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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Shakespeare’s epic RICHARD III Via Promethean Theatre Ensemble Now Playing Through June 25, 2002, at The Factory Theater

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Promethean Theatre Ensemble will return from its pandemic hiatus with a modern dress storefront production of Shakespeare’s epic RICHARD III. The play will be directed by Steve Scott, an Artistic Associate with the Goodman Theatre, where he most recently directed VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE. Scott’s other recent credits include KING LEAR and THE HUMANS at Redtwist Theatre. The title character will be played by Promethean ensemble member Cameron Feagin, who was lauded for her performance last fall as President John F. Kennedy in City Lit Theater’s all-female production of THIRTEEN DAYS. Promethean’s RICHARD III will be performed from May 20 to June 25, 2002, at The Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard Street in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. 

"Promethean Theatre Ensemble has done a tremendous job in their performance of William Shakespeare's Richard III at Chicago's Factory Theater." 

Julia W. Rath, Around the Town 


A cast of 15 will play over 30 characters of Shakespeare’s epic history play, also considered a tragedy. Director Scott says, “As one of Shakespeare's largest plays, it’s not often attempted by storefront theaters. I've seen the play produced with very few actors (focusing mainly on the character of Richard) and a lot of actors (focusing on the immense machine that was the monarchy). I've decided to split the difference by keeping the cast total at 15--small enough to keep primary focus on Richard but large enough to explore what I think is the major theme of the play, which is the corrupting nature of the acquisition of power whatever the cost, and the chaos that results when that power is gained only for its own sake, without any notion of what that power can be used to achieve.”

"Overall this was a straightforward, well-executed production of Richard III…. Anchored by Cameron Feagin’s thoroughly evil but ultimately still human performance, I thoroughly enjoyed this production." 

Kevin Curran, Chicago Theatre Review 


In addition to Feagin, the cast will include Gunner Bradley as Catesby, Simmery Branch as Lady Anne/Duke of York, Elaine Carlson* as the Duchess of York/First Murderer, Andres Coronado as Margaret, Jared Dennis* as Stanley, Brendan Hutt* as King Edward IV/Bishop of Ely/Sheriff/Tyrell, Barry Irving as Brakenbury/Archbishop of Canterbury/Norfolk/Dorset, Darren Jones as Ghost of Henry VI/Lord Mayor/Rivers/Oxford, Jack Morsovillo as Ratcliffe/Second Murderer,  Michael Reyes as Clarence/Herbert, Kevin Sheehan* as Hastings/Blunt, Heather Kae Smith* as Queen Elizabeth, Destin Lorde Teamer as Richmond/Grey/Lovell/Prince Edward, and Mark West as Buckingham.

 (* indicates Promethean Ensemble Member.)

Understudies are Andi Muriel (Anne/ Elizabeth/ Duke of York/ Prince), Jessica Goforth (Margaret/ Duchess of York/ Clarence/ 1st Murderer/ 2nd Murderer/ Hastings/ Catesby), Ryan Cason (Buckingham/ Richmond/ Dorset/ Grey/ Brackenbury/ Blunt), Joe Beal (Stanley/ Rivers/ Ratcliffe/ Ghost of Henry VI/ Sheriff/ Herbert/ Oxford/ Norfolk), and Heather Jenks (Richard).

Top Row L-R: Gunner Bradley, Simmery Branch, Elaine Carlson, Andres Coronado, Jared Dennis.

Second Row L-R:  Cameron Feagin, Brendan Hutt, Barry Irving, Darren Jones, Jack Morsovillo.

Third row L-R: Michael Reyes, Kevin Sheehan, Heather Kae Smith, Destin Lorde Teamer, Mark West.

The costumes designed by Rachel Lambert (she/her/hers) will be modern dress, but as Scott explains, “with vestiges of generations and fashions past--emphasizing the fact that this is not just the story of one individual's fight for control, but a story that has been played out for generations before (and after).” In addition to Scott and Lambert, the production team also includes Therese Ritchie (Scenic Designer), Benjamin Dionysus (Lighting Designer), Sebby Woldt (Sound Designer), Tristan Brandon (Props Designer), Maureen Yasko (she/her/hers, Fight and Intimacy Director), Paulette Hicks (Text Coach), Lauren Katz (Assistant Director), Alexa Berkowitz* (Production Manager), Jeremiah Barr* (Technical (Director and COVID compliance), and Becky Warner (Stage Manager).

Tickets, priced at $30 general, $25 seniors, $15 students are on sale now at

"Cameron Feagin gives you everything you want in a Richard—smart, scheming, charismatic, funny and self-consciously theatrical….Come out to see Feagin as a fantastic Richard III." 

Mary Wisniewski, New City Stage 


Promethean Theatre Ensemble selects a service organization to support and promote with each production, bridging ideas within the play to real-world efforts to address challenges within our communities. Promethean’s partner for RICHARD III is Chicago Votes – a non-profit, non-partisan organization building a more inclusive democracy by putting power into the hands of young Chicagoans. The company says, “Chicago Votes was chosen as a partner for RICHARD III because the work that they do is a direct response to the kind of unchecked totalitarianism we see in this play, and in the world.” Promethean will promote Chicago Votes throughout the run of RICHARD III, and raise money for the organization through audience donations.

STEVE SCOTT (Director) is an Artistic Associate at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and was the Goodman’s producer for more than 30 years until his retirement in 2017. His most recent Goodman directing credits include THE SANTALAND DIARIES; AH, WILDERNESS; and VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE. He has directed nearly 300 productions at theaters locally, nationally and internationally; his most recent productions include KING LEAR at Redtwist Theatre, where he is a company member; WHY TORTURE IS WRONG, OR THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM at Eclipse Theatre (where he has been a company member for 20 years); THE CAKE at Buffalo Theatre Ensemble; WORKING 2012 at Dunes Theatre in Michigan City, IN; and THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE at Nebraska Repertory Theatre.  Mr. Scott has been a member of the faculty of the Theatre Conservatory of the College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University for more than twenty years; he has also taught at Columbia College Chicago, Loyola University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Northern Illinois University, and the Theatre School at DePaul University. For his work as a director, he has received six Joseph Jefferson Award nominations, an After Dark Award, and numerous Broadway World nominations; for his work in the Chicago theater community, he has received the 2017 Special Jeff Award and the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the League of Chicago Theatres. He now serves as artistic director for the Dunes Arts Foundation in Michiana Shores, Indiana.

Performances Thurs-Sat at 7:30pm and Sun at 3:00 pm

Tickets: $30 general, $25 seniors, $15 students

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Performances at The Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard St., Chicago, IL 60626

The crown:  the symbol of ultimate power and the goal of one of Shakespeare’s most extravagantly charming (and despicable) creations, Richard of Gloucester. As literature’s most infamous outcast seduces and bludgeons his way to power, who is complicit? Both a mesmerizing look at history and a mirror to our own turbulent times, RICHARD III stands as one of the Bard’s most indelibly entertaining, viscerally shocking dissections of the unholy marriage of greed and complacency.


Promethean Theatre Ensemble produces and develops ensemble-focused theatre with vibrant language in dynamic and purposeful storytelling. We select a service organization to support and promote with each production, bridging ideas within the play to real-world efforts to address challenges within our communities. Since its founding in 2005, Promethean has produced a body of work ranging from Shakespeare, 19th and 20th classics, and new work. The company was in the midst of its 14th season when the pandemic struck. RICHARD III is Promethean’s 33rd production.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

OPENING: Mad Beat Hip & Gone A newly re-imagined script by Steven Dietz Via Promethean Theatre Ensemble April 27 – June 1, 2019

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Mad Beat Hip & Gone
A newly re-imagined script by Steven Dietz
Directed by Jess Hutchinson

At The Edge Theater Off-Broadway

I'll be out for the Press Opening May 5th, so check back soon for my full review. Promethean Theatre Ensemble will close its 2018-19 season with MAD BEAT HIP & GONE, by Steven Dietz, author of LAST OF THE BOYS and PRIVATE EYES and over thirty other plays that have been produced by regional theatres across the country, internationally, and off-Broadway in New York.  MAD BEAT HIP & GONE, which had its world premiere in Austin, Texas in 2013, follows two young Nebraska men who meet beat generation writer Jack Kerouac.  Rejecting the established order of mid-1950s America, they follow Kerouac’s example and hit the open road in search of truth. Do they find it? And what can we learn from their travels?

Promethean’s production of MAD BEAT HIP & GONE will be just the second production of the play and the first to employ revisions Dietz has written since its 2013 world premiere. It will be directed by Jess Hutchinson, Artistic Director of Chicago’s late New Leaf Theatre, where her directorial credits included ARCADIA, THE DINING ROOM, and world premieres of BURYING MISS AMERICA, LIGHTHOUSEKEEPING, and THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY. MAD BEAT HIP & GONE will open on Saturday May 4, 2019. It will be one of the first productions to be staged in The Edge Theater Off Broadway, 1133 W Catalpa Avenue, a new performance space in The Edge Theater building.

Hutchinson’s cast will include Pat King and Michael Vizzi as Danny and Rich, the two young Nebraska men on the road; and Hilary Williams as Honey – the girl they meet along the way and both fall for. Ted Hoerl will play Albert and Promethean Ensemble member Elaine Carlson will be Mrs. Fergus. Understudies are Nick Stockwell (Danny) and Annie Cleveland (Honey). The production team also will include Rachel Sypniewski (costume designer), Bec Willett (set designer),  Rachel Watson (properties designer), Sarah Scanlon (intimacy/violence designer), Benjamin Carne (lighting designer), Colin Kovarik (sound designer), Charles Martin (technical director) and Alexa Berkowitz (stage manager).

Top row left to right: Pat King, Hilary Williams, Michael Vizzi.
Lower row left to right: Elaine Carlson, Ted Hoerl.

Steven Dietz (playwright) Steven Dietz's thirty-plus plays and adaptations have been seen at over one hundred regional theatres in the United States, as well as Off-Broadway and in twenty countries internationally. His work has been translated into ten languages. 

Mr. Dietz premiered three plays in the 2015-16 season: ON CLOVER ROAD (NNPN rolling world premiere); BLOOMSDAY (Steinberg New Play Award Citation); and THIS RANDOM WORLD (Humana Festival of New American Plays). Mr. Dietz is a two-time winner of the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award, for FICTION (produced Off-Broadway by the Roundabout Theatre Company) and STILL LIFE WITH IRIS (the first play for Young Audiences to receive this award). He received the PEN USA West Award in Drama for LONELY PLANET; the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play for SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE FINAL ADVENTURE; and the Edgerton New Play Award for RANCHO MIRAGE (NNPN rolling world premiere). His plays LAST OF THE BOYS and BECKY'S NEW CAR were both finalists for the American Theatre Critic's Steinberg New Play Award.

Other widely produced Dietz plays include YANKEE TAVERN (NNPN rolling world premiere), SHOOTING STAR, JACKIE & ME (from Dan Gutman), GOD'S COUNTRY, DRACULA (from Bram Stoker), PRIVATE EYES, INVENTING VAN GOGH and THE NINA VARIATIONS.

Jess Hutchinson (director) is a dramaturg, director, educator, and producer. As Artistic Director of Chicago’s New Leaf Theatre, her favorite projects included ARCADIA, THE DINING ROOM, and world premieres of BURYING MISS AMERICA, LIGHTHOUSEKEEPING, and THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY. After earning her MFA from UT Austin, she was proud to be the 2015-16 NNPN Producer in Residence at Kitchen Dog Theater in Dallas, Texas. Since returning home to Chicago she has been delighted to collaborate on productions, readings, and new play development with 20% Theatre, Rivendell, Route 66, Chicago Dramatists, Remy Bumppo, TimeLine, Governors State, and North Park University.  

The Edge Theater Off Broadway, 1133 W Catalpa Ave. Chicago
April 27 – June 1, 2019
Previews:  April 27 – May 3, 2019

Regular Run:  Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Industry Performance Monday, May 13, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Ticket prices: $30.00 general admission, $25.00 seniors, $15.00 students and military.

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Steven Dietz's play considers 1950s America, when magnificent poets roamed open highways, accompanied by jukebox jazz. The nation’s youth hit the road, high on full tanks of gas and brimming with unattainable dreams. Two magnificently average young men from Nebraska encounter Jack Kerouac and his friends in a bar. They respond by heading west themselves, trailing the Beat poets all the way to the golden land of California. Youthful exuberance is balanced by the untethered floundering of the older generation and their bittersweet knowledge that all dreams are fleeting. MAD BEAT HIP & GONE marries the realism and sharp dialogue for which Dietz is famous, with the achingly brilliant poetry of the Beat Generation. It’s a road trip you won’t want to miss.

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