Northlight Theatre's WOODY SEZ Tickets Go On Sale Tomorrow

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Northlight Theatre's WOODY SEZ Tickets Go On Sale Tomorrow

Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, presents Woody Sez – The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie, devised by David M. Lutkin and Nick Corley, directed by Nick Corley. The production runs September 14 – October 21, 2012 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd.

Tickets are on sale July 13 in celebration of the Anniversary of 100th Anniversary of Woody Guthrie's birth. Tickets are available at the Box Office, 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie; 847.673.6300; northlight.org.

The legendary Woody Guthrie defined an American era of social consciousness and political expression with songs like "This Land is Your Land" and "The Ballad of Tom Joad." This musical portrait, featuring more than 30 of Woody's stirring ballads and joyous anthems, celebrates the colorful life and rich musical legacy of America's great folk troubadour.

Northlight is proud to honor this American legend during his Centennial year.

Artistic Director BJ Jones comments, "In 1991, our audience enjoyed Woody Guthrie's American Song which won the Jeff Award for best musical. Now to celebrate his 100th birthday, we bring this fresh take on Woody Guthrie to the Northlight stage. Created by and starring world class artist David Lutkin and directed by Broadway's Nick Corley, Woody Sez is a celebration of the musicality and social conscience of one of America's greatest troubadours. It resurrects Woody's spirit of hope and fierce American determination."

The cast includes Darcie Deaville, David Finch, David M. Lutkin, and Helen Jean Russell.

Designers include Luke Hegel-Cantarella (Set Design), Jeffrey Meek (Costume Design), Chris Binder (Lighting Design), and Rick Sims (Sound Design). Rita Vreeland is the stage manager, and Kristin Leahey is the dramaturg.

David M. Lutkin (Ensemble/Co-Creator) Originally from Dallas, Texas, David studied at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts and, as a boy, at the Royal School of Church Music. He has performed in Europe and the United Kingdom, at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and in his adopted home state of Louisiana is the principal banjoist for the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. Broadway: Inherit the Wind (2007 Revival), Ring of Fire, The Civil War, The Will Rogers Follies. NY City Opera: Paul Bunyan. Off-Broadway: Stars In Your Eyes, The Portable Pioneer and Prairie Show, Woody Guthrie's American Song, Winterman. Regional: Man of La Mancha, Elmer Gantry, Finian's Rainbow, Big River, Pump Boys and Dinettes, The Love List, Death in England, On Golden Pond, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Fire On The Mountain, Stand By Your Man, and In The Deep Heart's Core.

Darcie Deaville (Ensemble) Born in Toronto to bush helicopter/journalist parents, Darcie left home at 16, making her living as a Toronto street musician, and has since toured from the Yukon Territories to Central America, Europe and the Far East. Now based in Austin, Texas, Darcie is well-known for her fiery fiddling and singing her American roots based songs, and working with artists including Ani di Franco, Tom Paxton, Mary Gauthier, David Lindley, Eliza Gilkyson, and Slaid Cleaves. A multi-instrumentalist, Darcie's was the first woman (and first Canadian) to enter the National Flatpicking Championships in Windfiled KS, taking her place in the top 10. A writer, producer, musical director and coach, Darcie's theatre work includes multiple productions of Woody Guthrie's American Song, Back Bog Beast Bait, Cottonpatch Gospel, and Always, Patsy Cline. The latest of her five CDs is called Livin' on the Lucky Side (Taller Dog Music). Darcie is currently in a band called the Austin Lounge Lizards.

David Finch (Ensemble) An actor/musician specializing on strings and horns, David has played from New York's Lincoln Center to San Francisco's Castro Theater beside artists as diverse as Alan Cumming, Amanda Palmer, Tony Bennett, Justin Bond, and Dee Snider. He most recently performed in American Repertory Theatre's production of Cabaret and will return this winter for Prometheus Bound, with music by System Of A Down front man Serj Tankian. Mr. Finch appeared in the US premiere of Woody Sez (Lyric Theatre, Oklahoma City) and in its run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2009. Broadway: the Tony Award-winning revival of Cabaret (directed by Sam Mendes). Off-Broadway: Fame the Musical, and the New York premiere of Tennessee Williams' sixty year old play Spring Storm. National and International Tours: Cabaret and Fame the Musical. Regional: Hank Williams' Lost Highway, Grapes of Wrath, 1940's Radio Hour, Fiddler on the Roof, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story and Cotton Patch Gospel.

Helen Jean Russell (Ensemble) began her affiliation with Woody and Mr. Lutken in 1993, joining the cast of Woody Guthrie's American Song at the Pope Theater in Manalapan, Florida, and continued as a member of the cast for its 1994 European debut at Vienna's English Theatre. Along with David and Darcie, she toured with David's show for children, This Land Is Your Land: Woody Guthrie in American History, visiting more than 49 cities in Austria, Italy, and the Czech Republic, bringing Woody to thousands of high school English students. She happily joined the cast of Woody Sez for its 2007 debut in Edinburgh and for subsequent performances throughout the U.K. and Europe, and for its American premiere in Oklahoma City. Based in New York City, she is a publishing consultant and teaches piano to adults. Her debut album, Holly Days, was released in November 2008 and a second EP of folksongs was released in December 2011.

Nick Corley (Director/Co-Creator) directed Woody Sez for its world premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as the European tour and American engagements. Other world premieres include Off-Broadway productions of Tall Grass, Flight (Callaway Award Nomination), Fables In Slang, The Civil War (Houston's Alley Theatre), Eliot Ness...In Cleveland (also co-adaptation at The Denver Theatre Center), and A Young Lady Of Fashion (also co-author at the historic Fulton Opera House); and the NY productions of Tim And Scrooge (NYMF and Queens Theatre), The Overcoat (Fringe Festival NY), Tall Boy Walkin', and Moo. He recently served as Artistic Director for Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma where he directed acclaimed productions of Tommy, Steel Magnolias, The Music Man and Sweeney Todd. Other directing credits: The Bomb-Itty of Errors (Adirondack Theatre Festival and St. Louis Rep), Mother Russia (Carnegie Hall), The Little Foxes (Fulton Opera House), Ned Rorem's Four Dialogues (Merkin Concert Hall); and Sherlock's Last Case (The Alley Theatre). He has directed over 100 developmental workshops and readings, many of them for NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre writing program. His extensive appearances as a performer include Broadway: Mary Poppins, A Christmas Carol, She Loves Me; Off-Broadway; regional theatre; film: Kissing Jessica Stein; recordings and television.

The Box Office is located at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Boulevard, in Skokie. Box Office hours are Monday-Friday 10:00am-5:00pm, and Saturdays 12:00pm-5:00pm. On performance days, the box office hours are extended through showtime. The Box Office is closed on Sundays, except on performance days when it is open two hours prior to showtime.

Curtain times are: Tuesdays: 7:30pm (except September 25 and October 2); Wednesdays: 1:00pm (except September 26) and 7:30pm (except October 10); Thursdays: 7:30pm; Fridays: 8:00pm (except Opening on September 21 at 7:30pm); Saturdays: 2:30pm (except September 15) and 8:00pm; Sundays: 2:30pm, and 7:00pm (except September 23, October 7 and 21).

Northlight is continuing its popular special event series in conjunction with each production. All events are free for subscribers and ticket holders.
Salon Series is a series of panel discussions led by local experts for audience members to gain deeper insight into each of the five plays-including historical context, playwright background and influences and much more. Salon Series will be held on select Wednesdays at 6:15pm and last approximately one hour. The Salon Series for Woody Sez –The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie will be held on September 26. Reservations are required, or 847.679.9501 x3555 or specialevents@northlight.org.

Backstage with BJ is a mid-day discussion with Artistic Director BJ Jones, featuring special guest artists, actors, directors and designers, offering behind-the-scenes insight into each production while it is still in rehearsal. Backstage with BJ for Woody Sez – The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie will be held on September 14th at 12:00pm and will last approximately one hour. Reservations are required, 847.679.9501 x3555 or specialevents@northlight.org.

Hootenannies are informal post-show "jam sessions" with the artists from the production. Audience members are invited to bring their own instruments and join the artists onstage to play for approximately one hour after the performance. Rhythm instruments will be available for those that wish to join in but don't have their own instruments. All are welcome, players and listeners alike. No reservations required. Hootenannies will be held following the performances September 30 (after 7:00pm), October7 (after 2:30pm) and October 14 (after 7:00pm).

Northlight Theatre aspires to promote change of perspective and encourage compassion by exploring the depth of our humanity across a bold spectrum of theatrical experiences, reflecting our community to the world and the world to our community.

Now in its 38th season, the organization has mounted nearly 200 productions, including over 40 world premieres. Northlight has earned 151 Joseph Jefferson Award nominations and 28 Awards. As one of the area's premier theatre companies, Northlight is a regional magnet for critical and professional acclaim, as well as talent of the highest quality.

This engagement is supported by Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from Illinois Arts Council.

Northlight is supported in part by generous contributions from The Allyn Foundation; Arts Midwest; Blackman Kallick Bartelstein, LLP; BMO Harris Bank; Draft FCB; the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation; ComEd, An Exelon Company; Edgerton Foundation for New American Plays Award; Ernst & Young; Evanston Community Foundation; Gand Music & Sound; The Homestead Hotel; Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; The Irving Harris Foundation; The Joyce Foundation; Kirkland & Ellis Foundation; The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Madison Dearborn Partners; Melvoin Award for Playwriting; Modestus Bauer Foundation; North Shore Center for the Performing Arts Foundation; Nuveen Investments; The Offield Family Foundation; The Pauls Foundation; Quince at the Homestead; Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation; Room & Board; Sanborn Family Foundation; Shubert Foundation; Skokie Fine Arts Council; Sullivan Family Foundation; and Tom Stringer Design Partners.

FACTS
The legendary Woody Guthrie defined an American era of social consciousness and political expression with songs like "This Land is Your Land" and "The Ballad of Tom Joad." This musical portrait, featuring more than 30 of Woody's stirring ballads and joyous anthems, celebrates the colorful life and rich musical legacy of America's great folk troubadour.
Title: Woody Sez – The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie
Devised by: David M. Lutkin and Nick Corley
Directed by: Nick Corley
Music Direction: David M. Lutkin

Featuring: Darcie Deaville, David Finch, David M. Lutkin, and Helen
Jean Russell.

Designers: Luke Hegel-Cantarella (Set Design), Jeffrey Meek (Costume Design), Chris Binder (Lighting Design) and Rick Sims (Sound Design). Rita Vreeland is the stage manager, and Kristin Leahey is the dramaturg.

Dates: Previews: September 14 – September 20, 2012
Press opening: Friday, September 21, 2012
Regular run: September 22 – October 21, 2012

Schedule: Tuesdays: 7:30pm (except September 25 and October 2)
Wednesdays: 1:00pm (except September 26) and
7:30pm (except October 10)
Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 8:00pm (except Opening on September 21
at 7:30pm)
Saturdays: 2:30pm (except September 15) and 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:30pm, and 7:00pm (except September 23, October 7 and 21)

Location: Northlight Theatre is located at the North Shore Center for
the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie.

Tickets: Previews: $25-$54
Regular run: $25-$72
Student tickts are $15, any performance,
(subject to availability)

Box Office: The Box Office is located at 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie.
847.673.6300; northlight.org

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