Saturday, August 6, 2016

ADULT NIGHT OUT: Babes With Blades Theatre Company’s The Promise of a Rose Garden at City Lit Theatre

Events and Deals Announced for  
Babes With Blades Theatre Company’s
The Promise of a Rose Garden,
Opening August 6, 2016

Post-show discussion, pay-what-you-can dates, and some big company announcements coming up during the run of the show.

Babes With Blades Theatre Company has long been a favorite of ours here at ChiIL Mama & ChiIL Live Shows. Their stage combat, grrrrrrrl centric takes on original works and classics are well worth a look. We love their mission statement "Babes With Blades Theatre Company uses stage combat to place women and their stories center stage."

Events and deals have been announced for Babes With Blades Theatre Company’s 19th world premiere production, The Promise of a Rose Garden, written by Dustin Spence, 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 August 6 – September 10.

The Promise of a Rose Garden is directed by BWBTC’s incoming Co-Artistic Director Elyse Dawson, and the cast features Catherine Dvorak, Arti Ishak, Sam Long, Izis Mollinedo, Patti Moore*, Maureen Yasko*, Aaron Wertheim, and Kathrynne Wolf*.

The design and production team includes Leigh Barrett* (Production Manager), Milo Bue (Scenic Design), Brigidta De Souza (Stage Manager), Jason A. Fleece (Dialect Coach), Rachel Flesher (Violence Design), Barbara Lhota* (Props Design), Kimberly Morris* (Costume Design), Matthew Reich (Sound Design), and David Trudeau (Lighting Design).

*denotes BWBTC ensemble member

All Performances August 7 – September 10 offer discounted admission to members of the Military with ID. $15 Tickets can be purchased online with code OORAH.

The Thursday performances of August 18, 25, and September 1 will offer pay-what-you-can admission.

Sunday, August 14 will be an Industry performance, offering $10 tickets to anyone with proof of industry affiliation.

On Sunday, August 14, BWBTC will make a major leadership announcement, followed by an informal mingle at That Little Mexican Café, 1055 W. Bryn Mawr.

Sunday, August 21: Stick around after the show for Servicewomen, Before and After: a post-show discussion about the lives of women who serve in the armed forces. Speakers will include Kimberly Green (Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Jessie Brown VA Medical Center) and Meosha Thomas (10 years active duty in the United States Navy; founder of One Savvy Veteran).

Before the Thursday, September 8 performance, join the company and sponsor David Woolley at 7pm at That Little Mexican Café for a party to celebrate 10 years of Joining Sword & Pen, BWBTC’s playwriting competition. Following the performance, playwright Dustin Spence will be presented with the Margaret M. Martin Award.

All closing weekend, September 8-10, BWBTC will be collecting monetary donations for One Savvy Veteran (, a 501c3 non-profit organization founded by a woman veteran to meet the needs of fellow women warriors. They are a source of support, advocacy, benefit assistance and access to veteran-specific information and resources for women veterans in the Chicagoland area and surrounding suburbs.

Event information and updates can be found on BWBTC’s website here:

Additional discounts and deals will be offered on BWBTC’s Facebook page:

$22 general admission
$14 students and seniors
$10 previews
Available at 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.

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