Writers' Theatre Presents Premiere of Brett Neveu's DO THE HUSTLE 1/25-3/20

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Writers' Theatre Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma announce the world premiere of DO THE HUSTLE by Brett Neveu. The production, directed by William Brown, runs January 25-March 20, 2011, at Writers' Theatre, 325 Tudor Court in Glencoe. The press performance is on Thursday, February 3, 2011, at 7:30 p.m.

Sam and Eddie Sisson are more than just father and son; they're a crack team of hustlers always looking for the next mark. Sam, just a teenager who has practically raised himself, now wants to distinguish himself from his father and strike out on his own. Eddie doesn't want to let his son go without one final hustle, which could bring in their biggest take yet, but could ultimately tear them apart.

"Bringing new work to the stage is one of the most important programs in the life of any theatre. Revivals are certainly crucial to the identity of Writers' Theatre but if we don't put our resources into staging the original works of living playwrights, then eventually there will be no classics left to revive," says Artistic Director Michael Halberstam. "Brett is a significant rising voice in the American theatre and he is in sound hands with William Brown at the helm. In a short amount of time, Bill has proven himself to be a significant interpreter (and author) of new work and he and Brett make a remarkable team. Bill has put together an enviably good cast and a highly skilled and experienced design team to bring this breakthrough, vital new script to life." DO THE HUSTLE is the second work Writers' has commissioned from playwright Brett Neveu through its Literary Development Initiative. The first commission, OLD GLORY directed by William Brown received its world premiere production at Writers' Theatre during the 2008/09 Season.

The cast features Patrick Andrews, Francis Guinan, Joe Minoso and Karen Janes Woditsch.

The designers are Kevin Depinet (scenic), Charles Cooper (lighting), Rachel Anne Healy (costumes) and Andrew Hansen (sound). The production stage manager is David Castellanos.

About the artists:

Patrick Andrews (Sam Sisson), making his Writers' Theatre debut, has recently appeared in AMERICAN BUFFALO (Steppenwolf Theatre), CABARET (Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace), THE ACTOR (Goodman Theatre), STUPID KIDS (About Face Theatre), THE PEOPLE'S TEMPLE, SPEECH AND DEBATE (American Theatre Company), THE SNOW QUEEN (Victory Gardens Theatre), INTO THE WOODS (Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire), WILLY WONKA (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), THE SPARROW (House Theatre of Chicago) and DORIAN (Bailiwick Theatre). Other regional credits include AMERICAN BUFFALO (McCarter Theatre), SAVED (Kansas City Repertory) and WEST SIDE STORY (Walnut Street Theatre). He also performed in a national tour of Broadway's FOSSE. Film credits include the upcoming One Small Hitch. Television credits include the upcoming premiere of Chicago Code. He has choreographed David Cromer's Cherrywood (Mary-Arrchie Theatre), Queertopia (About Face Theatre), Go, Dog. Go! (Chicago Children's Theatre) and Bible B-Sides (Sinnerman Ensemble). He is devising a performance/instillation for Chicago's XYZ Festival this May and starring in the premiere of THE HOMOSEXUALS this summer (About Face Theatre). He is an ensemble member of American Theatre Company, an artistic associate with About Face Theatre, a member of the queer-electronic-f*#% band DAAN, a student of Black Box Acting Studio and a member of Goldmine.




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