Photo Flash: First Look at Pine Box Theater's 25 SAINTS
Charlie Roedel returns to Appalachia to clean up the mess his brother left behind. He's paying off a debt that isn't his. The woman of his dreams loves the man who left her there. There are no prospects. No jobs. No hope. And a homicidal Sheriff wants a batch of meth cooked by Thursday. Written by ensemble member Joshua Rollins, author of last year's provocative hit A Girl With Sun in Her Eyes, 25 SAINTS takes a hard look at a world many of us choose to ignore and doesn't blink.
Joshua Rollins (Playwright) A Girl with Sun in Her Eyes marked Josh's first collaboration with Pine Box Theater Company, of which he is now an Ensemble Member. Other works include American Rex which just had its world premiere with Chicago Street Theatre and was a finalist for the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference; Concealed Carry, which is currently being workshopped in Colorado; and other full lengths in various stages of development. His one acts have been produced by Pine Box, American Theater Company, American Blues Theatre, The Artistic Home and many others.
Susan E. Bowen (Director) co-produced Pine Box Theater Company's ElectionFest 2012 at Theater Wit and directed Rachel Axler's Cliffside, one of 12 short plays featured in the festival. Other Chicago directing credits include: Graveyard of Empires by Elaine Romero in Rivendell Theatre Ensemble's Fresh Produce Series; The Gingerbread House for Route 66 Theatre Company's monthly reading series; Chicago Chronicle: Volume III at American Theater Company; The Runaway Gene: Pass It On for A Red Orchid Theatre's summer reading series; and the production of Wild Women XXX, Chicago Fringe Festival. Susan was assistant director to Jessica Thebus on Late: A Cowboy Song at Piven Theatre Workshop and to Laura Eason on her adaptation of Ethan Frome at Lookingglass Theatre. She also directed a staged reading of The House of Mr. Orange by Aasif Mandvi at Access Theater in New York, where her previous credits include work with Epic Theatre Ensemble, Elevator Repair Service and Circle East, among other companies.
The production team for 25 SAINTS includes: John Ross Wilson (scenic design), Delia Baseman (costume design), Mike Durst (lighting design), Victoria "Toy" Deiorio (sound design), Sarah Burnham (props design), Ryan Bourque (fight choreography) and Christa van Baale (stage manager).
Pine Box Theater Company (Vincent Teninty, Artistic Director; Greg Rothman, Managing Director) has its genesis in a group of actors who all met and graduated from the School at Steppenwolf in 2004. Wanting to build upon this common experience and strengthen the relationships they had forged there, these actors agreed to form a company with a commitment to producing challenging theatre with a focus on intense character and relationship-driven stories. Seminal productions include: Life and Limb by Keith Reddin, This is Our Youth by Kenneth Lonergan, Hot 'N' Throbbing by Paula Vogel and Pine Box Ensemble Member Joshua Rollins' A Girl With Sun In Her Eyes in the summer of 2011. Most recently, Pine Box produced ElectionFest 2012, a short play festival featuring new work inspired by the 2012 presidential election.Tickets are currently available at www.greenhousetheater.org. The press opening is tomorrow, Thursday, February 21 at 8 pm.
Photo Credit: Michael Brosilow