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Thursday, January 16, 1:01 PM written by EmilyHaha

AFT’s OUT FRONT Series: when last we flew

About Face Theatre’s OUT FRONT SERIES Presents

when last we flew

By Harrison David Rivers

Directed by Lisa Portes

January 25 & 26, 2014 at Stage 773

 

We’re pleased to continue our OUT FRONT SERIES, a year-round collection of free public readings and developmental workshops, with when last we flew by Harrison David Rivers, directed by Lisa Portes, playing Saturday, January 25 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, January 26 at 3 pm at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago.

when last we flew will feature About Face Artistic Associate Kelli Simpkins with Nathan Cooper, Ashleigh Lathrop, Jerry McKinnon, Sean Parris, and others.

Inspired by Tony Kushner’s Angels in America and a testament to the power of theatre, when last we flew is a moving and often humorous look at life in small town America from a contemporary teenage perspective.  After stealing his local library’s only copy of Angels in America, misfit teenager Paul locks himself in the bathroom to begin reading the landmark play. He soon finds that his life and the lives of those around him in his small Kansas town are about to take flight, and over the course of a seemingly ordinary day, extraordinary things start to happen…

The OUT FRONT SERIES is FREE: however, reservations are strongly recommended. Click here to reserve your seats online or call (773) 784-8565.

About the Playwright:

Harrison David Rivers is a Harlem based playwright. His play when last we flew (About Face Theatre, Diversionary Theatre, NYFringe, Sundance Theatre Lab, Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab) received the 2011 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Off Off Broadway Play, the 2010 FringeNYC Excellence in Playwriting Award and was named one of the Top 10 LGBTQ 2010 FringeNYC productions by The Advocate. Other plays include: The Bandaged Place (Aurora Theatre Company Global Age Project, Classical Theater of Harlem, Harlem Stage, New York Theatre Workshop/Dartmouth); lydie, or (s)he who looks inside, awakes (Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab, Williamstown, New Dramatists); Sweet (New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater); And She Said, He Said, I Said Yes (Joe’s Pub, HERE Arts Center); We Are Misquoted Texts (Under St. Marks, 3-Legged Dog, Dixon Place); Jack Perry is Alive (And Dating) (New York Musical Theatre Festival, Ars Nova ANT Fest); THE SEA & THE STARS (National Black Theatre); and Look Upon Our Lowliness (New York Theatre Workshop, The Movement Theatre Company). Harrison’s short plays have been produced at The Public Theater, Atlantic Theater, Atlantic Stage 2, Second Stage, Playwrights Horizons, Dixon Place, the 45th Street Theater, Harlem School for the Arts and the American Airlines Theater on Broadway. His monologue play Not Resentful At All was presented as part of Headlong Theatre Company’s 2011 production of Decade directed by Rupert Goold. The piece is also published in “Decade: An Anthology of New Plays About the Legacy of 9/11”. Harrison is the recipient of Van Lier (New Dramatists) and Emerging Artist of Color Fellowships (New York Theatre Workshop) and the John Golden Playwriting Award. He was a finalist for the Alec Baldwin Singers Forum Fellowship, the New York Stage & Film Founder’s Award, the Old Vic/New Voices US/UK Playwrights Exchange and a semi-finalist for the P73 Playwriting Fellowship. Harrison is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect and an alumnus of the 2012-13 Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater. MFA, Columbia University.

About the Director

Lisa Portes serves a head of directing at the Theatre School at DePaul University and artistic director of Chicago Playworks for Young Audiences.  Primarily a director of new American work, her recent projects include: Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West by Naomi Iizuka (Timeline Theatre), the world premieres of Ghostwritten by Naomi Iizuka (Goodman Theatre), After 100 Years by Naomi Iizuka (Guthrie Theatre) and Night Over Erzinga by Adriana Sevahn-Nichols (Silk Road Rising).  Other Chicago credits include: Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue by Quiara Alegría Hudes (Steppenwolf Garage with Teatro Vista and Rivendell Theatre Ensemble), Ski Dubai by Laura Jacqmin and Spare Change by Mia McCullough (Steppenwolf, First Look Rep), Permanent Collection by Thomas Gibbons (Northlight Theatre), The Piano Teacher by Julia Cho, In the Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks and Far Away by Caryl Churchill (Next Theatre), and Offspring of the Cold War by Carlos Murillo (Walkabout Theatre).  New York credits include: Wilder by Erin Cressida Wilson and the Red Clay Ramblers (Playwrights Horizons), How to Write While You Sleep by Madeleine Olnek, Hurricane by Erin Wilson and Fur by Migdalia Cruz (Soho Rep).  A director of new American plays and musicals, Lisa has directed numerous readings and workshops in such development programs as Sundance Summer Theatre Lab, Vineyard Arts Project, Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference, New Stages at Goodman Theatre, New Work Now at the Public Theatre, Mondays@3 at New York Theatre Workshop, the Cherry Lane Alternative, Hispanic Playwrights Project at South Coast Repertory Theatre, the McCarter Theatre Lab, and the Cape Cod Theatre Project.  Lisa served as the associate director for the Tony Award-winning musical, The Who’s Tommy mounting its international productions in Canada, the U.K., and Germany.  Awards include the NEA/TCG Career Development Grant, the Drama League Directing Fellowship and a Fulbright/Hays award. Lisa received her MFA in directing from the University of California, San Diego.

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Wednesday, December 11, 1:43 PM written by EmilyHaha

WE THREE LIZAS is a Hit, Hit, Hit!

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“For those in search of a little holiday irreverence, the revamped vamps of WE THREE LIZAS could be singing your new favorite carol.”

-Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago

“If you admire new music for theater, you won’t regret going to Stage 773.”

-Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

“Scott Bradley and Alan Schmuckler’s gay riff on Charles Dickens’ holiday classic is a glitzy, over-the-top spectacular.”

-Chicago Theatre Review

“We Three Lizas most definitely rewards with its message of being true not only to one’s creative impulses, but to the loved ones around you who offer support and encouragement.”

-Windy City Times

“I’m dreaming of a Hot-Hot-Hot Christmas, and WE THREE LIZAS can handle the temperature.”

-HollywoodChicago.com

“The show rightfully deserves to be an annual holiday tradition.”

-Broadway World

WE THREE LIZAS runs now through January 5th at Stage 773.

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WE THREE LIZAS
Book & Lyrics by AFT Artistic Associate Scott Bradley
Music & Additional Lyrics by Alan Schmuckler
Directed by AFT Artistic Associate Scott Ferguson
Choreography by Patrick Andrews
Musical Direction by Aaron Benham

WE THREE LIZAS  features many of the original cast members including Scott Duff*John Francisco*Sharriese Hamilton, Danielle Plisz (Jeff Award-nominated), Dana Tretta and Andrew Swan in addition to newcomers Mark David KaplanJames Nedrud and Bethany Thomas. Musicians include Aaron Benham (piano/conductor), Jed Feder (drums) and Debra Johnson (bass).  *Denotes AFT Artistic Associates.

The production team for WE THREE LIZAS includes: Jerre Dye (set design), Mieka van der Ploeg and Robert S. Kuhn (costume design), Mac Vaughey (lighting design), Josh Horvath (sound design), Eleanor Kahn (properties design), Davis McCarty (projections design) and Helen Lattyak (stage manager).

Tickets $45 adults/$20 students. Group discounts available. Tickets are available online, in person at the Stage 773 Box Office (1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago) or by calling (773) 327-5252.  Additional processing fees apply for phone and internet orders.

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Wednesday, October 16, 3:54 PM written by EmilyHaha

WE THREE LIZAS Tickets Are On Sale!

About Face Theatre Presents
The Return of the Hit Holiday Musical
WE THREE LIZAS

Book & Lyrics by AFT Artistic Associate Scott Bradley
Music & Additional Lyrics by Alan Schmuckler
Directed by AFT Artistic Associate Scott Ferguson
Choreography by Patrick Andrews
Musical Direction by Aaron Benham

November 27, 2013 – January 5, 2014 at Stage 773

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She’s back!

Fresh from a concert at Joe’s Pub in New York City with a revamped book and expanded score, last year’s queer holiday hit WE THREE LIZAS is back… and better than ever!  Box maker Conrad Ticklebottom’s life has hit a stumbling block. Once, Conrad and his purple box ignited an entire movement in art and design, but now he finds himself alone, forgotten and teetering on ruin.

The holidays bring three magical figures to his door – a trio of Liza Minnellis to escort him on a fabulous journey through what-was, what-could-be and what-the-f*?!, redeeming his lost promise and re-inventing a brand-new Conrad Ticklebottom.  It’s a darkly sparkly holiday musical spinning a tale of hope, transformation…and the power of Liza!

WE THREE LIZAS will feature many of the original cast members including Scott Duff*John Francisco*Sharriese Hamilton, Danielle Plisz (Jeff Award-nominated), Dana Tretta and Andrew Swan in addition to newcomers Mark David KaplanJames Nedrud and Bethany Thomas. Musicians include Aaron Benham (piano/conductor), Jed Feder (drums) and Debra Johnson (bass).  *Denotes AFT Artistic Associates.

The production team for WE THREE LIZAS includes: Jerre Dye (set design), Mieka van der Ploeg and Robert S. Kuhn (costume design), Mac Vaughey (lighting design), Josh Horvath (sound design), Eleanor Kahn (properties design), Davis McCarty (projections design) and Helen Lattyak (stage manager).

Location:  Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago

Previews: Wednesday, November 27 at 7:30 pm, Friday, November 29 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, November 30 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, December 1 at 3 pm
Press Opening:  Thursday, December 5 at 7:30 pm
Regular Run Friday, December 6th, 2013 – Sunday, January 5, 2014
Curtain Times:  Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 pm; Saturdays at 3 pm & 7:30 pm; Sundays at 3 pm

Tickets:  Previews: $20 adults/$10 students. Regular run: $45 adults/$20 students. Group discounts available. Tickets are available online, in person at the Stage 773 Box Office (1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago) or by calling (773) 327-5252.  Additional processing fees apply for phone and internet orders.

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