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Bluebird Arts is proud to open its 2017-18 Season with Midwest Premiere of
"CLEVER LITTLE LIES"
by “Tony Award”® Winner Joe DiPietro.
Bluebird Arts brings the Smash Off-Broadway hit to the Athenaeum Theatre with direction by Luda Lopatina Solomon.
Bluebird Arts – Chicago's only English–Russian Theatre – proudly announces "Clever Little Lies," by Joe DiPietro, will open the theatre's Fourth Season. The Midwest Premiere begins its month-long run at the Athenaeum Theatre, Studio Two, on Thursday, November 16, 2017. We'll be out to review on the 30th so check back soon after.
Performances are Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm, and Sundays at 2pm from November 16 - December 16, 2017. Artistic Director Luda Lopatina Solomon will direct a cast including Lawrence Garner (Bill Sr.), Kathleen Burke (Alice), Andrew Garcia (Billy), and Alyssa Ratkovich (Jane). The production team includes Caroline Grebner (Set Design), Michael Rathbun (Lighting Design), Brandon Reed (Sound Design), Bisa (Costume Design), Michael Zimmer (Set Design and Technical Direction), Rick Frederick (Marketing and Media), Karly Hanna (Stage Management), and Jaimelyn Gray (Production Manager, and Marketing and Media).
Shattering and hilarious, "Clever Little Lies" is a comedy of long-term love and marriage… for better… and for worse.
About the Playwright: Joe DiPietro has won two Tony Awards, a Drama Desk Award and two Outer Critics Circle Awards. His historical drama "The Second Mrs. Wilson", recently debuted at Long Wharf Theatre and plays George Street Playhouse this fall. Broadway: "Nice Work if You Can Get It" (Tony nom., Best Musical); "Memphis" (Tony winner, Best Musical); "All Shook Up"; "Living on Love". Off-Broadway: "The Toxic Avenger"; "The Thing About Men"; "Over the River and Through the Woods"; and "I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change" (Westside Theatre). Recent regional credits include "Chasing the Song" (La Jolla Playhouse); "Ernest Shackleton Loves Me" (Arts Emerson); "The Last Romance" (Old Globe); and "Creating Claire" (George Street Playhouse). He sits on the board of Only Make Believe, a charity dedicated to bringing interactive, therapeutic theatre to chronically ill children.
About the Director: Luda Lopatina Solomon studied acting and directing in Russia at the Leningrad Institute of Music, Theatre and Film and earned her Ph.D (WD) in teaching acting at the St. Petersburg State Academy of Dramatic Arts. She worked as an actress at Leningrad Studio Theatre. As a member of European Repertory Company, Luda directed Chekhov's "Ivanov" (Jeff Nominated); Bulgakov's "Zoyka's Apartment"; Chekhov's "The Duel", adapted by Frank Galati; Carlo Gozzi's "Princess Turandot"; and Vasili Sigarev's "Black Milk". Also with European Repertory Company Luda co-directed, with Yasen Peyankov, Galin's "Stars in the Morning Sky" and Nikolay Kolyada's "Go Away, Go Away "(Jeff Nominated). Other directing credits include Stephen Schwartz's "The Baker's Wife" with One Theatre Company, Galin's "The House that Swift Built" co-directed with Dale Goulding for Red Square Theatre Company, and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf: at Theatre Volhonka, Ekatirenburg, Russia (Translated to Russian; Bravo award). She has taught acting at the School at Steppenwolf, Act One, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Bluebird Arts was founded in 2014 and is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization whose purpose is to enrich, educate and entertain our community by sharing intimate stories of the human condition, focusing on the genuine problems of real people. They showcase Chicago's talent by promoting a cross-cultural exchange, taking Chicago theatre and artists to Europe and bringing European theatre to the Chicago community. Uniquely they serve both the English and Russian speaking populations by producing plays in both English and Russian.
Bluebird Arts has a sister theatre in Volhnka, Ekatirenburg, Russia.