By popular demand, Windy City Playhouse’s critically acclaimed production of “Southern Gothic” has extended performances for the second time, now running through July 29. Written by Leslie Liautaud and directed by David H. Bell, “Southern Gothic” opened on February 7 to rave reviews, with Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune awarding the production four stars, noting “Imagine going to see ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ and sitting on the couch next to Martha, matching her shot for shot, and you get the basic idea.” “Southern Gothic” is performed at Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park Rd. Tickets ($65 - $100) are now on sale through July 29. To purchase, visit the Windy City Playhouse Box Office online or call the Box Office at (773) 891-8985.
Oliver Sava of the Chicago Reader calls “Southern Gothic” a “memorable and unique theater experience,” and Misha Davenport writing for the Chicago Sun-Times remarks that “Southern Gothic” is a “compelling drama…immediately reminiscent of T.S. Lewis’ “The Cocktail Party” mixed with the cattiness of Clare Booth Luce’s “The Women” and the collective works of Tennessee Williams.
“Southern Gothic is the kind of play that could easily develop a cult following,” said Elizabeth Ellis of PerformInk, “Superb and fascinating.” The production stars Peter Ash as Tucker Alsworth, Brianna Borger as Suzanne Wellington, Paul Fagen as Jackson Wellington, Sarah Grant as Ellie Courtier, Brian McCaskill as Charles Lyon, Michael McKeogh as Beau Courtier, Christine Mayland Perkins as Lauren Lyon and Ariel Richardson as Cassie Smith.
“Southern Gothic” gives audiences the opportunity to be a “fly on the wall” at a cocktail party in Ashford, Georgia in the 1960s where four couples gather together to celebrate a birthday. As the evening progresses, tensions rise and longtime relationships are tested as the characters soon realize that even the best of friends keep the darkest of secrets. Due to the intimate nature of the show, audience size for each performance is limited to 28 patrons, giving audiences freedom to roam every room of the home at will, exploring various spaces and eavesdropping on clandestine conversations, providing each audience member their own unique perspective on the evenings proceedings.
In addition to Liautaud and Bell, the creative team for “Southern Gothic” includes Carl Menninger(Dramaturg and Co-Creator), Amy Rubenstein (Co-Creator), Scott Davis (Scenic Design), Elsa Hiltner(Costume Design), Becca Jeffords (Lighting), Jeffrey Levin (Sound Design), Eleanor Kahn (Properties Designer) and Logan Boyd Jones (Production Stage Manager).
The performance schedule for “Southern Gothic” is as follows: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. There are additional performances on select Tuesday evenings at 7:30. For a detailed performance schedule visit Windy City Playhouse’s Events Calendar. Capacity for each performance is limited; prices and showtimes are subject to change.
About Windy City Playhouse
Windy City Playhouse, Chicago's most sophisticated not-for- profit Equity theater, aims to expand beyond the traditional theatergoing experience by offering audience members a night of high-quality entertainment with a welcoming full-service bar in a lounge-like atmosphere with a fireplace and luxurious seating designed to foster pre and post-performance conversations. Windy City Playhouse commits itself to audience-first programming and to presenting contemporary, diverse and humorous plays. Every aspect of the theater—the bar, décor and overall atmosphere—breaks down the formality and rigidity of the typical theater going experience. Lauded by audiences and critics alike, Windy City Playhouse promises to rock Chicago's theater scene.
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