Sunday, April 21, 2013

ACT OUT OPENING: Yellow Moon at Writers' Theatre

Writers’ Theatre presents
Yellow Moon
by David Greig
Directed by Associate Artistic Director Stuart Carden,
Featuring Ashleigh LaThrop, John Lister,
Josh Salt and Karen Janes Woditsch,

April 16 – August 4, 2013

Featuring Ashleigh LaThrop, John Lister*, Josh Salt and Karen Janes Woditsch*
Scenic Designer Kevin Depinet, USA 
Costume Designer  Rachel Anne Healy, USA
Lighting Designer  Lee Fiskness
Original Music and Sound Designer Christopher Kriz, USA 
Properties Designer Nick Heggestad 
Dialect Coach Eva Breneman
Production Stage Manager Rebecca Pechter*
*Denotes Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers

This is the ballad of Leila and Lee—a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde who learn that they aren’t alone in the world the night that they discover each other. Their wild ramble across the Scottish highlands in search of an absent father is told in a series of lyrical narratives that will immerse audiences in the action, forging a breathless drama of beauty in the darkness.

Associate Artistic Director Stuart Carden (Travels With My AuntHesperia) directs this intimate bookstore production.

Performances are April 16, 2013 – August 4, 2013. The press openings are Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 7:30 and Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 7:30pm. Curtain times are Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:30pm (with select Wednesday 2pm matinees – May 22 & 29, June 5, and July 3 & 24); Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00pm; Saturdays at 4:00pm and 8:00 pm; Sundays at 2:00pm and 6:00pm.  Tickets are $35-$60 and are available at the Box Office, 376 Park Avenue, Glencoe; 847-242-6000 or online at
Writers’ Theatre is thrilled to announce the expansion of their post-show discussions. Throughout the season they will be offering post-show discussions on select Wednesday evenings following the performance in our Tudor Court space. In the Books on Vernon space they will be offering post-show discussions every other Wednesday evening.
Post-show discussions provide a forum for audience members to ask questions of the artists in the production and gain new insight into the work.
Post-show discussions for Yellow Moon are every Wednesday evening following the performance: May 8, 22; June 5, 19; and July 3, 17, 31.
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Writers' Theatre is pleased to welcome back BMO Harris Bank as Season Sponsor of its 2012/13 Season. The Season Sponsor is Mary Winton Green and the Major Production Sponsor for Yellow Moon is Mary Pat Studdert. The Corporate Sponsor Partner is Consolidated Electronic Wire & Cable.
Writers' Theatre welcomes back Winnetka’s award-winning Restaurant Michael as Restaurant Partner and Event Sponsor. Writers' Theatre patrons receive 10% off their guest check when they present their ticket stub when ordering. Just 10 minutes from the theater at 64 Green Bay Road, Restaurant Michael is the perfect fit for any dining occasion. Call 847-441-3100 to make your reservation.
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Over the past twenty seasons, Writers' Theatre has become a major Chicagoland cultural destination with a national reputation for excellence. Under the artistic leadership of Michael Halberstam and the executive leadership of Kathryn M. Lipuma, Writers’ Theatre has been deemed the “best drama company in the nation” by the Wall Street Journal and achieved twenty years of surplus operations. The company, which plays to a sold-out and discerning audience of 35,000 patrons each season, has garnered critical praise for the consistent high quality and intimacy of its artistry. Prized for the finest interpretations of classic and contemporary theatre in its two intensely intimate venues, Writers’ Theatre’s acclaimed work includes Artistic Director Michael Halberstam’s world premiere in Glencoe and subsequent production of A Minister’s Wife at Lincoln Center Theater; David Cromer’s productions of A Streetcar Named Desire and Picnic; and the commissioning, world premiere and New York premiere of Crime and Punishment, which has received more than 30 subsequent regional theater productions.
In July, 2011, Writers’ Theatre announced the hiring of the award-winning, internationally renowned Studio Gang Architects, led by principle Jeanne Gang, FAIA to design a new home for the Theatre in downtown Glencoe which will once again allow the Theatre to grow to accommodate its audience, while maintaining its trademark intimacy. The new facility will resonate with and complement the Theatre’s neighboring Glencoe community and will add tremendous value to Chicagoland and the North Shore as a premier cultural destination.
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Title:                 Yellow Moon
Written by:        David Greig
Directed by:      Stuart Carden
                        Featuring:         Karen Janes Woditsch (Jenni/Holly), Josh Salt (Lee),
Ashleigh Lathrop (Leila) and John Lister (Billy/Frank).  
                                                Dates:              First performance: April 16, 2013

                                               Closing performance: August 4, 2013
            Schedule:         Tuesdays: 7:30pm
                                    Wednesdays7:30pm (2:00pm matinees May 22 & 29,
                                    June 5, and July 3 & 24)
            Thursdays & Fridays: 8:00pm 
                                                Saturdays: 4:00pm and 8:00pm
            Sundays: 2:00pm and 6:00pm (no 6pm show May 26, June 2, 9 & 28)
                         Location:         Books on Vernon – 664 Vernon Ave, Glencoe
                        Prices:              Prices for all performances range from $35 - $60
                                                Purchase early for best prices   
Box Office:       The Box Office is located at 376 Park Avenue, Glencoe;
Notes of Interest:
  • Yellow Moon was commissioned by TAG Theatre Company, produced in association with the Citizens' Theatre, and premiered at the Circle Studio of Citizens' Theatre, Glasgow, in September 2006. The play re-toured in 2007, including an appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
  • Writer David Greig is currently writing the book for the upcoming Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical produced by Warner Bros. at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
·         Greig’s work has been produced recently in Chicago at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre (The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart) and Remy Bumppo Theatre (The Creditors).
  • Associate Artistic Director Stuart Carden directs in the Writers’ bookstore space for the first time since his hit production of Travels with my Aunt (2010-11).  Like that production, Yellow Moon will transform the space into multiple locations, this time including a small village near the Scottish capital city of Edinburgh, a speeding Land Rover, a placid mountain lake and a small cabin in the Scottish Highlands.
  • Actors Ashleigh LaThrop and Josh Salt make their Writers’ debuts alongside Writers’ veterans John Lister (Heartbreak House, As You Like It) and Karen Janes Woditsch (Heartbreak HouseOthello, The Seagull, Butley, and Spite for Spite, among others).

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