TimeLine Theatre to Stage Chicago Premiere of DANNY CASOLARO DIED FOR YOU, 9/23-12/21
While its critically acclaimed production of MY NAME IS ASHER LEV continues at Stage 773 through October 18, TimeLine Theatre Company continues the 2014-15 season with its second production, this one presented at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago.
The Chicago premiere of DANNY CASOLARO DIED FOR YOU, written by Dominic Orlando and directed by TimeLine Associate Artistic Director Nick Bowling, runs October 2 - December 21, 2014 (previews September 23 through October 1). Press opening is Wednesday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m.
This political conspiracy thriller is based on the true story of Danny Casolaro, a freelance reporter investigating high-level corruption in the Reagan/Bush Justice Department. A year into uncovering information, Casolaro was found dead in a Virginia motel room, his arms slashed more than a dozen times. The authorities called it suicide, but a host of conspiracy theorists-and the House Judiciary Committee-disagreed. Casolaro's recovered notes detailed his plan to expose several major players behind numerous clandestine activities, including the Iran hostage situation, Nicaragua arms-for-drugs deals, and much more. Playwright Dominic Orlando-a cousin of Casolaro-pulls the curtain back on Danny's journey and the ultimate price he paid trying to find the truth.
DANNY CASOLARO DIED FOR YOU received its world premiere at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre in Massachusetts in 2010 and is being adapted into a feature film scheduled to begin production in 2014. For TimeLine's production, which is the play's second production and its Chicago premiere, Orlando has participated during the rehearsal process, including making new changes to the script.
DANNY CASOLARO DIED FOR YOU features a six-person cast led by Kyle Hatley playing the title role (in his return to the Chicago stage after several years in Kansas City, notably performing and directing at Kansas City Repertory), with Philip Earl Johnson, TimeLine Associate Artist Mark Richard, Demetrios Troy, Dennis William Grimes and Jamie Vann.
Production staff includes Collette Pollard (Scenic Design), Jesse Klug (Lighting Design),Austin Pettinger (Costume Design), Josh Horvath (Sound Design), Vivian Knouse(Properties Design), Megan Geigner (Dramaturgy), Dina Spoerl (Lobby Display Graphic Design), Lauren Sheely (Assistant Director), Eva Breneman (Dialect Coach), Jinni Pike(Stage Manager) and Cordie Nelson (Production Assistant).
For more information and to purchase tickets, call the TimeLine Theatre Box Office at (773) 281-TIME (8463) or visit timelinetheatre.com.