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500 Clown's Adrian Danzig Directs THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD

500 Clown's Adrian Danzig Directs THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOODAdventure Stage Chicago (ASC), a program of the Northwestern Settlement, presents its company premiere of Oliver Emanuel's adaptation of The Adventures of Robin Hood from October 19 to November 24, 2018 (press opening Oct. 20) at the Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble Street. Physical theater expert Adrian Danzig returns to ASC to direct, following his acclaimed 2011 ASC production of 500 Clown Trapped.

Casting for the new production includes Felipe Carrasco, Gabriel Fries, and Amber Sallis sharing and swapping the roles of more than 20 characters during each performance.

The Adventures of Robin Hood kicks off ASC's 15th season, which explores the many challenges of hunger, both literal and metaphorical, as the company applies its mission of telling heroic stories to the Settlement's objective: disrupting generational poverty through education, social services and the arts.

The Adventures of Robin Hood plays at Adventure Stage Chicago at the Vittum Theater (1012 N. Noble Street, Chicago) from October 19 to November 24, 2018. Tickets are on sale now and range from $7 to $17. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit adventurestage.org or call 773-342-4141.

The Adventures of Robin Hood offers a modern twist on the medieval legend with a cast of three at the center of the story, reimagining the tale with enthusiasm, tenacity and vigor. This irreverent telling of a timeless story still pits the despicable Sheriff of Nottingham against Robin and his band of Merry Men, the haves against the have nots - but this time just three actors will bring the whole cast of characters to life. In the capable hands of director and physical theater expert Adrian Danzig (500 Clown Trapped), this production promises to be energetic and fun while still asking important questions about the line between heroism and villainy.

Artist bios

Felipe Carrasco (Ensemble) returns to Adventure Stage Chicago for this production of Robin Hood. He was last seen at ASC in 2016, as an ensemble member of Reprise. Other recent Chicago credits include: The Madres (Teatro Vista), Harbur Gate (16th Street Theater), The Lady Demands Satisfaction (Babes with Blades Theatre Co.), Othello: The Moor of Venice (Invictus Theatre Co.), Waiting for Godot (Tympanic Theatre Co.), Pinocchio: A Folk Musical (Filament Theatre), and works with Erasing the Distance.

Gabriel Fries (Ensemble) makes his Adventure Stage Chicago debut. Chicago credits include The CiviliTy of Albert Cashier (Permoveo Productions/PFP), Do Re Mi (Porchlight Music Theatre), The Kid Thing (Nothing Without a Company), The Picture of Dorian Gray (City Lit Theater Company), Peter and the Starcatcher (E.D.G.E. Theatre), Wicked City (Chicago Theatre Workshop), and King Lear (Eleusis Productions). Gabriel has also taught theatre workshops in Italy, France, and China. He holds a BA from Wesleyan University.

Amber Sallis (Ensemble) makes her Adventure Stage Chicago debut. She is a proud Ensemble Member at Steep Theatre Company and was recently named one of Chicago Tribune's Hot New Faces of 2017. She graduated from Northern Illinois University and also studied at MXAT Theatre School in Moscow, Russia. Theatrical credits include: Passin' Where The River Bends (Magnified Gift Theatre Company), Birdland (Steep Theatre), The last days of Judas Iscariot (Eclectic Full Contact Theatre), Earthquakes in London (Steep Theatre), and A Snowy Day and other Stories (Emerald City Theatre).

Adrian Danzig (Director) recently began directing after many years of artistic directing and acting. Last year, he directed both The? Unicorn? Hour? (The Neo-Futurists) and the clowning at Chicago Opera Theater's production of Rita. He's made over a hundred shows that have been performed mostly in New York and Chicago. He was an early Neo-Futurist; a founding member of Redmoon Theater and Hubinspoke Theater; and was producing Artistic Director of 500 Clown, where he made and performed shows for hundreds of audiences over 15 years. He received his BA from Oberlin College and his MFA from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago in Performance.

Oliver Emanuel (Playwright) is based in Scotland. He was born in Kent, England, and studied at Leeds University and the University of East Anglia before settling in Glasgow in 2006. He has written for most of the major theater companies in Scotland and his work has been seen across the UK, Ireland, Europe, Canada, the USA and China. He also writes extensively for BBC radio. Emanuel's play Dragon won Best Show for Children and Young People at the UK Theatre Awards 2014.

About Northwestern Settlement and Adventure Stage Chicago

Northwestern Settlement nurtures, educates and inspires children and families across Chicago. The Settlement's success results from a commitment to treating every person who enters its doors with dignity and respect, while supporting them with transformational programming designed to disrupt generational poverty. The Settlement has led the way in innovative programming by offering residential science and environmental education for inner-city youth, launching successful charter schools, and adding a theater so children and teens have a forum for expressing their life experiences. For more information, visit www.northwesternsettlement.org.

The Settlement's Adventure Stage Chicago (ASC) is one of the only theaters in Chicago to develop and present works specifically for the pre-teen and teenage audience. Adventure

Stage Chicago creates and tells heroic stories about young people in order to engage the community and inspire everyone to be a hero in their own lives. ASC also offers: Neighborhood Bridges, the in-classroom arts residency program; Trailblazers, a youth mentoring arts program; summer drama camps; and drama instruction in the Settlement's Rowe Elementary School.

Adventure Stage Chicago is a member of IPAY (International Performing Arts for Youth), League of Chicago Theatres, Theatre Communications Group (TCG), and TYA/USA. For more information, visit www.adventurestage.org.



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