Monday, April 25, 2016

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

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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).

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