Showing posts with label Pulitzer Prizewinning playwright. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pulitzer Prizewinning playwright. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

OPENING: The Columnist at Stage 773 Via American Blues Theater

Chi, IL LIVE Shows On Our Radar:

American Blues Theater Presents
the Chicago Premiere of
The Columnist
by David Auburn
Directed by Keira Fromm
 February 17 – April 1, 2017

We'll be ChiILin' out with American Blues Theater at the press opening February 23rd, so check back shortly after for our full review. We're elated that American Blues Theater has moved to a new home space at Stage 773 and can't wait to check out The Columnist by David Auburn, the Pulitzer and Tony award-winning author of Proof.

American Blues Theater continues its 2016-2017 Season with the Chicago Premiere of The Columnist by David Auburn and directed by Keira Fromm. The Columnist runs February 17 – April 1, 2017 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago.  

From the Pulitzer and Tony award-winning author of Proof comes a drama about power, the press, sex and betrayal. At the height of the Cold War, Joe Alsop is the nation’s most influential journalist, beloved, feared and courted by the Washington world. But as the 60s dawn and America undergoes dizzying change, the intense political dramas Joe is embroiled in become deeply personal as well.

The cast for The Columnist includes Philip Earl Johnson (Joe Alsop), Coburn Goss (Stewart Alsop), Kymberly Mellen (Susan Mary Alsop), Ian Paul Custer* (Halberstam), Tyler Meredith (Abigail), and Christopher Sheard (Andrei/Philip).

The creative team includes Joe Schermoly (scenic), Jared Gooding (lighting), Christopher J. Neville* (costumes), Christopher Kriz (sound), Alec Long (props), Sarah E. Ross* (production manager), Eva Breneman (dialect coach), Sarah Illiatovitch-Goldman (dramaturg), and Dana Nestrick (stage manager).

*Denotes Ensemble members and Artistic Affiliates of American Blues Theater

Dates: February 17 – April 1, 2017
Previews: February 17 – 22, 2017
Press Opening: Thursday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Regular Run: February 24 – April 1, 2017

Thursday:  7:30 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 p.m
Saturday: 3:00 p.m. 
(except February 18 & 25 and March 4)and 7:30p.m. Sunday: 2:30 p.m.

Additional performances on Wednesday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m.
and Monday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Location: Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago
Ticket prices: $19 - $49
Box Office: Buy online at or by calling 773.327.5252.

About American Blues Theater
Winner of the American Theatre Wing’s prestigious 2016 National Theatre Company Award, American Blues Theater is a premier arts organization with an intimate environment that patrons, artists, and all Chicagoans call home.  American Blues Theater explores the American identity through the plays it produces and communities it serves.

The diverse and multi-generational artists have established the second-oldest professional Equity Ensemble theater in Chicago.  The 37-member Ensemble has 530+ combined years of collaboration on stage. As of 2016, the theater and artists received 186 Joseph Jefferson Awards and nominations that celebrate excellence in Chicago theater and over 31 Black Theatre Alliance Awards. The artists are honored with Pulitzer Prize nominations, Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Emmy Awards and numerous other accolades.  

The American Blues Theater Ensemble includes all four Founders Ed Blatchford, Rick Cleveland, James Leaming, and William Payne with Dawn Bach, Matthew Brumlow, Manny Buckley, Kate Buddeke, Sarah Burnham, Dara Cameron, Casey Campbell, Darren Canady, Brian Claggett, Dennis Cockrum, Austin Cook, Laura Coover, Ian Paul Custer, Lauri Dahl, Joe Foust, Cheryl Graeff, Marty Higginbotham, Jaclyn Holsey, Lindsay Jones, Nambi E. Kelley, Kevin R. Kelly, Steve Key, Ed Kross, Warren Levon, Michael Mahler, Heather Meyers, John Mohrlein, Christopher J. Neville, Suzanne Petri, Carmen Roman, Editha Rosario, Sarah E. Ross, and Gwendolyn Whiteside.

Monday, June 1, 2015

OPENING: Good People by Pulitzer Prizewinning Playwright, David Lindsay-Abaire 6/24/15

Chi, IL Live Shows On Our Radar

Redtwist Theatre presents
The first Chicago storefront production 
of the 2011 Broadway smash hit
By Pulitzer Prizewinning playwright, 
David Lindsay-Abaire

Directed by five-time Jeff Award-winner Matt Hawkins from The House Theatre of Chicago
Featuring a cast of Jeff Award-winning Redtwist actors and guest artists

Opens Saturday, June 27, 2015, at 3pm (Press opening)
Thu, Fri, Sat, 7:30pm; Sun, 3pm thru Sun, August 2

A funny, poignant, subversive look at what it means to be down on your luck.

With Good People, Redtwist is doing what Redtwist does best: staging the first Chicago storefront production of a Broadway hit and a Chicago smash. As with former productions like Man From Nebraska and The Pillowman, Redtwist takes an iconic play and adapts it to the unique signature intimacy of its Bryn Mawr storefront space, creating an entirely new and thoroughly explosive theatrical experience.
Good People had its world-premiere on Broadway in March, 2011, with Frances McDormand in the lead role of Margie, for which she received a Tony Award for Best Actress. The play had its Chicago premiere at Steppenwolf in September, 2012. It has since been produced around the world to great acclaim, and is decorated with many accolades and awards, including a Tony nomination for Best Play.

Margie (pronounced with a hard "g") is a good soul from "Southie" with a string of bad luck. While at ease in her own world of rough-and-tumble south Boston, she seeks an opportunity in the upper crust world of "lace-curtain" Chestnut Hill, in which her old Southie boyfriend has forged his way as a successful doctor with a beautiful wife and new baby. Little does he know that his old gal pal has not come merely to say hello. No no, Margie has a plan, and both their lives are now at a crossroads.

CAST (in alphabetical order)
Jacqueline Grandt (Margie), KC Karen Hill (Jean), Aaron Kirby (Stevie), Kiki Layne (Kate), Mark Pracht (Mike), Kathleen Ruhl (Dottie) 
Understudies: Kona N. Burks (Kate), David Raymond (Stevie) 

Matt Hawkins (Director), Scott Wolf (Assistant Director), Allison Queen (Stage Manager), Melissa Nelson (Assistant Stage Manager), Eric Luchen (Set Designer), Kathryn A. Lesko (Lighting Designer), Karli Blalock (Sound Designer), Allison M. Smith (Costume Designer), Jan Ellen Graves (Prop Designer, Graphic Designer, Marketing), Elise Kauzlaric (Dialect Coach), Catherine Miller (Dramaturg, Casting Director), Charles Bonilla (Box Office Manager), E. Malcolm Martinez (Box Office Associate), Johnny Garcia (Box Office Associate, Associate Producer), Jan Ellen Graves & Michael Colucci (Producers)

Opens: Sat, June 27, 3pm (Note: there is no 7:30pm show on June 27, opening day)
Runs: Thu, Fri, Sat, 7:30pm; Sun, 3pm (Note: there is no show on July 4)
Closes: Sun, August 2, 3pm
Running Time: Approximately 2:20 total, which includes one intermission
Previews: $15; Wed, Thu, Fri, June 24, 25, 26, at 7:30pm
Tickets: Thursdays, $30; Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, $35 (seniors & students $5 off)

Call: 773-728-7529 
Please reserve 48 hours in advance. Credit cards accepted by phone and online to guarantee seating.

Redtwist is located at 1044 W Bryn Mawr, 2 blks W of LSD, 2 blks E of the Red Line EL station.

Valet parking for Redtwist is available across the street in front of Francesca's Bryn Mawr for most performances-hours vary. Dining is not required. 

Limited FREE street parking is available on side streets. There is metered street parking via app or 2-hour paybox (days) 3-hour paybox (eves) on Bryn Mawr. 2-hour meters on Broadway and on some side streets. Free on Sundays and after 10pm on weekdays. 

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