Northlight Theatre to Bring CHAPATTI to Galway Arts Festival, July 2014; Debuts in Chicago, March 7-April 13

Chicago-Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, announces a forthcoming artistic exchange with Ireland through the co-production of Chapatti, a new work developed through Northlight's Interplay program. The co-production of Chapatti will premiere at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie, March 7-April 13, 2014, and will open at the Galway Arts Festival in July 2014. Chapatti, by acclaimed Irish playwright Christian O' Reilly, will be directed by Artistic Director BJ Jones and will feature John Mahoney and Penny Slusher.

"This co-production between Northlight Theatre and Galway Arts Festival is the result of three successful Northlight transfer productions in the past five years to Ireland's most prestigious festival," according to Tim Evans, Northlight's Executive Director. "Created by Irish and American artists, Chapatti initiates a new producing partnership allowing us both to present this unique play and potentially others in Chicago, Galway and beyond."

Galway Arts Festival Artistic Director Paul Fahy adds, "Galway Arts Festival and Northlight Theatre have enjoyed a highly successful partnership since the Festival presented Larry Gelbart and Craig Wright's Better Late and Bruce Graham's The Outgoing Tide, both starring John Mahoney, and Graham's most recent play Stella & Lou in July 2013 starring Penny Slusher. Our audiences have enthusiastically embraced American playwrights and productions over the years and this forthcoming co-production of Christian O'Reilly's Chapatti is a very natural progression following many years of creative collaboration and exchange between Galway and Chicago artists."

Chapatti is supported by a $15,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation International Connections Fund. The grant, one of 18 awarded to non-profit arts and culture organizations around Chicago, will help to support this new co-production between Chicago and Ireland. A grant from the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust will directly support Interplay, Northlight Theatre's new work development program. Edgerton Foundation for New American Plays Award will fund an extended rehearsal period for the entire creative team, including the playwright. The production is also receiving support from the Consulate General of Ireland Chicago.

The MacArthur Foundation awards more than $9 million annually to more than 200 arts and culture groups in Chicago and the region as an expression of its civic commitment to the place where the Foundation has its headquarters and where John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur made their home. The grants provided through MacArthur's International Connections Fund, which aims to help Chicago nonprofit arts and culture groups advance their work by collaborating with peer organizations abroad, will connect this year's recipients to arts organizations in 16 countries worldwide.

The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust's primary mission is to support and promote the American theater as a vital part of our culture by nurturing American Playwrights, encouraging the development and production of new American plays, and by providing significant support to theater companies across the country. Since its inception, the Trust has given in excess of $70 million to more than one hundred not-for-profit theater organizations.

Edgerton Foundation for New American Plays Award launched nationally in 2007 and since then has awarded grants to non-profit theatres for more than 150 new plays to date. Directed by Dr. Brad Edgerton, The Edgerton Foundation gives new plays in development grant funding for an extended rehearsal period for the entire creative team, including the playwrights.

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