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FEAR. How we try to understand it, cope with it, and overcome it.
It is arguably the greatest driving force in the history of mankind,
from big countries to small towns, from mega-corporations to the corner
store, from entire civilizations to the single soul. It is the guide to
the conscience, the motivator to excel, and the engine to survive. Come
back to Redtwist, and immerse yourself in FEAR. You'll be so relieved!!
Jeff Awards Winners are...
City Supporting Actor-Brian
Hero: Best Production,
Director-Keira Fromm, Principal Actor-Andrew Jessop
|A Delicate Balance
Sep. 25 thru Oct. 30, 2010
(Artistic Associate, Goodman Theatre)
THE FEAR: Have you ever been so afraid
that you just wanted someone else to take care of you?
THE PLAY: The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about an upper middle-class
family whose world is shaken and stirred when their best friends come
to stay—not visit, stay—because of the unspoken terror within.
THE CAST: Company members Brian Parry (Tobias), Jan Ellen Graves
Jacqueline Grandt (Julia), and guest artists, Millicent Hurley (Agnes),
Chuck Spencer (Harry),
and Cece Klinger (Claire)
Dec. 2, 2010 thru Jan. 16,
(all shows at 7:30)
Directed by Keira Fromm
(Casting Associate, Chicago Shakespeare
FEAR: Ever had the feeling that you had no
options, no prospects, no future? That's how Jeff feels.
PLAY: A clever and witty drama about right and wrong and the blurry
line that separates the two. Lobby
Hero is the hopeful tale of Jeff, a bright and charming
young man with big dreams who works as a security guard in the lobby of
a Manhattan high-rise. Feeling firmly stuck, Jeff is suddenly thrust
into the middle of a front-page murder case.
CAST: Company members Andrew Jessop (Jeff), Eric Hoffmann
(Bill), and Maura
Kidwell (Dawn), Amy Crater (Dawn after Jan 2) and guest
artist, Michael Pogue (William).
|Shining City by Conor
thru Mar. 6,
Directed by Joanie
FEAR: Have you ever done anything terrible you regret that could
not be undone? And are you afraid of the consequences?
PLAY: Just as a middle-age man is collapsing under the weight of his
lifeless marriage and rising rage toward his tender wife, she is killed
in a horrific crash. He is wracked with guilt and…haunted by her
A terrifying tale from downtown Dublin with a double dose of compassion
for the walking wounded.
CAST: Redtwist company member, Brian Parry, takes the role of John,
with guest artists, John Arthur Lewis as Ian, Cheryl Lynn Golemo as
Neasa, and Kaelan Strouse as Laurence.
|Man from Nebraska by
Mar. 26 thru May 8, 2011
Directed by Andrew Jessop, (Associate Artistic Director, Redtwist
FEAR: Have you ever lost faith in anything
dear to you…your family, career, spouse, leaders, God? A man from
Nebraska has some issues.
PLAY: What happens when the soul unravels and a man heads for the
hills? Whether from a crisis of faith or a mid-life crisis,
rock solid Midwesterner, Ken Carpenter, leaves his loving wife and
good job to find some answers in the
bohemian underbelly of modern-day London. The results of his quest are
surprising indeed and life will never be the same again.
CAST: Company member Jan Ellen Graves, with guest artists,
Marssie Mencotti, Julie Dahlinger, Michael Sherwin, Jane Delaubenfels,
Adrian Snow, Sam Perry, Andrew Pond, and Chuck Spencer in the title
|BUG by Tracy Letts
May 27 thru Aug. 7, 2011
Directed by Kimberly Senior (Director of our 2009-10 hit show The Pillowman)
FEAR: Have you ever been so stressed that
reality itself becomes a fantasy world full of big bad things?
PLAY: A gritty and darkly funny tale of love, alienation, fear,
paranoia, and government conspiracy. The psychotic fervor with which
the protagonist, a possibly
AWOL Gulf War veteran, rants about his issues, insidiously infects the
mental stability of his new love interest, Agnes, a lonely alienated
woman living on the edge. Dark secrets emerge from the walls of a seedy
motel room as two lonely souls take aggressive solace against the
ever-encroaching outside world.
CAST: Company members Jacqueline Grandt, Tommy Lee Johnston,
Michael Colucci, and
Andrew Jessop in the lead role of the troubled veteran, Peter Evans
Directed by Michael Colucci, Artistic Director, Redtwist Theatre
FEAR: Were you ever unfairly thrust into a position of
responsibility, and had absolutely no idea what to do?
PLAY: The Chicago premiere
of Polly Stenham's explosive first play which premiered at London's
Royal Court in 2007 to dazzling reviews. That Face is a savage
dissection of an affluent family in freefall, featuring a tangled
mother-son relationship filled with helpless enabling, sick
manipulation, and wicked desperation. A blistering, merciless drama
with twisted humor in which the parents become children, and the kids
are left to steer a sinking ship. All of 19 when she wrote the play,
Polly Stenham was cited by The Daily Express as a modern successor to
Tennessee Williams and Edward Albee. The Daily Telegraph said That Face is one of the most
astonishing debuts in more than 30 years. Buckle up, That Face is coming to the
Midwest. And you can reach out and feel it at the "Best storefront in
CAST: Featuring company member Jacqueline
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