Vicki Quade has written and produced a lot of theater in Chicago, including comedies, bluegrass musicals, improv, and magic. She is best known for co-creating the one-woman show, Late Nite Catechism, which opened in 1993 in Chicago and holds the record for the longest running religious comedy in the city’s history. She also created four other “nun” comedies: Put the Nuns in Charge! (a look at modern sins), Sunday School Cinema (Mother Superior takes on Hollywood), Saints & Sinners (about church fundraising schemes) and her holiday show, Mother Superior’s Ho-Ho-Holy Night.
Some of her other plays include Room for Advancement (1994), Mr. Nanny (1997), and Here Come the Famous Brothers (2001).
As a producer, she has produced her own shows, as well as the mentalist Christopher Carter, the musical Forever Plaid , the improv comedy Cast on a Hot Tin Roof , and the political spoken word piece Verbatim Verboten . In 2005, she produced the U.S. premiere of Drapes by Australian playwright Stephen House, at Victory Gardens Theatre, Chicago. A version of Verbatim Verboten, produced in conjunction with her production company, opened off-off-Broadway in 2009 and is still running at WorkShop Theater Company.
A busy person in 2009, she also helped create the talk radio parody You’re On the Air, with WGN radio host Jerry Agar, and the three comics he calls Jerry Kidders: Dobie Maxwell, Ken Sevara, and Tim Slagle. And also in 2009, she wrote a short, 10-minute comedy called I Hate Christmas and God Does, Too! which was selected as part of A Reasonable Facsimile Theater Company (ARFTCO)’s annual Christmas show.
As a performer, she appears occasionally in ARFTCO’s TV Re-Run series.
Vicki grew up in the southwest suburbs of Chicago and started her career in journalism, working for daily newspapers, national magazines, and writing for just about every publication in Chicago. She also spent 10 years as a correspondent for Newsweek.
Vicki has three children, Michael, David, and Catherine, who keep her sane.