Adventure Stage Chicago Presents a Restaging of Marco Ramirez's Six Stories Tall for 6 School Matinees in November

Adventure Stage Chicago Presents a Restaging of Marco Ramirez's  Six Stories Tall for 6 School Matinees in November

Adventure Stage Chicago (ASC) has crafted a one hour version of Marco Ramirez's Six Stories Tall, directed by Tom Arvetis, to be performed Fri., Nov. 8th as part of the Auditorium Theatre's Student Matinee Series. Additionally, ASC will present six school performances of Six Stories Tall at Vittum Theater this November.

THE PLAY
ASC Founder/Producing Artistic Director Tom Arvetis received the American Alliance for Theatre and Education's Orlin Corey Award for his direction of Six Stories Tall, which made its Midwest Premiere at ASC in November 2012.

Under Mr. Arvetis' continued direction, ASC has re-imagined the staging of Six Stories Tall using four of the six stories from the original production. Audiences can anticipate the same electric experience with this version of Six Stories Tall, plus the exciting new addition of video courtesy of projection designer Liviu Pasare (The Elephant and The Whale - Chicago Children's Theatre).

Inspired by Hispanic folklore, Six Stories Tall asks and explores the question, "What does it mean to be a hero?" The high-energy show features a live DJ and incorporates a unique mix of narrative influences including comic books, video games, hip-hop music and mythology.

ASC is honored to be invited by the Auditorium Theatre to be a part of their Student Matinee Series alongside Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Too Hot to Handel and the Chicago High School for the Arts. Tom Arvetis explains, "The Auditorium is well known for its commitment to arts education and life-long learning. We are thrilled to be able to help them fulfill their mission with a unique theatrical experience that is intended to speak to the hero in all of us."

ASC is also staging six school performances of Six Stories Tall at Vittum Theater, our resident space. Next spring, ASC will present the world premiere of Tom Arvetis' The Prometheus Project, directed by Rives Collins and running April 5 - May 8, 2014.

THE PERFORMANCES
Nov. 8 at 11:00am
Auditorium Theatre
For more information, visit www.auditoriumtheatre.org.

Nov. 13, 14, 15, 19, 20 & 21 at 10:30am
Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St., Chicago
Tickets: $8.00 per student, with one free chaperone ticket for every ten students
For tickets, call 773.342.4141 or visit www.adventurestage.org.

PLAYWRIGHT/DIRECTOR BIOS

Marco Ramirez (Playwright) is a two-time Latino Playwriting Award winner at the Kennedy Center's American College Theater Festival and has had plays produced at The Juilliard School, The Arsht Center, and Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival of New American Plays (where he has twice received the Heideman Award). TV writing credits include Netflix's "Orange is the New Black" and FX's "Sons of Anarchy." He trained at both NYU and The Juilliard School

Tom Arvetis (Director) founded Adventure Stage Chicago in 2004 and is responsible for the creative vision of the company, the implementation of all programming, and the supervision of the theater staff. Tom's directing credits for ASC include Augusta and Noble by Carlos Murillo (world premiere), And A Child Shall Lead by Michael Slade, Katrina: The Girl Who Wanted Her Name Back by Jason Tremblay (world premiere), The Blue House by José Cruz González (world premiere), and A Woman Called Truthby Sandra Fenichel Asher. Tom also directed a reading of Katrina: The Girl Who Wanted Her Name Back as part of the 2008 New Visions/New Voices Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Other directing credits include Dragon/Sky by Elizabeth Wong (workshop reading for Silk Road Theatre Project), The Search for Odysseus by Charles Way (The Simple Theatre) and The City Wears a Slouch Hat by Kenneth Patchen (Wanderlust Productions). Playwriting credits for Adventure Stage include Walk Two Moons (honorable mention in Chicago Theatre Beat's Best Shows of 2011) and I Dream in Blues (dubbed "the sleeper hit of the season" by the Chicago Tribune). He is currently writingThe Prometheus Project, which will make its world premiere at Adventure Stage in April 2014. Tom was an Ann Shaw Fellow with TYA/USA in 2009 and a finalist for a 2010 Chicago Community Trust Fellowship.

CAST AND CREW
Cast:

Danielle Davis (Rebecca/Marta Elena/Yennifer/Drummer)
Mikhail Fiksel (DJ/Chorus)
Jordan Scott Johnson (Chester/Chorus)
Alexander Knapp (Alfredo/Abeulo/Chorus)
Jose Nateras (Batman/Chorus)
Alyssa Vera Ramos (Lupe/Chorus)
Jeffery Freelon (Understudy)
Alee Spadoni (Understudy)

Crew:
Director: Tom Arvetis*
Stage Manager: Phil Claudnic
Asst. Stage Manager: Nathaniel Nesheim-Case
Music Direction/Composition/Sound Design: Mikhail Fiksel
Movement Director: Stephanie Paul
Scenic & Lighting Design: Brandon Wardell*
Projection Design: Liviu Pasare
Costume Design: Jessica K. Wardell*Stunt Consultant: Sarah Fornace
Technical Director: Jarrod Bainter

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