Full cast and crew have been announced for City Lit’s world premiere translation of Aeschylus’s theatrically boldest tragedy, PROMETHEUS BOUND, which will begin previews April 27, 2018 and open to the press on Sunday, May 6. This new translation was commissioned by City Lit from Nicholas Rudall, Founding Artistic Director of Court Theater and internationally acclaimed award-winning translator of Greek drama.
In this classic Greek tragedy, the titan Prometheus, friend of humankind, is chained—and fastened with a spike through his chest - to a mountain as punishment for instilling in the human race the capacity for hope, thereby spoiling Zeus’s plan to wipe out the human race and replace it with something better. Prometheus’s parade of visitors includes gods, sea nymphs, and Io - a woman whom Zeus has turned into a cow.
In McCabe and Rudall’s vision of the classic – a play they’ve discussed for over twenty years - only Prometheus and Io are to be played by human actors. City Lit Producing Artistic Director Terry McCabe announced the cast of actors and puppeteers today. Mark Pracht, who was seen most recently at City Lit in last fall’s DEIRDRE OF THE SORROWS and also performed the lead role of Frank in The Artistic Home’s production of THE SCHOOL FOR LIES last summer, will play Prometheus. Kat Evans, who played Grace Harkaway in City Lit’s 2017 LONDON ASSURANCE, will play Io.
The play's other characters - all supernatural beings without meaningful connections to the human race - will be portrayed by life-sized puppets so that their physical appearances are not limited by the human form. The puppeteers behind the puppets created by Tiffany Lange and Cynthia VonOrthal of VonOrthal puppets will be Nate Buursma, Antora DeLong, Linsey Falls, Sarah Franzel, and Maddy Low. The male puppets will be voiced by Charles Schoenherr. The Greek chorus voices will be Casey Daniel, Lara Dohner,Jenna Fawcett, Sahara Glasener-Boles, Krista Mitchell, and Justine Raczy.
The design team for PROMETHEUS BOUND will also include Jeremy Hollis (scenic design), Liz Cooper (lighting design), LaVisa Angela Williams (costume design), Jeremiah Barr (properties design), Hazel Marie Flowers McCabe (production manager). The production will also feature an original score by Chicago composer (and City Lit regular) Kingsley Day.
"PROMETHEUS BOUND is a work of challenging beauty," Rudall said, "and City Lit is a perfect place to explore its lyricism and its politics." PROMETHEUS BOUND will run from April 27-June 10, 2018.
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For thirty-eight years, City Lit Theater has been dedicated to the vitality and accessibility of the literary imagination. City Lit produces theatrical adaptations of literary material, scripted plays by language-oriented playwrights, and original material.
City Lit is in the historic Edgewater Presbyterian Church building at 1020 West Bryn Mawr Avenue. We are two blocks east of both the Bryn Mawr Red Line stop and the #36 Broadway and the #84 Peterson buses. We are one block west of the #147 Sheridan and #151 Sheridan buses. Divvy bike stations are located at Bryn Mawr & Lakefront Trail, and at Broadway & Ridge at Bryn Mawr. The metered street parking pay boxes on Bryn Mawr have a three-hour maximum duration and are free on Sundays. $10 valet service is available at Francesca's Bryn Mawr at 1039 W Bryn Mawr diagonally across the street from us on the SW corner of Kenmore and Bryn Mawr and is available whether you are dining at the restaurant or not. There are additional details about parking and dining options at www.citylit.org.
City Lit is supported by the Alphawood Foundation, the MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Ivanhoe Theater Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council Agency and is sponsored, in part, by A.R.T. League.
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