Ruckus Theater Devotes 4th Season to Playwright Scott T. Barsotti and More
The Ruckus Theater has announced its fourth season in Chicago, following a successful year of performances at The Side Project Theatre in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood. Artistic Director Allison Shoemaker and Associate Artistic Director Joshua Davis released today a season of four new plays, and workshops, including two productions penned by Chicago playwright Scott T. Barsotti.
First, Anna C. Bahow (Sinnerman Ensemble's Sweet Confinement; the side project's The Rocks) directs the world premiere of Brewed. This previously announced co-production between The Ruckus and Tympanic Theatre performs at the Teatro Luna mainstage (March 1- 31, 2013). The second of Barsotti's works to be produced by The Ruckus is Facing Angela, directed by Kyra Lewandowski (Tympanic Theatre's Verse Chorus Verse; New Leaf Theatre's Curse of the Starving Class). Originally produced by Roundelay Theatre Company in 2003, Facing Angela was Barsotti's first full-length play, and will be re-imagined and revised by the playwright with the aid of Lewandowski and the cast. Facing Angela will be presented in June 2013. Barsotti will also serve as an artist-in-residence for the season.
Additionally, The Ruckus presents two devised works-in-progress. In the autumn, Ruckus Artistic Director Allison Shoemaker directs the workshop of Elise Mayfield is Samuel Clemens, Samuel Clemens is Mark Twain, which is devised by the ensemble and written by Ruckus Ensemble Members Aaron Dean and Matt Test as part of the DCASE Theatre Incubator Series (August 27, 2012). In April 2013, The Ruckus workshops Chicago playwright Brooke Allen's as-of-yet untitled piece devised with the company, also directed by Shoemaker.
Further details regarding The Ruckus: Season 4, including casting and ticket information, will be announced in the coming weeks. Visit www.ruckustheater.org for more information.
"Scott is a remarkable writer, and we've all been fans for awhile now–so this season is thrilling, to say the least," said Artistic Director Allison Shoemaker. "We're able to collaborate with a playwright we admire, produce work that's unusual, vibrant and frightening, and provide a number of dynamic roles for female performers in one fell swoop. The chance to create new work as an ensemble with Brooke Allen and our own Aaron Dean and Matt Test is no less exciting, so we've got a pretty remarkable year ahead."
Scott T. Barsotti is a playwright and performer originally from Pittsburgh, PA. Scott's original plays include Kill Me, The Revenants, Jet Black Chevrolet, Brewed, McMeekin Finds Out, and Your Teacher is Out Today and have been performed at many theatres nationwide. His adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Body Snatcher recently opened at Brisbane Arts Theatre in Queensland, Australia; also in 2012, The Revenants will be produced by Happy Medium Theatre in Boston, as well as New World Arts in Goshen, IN. His work has been seen at the New York International Fringe Festival, the Rhinoceros Theater Festival, and Collaboraction's Sketchbook, and has been produced and/or developed by WildClaw Theatre, Curious Theatre Branch, Chicago Dramatists, The Route 66 Theatre Company, Pittsburgh Playwrights, Roundelay Theatre Company, Theatre Seven of Chicago, American Theatre Company, Tympanic Theatre Company, The Ruckus, and The Visceral Company among others. He is currently adapting Geoffrey Hayes's children's book The Mystery of the Pirate Ghost for Lifeline Theatre's 2012-13 KidSeries season. As an actor, Scott has appeared with WildClaw Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, Curious Theatre Branch, The Mammals, WNEP Theater, Collaboraction, Pavement Group, and Victory Gardens, and he has designed movement for WildClaw and Strawdog Theatre. Scott is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. For more information about Scot T. Barsotti, visit his website at scottbarsotti.wordpress.com.