Little Time Theatre Co. is pleased to present its inaugural production: the world premiere drama Clementine by Cameron Roberts, directed by Matthew Martinez Hannon, playing March 13 – 29, 2020 at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at www.littletimetheatreco.com. The press opening Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 pm.
The cast includes Gregory J. Fields and Cameron Roberts.
Sam and Drei are two playwriting students at a prestigious university. After a year of not speaking to each other, they reconnect for a dorm-cooked meal. Sam—a white man—has written a play about the experience of a black family with hopes of being a more inclusive, intersectional playwright. When the university newspaper publicly criticizes the play, Sam wants Drei—a black man—to help him understand where he may have gone wrong. But Drei wants something else. As their desires clash, a secret from the past forces Sam and Drei to confront the realities of criticism and the unknown future of their relationship.
The production team includes Andrei Borges (lighting design), Val Buchanan (stage manager) and Nick Wren and Zoe Lesser (producers).
Little Time Theatre Co. was formed by a group of recent BFA and MFA acting graduates from The Theatre School at DePaul University. Comments Co-Founder Cameron Roberts, “Throughout our training, each of us experienced the different ways in which the academic landscape of theatre was evolving. These changes, however, impacted each of us in distinctly unique ways. Workshopping Clementine has given us the forum to share those experiences with each other in order to make the play stronger. Now, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to present this collaboration to you.”
Playwright: Cameron Roberts
Director: Matthew Martinez Hannon
Cast (in alphabetical order): Gregory J. Fields (Drei) and Cameron Roberts (Sam)
Location: Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago
Dates: Preview: Friday, March 13 at 7:30 pm
Press performance: Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 pm
Regular run: Sunday, March 15 – Sunday, March 29, 2020
Curtain Times: Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2 pm
Tickets: Preview/opening: pay-what-you-can. Regular run: $10. Tickets are currently available at www.littletimetheatreco.com.
About the Artists
Cameron Roberts (Playwright/Sam) is an actor-playwright, fresh out of school from The Theatre School at DePaul. While at DePaul, Cameron co-founded the Prototypes Student Written work festival, where he produced a full workshop of his play, Clementine. Some of his favorite roles at DePaul included Tuzenbach (Three Sisters), Joshua (Falling) and Constantine (Big Love). Cameron worked with the Backroom Shakespeare project playing the Witches in Macbeth, and he is also the associate producer of Playwrights Aloud! Chicago Dramatists’ bi-monthly 10 minute-play festival. Film & TV credits: Ben is Back, The Last Shift, and Relative (Upcoming). Cameron is stoked to have a recurring role on the upcoming Quibi series Don’t Look Deeper directed by Catherine Hardwicke (premiering April 6). He is represented by Gray Talent Group.
Matthew Martinez Hannon (Director) is a native of San Diego, California. A recent graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University's MFA Acting program, he previously studied at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy, and earned his BA (double majoring in Theater & Performance Studies and Psychology) from University of California, Berkeley. Matthew has acted, directed, produced, and taught regionally in Southern and Northern California as well as Chicago. He is represented by DDO Artists Agency.
Gregory J. Fields (Drei) is excited to be a part of Clementine, and to work with his friends at Little Time Theatre Co. Recent Chicago credits include Thirst (Strawdog Theatre), P.Y.G. or the... (u/s) (Jackalope Theatre), Donor Class (NoMads Art Collective) and Burrow (MCA Chicago & Prop Theatre). Gregory received his BFA in Acting at The Theatre School at DePaul University while also completing a Screenwriting minor. He is represented by DDO Artists Agency.
About Little Time Theatre Co.
After graduating from The Theatre School at DePaul University, we were excited to join Chicago’s theatre community but found ourselves yearning for an artistic home to develop our own work. Though full of hope, we were without a clear mission. Thanks to one of our professors, we sat down to make a list of all that we would want our theatre company to accomplish. After an exhausting amount of brainstorming, one of our members exclaimed, “There’s so much I want to do and it feels like there’s so little time to do it!” This aha moment captured what we believe theatre can do best, which eventually led us to our mission:
Time is precious. We are only given so much of it. To us, great plays are about people coming to terms with the inevitable and asking themselves, “What will I do with the little time I have?” It is our mission to produce plays that extend this question beyond the stage and into the minds and hearts of our audience.
Thus, Little Time Theater Co. was founded.
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