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Wednesday, July 2, 7:44 PM written by boomerang

About Face Theatre, in association with Justin Brill, Launches Its 2014-15 Season with the Chicago Premiere of METHTACULAR!

Written and Performed by Steven Strafford
Directed by Adam Fitzgerald

August 21 – September 28, 2014 at Theater Wit
CHICAGO (June 19, 2014) – About Face Theatre, in association with Justin Brill, is pleased to launch its 2014-15 season with Methtacular!written and performed by Steven Stafford and directed by Adam Fitzgerald.  In this Chicago premiere, Strafford shares his brutally honest and often comedic story of survival in the underground world of Chicago’s crystal meth scene. Methtacular! plays August 21 –September 28, 2014 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago.  Tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at www.aboufacetheatre.com, by calling (773) 975-8150 or in person at the Theater Wit Box Office. The press opening is Sunday, August 24 at 4 pm.

Methtacular! is Steven Strafford’s hilarious and harrowing autobiographical account of his three years as a crystal meth addict in Chicago. Through comedy, songs, and plenty of honest storytelling, Strafford brings audiences on a journey through the chemical highs, devastating lows, and ultimate redemption from his drug addled, sex crazed life.

“After playing to sold-out crowds and rave reviews in New York, Cincinnati and Portland, this unique piece of theatre is finally coming home to Chicago where it was born and bred,” comments AFT Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff. “Crystal meth addiction has been a serious national problem for years in the gay community, and especially here in the Midwest.  A talented artist and brilliant storyteller, Steven shines a light on addiction that is at once funny and thought provoking, turning his journey down the rabbit hole into a compelling and comedic evening.  Virtuosic and soulbaringly honest, Methtacular! is a play that audiences won’t soon forget,” adds Volkoff.

The production team for Methtacular! Includes David L. Arsenault (scenic design) Sarah Hughey (lighting design) and Paul Perry (sound design).

PRODUCTION DETAILS:
Title: Methtacular!
Written and performed by: Steven Strafford
Directed by: Adam Fitzgerald
Music supervision and arrangements: John McDaniel 
Original music and arrangements: William TN Hall
Original music: Wade Elkins 
Accompanist: Charlotte Rivard-Hoster

Location:  Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago.
Dates: Previews: Thursday, August 21 at 7:30 pmFriday, August 22 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, August 23 at 7:30 pm
Press opening:  Sunday, August 24 at 4 pm
Regular run Wednesday, August 27 – Sunday, September 28, 2014
Curtain Times:  Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 4 pm
Tickets:  Previews: $20 adults/$10 students & seniors. Regular run: $35 adults/$20 students & seniors. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at www.aboufacetheatre.com, by calling (773) 975-8150 or in person at the Theater Wit Box Office.

Biographies:

Steven Strafford (Playwright/Actor) is a Brooklyn-born, Jersey-raised actor and writer. His Chicago credits include work with Bailiwick Repertory and Theatre Hikes. Nationally, he has been seen in Spamalot (Original Vegas cast) as Prince Herbert and four other characters. He has worked regionally at Portland Stage Company, The Cape Playhouse, Sacramento Music Circus and Bakerloo Theatre Project and has performed across America in Peter Pan (with Cathy Rigby) in Europe in Grease! and in Asia in Cinderella (with Lea Salonga). In NYC, he appeared in The Mad Show at The York, Off-Broadway. He also created roles in several NYMF shows including Songs for a More Funnier World and To Paint the Earth. He can regularly be seen telling stories and sharing his writing at The Moth, Story Club and other live lit shows around Chicago.

Adam Fitzgerald (Director) New York credits include Ken Urban’s The Awake (New York Times Critic’s Pick), Methtacular! (Time Out NY Critics’ Pick), Killing Women (with Lisa Brescia); Lyric is Waiting (all with kef productions), Songs for a More Funnier World (NYMF), Getting the Business and A Dish for the Gods (for Rachel Reiner Productions), Michael I. Walker’s Letter from Algeria (GroundUp) and the concerts of Ali Ewoldt and Adam Jacobs’ Heart Full of Love (Town Hall) and Carner and Gregor¹s Island Song (92Y). Adam was the 2008-09 Directing Resident at Playwrights Horizons assisting Wilson Milam, Bartlett Sher and Kate Whoriskey on plays by Nicky Silver (Three Changes with Maura Tierney), Craig Lucas (Prayer for My Enemy with Victoria Clark, Michele Pawk and Jonathan Groff) and Christina Anderson (Inked Baby with LaChanze) and served as the 2007-08 Artistic Associate at Playhouse West where his production of Defiance garnered Critics Circle nominations for both Best Director and Best Production and was named in the Contra Costa Times top productions of the year.  Film/TV:  PSA for the Ad Council and GLSEN which won a national Talent House competition judged by Brett Ratner and Tom Ford; FIFTY2&NINE’s web series, Conversations with My Ex for GWIST TV (8 episodes); and American Blend, a new morning talk show.

About Face Theatre creates exceptional, innovative, and adventurous plays to advance the national dialogue on gender and sexual identity, and to challenge and entertain audiences in Chicago, across the country, and around the world.

 

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Thursday, June 19, 3:35 PM written by EmilyHaha

AFT’s 2014-2015 Season Opens with Methtacular!

About Face Theatre,
in association with Justin Brill,
Launches Its 2014-15 Season with the Chicago Premiere of

Methtacular!

Written and Performed by Steven Strafford
Directed by Adam Fitzgerald
August 21 – September 28, 2014 at Theater Wit

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Steven Strafford performing in Methtacular!

About Face Theatre, in association with Justin Brill, is pleased to launch its 2014-15 season with Methtacular!written and performed by Steven Strafford and directed by Adam Fitzgerald.  In this Chicago premiere, Strafford shares his brutally honest and often comedic story of survival in the underground world of Chicago’s crystal meth scene. Methtacular! plays August 21 – September 28, 2014 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago.  Tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 1, 2014 on our webiste, by calling (773) 975-8150 or in person at the Theater Wit Box Office. The press opening is Sunday, August 24 at 4 pm.

Methtacular! is Steven Strafford’s hilarious and harrowing autobiographical account of his three years as a crystal meth addict in Chicago. Through comedy, songs, and plenty of honest storytelling, Strafford brings audiences on a journey through the chemical highs, devastating lows, and ultimate redemption from his drug addled, sex crazed life.

“After playing to sold-out crowds and rave reviews in New York, Cincinnati and Portland, this unique piece of theatre is finally coming home to Chicago where it was born and bred,” comments AFT Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff. “Crystal meth addiction has been a serious national problem for years in the gay community, and especially here in the Midwest.  A talented artist and brilliant storyteller, Steven shines a light on addiction that is at once funny and thought provoking, turning his journey down the rabbit hole into a compelling and comedic evening.  Virtuosic and soulbaringly honest, Methtacular! is a play that audiences won’t soon forget,” adds Volkoff.

The production team for Methtacular! Includes David L. Arsenault (scenic design) and Aaron Rhyne (projections design).

PRODUCTION DETAILS:

Title: Methtacular!
Written and performed by: Steven Strafford
Directed by: Adam Fitzgerald
Music supervision and arrangements: John McDaniel 
Original music and arrangements: William TN Hall
Original music: Wade Elkins 

Location:  Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago.
Dates: Previews: Thursday, August 21 at 7:30 pm, Friday, August 22 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, August 23 at 7:30 pm
Press opening:  Sunday, August 24 at 4 pm
Regular run Wednesday, August 27 – Sunday, September 28, 2014
Curtain Times:  Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 4 pm
Tickets:  Previews: $20 adults/$10 students & seniors. Regular run: $35 adults/$20 students & seniors. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at www.aboufacetheatre.org, by calling (773) 975-8150 or in person at the Theater Wit Box Office.

Biographies:

Steven Strafford (Playwright/Actor) is a Brooklyn-born, Jersey-raised actor and writer. His Chicago credits include work with Bailiwick Repertory and Theatre Hikes. Nationally, he has been seen in Spamalot (Original Vegas cast) as Prince Herbert and four other characters. He has worked regionally at Portland Stage Company, The Cape Playhouse, Sacramento Music Circus and Bakerloo Theatre Project and has performed across America in Peter Pan (with Cathy Rigby) in Europe in Grease! and in Asia in Cinderella (with Lea Salonga). In NYC, he appeared in The Mad Show at The York, Off-Broadway. He also created roles in several NYMF shows including Songs for a More Funnier World and To Paint the Earth. He can regularly be seen telling stories and sharing his writing at The Moth, Story Club and other live lit shows around Chicago.

Adam Fitzgerald (Director) New York credits include Ken Urban’s The Awake (New York Times Critic’s Pick), Methtacular! (Time Out NY Critics’ Pick), Killing Women (with Lisa Brescia); Lyric is Waiting (all with kef productions), Songs for a More Funnier World (NYMF), Getting the Business and A Dish for the Gods (for Rachel Reiner Productions), Michael I. Walker’s Letter from Algeria (GroundUp) and the concerts of Ali Ewoldt and Adam Jacobs’ Heart Full of Love (Town Hall) and Carner and Gregor¹s Island Song (92Y). Adam was the 2008-09 Directing Resident at Playwrights Horizons assisting Wilson Milam, Bartlett Sher and Kate Whoriskey on plays by Nicky Silver (Three Changes with Maura Tierney), Craig Lucas (Prayer for My Enemy with Victoria Clark, Michele Pawk and Jonathan Groff) and Christina Anderson (Inked Baby with LaChanze) and served as the 2007-08 Artistic Associate at Playhouse West where his production of Defiance garnered Critics Circle nominations for both Best Director and Best Production and was named in the Contra Costa Times top productions of the year.  Film/TV:  PSA for the Ad Council and GLSEN which won a national Talent House competition judged by Brett Ratner and Tom Ford; FIFTY2&NINE’s web series, Conversations with My Ex for GWIST TV (8 episodes); and American Blend, a new morning talk show.

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Monday, May 19, 8:00 PM written by boomerang

About Face Theatre Celebrates June with The Pride Performance Series

Including a Special Reading featuring Michael Urie of Ugly Betty

CHICAGO (May 15, 2014) – About Face Theatre commemorates Pride Month with THE PRIDE PERFORMANCE SERIES, a spectacular line-up of readings, performances and special events throughout June celebrating the LGBTQIA experience. The series kicks off with a reading of Jonathan Tolins’ comedy The Last Sunday in June, starring real life couple Michael Urie (of TV’s Ugly Betty) and his partner Ryan Spahn.Urie iscurrently starring in Tolins’ comedy Buyer & Cellar at Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse. Up next, AFT Artistic Associate Paul Oakley Stovall leads a panel of Chicago artists through an exploration of Lesbians & Literature. Then, playwright Bixby Elliot (Girl You Know It’s True) unravels everything you’ve ever learned about our 16th President as AFT presents a reading of his hilarious play Abraham Lincoln was a F*gg*t.  Finally, Steven Strafford stars in a reading of Methtacular!, his own brutally honest and often comedic story of survival as a meth addict in Chicago.

Tickets for THE PRIDE PERFORMANCE SERIES are available at www.aboutfacetheatre.org.   A Series Pass is available at a 20% discount ($44) for access to all four events.

 

The Last Sunday in June

By Jonathan Tolins

Directed by AFT Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff

Starring Michael Urie with Ryan Spahn and others

Monday, June 2 at 7:30 pm 

The Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago

Tickets $20

 

The Last Sunday In June is a fascinating look back at how much has changed in the LGBTQ landscape over the past ten years. It’s the last Sunday in June 2003, the day of the annual Gay Pride Parade through New York’s Greenwich Village. Tom and Michael, his partner of seven years, intend to spend the day planning their impending move from the Big Apple to the upstate town of Nyack, but their plans are rerouted as one friend after another drops by to view the parade from the window of their Christopher Street apartment. An afternoon originally designated for things domestic instead turns into a series of conversations about relationships, self-acceptance and the very meaning of what it is to be gay, eventually calling into question Tom and Michael’s relationship itself.

 

Lesbians and Literature

Hosted by AFT Artistic Associate Paul Oakley Stovall

Part of the PivotArts Festival

Tuesday, June 10 at 7 pm

Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon Ave., Chicago

Tickets $10

 

Lesbians have had a lasting, but often unsung, impact on English literature.  AFT Artistic Associate Paul Oakley Stovall hosts a panel discussion and performance exploring gay women in literature including Sappho, the couple behind James Joyce’s Ulysses and more.  The event features playwright Marilyn Campbell, AFT Artistic Associate Elizabeth Ledo, playwright and actress Pat Kane, and others.

 

Abraham Lincoln was a F*gg*t

by Bixby Elliot

Directed by AFT Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff

Friday, June 13 and Saturday June 14 at 7:30 pm

Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago

Tickets $10

 

Was our country’s most beloved president gay? That’s what 17-year-old Cal thinks and he’s going to prove it to the world! Structured around an oral report that Cal presents at Ford’s Theatre where Lincoln met his untimely end,Abraham Lincoln was a F*gg*tweaves together Cal’s story and his quest to prove the secret (based in fact) sexual history of Gaybraham Lincoln. Along the way there is damning evidence, time travel, a road trip to the nation’s capital, budding high-school romance, a crazy Mary Todd and sex in a stove-pipe hat.  Watch and learn!

 

Methtacular!

Written by and starring Steven Strafford

Directed by Adam Fitzgerald

Tuesday, June 17 at 7:30 pm

American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St., Chicago

Tickets $15

 

Methtacular! is Steven Strafford’s hilarious and harrowing account of his three year run as a crystal meth addict in Chicago. As Steven weaves together stories, songs and Facts of Life references, audiences will laugh their way down into the depths of a drug addled, sex crazed life.

 

About Face Theatre creates exceptional, innovative, and adventurous plays to advance the national dialogue on gender and sexual identity, and to challenge and entertain audiences in Chicago, across the country, and around the world.

 

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PRESS CONTACT: David Rosenberg
David Rosenberg Public Relations
david@drpublicrelations.com 

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