Babes With Blades Theatre Presents L'IMBECILE, Begin. Today
In a world premiere production, Babes With Blades Theatre Company is proud to present L'Imbecile, by Aaron Adair, at Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. in Chicago. Previews will be today, April 5, Thursday April 10, and Friday April 11 at 8PM. The opening is Saturday, April 12 at 8PM, and the show will run Thursdays-Fridays at 8PM and Saturdays at both 4PM and 8PM from April 12-May 10.
L'Imbecile is directed by Wm Bullion and the cast features Elyse Dawson, Amy E. Harmon*, Kimberly Logan*, Elizabeth MacDougald*, Luke Meierdiercks, Kathrynne Wolf*, Maureen Yasko*, and Josh Zagoren. The violence design is by Alison Dornheggen*
The design and production team of L'Imbecile includes Christy Arington (Assistant Director), Leigh Barrett* (Lighting Designer), Sharon Cruz (Stage Manager), Sid Feldman (Style Consultant), Rose Freeman (Dramaturg), Stefanie Johnsen (Costume Designer), Sarah Scanlon (Sound Designer, Music Composition, Live Performance), Nicci Schumacher (Scenic Designer), Kelsey Shipley (Props Designer), and Dustin Spence (Production Manager)
*denotes BWBTC ensemble member
Sprouting up from the cast-off tatters and scraps of our society, L'Imbecile is (according to playwright Aaron Adair) "shamelessly stolen" from Giuseppe Verdi's opera Rigoletto, which, in turn, was adapted in 1851 from Victor Hugo's play Le roi s'amuse. But even if they were still around, Verdi and Hugo might not recognize their work when they see it: A Queen and her Fool, in a deadly dance of betrayal and revenge, play fast and loose with curses and courtly manners... with catastrophic consequences.
A veteran of BWBTC's Fighting Words program (2012), L'Imbecile was an entry in BWBTC's 2011-2012 Joining Sword & Pen Playwriting Competition. As required by the competition, it is based on the painting Erinyes by Victoria Szilagy. For more information about Fighting Words, please see BWBTC's website here: http://babeswithblades.org/wptest/?page_id=120
Photo by Steven Townshend