Michael Shannon and More Cast in Chicago Humanities Festival's Nov 2013 Shows
Birds Do It, Bees Do It...
Birds Do It, Bees Do It... is the fourth CHF collaboration with Jeff Award-winning actor/director/writer Rob Lindley and Jeff Award-winning music director Doug Peck. Previous CHF productions with the duo include Follies, A Night at the Oscars, andAssassins. The Nov. 5 all-star cabaret revue will explore the odd mating habits of animals and feature songs from the Great American Songbook, with music from composers Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, and Cole Porter. The cabaret will also debut several creature-themed songs commissioned for the production.The evening will include performances with a live orchestra, and some comedic insight into the pursuit of love, sex, and happiness (in any species).
Hosted by Lindley and actor/writer Molly Brennan (Alice, Lookingglass Theatre Company;A Second City Guide to the Opera, Lyric Opera), the cabaret will include performances byFelicia P. Fields (The Color Purple, Broadway; Crowns, Goodman Theatre), Rebecca Finnegan (A Catered Affair, Porchlight Music Theatre; Fiorello!, TimeLine Theatre Company), Robbie Fulks (alternative country artist and guitar teacher at Old Town School of Folk Music), and Beckie Menzie (three-time winner of Chicago's After Dark Award for Outstanding Cabaret Artist). Additional performers include: Allison Bazarko, Sean Blake,Dara Cameron, Cheryl Coons, Joan Curto, Cory Jamison, James Earl Jones II,Michael Mahler, Tom Michael, Meghan Murphy, Alan Schmuckler, Anne Sheridan Smith, and Bethany Thomas. Birds Do It, Bees Do It... will also feature several newly commissioned songs from playwright/lyricist Cheryl Coons (River's End, Measure for Measure), composer/lyricist Michael Mahler (Hero The Musical; How Can You Run With A Shell On Your Back?), and composer/lyricist Alan Schmuckler (We Three Lizas; Days Like Today-Writers Theatre world premiere in 2014), as well as Robbie Fulks and Beckie Menzie.
Rob Lindley's acting credits include Carousel (Jeff nomination) at Court Theatre,Candide at Goodman Theatre and Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C., Cabaret at Drury Lane Oakbrook, and Oh Coward! at Writers Theatre (Jeff Award, Best Actor in a Revue). Directing credits include Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill and A Wonderful Lifeat Porchlight Music Theatre, where he is an Artistic Associate. Doug Peck is the winner of five Jeff Awards (Porgy and Bess, Caroline, or Change, Carousel, Fiorello!, Man of La Mancha) and two After Dark Awards (Guys and Dolls, Hello Again). He has worked with numerous Chicago-based theaters, including: Court Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Writers Theatre, Marriott Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, TimeLine Theatre Company, Paramount Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, and Ravinia Festival. Lindley and Peck also produce gala concerts for many organizations, including: Court Theatre, Writers Theatre, and Porchlight Music Theatre's annual "Chicago Sings" event.
The Birds Do It, Bees Do It... orchestra features: Percussionist Sarah Allen, GuitaristGavin Kirk, Bassist Larry Kohut and Music Director/Pianist Doug Peck. The artistic team includes: Lighting Designer Michael Stanfill, Set Designer David Wimsatt Jr., and Video Designer Jon Runnfeldt.
White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, Co-presented with the Museum of Contemporary Art, will run Sunday, Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.; Monday, Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 5, 6 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 9, 3 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Edlis Neeson Theater | 220 East Chicago Avenue. Tickets: $18, CHF/MCA Members: $15, Teachers: $15, and a limited number of Student tickets for $10. The Nov. 9 performance of White Rabbit, Red Rabbit is an American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreted Performance.
Artists Up Close Post-Show Talk: Following each performance of White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, audience members are invited to participate in a moderated post-show discussion with the cast member.
Birds Do It, Bees Do It . . . is set for Tuesday, Nov. 5, 7:30-9 p.m. at Francis W. Parker School, Diane and David B Heller Auditorium | 2233 NortH Clark Street. Tickets: $20, Students/Teachers: $10.
Tickets to White Rabbit, Red Rabbit and Birds Do It, Bees Do It... are on sale now and can be purchased at chicagohumanities.org or through the CHF Box Office at 312-494-9509, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. One free MCA admission is granted with a White Rabbit, Red Rabbit ticket stub, valid up to seven days after the performance.
Fall 2013 Chicago Humanities Festival Dates:
- Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 - Morry and Dolores Kohl Kaplan Northwestern Day, Northwestern University campus
- Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 - Hyde Park Day, University of Chicago campus
- Friday, Nov. 1-Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 - In and around downtown Chicago
The Chicago Humanities Festival began in 1989 as a dream shared by a determined group of Chicago's cultural leaders eager to extend the riches of the humanities to everyone. Since that first year, some of the world's most exciting thinkers, artists, and performers have come to Chicago each fall for a festival that celebrates ideas in the context of civic life. Past Festival themes include Laughter, The Body, tech knowledge, America, and this year's Animal: What Makes Us Human, Oct. 13, 20, and Nov. 1-10, 2013. Under the leadership of Executive Director Phillip Bahar and Artistic Director Matti Bunzl, CHF partners with Chicago's premier cultural institutions, and the festival has become an annual highlight for thousands of people from Chicago and beyond. In addition to the annual fall festival, CHF also presents the spring Stages, Sights & Sounds, a global performance festival for families, students, and theatergoers of any age, and programs throughout the year that encourage the study and enjoyment of the humanities. Visit chicagohumanities.org for more information.
About the MCA Stage: MCA Stage is a nationally recognized presenter of contemporary theater, dance, music, and multimedia performances. Featuring leading performers from around the globe, including Chicago's most innovative artists, MCA Stage is the most active interdisciplinary performing arts presenter in Chicago. MCA Stage enjoys working year round with numerous arts and community organizations for the co-presentations of the performing arts, making the MCA a shared resource for the cultural life of our city. MCA Stage celebrates artists and their creative process, connecting audiences with artists in meaningful discourse with its Artists Up Close series of post-show talks, panels, roundtable discussions, workshops, and residencies. Audiences at MCA Stage performances receive one free museum admission with each ticket stub on the performance date or during the following week. For information and tickets, call the MCA Box Office at 312.397.4010 or visit www.mcachicago.org.
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