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Babes With Blades Theatre Company Sets 2016-17 Season


Babes With Blades Theatre Company (BWBTC) announces its 19th Season, "Women on the Front Lines," featuring two productions that embrace the glories and heartbreaks of battle, and explore both the personal and the larger impact of war. Opening in July, the world premiere of The Promise of a Rose Garden, by Dustin Spence, is a modern day look at female Marines attempting to pass the Infantry Officer Training Course. Then the season will continue with BWBTC's tradition of an all-female cast Shakespeare production: Henry V opens in February.

All productions will take place at City Lit Theater Company's performance space in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.

The Promise of a Rose Garden by Dustin Spence

July 30 - September 10, 2016

Winner of BWBTC's Joining Sword & Pen playwriting competition

Directed by BWBTC Ensemble Member Elyse Dawson

Violence Design by Rachel Flesher

Show Dates:

Previews: Saturday, 7/30 at 8:00pm; Sunday, 7/31 at 3:00pm; Thursday, 8/4 at 8:00pm & Friday, 8/5 at 8:00pm

Press Opening: Saturday, 8/6 at 8:00pm

Closing Night: Saturday, 9/10 at 8:00pm

Run: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 3:00pm

The Promise of a Rose Garden explores the far-reaching effects of war and what it means to be a soldier. Captain Rockford, one of the first 3 women to pass the US Marine Infantry Officer Course, is instructing a new group of women hoping to become infantry officers themselves. She is being visited by angels who speak in riddles. She may be losing her mind....

This world premiere production will feature BWBTC ensemble members Patti Moore, Maureen Yasko, and Kathrynne Wolf, and guest artists Catherine Dvorak, Arti Ishak, Sam Long, Izis Mollinedo, and Aaron Wertheim.

About the Playwright

Dustin Spence is a playwright and activist who has lived and worked in Chicago for nearly a decade, and is rooted in the storefront theatre community. Dustin's other works include The Sound of a Yellow Flower and What Was Mine To Do along with several one act plays. For more information about Dustin please visit

About the Director

Elyse Dawson is a theatre artist from Dayton, Ohio, where she received her B.F.A. in Acting at Wright State University. As an ensemble member of Babes With Blades Theater Company since 2014, she has performed in L'Imbecile, Titus Andronicus, and Patchwork Drifter. Since moving to Chicago, she has shared the stage with Akvavit Theatre, Wildclaw Theatre, Bare Knuckle Productions and Otherworld Theatre Company. This is her directorial debut.

Henry V by William Shakespeare

February 18 - April 1, 2017

Directed by Hayley Rice

Featuring an all-female cast (TBA)

Show Dates:

Previews: Saturday, 2/18 at 8:00pm; Sunday 2/19 at 3:00pm; Friday 2/24 at 8:00pm; Saturday 2/25 at 8:00pm; Sunday, 2/26 at 3:00pm

Press Opening: Monday, 2/27 at 8:00pm

Closing Night: Saturday, 4/1 at 8:00pm

Run: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 3:00pm

King Henry V, having ascended the throne of England, chooses to lay claim to areas of France. But his subjects remain skeptical of the once hell-raising boy who now rules over them, plotting attempts on his life and questioning his leadership.

About the Director

Hayley Rice is a Chicago-area director whose work has been seen at such theaters as First Folio Theatre, Focal Point Theatre Company, & Prairie Fire Children's Theatre in Minnesota. As an actor, she's worked with Prologue Theatre, The Chicago Mammals, Circle Theatre, LiveWire Theatre, The Factory Theatre (Fall, 2016) and Illinois Theatre Center. She is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University's School of Theatre Arts and is a proud Artistic Associate of First Folio Theatre.

About Babes With Blades Company

Babes With Blades Theatre Company uses stage combat to place women and their stories center stage. Through performance, script development, training, and outreach, our ensemble creates theatre that explores the wide range of the human experience, and cultivates broader perspectives in the arts community and in society as a whole.

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