ELEGY Makes Chicago Debut at Victory Gardens, Now thru 12/1

October 31
12:30 AM 2013

Elegy-at-Victory-Gardens-Biograph-Directed-by-Ron-Hirsen-1031-121-20010101

The Elegy Project has announced the Chicago premiere of Elegy, tonight, October 31 - December 1, written by Ron Hirsen and directed by Dennis Zacek at the Richard Christiansen Theater at Victory Gardens Biograph, 2433 Lincoln Ave.

Preview performances are Thursday, Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2 at 5 and 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. Opening/press night is Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.and will be followed by a reception. The performance schedule is Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 5 and 8:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. There is no performance Thursday, Nov. 28 and an added performance Sunday, Dec. 1 at 7:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $30 for previews, $48 for opening night and $42 for the regular run. All tickets go on sale August 1 at 10 a.m. and are available at victorygardens.org, elegyproject.org or 773.871.3000

Elegy, a moving story that weaves through time and location, from Kristallnacht in Berlin to contemporary New York, dramatizes the perpetual torment of Holocaust survivors, the anguish felt by their Jewish American children and the conflict that occurs with the clash between the two generations.

The cast includes Greg Vinkler, "Helmut;" Iris Liberman, "Hilde," Justin Leider, "Jerry" and Bernard Beck, "Papa."

The production team is Grant Sabin, scenic design; Claire Chrzan, lighting design; Delia Ridenour, costume design; Scott Miller, sound design and Tina Jach, stage manager.

ABOUT Dennis Zacek, director: Dennis Zacek held the position of artistic director at Victory Gardens Theatre for 30 years, and recently accepted the Actor's Equity Association's (AEA) Spirit Recognition Award. The Spirit Award is given to institutions that "have made non-traditional casting a way of life." He also received the 2005 Jeff Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chicago Equity Theatre. He, his wife Marcelle McVay, and the theater are co-recipients of the 2001 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. He is also the recipient of the 2004 Artistic Leadership Award from the League of Chicago Theatres. Zacek and Ms. McVay received the 1999 Rosetta LeNoire Award from Actors' Equity and the 1998 Sidney R. Yates Arts Advocacy Award from the Illinois Arts Alliance Foundation. He has directed more than 250 productions in his career, including, most recently, the successful Drury Lane Oakbrook production of Boeing, Boeing. Zacek is a professor emeritus of Loyola University and was included in 2005 in Utne magazine's first-ever list of "Artists Who Will Shake the World."

ABOUT Ron Hirsen, playwright: Ron Hirsen is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists, he has had his plays produced and read in Chicago and throughout the country including Wisdom Bridge and the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Elegy premiered at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia in 2002. The Frugal Repast was developed at the O'Neill in 2004 and premiered at the Abingdon Theatre in New York in 2007 and was staged again in 2012 at the Greenbrier VAlley Theatre in West Virginia. Land Where My Fathers Died, received the John Gassner Memorial Playwright Award for 2008 and the Dionysus Cup from Polarity Ensemble Theatre in Chicago in 2012. Hirsen is a member of the Dramatists Guild, a former member of Actors Equity and has served on the staffs of Victory Gardens, The Theater School of DePaul and as a consultant to other Chicago theatre companies.

Elegy, October 31 - December 1, written by Ron Hirsen and directed by Dennis Zacek at the Richard Christiansen Theater at Victory Gardens Biograph, 2433 Lincoln Ave. Preview performances are Thursday, Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2 at 5 and 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. Opening/press night is Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a reception. The performance schedule is Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 5 and 8:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. There is no performance Thursday, Nov. 28. Ticket prices are $30 for previews, $48 for opening night and $42 for the regular run. All tickets go on sale August 1 at 10 a.m. and are available at victorygardens.org, elegyproject.org or773.871.3000

A portion of the ticket revenue goes to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. A benefit performance will be held for the Holocaust Community Services Leadership Committee of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

Chicago THEATER Stories | Shows  Like BWW Chicago  Follow BWW Chicago




Advertisement Advertisement

BROADWAYWORLD TV

HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Latest - NBCUniversal to Offer Inclusive Viewing Experience of HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
Footlite Musicals
(Runs 11/25 - 12/11)
Honky Tonk Angels in BroadwayHonky Tonk Angels
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
(Runs 12/9 - 1/29)
RING OF FIRE
Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse
(Runs 9/20 - 11/4)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in BroadwayThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Oriental Theatre- Ford Center for the Performing Arts
(Runs 12/6 - 12/24)
Blue Nativity in BroadwayBlue Nativity
Quest Theatre Ensemble
(Runs 12/17 - 12/17)

VIEW ALL ADD A SHOW AUDITIONS

Save $$$ on Tickets to:
Backstage with Richard Ridge
JERSEY BOYS' Mark Ballas
Backstage Bite
Thanksgiving Special!
Turning the Tables
BWW TV LAST MINUTE with Randy Rainbow Congas to ON YOUR FEET!
  Chewing the Scenery with Randy Rainbow
Randy Rainbow Checks in w/ Liza to Chat HAIRSPRAY, Pence & More!
KID CRITICS
KID CRITICS at BLUE MAN!
BROADWAY SESSIONS
Open Mic'ers Bring It All to Broadway Sessions!
Advertisement AdvertisementAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement