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Theater

The Prop Thtr Announces 2018-19 Season

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The Prop Thtr is pleased to announce its 2018-19 Season, kicking off this fall with NEVERLAND, a new devised adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, written and directed by the Prop’s new Artistic Director Olivia Lilley. This young adult take on the classic centers on the war for control of Neverland raging between Peter, Wendy and Captain Hook. The season continues next winter with the 30th annual RHINOFEST, a curated experimental theatre festival, co-produced with Curious Branch Theatre. The Prop launches into spring 2019 with BEHOLD, A PALE HOSE, a joyous, tragic, raucous celebration of queer loneliness inspired by Peter S. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn. Gina Marie Hayes directs this new immersive experience devised with the ensemble. Prop Thtr’s 37th Season concludes with 2 UNFORTUNATE 2 TRAVEL, a cabaret-style evening of multi-disciplinary live performances and a biting look at privilege and the things we take for granted. This new devised adaptation of Thomas Nashe’s The Unfortunate Traveller is written and directed by Zach Weinberg.

Lifeline Theatre Presents Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere EXTENDED through August 12

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After receiving dozens of productions across the U.S., Canada, England, and Ireland, Neverwhere returns home for the first time, with an entirely new production helmed by Duncan. Richard Mayhew commits an act of kindness on the streets of London and finds himself trapped in a shadow world beneath the city. Lady Door returns home one day to find her family slain and her life upended. Drawn together by fate – and forces more powerful than they can guess – these two must brave countless trials, uncover the truth behind a dark conspiracy, and face the indomitable Great Beast before they can set things right again. Journey to London Below with a rogues’ gallery of liars, outcasts, and assassins, on a treacherous quest to awaken the hero within.

American Blues Theater announces its 2018-2019 Season

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American Blues Theater, under the continued leadership of Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside, announces the lineup for its 2018 – 2019 Season, “Home Sweet Home.” American Blues’ 33rd Season will include the Chicago Premieres of On Clover Road by Steven Dietz, directed by Halena Kays and The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecesne, directed by Kurt Johns; Flyin’ West by Pearl Cleage, directed by Chuck Smith; the 17th annual production of It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! from Frank Capra’s film, directed by Gwendolyn Whiteside; and The Spitfire Grill – a musical book, lyrics, and music by James Valeq & Fred Alley, music directed by Malcolm Ruhl. All performances in the 2018-2019 Season will take place at Stage 773, located at 1225 W Belmont Ave, Chicago.

Remy Bumppo Announces 2018-2019 Season

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Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, in its 22nd Season, will present three stories that explore the fears preventing us from reaching out, the infinite mystery of the mind, and the heartbreaking love that spans space and time.

Northlight Theatre announces 44th Season

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Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, announces its 44th season, opening with Curve of Departure by Rachel Bonds, directed by BJ Jones and featuring Mike Nussbaum and Sean Parris. The season continues with the World Premiere of Mansfield Park, Kate Hamill’s new adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic tale of social satire and the quest for romance, directed by Stuart Carden, and featuring Kayla Carter and Heidi Kettenring; followed by the World Premiere of The Janice, written by Sharyn Rothstein; and Christina Ham’s Nina Simone: Four Women. Closing out the season is Into The Breeches! by George Brant.

Ensemble Member Amy Morton Directs Obie-Winning GUARDS AT THE TAJ (May 31 - July 22)

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Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere production of Guards at the Taj by acclaimed playwright Rajiv Joseph, directed by ensemble member Amy Morton. A stunning tale about the search for beauty in desperate circumstances, the Steppenwolf production will feature the original cast members, Omar Metwally (Humayun) and Arian Moayed (Babur), whom Amy Morton directed in the Off-Broadway world premiere which received rave reviews when it premiered in 2015 and won the 2016 Obie Award for Best New American Play.

Writers Theatre announces 2018/19 Season

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Writers Theatre Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma announce the company’s 2018/19 six-show season, opening with Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone, with original music by Shane Rettig, directed by Lavina Jadhwani in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre. The season will continue with William Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night, Or What You Will directed by Michael Halberstam and August Wilson’s visceral American classic Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, directed by Ron OJ Parson. Closing the season in the Nichols Theatre will be the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal, with music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, directed by David Cromer and music directed by Andra Velis Simon. The World Premiere of Jen Silverman’s Witch, inspired by The Witch of Edmonton by William Rowley, Thomas Dekker and John Ford and directed by Marti Lyons will open the season in the Gillian Theatre, followed by Caryl Churchill’s suspenseful A Number, directed by Robin Witt.

Lost and Found Productions Announces Casting for World Premiere of BURNHAM’S DREAM: THE WHITE CITY

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Lost and Found Productions is pleased to announce casting for its world premiere musical BURNHAM’S DREAM: THE WHITE CITY, the story of visionary architect Daniel H. Burnham and Chicago’s great World’s Fair of 1893.