HANK WILLIAMS: LOST HIGHWAY, GROUNDED and More Set for American Blues Theater's 2013-14 Season
Producing Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside of American Blues Theater, Chicago's second oldest Equity ensemble, announces the Ensemble's 28th season. The season begins with the Chicago professional premiere of Hank Williams: Lost Highway by award-winning playwrights Randal Myler and Mark Harelik, directed by Damon Kiely, today, September 5 - October 6; the 12th smash year of It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! , now at the 199-seat Greenhouse Theater Center, directed by Ensemble member Marty Higginbotham, November 22 - December 29; world premiere of 2012 Blue Ink Playwriting Award-winning script American Myth by Christina Gorman, directed by Steve Scott, February - March 2014; Chicago premiere of 2012 Smith Prize winner Grounded by George Brant, June 2014. American Blues also announces year-long development and public reading of Ensemble member's Nambi E. Kelley's adaptation of Richard Wright's Native Son which will receive a production in fall of 2014.
MORE INFORMATION ON AMERICAN BLUES THEATER'S 2013-2014 SEASON:
Chicago Professional Premiere
Hank Williams: LOST HIGHWAY
Written by Randal Myler and Mark Harelik
Directed by Damon Kiely
September 5 - October 6 at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave.
Hank Williams: Lost Highway follows Williams' rise from his humble beginnings to his triumphs on the Grand Ole Opry stage, to his self-destruction at the age of twenty-nine. This unforgettable tribute includes more than 20 Williams hits, such as "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Move It on Over," "Hey, Good Lookin'" and "Jambalaya." The production features Ensemble members Matt Brumlow as Hank Williams, Dara Cameron, Michael Mahler, Suzanne Petri, and guest artists Sean Blake and Dana Black.
Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside comments on American Blues Theater's 28th season, "The American Blues Theater's 2013-2014 season, 'Legend and Legacies,' is truly exciting and allows American Blues Theater to demonstrate how much we have grown in the past five years. With four productions on stage and an expanded education and community outreach, American Blues Theater continues to move ahead and establish itself as a leader in the Chicago theatre community."
Performance schedules, venues, and ticket information will be announced at a later date. Flex passes for the 28th Season are available now. For more information and season updates, visit americanbluestheater.com.
12th Smash Year - the Chicago Original
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE IN CHICAGO!
Based on Frank Capra's film from a short story by Philip Van Doren Stern
Directed by Ensemble member Marty Higginbotham
November 25 - December 29 at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave.
Since 2002, the American Blues Theater Ensemble has treated Chicago to Clarence, George and the delightful characters of Bedford Falls. Now in the 199-seat theater at the Greenhouse Theater Center, American Blues Theater once again takes you back to a 1940s radio broadcast of Frank Capra's holiday classic It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! in a full-scale production with Foley sound effects, an original score and a stellar cast of seven. After each performance, milk and cookies are served. Featuring the entire cast of 2012's sold-out hit: Ensemble members Dara Cameron, Kevin Kelly, Michael Mahler, John Mohrlein, Gwendolyn Whiteside, Artistic Affiliate James Joseph, and guest artists Shawn Goudie and Ian Paul Custer.