THE FALL PLAY: Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind
By Chicago Neofuturist Playwright Greg Allen
Directed by Beth Wells
Synopsis: Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind is an ensemble experiment in presenting 44 Plays in 88 Minutes. Each two-minute play is performed in random order with an interactive audience. An onstage timer keeps everyone honest. This collection of comic, tragic, political, personal, and abstract Neo-Futurist plays are sure to entertain!
Friday & Saturday, October 19 & 20 at 7:00pm
THE WINTER PLAY: Noises Off
By Michael Frayn
Directed by Lauren Stenzel
Synopsis: Michael Frayn's Noises Off takes a fond look at the follies of theatre folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. This play-within-a-play captures a touring theatre troupe’s production of Nothing On in three stages: dress rehearsal, the opening performance, and a performance towards the end of a debilitating run. Frayne gives us a window into the inner workings of theatre behind the scenes, progressing from flubbed lines and missed cues in the dress rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final performance. Brimming with slapstick comedy, Noises Off is a delightful backstage farce, complete with slamming doors, falling trousers, and -- of course -- flying sardines!
Friday & Saturday, December 14 & 15 at 7:00pm
THE MUSICAL: A Chorus Line
By Kirkwood, Dante, Hamlisch, and Kleban
Directed by Beth Wells & Lauren Stenzel, Musical Direction by Debora Utley & Henry Kappler
Synopsis: A Chorus Line examines one day in the lives of seventeen dancers, all vying for a spot in the “chorus line” of a Broadway musical. After the first round of cuts, Zach, the director and choreographer, asks each dancer to speak about themselves. Discomfort opens into revelation, confession leads to redemption, and within the bright, outwardly homogenous chorus, the audience begins to see each dancer’s individuality. Based on real Broadway dancers’ stories, A Chorus Line is funny, heartbreaking, and refreshingly honest.
Thursday, Friday & Saturday, April 11 - 13 at 7:00pm