Interrobang Theatre Project is pleased to continue its tenth anniversary season, exploring the theme of “No Man’s Land,” with a revival of its very first production: Daniel MacIvor's one-man drama Here Lies Henry, newly staged by Artistic Producer Elana Elyce* and featuring Scott Sawa. Here Lies Henry will play February 28 – March 28, 2020 at ITP’s resident home, Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. Tickets are currently available at interrobangtheatreproject.org or by calling (312) 219-4140. The press opening is Sunday, March 1 at 8 pm.
Henry's got a lot he has to tell you, he just can't guarantee that it's all true. In the spotlight, with only the audience as his witness, Henry grapples with his choices and failures in a scramble to make sense of his life before it's too late. Daniel MacIvor's gripping one-man play offers a provocative take on love, death, beauty, truth, and of course, good old-fashioned lying.
Comments Director Elana Elyce, “Daniel McIvor’s brand of meta-theatrical theatre has the power to transform the lives of audiences, who come into dark rooms with their minds and their hearts open, who are filled with questions, and who find a moment of peace in the presence of something innately familiar. The play hopefully can touch people, and open people to thinking about their own humanity and their purpose in life.”
The production team to date includes LaVisa Williams (costume design), Michelle E. Benda (lighting design), Timothy McNulty (sound design), Richie Vavrina* (production manager), Louis Lothan (master electrician) and Shawn Galligan* (stage manager).
*Denotes Interrobang Theatre Project Ensemble Member or Artistic Associate.
Title: Here Lies Henry
Playwright: Daniel MacIvor
Director: Artistic Producer Elana Elyce
Cast: Scott Sawa (Henry). Understudy: Josh Kemper
Location: Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago
Dates: Previews: Friday, February 28 at 8 pm and Saturday, February 29 at 8 pm
Press opening: Sunday, March 1 at 8 pm
Subscriber/Board opening: Thursday, March 5 at 8 pm
Regular run: Friday, March 6 – Saturday, March 28, 2020
Curtain Times: Thursdays and Fridays at 8 pm; Saturdays at 3 pm & 8 pm; Sundays at 3 pm. Industry night: Monday, March 23 at 8 pm
Tickets: Previews: $16. Regular run: $32. Students $16 with ID. Industry $16 with code “ITPINDUSTRY.” Group discounts available. Tickets are currently available at interrobangtheatreproject.org or by calling (312) 219-4140.
About the Artists:
Daniel MacIvor (Playwright) is originally from Cape Breton and currently divides his time between Toronto and Avondale, Nova Scotia. Daniel has written numerous award-winning theatre productions and his work has been translated into French, Portuguese, Spanish, Czech, German and Japanese. Daniel received the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama for his collection of plays I Still Love You and in 2008 he was awarded the Siminovitch Prize for Theatre. He is also the recipient of an Obie Award and a GLAAD Award for In On It, as well as a Canadian Screen Award for his feature film script Weirdos.
Elana Elyce (Director) first worked with Interrobang in 2011, appearing in The Argument by Gregory Moss. She joined staff as producer for the 2012 production of Here Lies Henry by Daniel MacIvor and went on to produce the first two productions of Season 3. Originally from Detroit, she began teaching and directing while still a teenager with Detroit’s Summer Youth Arts program, working with teens and young adults, and did so for fifteen years in various organizations, schools and camps. Within that time, opportunities to direct adults began with a Detroit production of A Son Come Home by Ed Bullins with Urban Spirit Theatre Company. Since being in Chicago, she has directed multiple readings and short plays, as well as a critically acclaimed production of The Vagina Monologues with Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre in Evanston. Elana also acts, writes and coaches, is a company member with The House Theatre of Chicago and is the Business Manager of The Chicago Inclusion Project. www.elanaelyce.net
About Interrobang Theatre Project
The recipient of 2019's Broadway In Chicago Emerging Theatre award, Interrobang Theatre Project, now in its 10th season and under the artistic leadership of Georgette Verdin, has been hailed by the Chicago Tribune as a “company to watch” and by Time Out Chicago as “one of Chicago’s most promising young theatre companies.” Chris Jones called Foxfinder, which kicked off Interrobang’s 2017-18 season, “...a ripping good yarn,” earning it 3.5 stars from the Chicago Tribune. Foxfinder also garnered seven non-Equity Jeff Awards nominations including Best Director and Production of a Play, and took home two awards for Best Original Music and Set Design. The company also earned seven non-Equity Jeff Nominations for their seventh season, including Best Director, Production of a Play, Solo Performance and acting nominations for Lead Actor, Actress (win) and Actor in a Supporting Role (win). Productions have included the world premiere of Calamity West’s Ibsen is Dead (Jeff Recommended), the Jeff Recommended The Pitchfork Disney, Orange Flower Water, Recent Tragic Events, The North Pool, The Amish Project, Falling, Grace, The Goat or Who is Sylvia?, I Call My Brothers and Out of Love. Director James Yost’s critically-acclaimed Really Really was one of six shows chosen for Chicago Tribune’s “Best of 2015 in Chicago Fringe Theater.”
What’s an interrobang?
An interrobang is the combination of a question mark and an exclamation point, joining the Latin for “question” (interro) with a proofreading term for “exclamation” (bang). Through the plays we produce, Interrobang Theatre Project aims to pose worthwhile and exciting questions which challenge our understanding and assumptions of who we are and the world in which we live.
For more information, please visit interrobangtheatreproject.org.
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