WE THREE LIZAS, BRAHMAN/I & More Set for About Face Theatre's 2013-14 Season
About Face Theatre is pleased to announce its 2013-14 programming, showcasing premiere productions and developmental works that explore gender and sexual identity. AFT's mainstage kicks-off this winter with the return of the hit holiday musical WE THREE LIZAS, featuring a new book and expanded score. In the spring, AFT presents the Chicago premiere of Aditi Brennan Kapil's stand-up comedy play, BRAHMAN/I, exploring gender, culture, mythology and puberty all through the lens of a hijra, an Indian intersex person. Next summer, About Face Youth Theatre investigates the intersection of immigration and queer identity in the world premiere of CHECKING BOXES. AFT's 2013-14 offerings will also feature the OUT FRONT Series, a year-round line-up of workshops and readings of new and developmental works by LGBTQA playwrights, as well as a month-long PRIDE CABARET Music Series in June 2014. For additional information on About Face Theatre's 2013-14 programming, please visit www.aboutfacetheatre.com.
"AFT has always been a home for new LGBTQA work and, in my first year here, I want to honor that commitment to development that has long been at the core of the work we do," comments Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff. "Our aim is to strengthen the tie between art, artist and organization through sharing the artistic process. To that end, we're making development our focus this year, showcasing work at every developmental level - from reading to premiere and of every genre - giving our audiences exciting, new opportunities to get inside the art, acquaint themselves with some new LGBTQA voices and re-engage with the organization. I'm thrilled to be taking the reins of About Face Theatre and am looking forward to bringing some great new work to Chicago," adds Volkoff.
The About Face Theatre 2013-14 programming includes:
November 27, 2013 - January 5, 2014
The Return of the Hit Holiday Musical
WE THREE LIZAS
Book and Lyrics by AFT Artistic Associate Scott Bradley
Music & Additional Lyrics by Alan Schmuckler
Directed by AFT Artistic Associate Scott Ferguson
Musical Direction by Aaron Benham
Choreography by AFT Artistic Associate Patrick Andrews
Featuring AFT Artistic Associates Scott Duff and John Francisco with Sharriese Hamilton, Mark Kaplan,
James Nedrud, Danielle Plisz (Jeff Award nominated), Bethany Thomas, Dana Tretta and Andrew Swan.
at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago
Fresh from a concert at Joe's Pub in New York City with a revamped book and expanded score, last year's sparkly, queer holiday hit is back... and better than ever! Box maker Conrad Ticklebottom's life has hit a block. Once, Conrad and his purple box ignited an entire movement in art and design, but now he finds himself alone, forgotten and teetering on ruin. The holidays bring three magical figures to his door - a trio of Liza Minnellis to escort him on a fabulous journey through what-was, what-could-be and what-the-f*?!, redeeming his lost promise and re-inventing a brand-new Conrad Ticklebottom. A quirky holiday musical tale of hope, transformation... and the power of Liza!
The Chicago Premiere of
By Aditi Brennan Kapil
Directed by Collective Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff
This hilarious stand-up comedy routine/play takes on history, mythology, gender roles and high school through the distinct comic lens of Brahman/i, an Indian intersex person - a hijra - tethered by neither gender nor culture, and wildly curious and inventive in their examination of both.