AT HIS BEST Runs Now thru 1/26 at the Den Theatre
Playwright and Artistic Director of Cold Basement Dramatics Cassandra Rose explores the lives of two women fromdifferent decades linked by a visit from the same man in her new play, At His Best. Produced by Cold Basement Dramatics and directed by Mike Mroch, At His Best will open tonight, January 3rd and run through January 26th at the Den Theatre. Rose's recent works with Cold Basement Dramatics include Snakes in her Hair (2010), Wake (2011), and Margret (2012). Tickets are on sale now at athisbest.brownpapertickets.com ($15; $10 for students/industry with proper ID).
At His Best tells the stories of two women living in two different times in the same apartment. The first woman, Ann (Laura Barati), finds herself waking up the morning of her wedding day next to a man who is not her husband-to-be (Rob Vignisson). Her fiancé, Freddy (Ed Porter), is no where to be found. Twenty five years later, Ann's daughter, Caroline (Elee Schrok), is prepping for her own wedding that is only a week away with her fiancé Tom (Kevin Fanshaw). She is visited by a mysterious man (Robert Koon) who claims to have known her mother well. As Caroline befriends the Old Acquaintance, secrets about the past and her mother are revealed, leaving her more skeptical of the truth and of her visitor's intentions. The truth becomes clear about the dark events of the past and tensions rise as Caroline's wedding day draws near.
Cassandra Rose (Playwright, Artistic Director) earned her BA in playwriting from Columbia College Chicago. Her plays include Children of Troy, Blasphemy, and The Dictionary Project. She is a Network Playwright at Chicago Dramatists and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. At His Best was previously developed through Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series.
Mike Mroch (Director) is a graduate of Columbia College with a BFA in Directing and Scenic Design. He recently worked with Cassandra and Cold Basement on Secret Stash II (Margret). Mike has been an assistant to director for Kimberly Senior, Joanie Schultz, and James Palmer and he has dramaturged for Cherry Orchard, Uncle Vanya (Strawdog), Legion (Wildclaw). He is an ensemble member and the General Manager at Strawdog Theatre.