Haven Theatre Company's 2014-2015 Season to Include HOT GEORGIA SUNDAY & DON'T GO GENTLE
Haven Theatre Company announces their 2014-2015 season. The company's second full season features two Chicago premiere productions: Catherine Trieschmann's Hot Georgia Sunday, directed by Marti Lyons, at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave., and Stephen Belber's Don't Go Gentle, directed by Cody Estle, at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets will go on sale at a later date and will be announced on the Haven Theatre Company website: www.HavenTheatreChicago.com.
Hot Georgia Sunday
By Catherine Trieschmann
Directed by Marti Lyons
The Den Theatre • 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave.
November 21 - December 21
Opening/Press Night: Monday, November 24
Hot Georgia Sunday reunites Haven with the director of their successful spring 2014 production of Seminar. It's hard to tell the difference between right and wrong in this tragicomic tale of dysfunction taking place in a small Northeast Georgia town where private desires and public morality collide. The well meaning, but inept members of the Vickery family cause trouble wherever they go and lust, betrayal and alcohol lead the way for this fractured family.
Retired and widowed Judge Lawrence Driver was a leader in the courtroom, but could never make it work at home. Seeking redemption for his lacking family life, he volunteers to help Tanya, a young African American single mother who is an ex-con with a troubled teenage son. But do-overs don't come easy for the pair, especially when race, class and the long-simmering resentments of Judge Driver's adult children boil to the surface in this searing and surprising family drama.
Marti Lyons most recently directed the critically acclaimed Seminar for Haven Theatre Company. She has also directed The Peacock by Calamity West with Jackalope Theatre, A Good Dive by Puja Mohindra for the United Solo Theatre Festival in New York City, 9 Circles by Bill Cain for Sideshow Theatre, Mine by Laura Marks at The Gift Theatre and a staged reading of Ike Holter's Prowess for the Goodman Theatre's Playwrights Unit among many other directorial accomplishments.
Catherine Trieschmann's plays include The Bridegroom of Blowing Rock, Crooked, How the World Began, Hot Georgia Sunday, and The Most Deserving. Her work has been produced Off-Broadway at the Women's Project, the Bush Theatre (London), Out of Joint at the Arcola Theatre (London), South Coast Repertory, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, the New Theatre (Sydney), Florida Stage, the Summer Play Festival, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, American Theatre Company, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, among others. She is the recipient of the Weissberger Award, the Otis Guernsey New Voices Playwriting Award from the Inge Theatre Festival, and the Edgerton New Play Award. She also wrote the screenplay for the film Angel's Crest, which premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival and was released by Magnolia Pictures. Originally from Athens, Georgia, she now lives in a small town in western Kansas.
Cody Estle is a Chicago-based freelance director. Directing credits include Vieux Carré, Good Boys and True, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Boy Gets Girl and the world premiere of Dating Walter Dante at Raven Theatre, where he is an ensemble member; Uncle Bob at Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company and Hospitality Suite at Citadel Theatre Company. He's had the pleasure of assistant directing at Northlight Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Court Theatre, Writers Theatre, Next Theatre and Strawdog Theatre. He serves on the faculty of Cherubs at Northwestern University and is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago.
Stephen Belber's plays include Geomtery of Fire, (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater); Fault Lines, (Naked Angels/Cherry Lane); A Small, Melodramatic Story, (LAByrinth Theater Company); McReele, (Roundabout); Match, (Broadway, Tony nomination for Frank Langella); Tape, (Naked Angels, NYC/LA/London); The Laramie Project, (Associate Writer); Carol Mulroney, (Huntington Theater); One Million Butterflies, (Primary Stages); Drifting Elegant, (Magic Theater); The Transparency of Val, (Theater Outrageous, NYC); The Wake, (Via Theater, NYC); Through Fred, (Soho Rep); and The Death of Frank, (Araca Group, NYC). As a screenwriter, he wrote Tape, directed by Richard Linklater, starring Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke (Sundance; Berlin); The Laramie Project (Associate Writer) for HBO Films, (Sundance, Emmy nomination for screenwriting); and Drifting Elegant, directed by Amy Glazer. He also wrote and directed his first feature, Management, starring Jennifer Aniston, Steve Zahn and Woody Harrelson, which premiered at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival, among other projects.