The Passage Theatre (TPT) kicks off its second season with the world premiere of HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARS ROVERby Chicago playwright Preston Choi, directed by Alison Thvedt. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARS ROVER will play November 15 – December 2, 2019 at Ravenswood Fellowship United Methodist Church, 4511 N Hermitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60640. Tickets are currently available at https://www.thepassagetheatre.com/ or in person at Ravenswood Fellowship United Methodist Church 30 minutes prior to performance. The press opening is Friday, November 15 at 7:30 pm.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARS ROVER features Liz Cloud, Cory Hardin*, Em Haverty, Vic Kuligoski, Sarah Lo, and LaRose Washington. Understudies for the production include Allie Freed and Elise Soeder.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARS ROVER is a morbidly whimsical kaleidoscope of life on Earth and the universe. A joy ride through a timeline of curious robots, existential cows, 5th grade power points on extinct species, and the last human on Earth on the search for more jars.
The production team for HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARS ROVER includes: Charles Blunt (lighting design), Amelia Mroczkowski (prop design), Jonesy Jones(sound design), Daniel Washelesky* (dramaturg), Will Quam* (producing company member), and Shelby Burgus (stage manager).
Title: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARS ROVER
Playwright: PRESTON CHOI
Director: ALISON THVEDT
Cast (in alphabetical order): Liz Cloud, Cory Hardin*, Em Haverty, Vic Kuligoski, Sarah Lo, and LaRose Washington. Understudies for the production include Allie Freed and Elise Soeder.
Location: Ravenswood Fellowship United Methodist Church, 4511 N Hermitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Dates: Previews: Saturday, November 9; Monday, November 11; and Thursday, November 14 at 7:30 pm
Press Performance: Friday, November 15 at 7:30 pm
Regular Run: Friday, November 15 – Monday, December 2, 2019
Curtain times: Monday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday at 7:30 pm. Please note: there will be two added performances on Sunday, December 1 at 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm. There will be no performances Thursday, November 28 – Saturday November 30.
Tickets: Previews: FREE or pay-what-you-can (online and at the door). Regular run: $15. Tickets are currently available at https://www.thepassagetheatre.com/ or can be purchased in person at Ravenswood Fellowship United Methodist Church 30 minutes prior to performance.
*Denotes The Passage Theatre company member
About the Artists
Preston Choi (Playwright) is a Chicago based playwright whose work focuses on Asian American history, the mixed race experience, and social science fiction. Happy Birthday Mars Rover was previously a part of the 2018 Lightbulb Reading Series at G45. His plays have been supported by Theatre Mu, Silk Road Rising, A Squared Theatre, Our Perspective, Late Night Dim Sum, AATAB, Artists at Play, CAATA, Victory Gardens, City Lit, Wave Productions, and Vertigo Productions. His play A Great Migration won the 2017 Agnes Nixon Playwriting Award and was a finalist for Playwrights Realm's 2018-2019 Scratchpad Series. He graduated from Northwestern University in 2018 with a BS in Theatre within the Playwriting Module.
Alison Thvedt (Director) is a Chicago-based theater director. Recent credits include Preston Choi's Advice to Chicago Residents About Lead in Drinking Water (City Lit Art of Adaptation Festival) and A Great Migration (Assistant Director, Silk Road Rising), All the Love We Almost Didn't Take (Arc Theatre's arciTEXT Festival, voted audience favorite and selected for development), A Love Song for Dodi Al Fayed (The Agency Basement Series), and Macbeth (Children’s Director/Young Performer Supervisor, Chicago Shakespeare Theater). Prior to moving to Chicago, Alison worked in Minneapolis at Southwest High School where she directed Eleemosynary, Once on This Island, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Almost, Maine. She also assistant directed in the Twin Cities with Ten Thousand Things and Park Square Theatre and completed a directing internship at the Guthrie.
About The Passage Theatre
The Passage Theatre is entering its second season after being founded by Cory Hardin and Alex Elam. The two met as ensemble members in the 2017 School at the Steppenwolf. Inspired by the same passion for timely, ensemble-based theatre, Hardin and Elam decided to start their own theatre company a month into the program. After adding Grace Bolander and Will Quam to the team, TPT was officially founded.
It is the mission of The Passage Theatre to tell great stories with truth and simplicity. We hope to create community and to inspire our audiences to move through life deliberately.
For additional information on The Passage Theatre, visit https://www.thepassagetheatre.com/
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