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Buzz22 to Present GHOST BIKE, 2/27-3/30/2014


Sara Sawicki, Scott Weinstein (Co-Artistic Directors) & Philip de Guzman (Mangaing Director) are pleased to announce that Buzz22 Chicago will produce the world premiere of Ghost Bike by Laura Jacqmin as it's next mainstage production. Ghost Bike will be performed at Red Tape Theatre with previews commencing February 27th toward a March 7th opening and will close March 30th. Co-Artistic Director, Sara Sawicki directs. Tickets will go on-sale at a later date. Ghost Bike follows on the heels of last year's sold out production ofShe Kills Monsters at the Steppenwolf Garage.

"We're thrilled to be working with Chicago Playwright, Laura Jacqmin on this ambitious new piece and to be bringing it to life in the very city it was written for," comments Scott Weinstein. "And we're excited to bring the experience beyond the stage through partnerships with biking organizations throughout the city."

In Ghost Bike, Ora and Eddie, best friends since elementary school, fall in love with the city of Chicago on their bikes. But when Eddie is hit by a car and killed, Ora refuses to let him go, riding beneath the city to have one last conversation with her friend. But the city won't part with Eddie's soul so easily. Jumping off from Greek, African, and Chinese mythology, Ghost Bike is a mash-up of underworld and after-life, from the seats of fixies, BMX's and ten-speeds. Ghost Bike was originally commissioned by Carthage College. Design team and cast members will be announced at a later date.

Ghost Bike will be joined by a handful of special events including Buzz22-Hour Theatre, a sequel to last yearsNightcaps, in which 4 teams have 22 hours to devise original pieces based on top 40 hit songs from that same week. The event will also feature 22 hours of audience engagement leading up to the performance.

Buzz22 Chicago (Scott Weinstein and Sara Sawicki, Co-Artistic Directors; Philip de Guzman, Managing Director) was founded by seven Northwestern University graduates in 2010. Since then, Buzz22 has staged five productions, including the Midwest premiere of She Kills Monsters which enjoyed a twice extended run as part of Steppenwolf Theatre's 2013 Garage Rep. The company seeks to provide a home for up-and-coming artists in the Chicago area. Buzz22 stages stories to explore the constant coming of age: the ever-occurring moments that challenge who we are and who we want to be.

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