Court Theatre, under the continuing leadership of Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director, and Angel Ysaguirre, Executive Director, has announced casting for August Wilson’s King Hedley II, directed by Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson. King Hedley II runs September 12 – October 13, 2019 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave.
First Floor Theater is thrilled to announce their eighth season, featuring one world premiere and two Chicago premieres. “After a record breaking seventh season, we are thrilled to continue producing some of the most cutting edge theater that this city has to offer,” comments Artistic Director Hutch Pimentel. “These playwrights have crafted three extraordinary plays that tackle love and fear, hope and dread across time, gender and race. All three pieces explore what it means to craft a family in times of great trouble – and follow individuals in the midst of radical revolutions.”
It’s easy to understand why Goodman Theatre’s production of Meredith Wilson’s 1957 Broadway hit The Music Man, just a week into its original run, has already been extended for a second time. The feel-good show has mass appeal and a recognizable name--one of those plays that falls into the “timeless classic” category (even if there’s nothing “timeless” about its outdated jokes and gender politics). But as far as Goodman’s production itself goes, there’s not much new to draw audiences in; despite a few high notes and standout performances, Mary Zimmerman’s revival overall lacks the essential chemistry and magic that has historically helped 21st century audiences overlook the show’s flaws.
The New Colony, under the artistic direction of Fin Coe* and Stephanie Shum*, is pleased to announce its full 2019-20 season, to presented at its resident home, The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood.
Broken Nose Theatre is pleased to announce the full line-up for BECHDEL FEST 7: MOMENTUM, the company’s annual festival of new short plays featuring an ensemble of female-identifying and non-binary actors talking about things other than men. Presented as part of Steppenwolf’s LookOut Series, BECHDEL FEST will play four performances only, August 25 – 28, 2019 at Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre, 1700 N. Halsted St. in Chicago. Tickets for all BNT productions are available on a “pay-what-you-can” basis, allowing patrons to set their own price and ensuring theatre remains economically accessible for all audiences. Suggested price is $25. Tickets are currently available at www.steppenwolf.org or by calling (312) 335-1650.
Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, announces casting for its 45th season, opening with Mother of the Maid by Jane Anderson, directed by BJ Jones.
Interrobang Theatre Project is pleased to announce casting for its U.S. premiere of of Elinor Cook’s fiery British drama OUT OF LOVE, directed by Artistic Director Georgette Verdin*. Cook deftly portrays a female friendship through all its ups and downs, and the effects of a patriarchal society on the emotional trajectory of young women. The cast includes ensemble members Sarah Gise* and Laura Berner Taylor* with Peter Gertas.
DirectorsLabChicago, in partnership with Haven and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, are the recipients of a $5,000 grant from Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) to support a series directing master classes to be presented free of charge in different Chicago neighborhoods throughout the 2019-20 season. The grant is one of 17 projects receiving a total of $320,000 in sector-building funds from DCASE as part of the 2019 Year of Chicago Theatre initiative.
Greenhouse Theater Center and Proxy Theatre are delighted to announce that the Midwest premiere of the musical comedy MIDSUMMER (A Play with Songs) will feature celebrated Chicago actors Chaon Cross and Patrick Mulvey.
Raven Theatre is pleased to announce the promotion of Cole von Glahn to the position of Artistic Producer, effective immediately. Von Glahn had previously served as the company’s Production Manager since January 2018.
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