Photo Flash: Ka-Tet Theatre Company Presents Lydie Breeze By John Guare October 12 November 10, 2013
Ka-Tet Theatre Company will present Lydie Breeze by John Guare, directed by Jeremy Garrett, playing October 12 - November 10, 2013 at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago. Tickets will be available online at www.greenhousetheater.org or by calling the Greenhouse Theater Box Office at (773) 404-7336.
Lydie Breeze follows the exploits of former Civil War soldiers who move to Nantucket Island in the hopes of forming a communal utopian society, ironically called "Aipotu" (Utopia backwards). The play joins the remaining members of that community many years after a love triangle between Joshua Hickman (the leader of Aipotu), Dan Grady (Joshua's best friend), and Lydie Breeze (Joshua's wife) leads to Dan's murder, Joshua's incarceration, and Lydie's subsequent suicide. Their utopia has come crumbling down and everyone who hasn't been washed away is left haunted and infected by the neglected horrors of their past. However, when the past begins to return to Nantucket and those horrors can no longer be overlooked, these people must find a way to heal their wounds by reclaiming their identity and finding a new beginning.
Title: Lydie Breeze
Playwright: John Guare
Director: Jeremy Garrett
Location: Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. In Chicago.
Dates: Preview: Saturday, October 12 at 8:00 PM
Regular run: October 12 - November 10, 2013
Curtain Times: Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 PM; Sundays at 3:00 PM.
Tickets: Preview: $15.
Regular run: $20. $15 students, seniors & industry discounts.
John Guare (Playwright) is an American playwright best known for The House of Blue Leaves, Six Degrees of Separation, and Landscape of the Body. He received his BA from Georgetown University and his MFA from the Yale School of Drama. Guare is a founding member of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center and served as Resident Playwright at the New York Shakespeare Festival in 1976. He has also been nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay for the film Atlantic City. Currently, he is a council member of the Dramatists Guild, co-editor of the Lincoln Center Theater Review, co-produces the New Plays Reading Room Series at the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts, and teaches in the Playwriting department at the Yale School of Drama.
Jeremy Garrett (Director) graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005 and since then has worked for a variety of regional theaters around the country - from Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, Tennessee to the Hampstead Stage Company in Center Barnstead, New Hampshire. Upon completing a stint as Associate Artistic Director of Gamut Theatre Group in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Jeremy was chosen to join Illinois State University's MFA Directing program and successfully attained his degree in May of this year. Recent directing credits include: American Theater Company (We Support the Troops), ISU (The Adding Machine, Cloud 9, The Merchant of Venice), Harrisburg Shakespeare Company (Richard III), Indiana Repertory Theatre (Assistant Director for Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde).
Ka-Tet Theatre Company produces ensemble driven theatre focusing on a strong collaboration and cohesion between actors, directors and designers. The name of the company, Ka-Tet, means a group of people brought together by ka, or fate, to achieve a common goal. We believe that theatre is a collective experience, that theatre should be visceral; felt first and intellectualized later. We know that experience is only possible when there is an honest connective link, a symbiosis of audience and artist. We welcome each audience to bring their own unique collective experiences and energies to form, every performance, our Ka-Tet.
Since 2009, Ka-Tet has proven to be a dynamic storefront theatre, producing seven critically acclaimed and challenging full-length productions. The Chicago Tribune called Ka-Tet's inaugural production of Road "fearless." TimeOut Chicago said the performances in Ka-Tet's 2010 production of Bertolt Brecht's In The Jungle of Cities were "stylized but burn with intensity" and it appeared on WBEZ's Onstage/Backstage list of one of the top 5 overlooked shows of 2010. Ka-Tet Theatre's ensemble acting routinely garners high praise. Ka-Tet's keen vision, willingness to take risks, and insistence on high-quality production values provides a unique connection with its audience.
Lydie Hickman (Laura Jewell) and Beaty (Julia Stemper)
Jeremiah Grady (Mitch Conti) and Lydie Hickman (Laura Jewell)
Jeremiah Grady (Mitch Conti) and Joshua Hickman (Michael Pacas)
Gussie Hickman (Stevie Chaddock Lambert) and Lydie Hickman (Laura Jewell)