First Floor Theater Presents THE RECKONING OF KIT AND LITTLE BOOTS, Now thru 3/4
First Floor Theater is thrilled to present the Chicago Premiere of THE RECKONING OF KIT AND LITTLE BOOTS (TROKALB), Nat Cassidy's rip-roaring metaphysical buddy comedy, directed by Gus Menary, playing tonight, February 8 - March 2, 2014 at The Den Theatre. Tickets for TROKALB are available at http://trokalb.brownpapertickets.com/. The press opening is Saturday, February 8, 2014.
The famous Elizabethan playwright, Christopher "Kit" Marlowe has been stabbed. While dying, he is visited by an apparition, the ghost of insane Roman Emperor Caligula ("Little Boots"). Caligula proceeds to walk Marlowe backwards through their respective histories exploring the power of infamy, the struggles of writing and the universal human spirit in this witty and ultimately moving comedy.
Will Bishop, Artistic Director of First Floor Theater, says "When Gus brought me this script, I knew it was a perfect fit for First Floor and our audiences. It combines Roman history, Elizabethan England, non-linear storytelling and metatheatrics to create a play like I have never experienced - blisteringly smart and unapologetically hilarious."
The production team for THE RECKONING OF KIT AND LITTLE BOOTS includes: Molly FitzMaurice (Set Design), David Federman (Light Design),Andrew Rovner (Sound Design), Alexis Chaney and Caroline Gelber (Costume Design), TJ Heins (Prop Design), Emmett Rensin (Dramaturg), Markie Gray (Production Manager) and Kelly Butler (Stage Manager).
The Den Theatre is located at 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622. The show will play Previews: February 6 & 7, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Press Opening: February 8, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Regular Run: February 8 - March 2, 2014. Showtimes: Fridays & Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets: $20 general. $12 students/seniors. $10 industry. Tickets for THE RECKONING OF KIT AND LITTLE BOOTS are available at http://trokalb.brownpapertickets.com/.
About the Playwright: Nat Cassidy is one of New York City's most exciting new playwrights with a reputation for producing intelligent, bold, darkly comic plays with one foot in horror and the other in literary illusion. Nat's works have been seen at venues such as LaMama ETC, Theatre Row, The Players Club, The WorkShop Theatre, The Gallery Players, and Manhattan Theatre Source, as well as across the country. He was recently commissioned to write the libretto for a new short opera as a part of the first-ever American Opera Initiative at The Kennedy Center/Washington National Opera. Some of his other plays include Any Day Now, Songs of Love: A Theatrical Mixtape, The Eternal Husband, I Am Providence and Old Familiar Faces. He was named one of NYTHEATRE.COM's People of the Year in 2011.
About the Director: Gus Menary is a founding member of Jackalope Theatre Company and direcTed Shawn Reddy's My Name is Mudd, Andrew Swanson's Moonshiner and served as co-director for Jackalope's inaugural production, Last Exodus of American Men. He is a company member and Director of Music Programming for The Inconvenience and co-directed their live sitcom B-Side Studio by Ike Holter and Evan Linder. Most recently he directed Brett Neveu's Detective Partner Hero Villain for Strawdog and Mickle Maher's Spirits to Enforce for Abraham Werewolf. He has worked with many other theatre companies in Chicago including Mary Arrchie, American Bues, Pinebox, LiveWire Chicago, and American Theatre Company.
About First Floor Theater: First Floor Theater, founded in 2012 by University of Chicago graduates, makes theater to feed the audience's intellectual curiosity by re-imagining classical texts, adapting literary treasures, and creating new work for our time that stands on the shoulders of the past. FFT was named the "Best New Theater Company" in the Chicago Reader's Best of 2013 Reader's Pick edition.