Organic Theater Company of Chicago returns to the Greenhouse Theater Center for its 2019 season with MELANCHOLY PLAY: A CONTEMPORARY FARCE by Sarah Ruhl and THE MEMO by Vaclav Havel. The Organic is committed to staging bold, relevant productions of classic, contemporary, and adapted works with a permanent group of artists over a sustained period of time.
In the first production of the season, slow down and savor with us the sweet and funny oddities of MELANCHOLY PLAY, playing from March 20 – April 14. Ruhl, author of such plays as IN THE NEXT ROOM (OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY), EURYDICE, and THE CLEAN HOUSE, originally hails from the Chicagoland area, where many of her works premiered. Directed by Company Member Laura Sturm, the production features Organic Artistic Associate Alys Dickerson as the entrancing and melancholy Tilly. Alys was previously seen as Ma Ubu in 2017’s KING UBU and this production also includes Stephanie Sullivan, who played the writer Olympe in last summer’s acclaimed THE REVOLUTIONISTS and also appeared in the world premiere of PHANTOM PAIN.
Tilly, a bank teller, personifies melancholy, which proves to be contagious in the world of MELANCHOLY PLAY. She is NOT depressed, but lives in such a sensual, yearning state of being that everyone she meets falls in love with her, including her therapist, her tailor, and her hairdresser. A whimsical, incredibly playful modern fairy tale that examines the values of living in and enjoying the beauty of this active, sensorial state of being that our current culture has mostly left behind. Despite our modern connotations of the word Melancholy, the play is not sad at all, but a highly stylized and imaginative comedy.
Organic Theater Co. presents MELANCHOLY PLAY
OPENS: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 7:30
DATES: March 20-April 14, 2019
TIMES: Wednesdays-Saturdays at 7:30 PM & Sundays at 2:30 PM
VENUE: The Greenhouse Theater Center-2257 North Lincoln Avenue
Female Understudy-Talia Langman
Male Understudy-Sam Cass
The Production team: Laura Sturm-Director; Mari DeOleo-Assistant Director; Angela Kring-Stage Manager, Julane Sullivan-Costume Designer, Tony Reimer-Sound Designer, Terrence McClellan-Scenic Design, Jazmin Pratscher- Lighting Design, Bryan Wakefield-Fight Choreographer, Kevin Nedberg-Technical Director
Purchase tickets online at www.organictheater.org or by calling Greenhouse at 773-404-7366.
Admission is $25 (Adults)---www.organictheater.org
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