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Cast Announced for The Comrades' PRELUDE TO A KISS

The Comrades have announced their Winter 2017 production, PRELUDE TO A KISS by Craig Lucas. This classic romantic comedy will be directed by Artistic Director Derek Bertelsen and will play the Greenhouse Theater Center (2257 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago) from January 12 through February 4, 2017. Press opening is Saturday, January 14 at 8:00pm.

In this modern day fairy tale, an uninvited guest turns a perfect wedding into a white-knuckled rollercoaster ride of doubt and regret. When an elderly "wedding crasher" kisses the bride, their souls exchange, leaving the brave but bewildered groom to reverse the curse armed only with the power of love. When it first premiered, Prelude To A Kiss received a Tony Award nomination for Best Play and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1991.

"Nearly thirty years after its premiere, this play still hits close to home. In a world full of complicated relationships, I am excited to bring a fresh production of this classic romantic comedy to Chicago," said Artistic Director Derek Bertelsen.

The cast for PRELUDE TO A KISS includes Comrades company members David Coupe (Peter), Mike Newquist (Taylor) and Cydney Moody (Leah). Other cast members include Bethany Hart (Rita), Edmund McGuire (Old Man), James Spangler (Dr. Boyle), Carol Ludwick (Mrs. Boyle), Tom Lally (Uncle Fred), Anne Wrider (Aunt Dorothy), Raymond Jacquet (Tom), Alex Nolan (Ensemble) and Jazzma Pryor (Ensemble). The Assistant Director is David Lew Cooper and the Stage Manager is Melanie Kulas. The creative team includes Uriel Gomez (Costume Designer) and Michael Lewis (Scenic Designer).

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About the Playwright: Craig Lucas is the author of Missing Persons, Reckless, Blue Window, Prelude To A Kiss, God's Heart, The Dying Gaul, Stranger, This Thing of Darkness (with David Schulner), Small Tragedy, The Singing Forest, Prayer For My Enemy, Ode to Joy, and I Was Most Alive With You. Libretti: Two Boys (Nico Muhly, composer), The Light In The Piazza (Adam Guettel, music & lyrics), Cinderella (Prokoviev, Christopher Wheeldon choreographer), An American In Paris (George & Ira Gershwin; Christopher Wheeldon, director), Amelie (Dan Messe, music & lyrics, Nathan Tysen, lyrics), Three Postcards (Craig Carnelia, music & lyrics). Lucas is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers, Directors Guild and the Writers Guild of America. He lives in upstate New York with Frankie Krainz.

About the Director: Derek Bertelsen is the Artistic Director of The Comrades and Associate Artistic Director for AstonRep Theatre Company. He previously directed Mary-Kate Olsen Is In Love with The Comrades. Other directing credits: The Black Slot, The Lyons, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Wit, Next Fall and Doubt (AstonRep Theatre), Design for Living, The Children's Hour (Pride Films and Plays), God of Carnage, The Dinner Party (BrightSide Theatre), You're A Good Man Charlie Brown (Wilmette Arts Center). Assistant Director credits include RACE (Goodman), Angry Fags (Steppenwolf Garage) and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Bailiwick Chicago). He's also directed for Arc Theatre, Commedia Beauregard, Greenhouse Trellis Series, New Ground Theatre, Festival 56, Shawnee Summer Playhouse and five seasons at Timber Lake Playhouse.

The Comrades were founded in early 2016. The have previously produced the Chicago premiere of Mary-Kate Olsen Is In Love at the Apollo Theatre and their fall production of Dying City by Christopher Shinn and directed by Elizabeth Lovelady is currently running at the Heartland Studio until October 30. Company members include Derek Bertelsen, Alison Plott, Angela Horn, Mike Newquist, Cydney Moody and David Coupe.

Pictured: The Cast of PRELUDE TO A KISS, clockwise from top left: James Spangler, Mike Newquist, Bethany Hart, Edmund McGuire, David Coupe, Anne Wrider, Raymond Jacquet, Carol Ludwick, Alex Nolan, Cydney Moody, Jazzma Pryor and Tom Lally.

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