The House Theatre of Chicago to Present DORIAN, 4/4-5/18

The House Theatre of Chicago presents DORIAN, a modern adaptation of Oscar Wilde's novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray." This famous thriller of Dorian's ill-fated portrait is performed in promenade style. This original play is intended for mature audiences only, and is written by Company Members Ben Lobpries and Tommy Rapley. Company Member Kevin O'Donnell provides the score. Rapley directs and choreographs. The production previews April 4 - 13 and opens on Monday April 14 at 7pm at the Chopin Theatre (1543 W. Division St, Chicago). DORIAN will run through May 18, 2014.

Tickets are available at or over the phone at (773) 769-3832. PRESS OPENING: MONDAY APRIL 14, 2013 at 7:00PM at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W Division, Chicago.

ABOUT THE PLAY: Oscar Wilde's love/hate affair with youth and beauty is captured in this visually arresting contemporary adaptation. The House seamlessly blends theatre and dance, revealing the unsightly truth behind each character's outer beauty. Dorian Gray's ill-fated portrait comes vividly to life, only to encourage his wicked and irreverent indulgences.

A multi-talented ensemble of 12 blend dialogue with dance and swirling movement throughout every scene. The production stars several Chicago theatre favorites including Patrick Andrews (Timeline's The Normal Heart, Goodman's Red), Alex Weisman (Timeline's History Boys,) Manny Buckley (Inconvenience's Hit the Wall), and relative newcomer Cole Simon in the title role of Dorian Gray.

New to the big city, a young, beautiful, and rudderless Dorian Gray is greedily embraced by a group of artists and art critics. Frustrated and sensitive painter Basil Howard creates a stunning portrait of of his new muse. Dorian casts a wish that he could forever be as beautiful as his two-dimensional counterpart. As he is exposed to the hedonistic ideals and bold come-ons of those in the art world, Dorian embraces beauty as the only meaningful part of life. He pushes boundaries, putting other's suffering aside for his own aesthetics. Wild parties, heart-broken lovers, and desperate violence wreak havoc on the portrait, reflecting the scars on Dorian's soul. Yet the man himself remains flawless for decades. What crime can ultimately break the spell?

DORIAN contains adult themes and is recommended for ages 16 and up.

Featuring: Patrick Andrews*, Cole Simon, Manny Buckely, Alex Weisman, Lauren Pizzi, Kelley Abell, Ben Burke, Ally Carey, Bryan Conner, Blake McKay, Monica Thomas, and Donnell Williams. *member of Actor's Equity Association

Production Team: Company Members Collette Pollard (Scenic), Lee Keenan (Co-Lights), Kevin O'Donnell (Composer/Sound Design), with guest artists Mieka van der Ploeg (Costumes), Rebecca Barrett (Co-Lights) and Keely Haddad-Null (Stage Management).

ABOUT THE ARTISTS: DORIAN is written by Ben Lobpries and Tommy Rapley, based on the novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde. Tommy Rapley directs and choreographs and Kevin O'Donnell lends the score.

Originally developed as part of the since-dissolved Bailiwick Repertory's 2006 festival of new works, Lobpries and Rapley earned high praise from critics and audiences for their adaptation and production. Building on those successes, the playwrights reimagined the visual world, adapted scenes, and rewrote dialogue for a completely fresh production.

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