BoHo Theatre announced plans for their 2018 season at a packed cabaret benefit Tuesday evening at Stage 773. At the event, Artistic Director Peter Marston Sullivan reiterated the organization’s commitment to creating a shared community of both artists and patrons focused on the primacy of strong, caring relationships. Additionally, BoHo is dedicated to being an incubator for up-and-coming Chicago talent by creating safe, supportive artistic environments for our artists to experiment and grow. With these goals in mind, BoHo Theatre’s 2018 season will feature Cyrano, a new translation of Edmund Rostand’s play by Michael Hollinger and Aaron Posner; Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s witty classic A Little Night Music; and the dustbowl love story 110 In The Shade by Harvey Schmidt, Tom Jones, and N. Richard Nash.
Acknowledging the company’s recent growth and a desire to continue to produce powerfully intimate productions for its expanding audience base, all of BoHo’s 2018 productions will be produced at rental venues in the Lakeview area. BoHo will maintain The Heartland Studio, its 30-seat theatre space in Rogers Park, as its primary rehearsal space and an ideal rental location for small, up-and-coming Chicago theatre companies. BoHo also continues to raise funds to open a brand new 70-100 seat home theatre, currently projected to open in time for its 2020 season.
THE SEASON IN DEPTH
By Edmund Rostand
Translated by Michael Hollinger
Adapted by Michael Hollinger and Aaron Posner
March 3 – April 15, 2018
at Theatre Wit, 1229 W Belmont Ave
BoHo presents the Chicago premiere of this sharp, lean, nine-actor translation of Rostand’s immortal play. Set in 17th century France, Cyrano tells the story of a great swordsman with a beautiful soul who is handicapped by a huge nose that makes him feel incapable of being loved by the beautiful Roxane. When he learns that Roxane and a handsome young soldier named Christian are infatuated with each other, he writes beautiful love letters for her suitor that lead to a tragic love triangle.
This new adaptation created by Philadelphia playwright Michael Hollinger (Ghost-Writer, Opus) and lauded director Aaron Posner (Stupid Fucking Bird, The Chosen, The Gift of Nothing) embraces the humanity and humor of the central story, staying true to Rostand’s poetry but dispensing with the pretention. “My goal was to release the energies of the play and make it feel immediate and accessible to a contemporary American audience,” Hollinger has said. “It was important to me that the play speak to us, here and now.”
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Summer 2018 (dates TBD)
From the writers of Sweeney Todd comes this hilarious story of romantic attachments, detachments, and mis-matchings. The winner of four Tony Awards, A Little Night Music explores the tangled web of affairs centered around actress Desirée Armfeldt and the men who love her. When both her former lover and her current paramour — and their wives — show up for a weekend at her mother’s country estate, romance and passion are in the air. Featuring an enchanting score set entirely in waltz-time, A Little Night Music includes Sondheim’s most popular song, the Grammy Award-winning “Send in the Clowns.”
Sondheim is the writer and composer of such hit musicals as A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Follies, Sunday in the Park with George, and Into the Woods. He is also the lyricist behind West Side Story and Gypsy.
110 IN THE SHADE
Music by Harvey Schmidt
Lyrics by Tom Jones
Book by N. Richard Nash
Fall 2018 (dates TBD)
Saddled to a failing cattle ranch, the only woman in a family of menfolk, Lizzie Curry has just about given up hope of finding love and escape. But when a charming trickster named Starbuck breezes into town promising to bring rain for $100, Lizzie’s father gives the man the last of the family’s savings, knowing that what he has to offer them, and Lizzie, is more than just rain. Taking our cue from the 2007 Broadway revival, BoHo looks to bring its customary small-scale intimacy to this underrated Depression-era tale. Adapted from Nash’s hit play The Rainmaker by the composing team behind The Fantasticks and I Do! I Do!, 110 In The Shade is a story of recognizing the beauty and potential locked away inside all of us.
SEASON MEMBERSHIPS ON SALE NOW
BoHo Memberships are unique subscription packages that allow for flexibility in choosing productions and dates, as well as reserved seating and invitations to exclusive events. Membership packages for BoHo’s 2018 season are on sale now at www.BoHoTheatre.com or (866) 811-4111.