ELEGY to Open 10/31 at Richard Christiansen Theater at Victory Gardens Biograph

October 29
11:03 AM 2013

The Elegy Project will present the Chicago premiere of 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 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. Tickets 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.

New York-based actor David Wohl was cast to play the role of "Helmut." Wohl was recently seen in Last Will by Robert Brustein and directed by Austin Pendleton at New York's Abingdon Theatre. Wohl was also in Golden Boy by Clifford Odets and directed by Bartlett Sher at Lincoln Center Theater and in the recent Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof he played "Lazar Wolf." In addition to his theatrical work, Wohl has numerous film and television credits including Saving Private Ryan, Revenge of the Nerds, War of the Roses, Sophie's Choice, The Good Wife and Rescue Me among many others.

The full cast includes David Wohl, "Helmut;" Iris Lieberman, "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 M. Jach, stage manager.

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. Tickets are available at victorygardens.org, elegyproject.org or 773.871.3000.

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.

Photo by Anthony Robert La Penna

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