Theatre in the Dark, a Chicago theatre company that creates performances staged entirely in complete darkness, is premiering a live digital adaptation of its fall 2019 smash hit THREE STORIES UP for two weekends only May 14 - 23. In the noir mystery thriller by Canadian-born Chicago playwright Mackenzie Gordon, Vancouver transit cop Beatrice Dulaurier has found her detective husband’s dead body, The police call it a suicide, but Beatrice doesn’t buy that explanation. To find the truth, she enlists the help of her late husband’s last known informant, a drug runner who carries secrets of his own. The two embark on a hair-raising investigation through the city's colorful characters in search of justice… and revenge. Inspired by hard-boiled paperback novels and the radio mystery plays of the ‘30s and ‘40s, THREE STORIES UP: LIVE! ON THE AIR introduces the audience to sadder-but-wiser, hard-boiled detectives and shady characters whose loyalties are never certain. Last fall’s production was lauded by critics as “ingenious” (CHILL LIVE SHOWS) and “a must-see as one of Chicago’s more creative theatre adventures” (BUZZ CENTER STAGE). Tickets for all six online performances are Pay What You Can, with a $10 minimum, and are available now at www.theatreinthedark.com
THREE STORIES UP: LIVE! ON THE AIR combines recorded sound, live Foley effects, and human voices broadcast from separate locations to bring Vancouver’s dark underbelly directly to your living room, creating an experience enjoyed by either individuals or groups from the comfort of home. Director Corey Bradberry says, “Unlike a podcast or recording, Theatre in the Dark is using 21st century technology to honor the tradition of radio dramas of the ‘30s and ‘40s, which were similarly broadcast live from local radio stations. While we would no doubt prefer to be performing in the same room as our audience, we’re taking advantages of our stay-at-home circumstances and offering a theatre experience unlike any other to both Chicagoans and beyond.” The virtual production is directed by Bradberry and the cast includes Bethany Arrington and playwright Mackenzie Gordon reprising their roles as Beatrice Delaurier and Gunnar Bjornsen.
Taryn Smith of PICTURE THIS POST described the fall 2019 production of THREE STORIES UP as “perfect for adventurous theatre-goers looking for a unique experience”. Colin Thomas of VANCOUVER GREENROOM, in reviewing the 2016 premiere called the play “Viscerally compelling, THREE STORIES UP makes you pay attention—and it pays off. The plot is satisfyingly complex, and phrase by phrase Gordon’s writing is gorgeous… very, very rewarding.” Mark Robins of VANCOUVER PRESENTS said, “Gordon’s words, helped immensely by the performances, paint vivid pictures that transcend gimmick.”
Come with us into the dark and let your imagination run wild…
Tickets and more information at www.theatreinthedark.com.
THEATRE IN THE DARK PRESENTS
“THREE STORIES UP: LIVE! ON THE AIR”
By Mackenzie Gordon
Directed by Corey Bradberry
May 14/15/16, 21/22/23, 2020
Venue: online via theatreinthedark.com
Regular run: Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm Central, May 14 – 23, 2020
Ticket Prices: Pay What You Can ($10 minimum)
Tickets on sale now at www.theatreinthedark.com/tickets
Phone for info or assistance with ticketing: 312.285.0314
In this 80-minute noir mystery originally performed completely in the dark, Vancouver transit cop Beatrice discovers both her husband’s dead body and his history as an undercover police officer working deep within Vancouver's criminal underground. In search of the killer, she recruits her late husband’s last known informant, a drug runner who carries secrets of his own. The two embark on a hair-raising investigation through the city's colorful characters in search of justice… and revenge. A fast-paced twister of a play that keeps you guessing until the end. Come with us into the dark and let your imagination run wild…
BETHANY ARRINGTON (Beatrice DeLaurier & others) is an actor, model, and voice over talent originally from Carmel, Indiana. She is a proud member of the Artistic Council and ensemble of NoMads Art Collective. Bethany is very pleased to be working with Theatre in the Dark for the second time after playing Beatrice in Three Stories Up in 2019. She is represented by Lily’s Talent. Hear and see more of Bethany at bethanyarrington.com.
COREY BRADBERRY (Director; Sound Design) directed 2019’s THREE STORIES UP with Theatre in the Dark. A recent graduate of the Second City Advanced Directing program, Corey splits his time between the worlds of theatre and comedy directing. He is the writer and director of the MURDER! AT THE… series, a succession of interactive theatrical whodunits, and an Assistant Director with the Second City’s National Touring Company. Directing: THE LAKES, THE MAN THAT CORRUPTED CHRISTMAS (Inertia Theatre Project); 24-Hour-Playfests (iO, Eclectic); SIMPLER DAYS (Woof Pack Comedy); THE CRUCIBLE, SILENT SKY, MOBY DICK REHEARSED (Univ. Southern Mississippi); MURDER! AT THE… series (Earl and Rachel Smith Strand); THE DEVIL TREE, THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (The Collective Project Inc.); THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF SIR WM MCGONAGALL (Atlanta Fringe). Education: Master of Fine Arts (Directing), University of Southern Mississippi; Bachelor of Arts (Theatre & Performance Studies), Kennesaw State University. Additional training: Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, Kennedy Center Directing Intensive, Second City Training Center. Corey was a 2015 National Directing Fellow through the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and was awarded the 2013 Emerging Artist Award for Theatre from the City of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs. www.coreybradberry.com
MACKENZIE GORDON (Gunnar Bjornsen & others; Playwright) has been writing plays for ten years. His work has been published in Discorder Magazine, Carte Blanche, and Speakeasy Theatre’s Pull Anthology. His plays have been produced by ITSAZOO Productions (Debts, Five Red Balloons), Western Canada Theatre (The Ballad of the Burning Lady), Upintheair Theatre (Visitors), Alley Theatre (Three Stories Up) and Level-Headed Friends Productions (Six Fine Lines; Shake the Sheets!; Dead Celebrities). He is a three time writing contributor to Sum Theatre's Pull Festival and a four time Jessie Richardson Theatre Award nominee. Three Stories Up was workshopped during the 2014 Playwrights Theatre Centre Colony, dramaturged by author Michael Springate. As an actor, Mack is a frequent collaborator with Chicago Dramatists and has worked with such Canadian companies as Bard on the Beach, The Arts Club, Carousel Theatre, Green Thumb, The Firehall Arts Centre, Pacific Theatre, and many others. www.mackgordontheatre.com
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