► Why “The Haven” Is a Must-See Web Series

The Haven
Aneisa Hicks and Jaylen Bryant in a scene from "The Haven"

Welcome back to The Scene, today with guests Mia McCullough and Elizabeth Laidlaw. Mia is a playwright and screenwriter. Her plays have been published by Smith & Kraus, Broadway Play Publishing and Chicago Dramatists and produced around the country at theaters large and small including Steppenwolf, The Old Globe, Stage Left and The Victory Theater, among many others. She has also written several screenplays and currently teaches Writing for the Stage and Screen at Northwestern University. Elizabeth Laidlaw is a Chicago-based actress whose many credits include roles at Chicago’s regional theaters and the shows Boss, Chicago P.D., The Chicago Code, Crisis and more. They are here to discuss the new web series “The Haven,” which McCullough created and on which Laidlaw serves as a co-director and co-producer. “The Haven” is a dramedy that explores the lives of workers and clients at a domestic violence shelter. It looks beyond stereotypes to examine the diverse realities of domestic abuse, while also finding the lighter moments that come from such varied women being forced to share the same space. The pilot is currently available on Vimeo, but there is much more to come — and if you’d like to support this groundbreaking work written by and starring women, check out their page on Fractured Atlas. On social media, you can follow the show on Twitter @TheHavenWeb or through their Facebook page.

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Sean Douglass

Sean Douglass is the Managing Editor of The Clyde Fitch Report, as well as an author, playwright and dramaturg. He is the Company Dramaturg for Something Marvelous, Chicago’s annual magical realism festival, and has previously worked at Northlight Theatre and Chicago Dramatists. His plays have been produced or developed at UW-Madison, The Vermont College of Fine Arts, The Chicago Fringe Festival, Luminous Theatre of Milwaukee, Something Marvelous, Chicago Dramatists and Stagecloud. He hosts the CFR’s podcast The Scene and is also an arts writer for the digital news publication Rantt.