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(RE)DISCOVER THEATRE PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF
LES INNOCENTS/THE INNOCENTS
PRESTON BRADLEY CENTER, MASON HALL,
Perfect for the Halloween Season, A Thriller Set in the Paris Catacombs is Created and
Directed by Co-Artistic Director Ann KreitmanThis fall is turning into quite the immersive theatre buffet, with First Folio Theatre, (re)discover theatre, Rough House, and Strawdog Theatre all presenting roaming audience shows. Here at ChiIL Live Shows we're booked for three and are attempting to make it out to all.
(re)discover theatre is proud to announce casting for the world premiere of Les Innocents/The Innocents, an immersive queer thriller set in the Paris Catacombs, created and directed by Co-Artistic Director Ann Kreitman. Les Innocents/The Innocents will play October 7 - November 4 at The Preston Bradley Center, Mason Hall, 941 W. Lawrence Ave. Previews are Sunday, Oct. 7 and Tuesday, Oct. 9. Opening night /Press night is Thursday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. An American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted show will be Friday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. Regular run performances are Thursdays - Sundays at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $30 at rediscovertheatre.com/the-innocents.
Inspired by a real concert that took place in the Paris Catacombs in 1897, the audience members of Les Innocents/The Innocents will prowl the catacombs like ghosts. Gui, a composer on a quest for love, emerges from the maze to encounter eccentric and musical ghosts who misdirect their pursuit and inspire chaos for the living and dead. Les Innocents/The Innocents presents realistic and grossly human queer characters in mythic circumstances to investigate our relationship to duty, death and defeat.
Les Innocents/The Innocents features Emilie Modaff, Vahishta Vafadari, Amanda Forman, Alec Phan, Andrew Lund, Matthew Lunt, Maggie Miller, Deanalís Resto, Erich Peltz and Levi Shrader.
The production team includes Molly Donahue, (dramaturg); Mary O’Rourke, (choreographer); Chas Mathieu, (environment design); Kate Hardiman, (lighting design); Erika Clauson, (costume design); Kelly Schmidt (makeup design); Autumn McGarr (stage management); Daniella Wheelock; (assistant director) and Berit Godo, (assistant choreographer).
ABOUT ANN KREITMAN, creator/director
Ann Kreitman, the proud co-artistic director of (re)discover theatre, is a director and deviser who creates work driven by the necessity for an active audience. Most recently, Kreitman directed a remount of The Neo-Futurists’ The? Unicorn? Hour? For the Pivot Arts Festival. She has created original, audience interactive works including Eugenia as a part of (re)discover theatre’s For One, I left Your Key Under the Mat, Dear (2nd Floor Rear, Chicago Home Theatre Festival), and Home ((re)discover theatre for the Chicago Fringe Festival). Other directing credits include The Veil (Idle Muse Theatre Company), Cry Baby Meets Audrey Hepburn (20% Theatre), Fifty Shades of Shakespeare ((re)discover theatre), El Stories 21: People Watching (Waltzing Mechanics), I Love You...Now Change and The Melodrama (Shawnee Summer Theatre).
She was a recipient of a 2016 Individual Artist Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events to devise and produce Les Innocents/The Innocents.
ABOUT MARY O’ROURKE, choreographer
Mary O'Rourke began her dance training in Buffalo, New York, and received her B.A. in dance from Loyola University Chicago. She has previously worked with Khecari as an understudy/performer in The Cronus Land and a performer in The Retreat. She was also featured in Haymarket Opera Company's corps de ballet in their 2017 production of Ariane et Bacchus. Currently, she is a performing artist with CDI/Concert Dance, Inc. under the direction of Venetia Stifler. She has presented choreography at the American College Dance Festival, Noumenon New Moves Choreography Competition, Going Dutch Festival, and at the Conservatory of Music in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In addition to traveling to Vietnam, she has traveled to Havana, Cuba to participate in a cultural exchange with La Escuela Nacional de Arte as well as collaborate on a dance for camera. She holds a deep interest in the relationship between dance and devised theatre and was able to explore this partnership in a collaborative process with creator/director Kreitman on Les Innocents/The Innocents back in 2016. Her collaboration with Kreitman continued in (re)discover theatre’s For One.
ABOUT (re)discover theatre
(re)discover theatre is redefining theatre for emerging audiences by blending a variety of artistic forms, embracing the visceral energy of live performance, and inviting audiences to be an integral part of the theatrical experience.