and Crew


Marvin Quijada (Host), otherwise known as Silent Marvin, is a co-founder and ensemble member of Silent Theatre. He received a BA in acting at Columbia College. He is a co-creator of The Wild Party Variety Hour where his alias Silent Marvin originated. Marvin has taken this character for a stroll around town, gracing other variety stages and sometimes performing with Gabe Ruiz as a comedic duo in Sound and Fury. Most recently, Silent Marvin has ventured into the world of iOS music and he enjoys his new found passion.


Brendan Balfe (Writer) is a Columbia College graduate and has been writing, directing and acting with Silent Theatre Company since it was formed in 2006. He has also been seen onstage at IO, Oracle, Strawdog and Prop Theater, most recently directing a staged adaptation of Nosferatu. He has been writing comedy with his partner Marvin Quijada for more than a decade.


Tonika Todorova (Production Manager) is an original member and co-founder of Silent Theatre Company with whom she has devised, created, played and presented for over a decade. She calls herself an Adventure Architect and feels the most artistically fulfilled when she is molding out visceral experiences for folks. She dabbles in writing, producing, directing, acting, singing, curating, parenting, meditating, experimenting, gardening, traveling, filming, people connecting and life navigating. 




Supported by The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Illinois Humanities, 3Arts, One State Grant, Illinois Arts Council, Network for Good, and the generosity of our individual donors.