Aline Lathrop's THE HERO'S WIFE Premieres At 16th Street

Aline Lathrop's THE HERO'S WIFE Premieres At 16th Street

16th Street Theater announces the opening of the premiere of Aline Lathrop's THE HERO'S WIFE directed by Ann Filmer and Miguel Nuñez July 12 - August 18, 2018 at North Berwyn Park District's 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th Street in Berwyn with a press opening of Thursday, July 19 at 7:30 PM.

Playwright Aline Lathrop is thrilled to return to 16th Street where the critically acclaimed premiere of her play Merchild moved audiences in 2015. The Hero's Wife is part of a joint premiere with Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta. With the same direction and design team from 16th Street's biggest grossing hit Into the Beautiful North, The Hero's Wife is poised to wow audiences this summer with a set inspired by Halo.

Karyssa doesn't tell Cameron what he does to her at night, believing his night terrors may provide a window into her retired Navy SEAL husband. During the day, they negotiate dinner, career, gun safety and video games, as he crafts a post Special Ops identity. At night, he is more available yet more dangerous, affording opportunities to know him if she risks enough.

THE HERO'S WIFE features Aaron Christensen and Alex Fisher with designs by Joanna Iwanicka, Cat Wilson, Barry Bennett, Rachel Sypniewski, Jamie Karas, Victor Bayona and R & D Choreography.

Aline Lathrop's plays have been produced or developed at numerous theaters in Chicago and across the country. She is thrilled to be back at 16th Street Theater, where her play, Merchild, received its Jeff-recommended world premiere, also under the direction of Ann Filmer. "Christmas at the Staples Center" was commissioned by Step Up Productions and produced as part of their Holidaze show. ...And Eat It Too was performed as part of Stage Left Theatre Company's Leapfest, and previously in the Dionysos Cup with Polarity Ensemble Theatre. Bordello (a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize nominee), received its world premiere at Chicago Dramatists, as did Feast (one of the "Top 5 Best New Plays," New City Magazine; First Prize, New Plays Festival, Centre Stage - South Carolina). "Toyota Tercel" and "Purity Ball" received workshop productions with Artistic Home's Cut to the Chase Series. A Piece of Bone received its Jeff-recommended world premiere at Circle Theatre of Forest Park. Ms. Lathrop has also developed plays at Abingdon Theatre Company, American Theatre Company, Boarshead Theatre, the Chicago Cultural Center, Columbia College, Famous Door Theatre Company, Northwestern University, Route 66 Theatre, Ten Grand Productions, and Theatre Seven. Her work has been published by Smith & Krauss. She is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council fellowship and a Dr. Donahue Tremaine grant. The playwright is a graduate of the Northwestern University Theatre Department, a member of the Dramatists Guild, and a Chicago Dramatists Resident Playwright Alumna.

Ann Filmer is founder and Artistic Director of 16th Street where she has developed and produced 51 new plays in ten seasons including directing the Jeff Nominated Yasmina's Necklace by Rohina Malik (which just enjoyed a sold-out run at Goodman Theatre), Blizzard '67 and co-directing Into the Beautiful North with Miguel Nuñez. Filmer also directs around Chicago, most notably The Clean House (Remy Bumppo), Disconnect (Victory Gardens), Yasmina's Necklace (Goodman Theatre), Eric LaRue (A Red Orchid), Botanic Garden (Citadel), House of Blue Leaves (Shattered Globe), The Liquid Moon (Chicago Dramatists) and A Charlie Brown Christmas (Emerald City at Broadway in Chicago). Her adaptation and direction of Tony Fitzpatrick's American tetralogy gained critical acclaim for all four of its productions at Steppenwolf Garage including Stations Lost which also played The Boiler in Brooklyn and Brown University.

MIGUEL NUÑEZ is an Artistic Associate at 16th Street Theater where he was last seen in Into The Beautiful North, which he also Co-directed. Other selected Chicago credits include Evening at the Talk House (A Red Orchid Theatre); What Of The Night? (Stage Left/Cor Theatre); Bobby Clearly (Steep Theatre), The Play About my Dad (Raven Theatre); El Pasado Nunca Se Termina (Lyric Opera of Chicago and national tour); Romulus (Oracle Theatre); Death and the Maiden, Oedipus El Rey (Victory Gardens); PINKOLANDIA,Yasmina's Necklace (16th Street Theatre); The Three Musketeers, The Blue Shadow (Lifeline Theatre); I Put the Fear of Mexico In 'em (Teatro Vista). He has also worked at The Goodman Theatre, ATC, Gift Theatre and many more. His work can be seen in numerous films and national commercials, and as part of the national tour of the Mariachi Opera Cruzar La Cara de la Luna. Miguel has trained at Black Box in Chicago and at the National Theater University in Caracas, Venezuela.

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