Thursday, April 28, 2016

TODAY: Live Streaming WE Day at Allstate Arena

ChiIL Mama's ChiIL Picks List:

Ciara, Martin Luther King III, Jordan Smith, Paula Abdul, Nico & Vinz and J.R. Martinez Come Together at WE Day Illinois 
to Celebrate the Power Young People Have 
to Change the World



WE Day streams live today at www.weday.com/watch. Check it out NOW.

WE Day is free for thousands of students and educators thanks to National Title Sponsor Allstate 

Today, WE Day, a series of worldwide educational events celebrating young people making a difference in local and global communities, along with National Title Sponsor Allstate, bring together world-renowned presenters, speakers and performers to celebrate 15,000 Illinois students and educators from over 400 schools. Students attending have earned their way to WE Day by taking action on issues such as bullying, hunger and homelessness.

Taking the WE Day Illinois stage will be inspiring speakers and performers, including Ciara, Martin Luther King III, Jordan Smith, Paula Abdul, Nico & Vinz, J.R. Martinez, Monique Coleman, Becca Tobin, Kardinal Offishall, Spencer West, international activists and WE Day co-founders Craig and Marc Kielburger, and more.

Illinois youth have earned their tickets to WE Day by taking action on local and global social issues through WE Schools, a year-round service learning program, which provides a free menu of hands-on, student-led campaigns designed to enhance a school’s existing social initiatives or to spark new ones. WE Schools helps young people turn the day’s inspiration into sustained service action and together, WE Day and WE Schools are a blueprint for building the next generation of change-makers.

Allstate Chairman and CEO, Tom Wilson, national Co-Chair of WE Day, will deliver a message of youth empowerment to the audience. “Throughout history, youth have taken action to create positive social change. Young people can lead the way and restore hope in our communities – they’ve got the solutions. We Schools makes that happen. WE Day celebrates their success.” 

Young people across Illinois are creating remarkable change through the WE Schools program. For example, students at William H. Taft High School in Chicago collected food items for the needy in their community. This past fall, students trick-or-treated at Halloween for non-perishable food items for a local food pantry. To continue making an impact, the students also teamed up with New Hope Community Food Pantry to collect and distribute food items in their neighborhoods, and they will continue to support community members with upcoming brown-bag lunch and school supply programs.

Former U.S. Secretary of Education and WE Day Illinois Co-Chair, Arne Duncan, will take the WE Day stage to reinforce the educational outcomes of service learning and to honor the school districts, teachers and youth in attendance. “We can’t do enough to celebrate kids who are providing unbelievable leadership and service. Young people have an incredible opportunity to drive the change we need and this is a tremendous group of young people. WE Day is a way to help them, listen to them, and most of all to learn from them.”

WE Day Illinois will energize the crowd through a day of powerful educational speeches, inspirational moments and empowering performances, including:

  • Human rights advocate and eldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Martin Luther King III, inspires the audience with a motivating and empower message.   
  • Spoken word artists, Jamila Woods and youth from Louder Than a Bomb inspire the crowd with a powerful spoken word piece, highlighting the importance of a young person’s voice.
  • Grammy® Award-winning singer, songwriter and record producer, Ciara, gets the crowd on their feet to a medley of her chart-topping hits. She will be joined by multi-award winning, non-profit, dance & music theater company, Endure Dance Company.

Making WE Day a true community celebration, local young people with inspiring personal stories will join the lineup on stage, including Raven Smith, age 17, from Morgan Park High School. Determined to change the recent national headlines about violence in Chicago, Raven created “Straight From The Go,” an apparel line with a positive message. Through her brand, Raven showcases Chicago as a world-class city with caring and generous citizens who are dedicated to making a difference. WE Day will also highlight tremendous local youth leaders supported by Chicago Scholars, Mikva Youth Challenge, local schools and organizations, including ChiArts, Chicago Citizens for Change, Peacemakers Program, Soul Children of Chicago and Young Chicago Authors.

WE Day provides youth with a platform to learn about some of today’s most pressing issues while celebrating this generation’s shift from me to we—toward acting with intention, leading with compassion and believing in the power of community. WE Schools has engaged over 600 schools and community groups across the state, including the 400-plus in attendance at WE Day Illinois. More than half of the students in attendance come from Chicago Public Schools, and over 76 percent are from low income communities.

In the 2014-2015 school year,
  • 83 percent of Illinois educators participating in WE Schools have identified leadership opportunities for their students as a result of the WE Schools program
  • 84 percent of educators said their students saw themselves as part of a broader community
  • 71 percent of educators said the program encouraged previously disengaged youth to become more engaged

A global movement of 2.3 million young people strong, youth involved with WE Day and WE Schools have raised $62 million for more than 2,500 local and global organizations, volunteered 19.9 million hours for local and global causes and collected over 7.6 million pounds of food.

“We believe that, if given the right tools, today’s youth can conquer anything they put their minds to. Annually, 200,000 students coast to coast and around the globe from over 10,000 schools earn their tickets to WE Day by creating tangible benefits for their communities,” said WE Day co-founder Craig Kielburger. “By bringing together thousands of young change-makers today, students across Illinois will know they’re not alone and that collectively, they are making their voices heard.”

WE Day is supported by Illinois by Co-Chairs Tom Wilson, Chairman and CEO, Allstate; Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education; Common, award-winning hip-hop artist, actor and founder of the Common Ground Foundation; Alex Gourlay, president, Walgreen; and Jade Greear, WE Day Illinois Youth Co-Chair.

WE Day is free to the thousands of students and teachers in attendance at WE Day Illinois, thanks to the generous support of National Title Sponsor Allstate, a company that empowers future generations with the strength, confidence and skills to rise up as leaders and realize their potential—and to show the world that good starts young.

About WE Day

About the WE Day Movement
WE Day is the movement of our time—a movement of young people leading local and global change. WE Day celebrates and inspires this generation’s shift from me to we—towards acting with intention, leading with compassion, and a belief in the power of community. WE Day is one of the world’s largest registered non-profit initiatives on social media, with more than five million followers. This year alone over 200,000 young people will come together in 14 stadium gatherings across the U.S., Canada and the U.K. to take part in this unprecedented educational initiative.

More than a one-day event, WE Day is connected to a yearlong free educational program, WE Schools, which provides educational resources and campaigns to help young people turn the day’s inspiration into sustained action. WE Day and WE Schools are cause-inclusive, empowering young people to find their passion and create the change they want to see. Together, WE Day and WE Schools are a blueprint for building the next generation of global change-makers. For more information, please visit www.we.org.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

OPENING: Seed Folks At Chicago Children's Theatre 5/5-22 (Ages 7+)


Family Friendly 
Chi, IL LIVE Shows On Our Radar:

Come ChiIL out with ChiIL Mama as one of our fam friendly favorites, Chicago Children's Theatre brings acclaimed actress Sonja Parks to the stage at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts to play 14 characters from the excellent book, Seed Folks! My daughter's 4th-6th grade Montessori class read Seed Folks in school then did staged readings for the parents. I love this book and can't wait to see the show!


What:
Sonja Parks tells the story of the founding and first year of a community garden in a gritty, immigrant neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio. 

From an 8-year-old Vietnamese girl, to a geriatric Eastern European busybody, Parks uses speech, posture and gestures to migrate between characters, who collectively describe the transformation of the empty lot into a vibrant garden. While doing so, each experiences his or her own transformation. 

A Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis production based on the popular children's novel by Paul Fleischman, directed by Peter C. Brosius. 


Who:
For ages 7 and up

Where:
Chicago Children's Theatre
at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts
1016 N. Dearborn St., Chicago

When:
May 5-22   

Thursday, May 5 at 10 a.m. and noon
Friday, May 6 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Opening weekend:
Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 8 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Performances run through May 22:
Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m.
Thursday and Friday at 10 a.m. and noon
Saturday at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. 
Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

How much?
Tickets: $10-$39

How?
Purchase at chicagochildrenstheatre.org or call (877) 222-9555

Monday, April 25, 2016

Adult Night Out: Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody Opens at Writers Theatre 4/27

Chi, IL LIVE Shows On Our Radar:

Writers Theatre presents
the inaugural production in the Gillian Theatre
at Writers Theatre’s new home
Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: 
A Parody
Created by Tim Ryder and Tim Sniffen
Written by Tim Sniffen
Directed by Stuart Carden and Artistic Director Michael Halberstam

Due to popular demand, the production has already been extended by two weeks and now plays from April 27, 2016 – July 31, 2016


Writers Theatre, under leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, continues its 2015/16 season with Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody created by Tim Ryder and Tim Sniffen, written by Tim Sniffen and directed by Stuart Carden and Michael Halberstam. The production has been extended by two weeks, and runs April 27, 2016 – July 31, 2016 in the Gillian Theatre at Writers Theatre’s new theater center at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. 

This hilarious result of a collaboration between Writers Theatre and Chicago’s world-renowned comedy theatre The Second City, asks the intriguing question: What happens when the most recognizable characters from some of the greatest American plays of the 20th century suddenly find themselves sharing the same stage?

When a mysterious invitation brings Blanche DuBois back to New Orleans, she finds herself once again face-to-face with the smoldering Stanley Kowalski. That would be challenge enough, but they are soon joined by luckless salesman Willy Loman and hard-drinking, hard-fighting couple George and Martha, and suddenly all bets are off. Add a folksy Stage Manager and the comic genius of The Second City team, and the question quickly becomes: Will the American Theatre ever be the same?

FACTS                         
Schedule: Tuesdays – Fridays: 7:30pm (with select 3pm Wednesday matinees)
Saturdays: 3pm and 7:30pm
Sundays: 2pm and 6pm

Location: Performed in the Gillian Theatre: 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe

Prices: Prices for all performances range from $35 – $80
           Purchase early for best prices     

Box Office: The Box Office is located at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe
847-242-6000; www.writerstheatre.org

Co-directed by former Associate Artistic Director Stuart Carden and Artistic Director Michael Halberstam, this deliciously satirical mash-up of A Streetcar Named Desire, Death of a Salesman, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Our Town opens the Gillian Theatre with a tongue-in-cheek salute to the celebrated icons of American drama.

Artistic Director Michael Halberstam comments, “When I first read the script, I laughed out loud. Actually, I laughed out loud at the title. I laughed heartily during the two developmental readings and I’m still laughing during rehearsals. After the wrenching emotional journey of Marjorie Prime and the intricate complexities and devastating ending of Arcadia, it seemed to me that laughter was going to be very much a necessary part of our conversation with our audiences. Furthermore, the idea of a collaboration with The Second City, one of Chicago’s most respected and venerable institutions as a part of our opening season was irresistible. We’ve ALL had an emotional year and what with the madness raging in the headlines I think it is hard to undervalue the importance of laughter as a necessary ingredient for our souls. We opened our building in February with joy and we are taking it forward with laughter. Coming next? Music!”

Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody was commissioned by The Second City and developed in partnership with Writers Theatre, under the guidance of co-director Stuart Carden and featuring a cast of veteran Writers Theatre actors.

The cast of Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody includes Greg Matthew Anderson (George beginning 7/19), Jennifer Engstrom (Blanche DuBois), Sean Fortunato (The Stage Manager), Marc Grapey (Willy Loman), John Hoogenakker (George through 7/17), Michael Perez (Stanley Kowalski) and Karen Janes Woditsch (Martha).

The designers are Linda Buchanan (Scenic Designer), Jenny Mannis (Costume Designer), Jesse Klug (Lighting Designer) and Josh Horvath (Sound Designer). The Stage Manager is Rebecca Pechter, and the Assistant Stage Manager is Mallory Bass.


AUDIENCE ENRICHMENT

Accessible Performances
ASL-Interpreted performance: Thursday, July 14 at 7:30pm
Open-Captioned performance: Friday, July 15 at 7:30pm

Post Show Conversation: The Artist
Join us after every Wednesday evening performance (excluding previews) for a 15-minute talk-back featuring actors from the production, facilitated by a member of the WT Artistic Team. 

Post Show Conversation: The Word
Join us after every Tuesday evening performance (excluding previews) for a 15-minute discussion of the play, facilitated by a member of the WT Artistic Team.

Sunday Spotlight—Sunday, June 19, 2016
This one-hour event will follow the matinee performance and feature an expert in a field related to the themes or setting of Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody, moderated by a member of the WT Artistic Team. Seating is limited. RSVP is required.

The Making of… Series—Monday, June 27, 2016
Writers Theatre will once again host its popular The Making of… Series, providing insight into a different aspect of creating the productions seen on our stages. This one-hour event will feature Writers Theatre’s Literary Manager Bobby Kennedy in conversation with an artist associated with the production, discussing their part in bringing the play to life. The Making of… events are FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited. RSVP is required.

From Page to Stage Series
Writers Theatre and select North Shore libraries are proud to present the eleventh annual From Page to Stage series. This comprehensive series of special events, lectures, workshops and performances are designed to enhance and enrich appreciation of Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody. All events are FREE of charge and open to the public. Reservations must be made per each event to secure seats and may be made online at writerstheatre.org/fpts or by calling 847-242-6000. The From Page to Stage series is generously sponsored by Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin. From Page to Stage series events for Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody are as follows:

FROM PAGE TO STAGE KICKOFF
Monday, May 9 at 7:00pm
Hosted by the Glencoe Public Library at Writers Theatre
Featuring: Co-director Stuart Carden and co-creator and writer Tim Sniffen
The co-director and co-creator/writer of Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody discuss the themes of the play, the process of its creation and the challenges of satirizing some of the greatest works in the American Theatre canon. Enjoy coffee and desserts following this annual literary event!

FILM SCREENING: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
Tuesday, May 10 at 6:30pm
Hosted by Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette
Featuring: Michael Smith, independent filmmaker, author and film studies instructor based in Chicago
Join us for a screening of the classic film, A Streetcar Named Desire, followed by a discussion with
filmmaker Michael Smith, author of the book Flickering Empire: How Chicago Invented the U.S. Film Industry.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF HUMOR & LAUGHTER
Thursday, May 12 at 7:00pm
Hosted by Deerfield Public Library, 920 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield
Featuring: Clown, Nurse and Certified Laughter Leader, Debra Joy Hart
Learn how laughter helps your body stay healthy, keeps your mind sharp and helps you keep emotionally connected with other people—and yourself. Debra Joy Hart will lead attendees in laughter exercises, play-filled jocularity and mindful planned spontaneity while also tackling tough subjects such as when to laugh and when to cry.

STANLEY VS. STANLEY
Monday, May 16 - 7:00pm
Hosted by Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Rd., Glenview
Featuring: WT artists Michael Perez and Matt Hawkins
Stanley Kowalski from Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody (Actor Michael Perez) comes face-to-face with Stanley Kowalski from Writers Theatre’s 2008 production of A Streetcar Named Desire (Actor Matt Hawkins), to discuss the difference in approach when creating a character from the original source text, as opposed to a new work that is satirizing the original.

TRIVIA NIGHT: THE AMERICAN THEATRICAL CANON
Tuesday, May 24 at 7:00pm
Hosted by Highland Park Public Library, 494 Laurel Ave., Highland Park
Featuring: Chris Jones, Chief Theatre Critic and a Sunday Culture Columnist for the Chicago Tribune
Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody is a mash-up of four of the best-loved dramas in the American theatrical canon. See how much you know about the source material in a lively round of theatre trivia.

THE ART OF NOT PLAYING BY THE RULES: PARODY, SATIRE AND MASH-UP
Monday, June 6 at 7:00pm
Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Ln., Northbrook
Featuring: Dr. Ben Golobuff, Professor of English at Lake Forest College
Join us for an informative lecture that contextualizes Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody by examining the rules and conventions of comedy, parody, and satire, and exploring the emerging art and culture of mash-ups.

PARODY AND IMPROV - THE BIRTH OF A NEW COMEDY
Thursday, June 9 at 7:00pm
Hosted by Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St., Skokie
Featuring presenters from The Second City
This energetic and enlightening presentation by The Second City includes an exploration of parody and discussion of how improvisation informs the choices performers make in creating a real person or character.

For more information about Writers Theatre Audience Enrichment programs visit writerstheatre.org/events

RIDE METRA TO WRITERS THEATRE
In an effort to promote taking public transit to the Theatre, Writers Theatre launched a new promotion in 2013. Any audience member who purchases a ticket to a Writers Theatre production and rides Metra’s Union Pacific North Line to the Theatre may snap a photo of themselves on the train and post it to their Facebook page or Twitter feed with a tag of @WritersTheatre and #[the title of the show], and upon showing the post at the Writers Theatre Box Office, receive $5 in cash to put toward the cost of your fare as a thank you for going green.

This promotion is available for a limited time only, and may end without warning. Ticket must have been paid for in advance. Not valid on comp tickets. More information available at writerstheatre.org/metra

WRITERS THEATRE PARTNERS
Writers Theatre is pleased to recognize BMO Harris Bank as Inaugural Season Sponsor and Lead Sponsor of Grand Opening Gala and Opening Events during the 2015/16 Season. UBS is serving as Major Corporate Sponsor of Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody, and ComEd as Official Lighting Sponsor. This production is also supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additionally, Writers Theatre is grateful to the following individuals for their support of Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody:Susan and Don Belgrad, Christopher S. Pfaff and Sara Pfaff, and Merle Reskin as Artists Council Sponsors; Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin as From Page to Stage Sponsors, John and Shila Kastl, Beth L. Kronfeld and Matthew D. Means, and Kevin and Ellen Van Wart as Director’s Society Sponsors, and Paul Fox, Onnie and Steven Scheyer, and Marilyn and Michael Vender in memory of Andrea Fox. , 

For more information about Writers Theatre’s 2015/16 Partners, visit writerstheatre.org/our-supporters.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Tim Sniffen (Co-Creator and Writer) has worked with The Second City since 2006, traveling with The Second City National Touring Company, co-writing The Second City Guide to the Opera in collaboration with Lyric Opera of Chicago, and co-writing Realish Housewives, a parody show currently touring the U.S. Tim’s next project is a new collaboration with Lyric Opera about Richard Wagner and the writing of the Ring Cycle.
Tim Ryder (Co-Creator) has been writing and performing comedy in Chicago for over 10 years. He co-wrote and performed two critically acclaimed revues on The Second City e.t.c. stage: Apes of Wrath and Soul Brother, Where Art Thou?. He is also an alumnus of The Second City Touring Company and has performed in The Second City Guide to the Opera, The Second City Improv All-Stars, Baby Wants Candy, The Beatbox and in shows at iO Chicago (Chaos Theory, The Deltones) and ComedySportz. You might have seen him in videos for The Onion, the webseries Game Bros or on Chicago Fire and Sirens. This is his first play.

Stuart Carden (Co-Director) returns to Writers Theatre where he spent five seasons as Associate Artistic Director and helmed productions such as The Old Man and The Old Moon, Yellow Moon, Hesperia and Travels with My Aunt. Chicago directing credits include Butler (Northlight Theatre); The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Frederick (Chicago Children’s Theatre); The Merchant on Venice (a South Asian-American-inspired adaptation), Golden Child, 10 Acrobats in an Amazing Leap of Faith and Back of the Throat (Silk Road Rising). Regional directing credits include The Old Man and The Old Moon (The New Victory Theater—NYC, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Arts Emerson—Boston); Tribes (Philadelphia Theatre Company & City Theatre Company); Oblivion, Blackbird, Mary’s Wedding, A Picasso, The Moonlight Room (City Theatre Company); Circle Mirror Transformation, In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), Crime and Punishment, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); The Pillowman, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The False Servant and Stones in his Pockets (PICT Classic Theatre). Before his tenure as Associate Artistic Director at Writers Theatre, Stuart held the same position from 2007-2009 at City Theatre Company. This fall, Stuart continues his collaboration with PigPen Theatre Co. and Writers Theatre to premiere the new folk tale with music The Hunter and The Bear at Writers Theatre. Stuart lives in the South Loop with contemporary art curator Neysa Page-Lieberman and their twins, Dashiell and Griffin. He is a proud alum of Carnegie Mellon University and a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. stuartcarden.org

Michael Halberstam (Artistic Director and Co-Director) is the co-founder of Writers Theatre. He has directed over thirty-five productions for the company, including Arcadia, Not About Heroes (starring Nicholas Pennell), Private Lives, Look Back In Anger, Candida, The Father, Crime and Punishment, Benefactors, 
Seagull, The Duchess of Malfi, Othello, The Savannah Disputation, the world premiere musical A Minister’s Wife, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, She Loves Me, The Real Thing, Hamlet, Sweet Charity, Days Like Today, Isaac’s Eye and in Spring of 2016 he will be co-directing Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody, the first production in the Gillian Theatre. Halberstam has appeared in numerous Writers Theatre productions, including Richard II (title role), Loot and Misalliance. Previously, he spent two years at The Stratford Festival in Ontario and performed in Timon of Athens, The Knight of the Burning Pestle (title role), Much Ado About Nothing and As You Like It. Halberstam’s other Chicago acting credentials include productions with Wisdom Bridge Theater, Court Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Elsewhere he directed The Gamester (Northlight Theatre), A Man for All Seasons (Peninsula Players Theatre), 
Hamlet (Illinois Shakespeare Festival), Candida (Jean Cocteau Repertory in New York), Ten Little Indians (Drury Lane Theatre), a highly acclaimed revival of Crime and Punishment, which Writers Theatre produced Off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters in New York City, Enchanted April and State of the Union (Milwaukee Repertory Theater). In 2010 he directed A Minister’s Wife at Lincoln Center Theater, and also directed the west coast premiere at San Jose Repertory Theatre in 2013. His forays into opera have included The Rape of Lucretia (Chicago Opera Theater), Francesca da Ramini featuring the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Christoph Eschenbach and Le Freyshutz, a Berlioz adaptation of the Weber opera conducted by Christoph Eschenbach in its North American Premiere (Ravinia Festival). He spent two and a half years teaching Shakespeare at The Theatre School at DePaul University and has received awards for excellence in theater management and/or artistic achievement from The Chicago Drama League, The Arts & Business Council, Chicago Lawyers for the Creative Arts, and The Chicago Associates of the Stratford Festival. He also received the 2010 Zelda Fichandler Award, the 2013 Artistic Achievement Award from the League of Chicago Theatres, and was named the Chicago Tribune's 2013 "Chicagoan of the Year" for Theater. He currently serves on the board of the Arts Club of Chicago. Next season at Writers Theatre, he will be co-directing and adapting [ital]Julius Caesar[end ital] with Scott Parkinson.


Greg Matthew Anderson (George starting 7/19) returns to Writers Theatre where he previously appeared in Arcadia. Greg is an Artistic Associate at Remy Bumppo Theatre Company where credits include Power, The Best Man, The Philadelphia Story, Bronte, On the Verge, The Marriage of Figaro, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Night and Day, The Importance of Being Earnest, Chesapeake (Joseph Jefferson Award nomination), You Never Can Tell, Northanger Abbey, An Inspector Calls and Travesties (Joseph Jefferson nomination). Chicago credits include Rock ‘N Roll, the commercial production of Immediate Family (Goodman Theatre), Sense and Sensibility, The Moustrap (Northlight Theatre), Arcadia (Court Theatre), Sons of the Prophet, Oklahoma! (American Theater Company) and A Moment Alone (iO Theater). TV credits include Chicago P.D., Chicago Fire, Betrayal, The Playboy Club, Underemployed, The Chicago Code, Detroit 187 and the pilot Matadors. Film credits include Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Middle Distance, Game Day and Older Children. Greg is a graduate of Duke University’s Department of Theater Studies.

Jennifer Engstrom (Blanche DuBois) appeared as Eunice (and twice as Blanche) in WT's A Streetcar Named Desire directed by David Cromer. She then recreated the role of Eunice for the Williamstown Theatre Festival production. Jennifer is a proud ensemble member of A Red Orchid Theatre where she appeared as Celeste in Tennessee Williams' The Mutilated. Selected Orchid credits include Simpatico, Hot House, Eric LaRue, The Fastest Clock in the Universe and Fatboy. Other Chicago credits include Sweet Bird of Youth (Goodman Theatre, directed by David Cromer), The North Plan, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Sky Girls (Northlight Theatre, Jack Springer Award for best performance), The Incident and Are You Now... (Next Theatre Company, two Joseph Jefferson Awards for Best Ensemble). Regional credits include Angels in America (Kansas City Repertory Theatre, directed by David Cromer), Macbeth (Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival) and Ground (2009 Humana Festival). Dividing her time between Chicago and New York City, Jennifer was seen Off-Broadway in a solo show she created, Excuse my Dust, A Dorothy Parker Portfolio.

Sean Fortunato (The Stage Manager) has previously appeared at Writers Theatre in The Diary of Anne Frank, Hedda Gabler, The Real Thing, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Travels with My Aunt, The Chosen, Incident at Vichy, A Phoenix Too Frequent, Richard II, Rough Crossing, and Spite for Spite. His other credits include Pericles, Cyrano De Bergerac, School For Lies, Sunday in the Park with George, Timon of Athens (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), René  Gallimard in M. Butterfly (Court Theatre), Measure for Measure (Goodman Theatre), Detective Cioffi in Curtains (Drury Lane Theatre) and work at TimeLine Theatre Company, Marriott Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, Theatre at the Center, About Face Theatre, Intiman Theatre (WA), The Old Globe (CA), The Duke on 42nd (NY) and eleven seasons with Peninsula Players (WI), where he recently played Lady Enid, et al. in The Mystery of Irma Vep, and George in Sunday in the Park with George. His Film/TV credits include The Merry Gentleman directed by Michael Keaton and Chicago P.D. Sean has received four Joseph Jefferson Award nominations and an After Dark Award.

Marc Grapey (Willy Loman) previously appeared at Writers Theatre in Isaac's Eye and Picnic. His Chicago credits include Ask Aunt Susan, The Iceman Cometh, Race and the world premieres of Eric Bogosian’s Griller and Noah Haidle’s Vigils (Goodman Theatre); Mizlansky/Zilinsky or Schmucks, The Chosen, Antigone, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Oblivion, The Birthday Party (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); The Normal Heart (TimeLine Theatre Company); I Sailed with Magellan, Class Dismissed, Equivocation, Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo (Joseph Jefferson Award nomination—Victory Gardens Theater); Richard III, The Taming of the Shrew (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Funny Girl (Drury Lane Theatre); The Metal Children (Next Theatre Company); Early and Often, The Homecoming and Hitting for the Cycle (Joseph Jefferson Award nomination—Famous Door Theatre Company). Regionally, he has appeared at the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville and the HBO Comedy and Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. He made his Broadway debut in 2005 opposite Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in the revival of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple. Film credits include Warren, At Any Price, Superbad, Adventureland, Ali, While You Were Sleeping, A Piece of Eden and The Daytrippers. His television credits include The West Wing, Arrested Development, Two and a Half Men, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Chicago P.D. and most notably as publicist J.J. Mitchell on HBO’s Sex and the City. He also co-stars with Zach Galifianakis and Jon Hamm in the Fox 2000 film Keeping up with the Joneses.

John Hoogenakker (George through 7/17) has appeared at Writers in Port Authority, Travels with My Aunt, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead andThe Puppetmaster of Lodz. His Chicago credits include The Iceman Cometh (Goodman Theatre and BAM), Wait until Dark (Court Theatre), 100 Saints You Should Know (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), The Retreat from Moscow (Northlight Theatre), Othello (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Killer Joe (The Theatre at 2851 N. Halsted) and The Bomb-itty of Errors (Royal George Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare Theater). His regional credits include Escape from Happiness (Milwaukee Repertory Theater), the title role in Hamlet (Illinois Shakespeare Festival) and Work Song: Three Views of Frank Lloyd Wright (Kansas City Repertory Theatre and Arizona Theatre Company). Selected film credits include Flags of Our Fathers (Warner Brothers), Public Enemies (Universal), A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas (New Line) and At Any Price (Sony). Selected television credits include Chicago Fire (NBC), Empire (Fox), Boss (Starz) and The Girlfriend Experience (Starz). John has also appeared in many short films and commercials, and his voice-over work includes campaigns for McDonald's, BMO Harris Bank, OnStar and Comcast.

Michael Perez (Stanley Kowalski) returns to Writers Theatre where he previously appeared in The Liar. Chicago credits include Yasmina's Necklace (16th Street Theater), Funnyman (Northlight Theatre), Short Shakes! Macbeth (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), The Foreigner (Provision Theater) and three winters in Goodman Theatre's A Christmas Carol. He has done Shakespeare under the Stars with American Players Theatre, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, Door Shakespeare and Riverside Theater. Michael is a proud Stakeholder in the Back Room Shakespeare Project.

Karen Janes Woditsch (Martha) has appeared at Writers Theatre in Doubt: A Parable, Do the Hustle, Yellow Moon, Heartbreak House, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Beats, Blake, Butley, Candida, The Doctor's Dilemma, Fallen Angels, In the Heart of Winter '93 - '96, Love & Lunacy, Othello (After Dark Award - Outstanding Performance), A Phoenix Too Frequent, A Play on Words, Rocket to the Moon, Seagull and Spite for Spite. Her Chicago credits include Domesticated (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Rapture, Blister Burn, A Christmas Carol, Crumbs from the Table of Joy (Goodman Theatre), M. Butterfly (Court Theatre), To Master the Art (TimeLine Theatre Company and Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, Joseph Jefferson Award nomination—Actress in a Principal Role); and work at Northlight Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare Theater, among others. Her regional credits include eight seasons with Peninsula Players Theatre, and a summer with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks. Her TV credits include Chicago P.D., Runner and Crisis. Her film credits include Bad Johnson and American Fable.


ABOUT WRITERS THEATRE
Over the past twenty-four seasons, Writers Theatre has become a major Chicagoland cultural destination with a national reputation for excellence. Under the artistic leadership of Michael Halberstam and the executive leadership of Kathryn M. Lipuma, Writers Theatre has been deemed the “best drama company in the nation” by The Wall Street Journal. The company, which plays to a sold-out and discerning audience of 35,000 patrons each season, has garnered critical praise for the consistent high quality and intimacy of its artistry. Prized for the finest interpretations of classic and contemporary theatre in its two intensely intimate venues, Writers Theatre’s acclaimed work includes Artistic Director Michael Halberstam’s world premiere in Glencoe and subsequent productions of A Minister’s Wife at Lincoln Center Theater and West Coast premiere at the San Jose Repertory Theatre; David Cromer’s productions of A Streetcar Named Desire and Picnic; and the commissioning, world premiere and New York premiere of Crime and Punishment, which has received more than 30 subsequent regional theater productions.

Writers Theatre continues with the $34 million On to a New Stage Campaign, of which $33.2 million has been raised to date. The campaign establishes the company's first permanent home in a new theatre center in downtown Glencoe, designed by the award-winning, internationally renowned Studio Gang Architects, led by Founding Design Principal Jeanne Gang, in collaboration with Theatre Consultant Auerbach Pollock Friedlander. This allows the Theatre to continue to grow to accommodate its audience, while maintaining its trademark intimacy. The new facility resonates with and complement the Theatre’s neighboring Glencoe community, adding tremendous value to Chicagoland and helping to establish the North Shore as a premier cultural destination.

Find Writers Theatre on Facebook at Facebook.com/WritersTheatre or follow @WritersTheatre on Twitter. For more information, visit www.writerstheatre.org.


The season will continue with Company, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by George Furth, originally produced and directed on Broadway by Harold Prince, original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick. The Writers Theatre production will be directed by William Brown with musical direction by Tom Vendafreddo and choreography by Brock Clawson (Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre).

Adult Night Out: Babes With Blades' 180 Degree Rule

Chi, IL LIVE Shows On Our Radar:
Babes With Blades Theatre Company’s 180 Degree Rule,
Opening April 25, 2016

**Do note, there is violence & violence of a sexual nature**

A love story wrapped in a mystery.

Come see the show inspired by the pioneering female film directors in early Hollywood...and the world that was stacked against them.

Here at ChiIL Live Shows and ChiIL Mama we've long been fans of Babes With Blades Theatre Company’s excellent productions. I'll be there for the press opening so check back soon for our full review. They're excellent about providing a showcase for women in stage combat roles as well as showcasing talents of female directors and writers. They excel at historical pieces and this show will be their 18th world premiere production!


About the Play
 A 1960s film professor searches for the missing film masterpiece of an obscure lesbian director - killed pre-World War II at the height of her talent - and speculates she was murdered because of her defiant flaunting of her sexuality with the studio’s “it” girl. But once the director’s former lover, now an aging, reclusive German movie star, is involved in the search, a more disturbing narrative unravels. Moving between 1930s Berlin and Hollywood and the late ’60s, this play shifts from film to live action, flashback to the present as it reveals the truth behind a doomed romance.

 “This is a murder mystery, but it’s also a memory play,” says director Rachel Edwards Harvith. “It involves characters reaching across time to find each other. Memory plays tricks on us. Sometimes we remember hard facts, and other times we fill in gaps with assumptions—over time those assumptions become rewritten history. This production has visual poetry layered in with scenes, weaving between time periods, as characters struggle to find the truth, detect the lies, and express love they have been afraid to show.”
Inspired by the pioneering female directors of early Hollywood, such as Dorothy Arzner, Alice Guy-Blaché, and Lois Weber, 180 Degree Rule’s  most extensive historical nod is to Arzner, an open lesbian who was notorious for affairs with her leading women, including Joan Crawford.  She worked throughout the 1920s-40s, creating films with independent, complex female protagonists – often with lesbian subtext.

180 Degree Rule is a 2013 graduate of BWBTC’s Fighting Words script development program, was a finalist in the 2013 Pride Series Women’s Work Competition (for works by women with lesbian characters or themes), and was hosted for a final public reading by Chicago Dramatists.
This production has been awarded grants by the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation and the Dramatists Guild Fund.


Post-show discussion, pay-what-you-can dates, and lots of desserts are in store for audiences during the run of the show

Events and deals have been announced for Babes With Blades Theatre Company’s 180 Degree Rule, written by Chicago playwrights Barbara Lhota (playwright, The Double and BWBTC ensemble member) and the late M.E.H. Lewis, to be performed at City Lit Theatre, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., in Chicago. The show will run Thursdays-Saturdays at 8PM and Sundays at 3 from April 28 - May 21, plus Wednesdays May 11 and May 18 8pm.
180 Degree Rule is directed by Rachel Edwards Harvith (Associate Artistic Director, Chicago Dramatists) and the cast features Kate Black-Spence, Tommy Bullington, Chris Cinereski, Amy E. Harmon*, Lisa Herceg*, Kimberly Logan*, Jason Narvy, and Kelly Yacono.*

The design and production team of 180 Degree Rule includes Leigh Barrett* (Sound Design), Libby Beyreis* (Violence Design), Kurt Brandt (Props Design), Jason Fleece (Dialect Coach), Adam Greye (Stage Manager), Kaitlyn Grissom (Technical Director), Amy E. Harmon* (Production Manager), Beth Laske-Miller (Costume Design), Barbara Lhota* (Production Manager), Carter Martin (Film Director/Editor), G. Max Maxin IV (Projection & Scenic Design), Heather Meyers (Dramaturg), Tim Tavano (Director of Photography), and Laura Wiley (Lighting Design).

*denotes BWBTC ensemble member


EVENTS
The Thursday performances of May 5 and May 12 will offer pay-what-you-can admission.
Sunday, May 8, stick around after the show for a post-show dessert buffet, featuring an array of tasty treats, homemade by the BWBTC ensemble. Delicious and free!
Wednesday, May 11, join us for “Cookies and Collaboration,” a post-show discussion with playwright Barbara Lhota.
Wednesday, May 11 and Wednesday, May 18 will be Industry Nights, offering ½ price tickets to anyone with proof of industry affiliation.
All closing weekend, May 18-21, BWBTC will be collecting monetary donations for the Pro Bono Network (http://www.pro-bono-network.org/)
Additional discounts and deals will be offered on BWBTC’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bwbtc

180 Degree Rule is a 2013 graduate of BWBTC’s Fighting Words script development program, was a finalist in the 2013 Pride Series Women’s Work Competition (for works by women with lesbian characters or themes), and was hosted for a final public reading by Chicago Dramatists.
This production has been awarded grants by the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation and the Dramatists Guild Fund.

Tickets:
$22 general admission
$14 students and seniors
$10 previews
Available at babeswithblades.org or 773-904-0391.

About the Company
Babes With Blades Theatre Company uses stage combat to place women and their stories center stage. Through performance, script development, training, and outreach, our ensemble creates theatre that explores the wide range of the human experience, and cultivates broader perspectives in the arts community and in society as a whole.

Hard Core 67 Year Old Mom, Grindmother's Debut Album Age of Destruction Out April 28th

Here at ChiIL Mama and ChiIL Live Shows we love to see mothers pushing the boundaries of what's socially acceptable and expected and making a huge success of it. There's an unlikely viral star on the decidedly young, male, grindcore scene, a 67 year old Canadian mom! Check out her vocals. She's not just a gimmick, she's good.


Never has a mother screaming at her son been so sweet.
-Refinery

All hail the Grindmother!
-Nerdist

She’s no mere novelty. Her vocals are paint-peeling face-rippers! 
-Dangerous Minds


Band: Grindmother
Location: Ontario, Canada
Title: Age of Destruction
Genre(s): grindcore, punk, metal
For fans of: Napalm Death, Slayer, Sepultura, System of a Down
Label: Independent
Format(s): CD, digital
Tracks: 10
Release Date: April 28, 2016

An unlikely grindcore star, thanks to her impressively ferocious vocals! 
-Daily Mail

We're literally watching a star being born in real time.
-OC Weekly

One of the coolest 67-year-olds you’ll ever come across!
-Alt Press

GRINDMOTHER is a 67 year-old grindcore vocalist!  She got her start in early 2015, when an adorable, yet hilariously bad-ass video where she records guest vocals for her son's band, Corrupt Leaders, went viral. Later that year, Grindmother released a video for her very own solo track "Any Cost", which features music by her son Rain Forest.  The video again went viral, and celebrities Ozzy Osbourne and Eric Andre posted the video on social media. Most recently, a video about her posted by New York Post reached 2.5 million views in less than one week.

In Feb 2016 Grindmother announced her debut album, "Age of Destruction", which is due April 28, and a brand new video for the album's title track has been released.

Adult Night Out: Discord at Northlight May 6 - June 12

Chi, IL LIVE Shows On Our Radar

Northlight Theatre concludes its 2015-16 season with
The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord
By Scott Carter

Directed by Kimberly Senior
May 6 – June 12, 2016


Northlight Theatre concludes its 41st Season, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, with The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord by Scott Carter. Discord, directed by Kimberly Senior, runs May 6 – June 12, 2016 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie. 

Here at ChiIL Mama and ChiIL Live Shows, we can't wait to catch Discord. Kimberly Senior is one of our absolute favorite directors and this debate looks like a dozy!


**Kimberly Senior previously directed 4000 Miles and The Whipping Man at Northlight.  She directed the Pulitzer Prize-winning and Tony Award-nominated play Disgraced on Broadway and in several theaters across the country.**

Previews: May 6 – 12, 2016
Regular run: May 13 – June 12, 2016

Schedule: Tuesdays: 7:30pm (May 10 only)
Wednesdays: 1:00pm (except May 25) and 7:30pm
Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 2:30pm (except May 7) and 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:30pm; and 7:00pm (May 8 and 29 only)

Location: Northlight Theatre is located at the North Shore
                             Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd,
                             Skokie

Tickets: Previews: $25-$54
             Regular run: $25-$79
             Student tickets are $15, any performance (subject to availability)

Box Office: The Box Office is located at 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie.
                  847.673.6300; northlight.org

What do a Founding Father, a Victorian novelist and a Russian revolutionary have in common? Not much, but each of these notoriously great minds was once brazen enough to pen his own Gospel. Brought together, they debate the meaning of life and the nature of God in a whip-smart comedy that illuminates the brilliance, flaws and humor of three unforgettable philosophers.

**Playwright Scott Carter is the Executive Producer/Writer of Real Time with Bill Maher since its debut on HBO in 2003. Carter has been an Emmy co-nominee for Real Time with Bill Maher every year since 2005 for both Writing in a Variety/Talk show and Outstanding Variety/Talk show. He has also received eight Emmy nominations for his writing and producing work on Bill Maher’s Politically Incorrect from 1993 to 1997.**


Northlight is continuing its popular special event series in conjunction with each production.  All events are free, unless otherwise noted: 

Backstage with BJ is a mid-day discussion with Artistic Director BJ Jones, featuring special guest artists, actors, directors and designers, offering behind-the-scenes insight into each production while it is still in rehearsal.  Backstage with BJ for Butler will be held on April 29 at 12:00pm and will last approximately one hour.  Reservations are required, 847.679.9501 x3555 or specialevents@northlight.org

An Artist Q&A will be held on Monday, May 23 at 3:00pm at the Wilmette Public Library. Northlight artistic staff will facilitate a discussion with members of the cast, who will also present scenes from the play.

Local experts join a Northlight facilitator for a series of Post-Show Discussions, engaging audiences in a dialogue about the play's themes and the creative process behind live theatre. Discussions will be held after performances on May 8 at 2:30pm, May 10 at 7:30pm, May 11 at 7:30pm, May 18 at 1:00pm, May 22 at 2:30pm, May 26 at 7:30pm and June 1 at 1:00pm.

An Open Captioning performance is scheduled for Saturday, May 28 at 2:30pm.
                    


“Did you know that Thomas Jefferson, Count Leo Tolstoy and Charles Dickens all had their own versions of the New Testament? Imagine tossing those egos into a Limbo to debate their world views and to grapple in an intellectual cat fight. Carter has done just that in this fascinating and imagined depiction of three of history's gigantic intellects and their little known exercises of retelling the Bible,” comments BJ Jones. “Scott Carter, best known as a writer/producer of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, applies his intensive research to these towering personalities, and through their work has crafted a hilarious debate ranging from faith to political beliefs and sprinkled with artistic observations and petty jealousies. We are thrilled to have Scott's work with us this season, and as directed by Northlight veteran Kimberly Senior, this sharply told tale is both insightful and entertaining.”

The cast includes Nathan Hosner (Jefferson), Mark Montgomery (Tolstoy) and Jeff Parker (Dickens).

The designers include Jack Magaw (Scenic Design), Nan Zabriskie (Costume Design), Sarah Hughey (Lighting Design), Andrew Hansen (Sound Design), and Stephan Mazurek (Projection Design).  The Production Stage Manager is Rita Vreeland.

Northlight’s production of The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord is supported in part by Cramer-Krasselt, Coldwell Banker Evanston, Michael and Joan Callahan and Carol and Steve Mullins.

**Cast members Mark Montgomery (Outside Mullingar) and Jeff Parker (Mothers and Sons) are returning to the Northlight stage.  Nathan Hosner is making his Northlight debut.**

ABOUT THE ARTISTS
KIMBERLY SENIOR (Director) Previously at Northlight: 4000 Miles, The Whipping Man. Broadway: Disgraced (2013 Pulitzer Prize, Best Play Tony nominee). Her many Chicago credits include Disgraced; Rapture, Blister, Burn (The Goodman); Marjorie Prime, The Diary of Anne Frank, Hedda Gabler, The Letters (Writers Theatre, where she is a Resident Director); Want, The North Plan (Steppenwolf); Inana, My Name is Asher Lev, All My Sons, Dolly West's Kitchen (TimeLine Theatre, where she is an Associate Artist); Disgraced (American Theater Company); Waiting for Lefty (American Blues), among others. New York and regional credits include: Sex with Strangers (Geffen Playhouse); Disgraced (Lincoln Center Theater 3, Seattle Rep, Berkeley Rep);The Who and The What (La Jolla Playhouse, Lincoln Center Theater 3); Little Gem (City Theatre); Games Afoot, Murder on the Nile, A Few Good Men (Peninsula Players); Mauritius (Theatre Squared, Fayetteville, AR). Kimberly is a proud member of SDC.

SCOTT CARTER (Playwright) is Executive Producer/Writer for Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO. He produced the first 1,100 episodes of Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, from its 1993 Comedy Central debut to its 1997 move to ABC. While at “P.I.,” producer/writer Carter won eight Emmy nominations and three consecutive CableAce Awards for Best Talk Series. In 1997 Variety named him one of “50 Creatives to Watch.” In 2007, he won the Producers’ Guild of America’s Johnny Carson Award for Real Time. In addition to his two full-length monologues Heavy Breathing and Suspension Bridge, Carter’s full-length play, The Gospel According To... Discord had an extremely successful 2014 and was produced at both the NoHo Arts Center and the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

NATHAN HOSNER (Jefferson) is making his Northlight debut. Chicago credits include productions with Writers, Chicago Shakespeare, Goodman, Paramount, About Face, First Folio, Shaw Chicago and Shakespeare Project of Chicago. Other credits include: Peter and the Starcatcher (First National Tour) and productions with American Players, New Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, BoarsHead Theater, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Door Shakespeare and Madison Repertory New Play Festival. Nathan is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London.

MARK MONTGOMERY (Tolstoy) returns to Northlight where he appeared in Outside Mullingar and Experiment with an Air Pump. Other Chicago credits: 2666, Rapture, Blister, Burn, Camino Real and Stage Kiss (Goodman); Hedda Gabler and The Letters (Writers); Agamemnon, Iphigenia in Aulis and M. Butterfly (Court); Twelfth Night, Troilus and Cressida, Rose Rage, Henry VI Parts 1, 2 and 3 and As You Like It (Chicago Shakespeare); In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (Victory Gardens); The Wheel, The Time of Your Life and Want (Steppenwolf); In the Belly of the Beast: Letters from Prison (Journeymen, After Dark Award) and productions at Remy Bumppo, among others. New York credits: The Seagull and Mamma Mia! (Broadway), Our Town (Barrow Street), Macbeth (Public), The Runner Stumbles (Actors Company) and The Madras House (Mint). Regional credits: Julius Caesar (American Repertory) as well as the show's French tour. Television: Law & Order and Chicago Fire.

JEFF PARKER (Dickens) returns to Northlight where he most recently appeared in Mothers and Sons. Recent Chicago credits: Objects in the Mirror (Goodman), The Secret Garden (Court), Samsara (Victory Gardens) and Isaac's Eye (Writers). Other Chicago credits include: Camino Real, Candide, Turn of the Century and Bounce (Goodman); The Brother/Sister Plays (Jeff Award - Best Ensemble) and Venus (Steppenwolf); Cymbeline, As You Like It and The Three Musketeers (Chicago Shakespeare); Sweet Charity and Days Like Today (Writers); and Nine (Jeff Nomination - Best Actor in a Musical, Porchlight). Off-Broadway and regional credits: Candide (Huntington), My Fair Lady (Asolo Repertory), 1776 (A.C.T.), Boy Gets Girl (Manhattan Theatre Club), The American in Me (Magic) and Winesburg, Ohio (Kansas City Repertory). Television and film credits: Chicago P.D., Love is a Four Letter Word, Prison Break and Early Edition. Jeff holds a B.F.A. in Acting from the University of Southern California.

Northlight Theatre aspires to promote change of perspective and encourage compassion by exploring the depth of our humanity across a bold spectrum of theatrical experiences, reflecting our community to the world and the world to our community.

Now entering its 41st season, the organization has mounted over 200 productions, including more than 40 world premieres.  Northlight has earned 194 Joseph Jefferson Award nominations and 32 Awards.  As one of the area’s premier theatre companies, Northlight is a regional magnet for critical and professional acclaim, as well as talent of the highest quality.

Northlight is supported in part by generous contributions from Allstate Insurance; the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, BMO Harris Bank; Henrietta Lange Burk Fund; Cramer Krasselt; The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation; The Chicago Community Trust; ComEd, An Exelon Company; The Davee Foundation; Edgerton Foundation for New American Plays Award; Evanston Community Foundation; Full Circle Foundation; Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; Kirkland & Ellis Foundation; The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Melvoin Award for Playwriting; Modestus Bauer Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; NorthShore University HealthSystem; The Offield Family Foundation; The Pauls Foundation; Room & Board; Sanborn Family Foundation; The Shubert Foundation, Inc.; The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust; The Sullivan Family Foundation; Tom Stringer Design Partners; Turner Construction; and the Venturous Theater Fund of the Tides Foundation.




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