Richard Greenberg’s Tony-Award nominated play to open January 31
CHICAGO – Raven Theatre Associate Artistic Director Cody Estle has announced a “blended family” of new and familiar Raven faces for the company’s Midwest premiere of The Assembled Parties, which in 2013 earned a 2013 Tony® Award nomination for Best Play. The play by Richard Greenberg, author of Take Me Out, Three Days of Rain and many other plays, will open on Raven Theatre’s East Stage under Estle’s direction on Tuesday, January 31, following previews from January 25 – 30, 2017.
Greenberg’s play follows the extended Bascov family over two family celebrations in their sprawling New York City upper west side apartment on two Christmas Days twenty years apart, in 1980 and 2000. At the earlier celebration, the family is filled with hope for the son they assume will one day become President of the United States. By the year 2000, they find that fate doesn’t always play by the rules and their family looks much different than they had planned. Estle says, “This family is on the verge of great changes much as is the US, as the country anticipates the arrival of a new President.”
Appearing for the first time at Raven will be Loretta Rezos (Distance at Strawdog, The Pitmen Painters at TimeLine). Rezos will play Julie Bascov, the former teen movie star who is hostess of the two gatherings. Her wealthy husband Ben will be played by Joe Mack (Desperate Dolls at Strawdog and The Gacy Play at Sideshow Theatre), who last appeared at Raven in the title role of The Play About My Dad. Ben’s sister-in-law Faye, the role that earned a Best Actress Tony Award for Judith Light, will be Raven Theatre Co-Founding Artistic Director JoAnn Montemurro, veteran of many roles at the theatre – most recently The Old Friends, Dividing the Estate and her Jeff-nominated performance in Vieux Carré. The role of Mort, Faye’s husband and Ben’s brother, will be taken by Raven ensemble member Chuck Spencer.
In addition to Rezos, other actors new to Raven will include Christopher Peltier (Richard III at The Gift Theater, Peter and the Starcatcher at Illinois Shakespeare Festival) as Jeff, a holiday guest and friend of the Bascovs’ son Scotty. Niko Kourtis (Angels in America at Kansas City Rep, directed by David Cromer; The Normal Heart at TimeLine) will play Scotty. Completing the cast are Marika Mashburn (Since I Suppose at Chicago Shakespeare and Season on the Line at House Theatre) as Faye and Mort’s daughter Shelly and Leo Fain as Timmy.
The elegant and expansive mulit-room apartment of the Bascovs will be created for Raven's stage by Jeffrey D. Kmiec, a Jeff Award winner this year for the scenicdeisgn of Drury Lane's Deathtrap. Kmiec's previous designs for Raven include Dividing the Estate, The Old Friends and A Loss of Roses. Eight-time nominee (and winner for BoHo's The Glorious Ones) Theresa Ham is deisgning costumes. Completing the design team are Nick Belley (lighting designer) and Eric Backus (sound design). The production team will include Michael Conroy (asisstant director), Jason K. Martin (dialect specialist), Stephen Johnson (dramaturg), Tara Malpass (stage manager), Conor Clark (technical director), Rebecca Cagney (assistant stage manager), Diane D. Fairchild and Marissa Geocaris (master electricians) and Eileen Rozycki (scenic artist).
The Assembled Parties
By Richard Greenberg
Directed by Cody Estle
Previews: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 through Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, January 29 at 3:00 p.m. and Monday, January 30 at 7:30 pm. Preview prices are $32.00 ($29.00 online), and $22 ($21 online) for students, active military and veterans.
Opening Night: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Performances continue through March 25, 2017
Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. beginning Friday, February 3, 2017.
Tickets: $46.00 ($43.00 if purchased online), Seniors $41.00 ($38.00 if purchased online), Teachers $41.00 ($38.00 if purchased online), students/active military and veterans $22.00 ($21.00 if purchased online). Groups of 10 or more are $29 per person for Thursday and Friday performances and $33 per person for Saturday and Sunday performances. Student groups are $15.00 per person for groups of 10 or more for Thursday and Friday performances.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.raventheatre.com or by phone at 773-338-2177.
All performances on Raven's East Stage
6157 N. Clark St. (at Granville), Chicago
Nearest El station Granville Red Line, Buses: #22 (Clark), #36 (Broadway), #151 (Sheridan), #155 (Devon), #64 (Peterson).