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Casting Announced for Griffin Theatre Company's WINTERSET

Griffin Theatre Company is pleased to announce casting for the first production of its 2016-17 season, a rare revival of Maxwell Anderson's 1930s drama WINTERSET, directed by Ensemble Member Jonathan Berry (Pocatello, Balm in Gilead).

WINTERSET will feature Maurice Demus as Mio and Kiayla Jackson as Miriamne with Chris Acevedo, Larry Baldacci, Johnny Moran, Josh Odor, Matt Rockwood, Skylar Schrempp, Londen Shannon, Bradford Stevens and Norm Woodel

Launching Griffin's Theatre's season exploring the American Dream, WINTERSET will play November 19 - December 23, 2016 at The Den Theatre's Upstairs Main Stage, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. Tickets for WINTERSET are available at or by calling (866) 811-4111. The press opening is Sunday, November 27 at 7 pm.

A rare revival, in keeping with the Griffin's work to explore lost plays like London Wall and Men Should Weep. Inspired by the infamous murder case of the 1920s when the Italian anarchists and immigrants, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, were arrested, convicted and electrocuted despite the insubstantial evidence against them. Anderson's 1935 poetic verse play follows a young man's quest to prove his father's innocence years after he was executed for a murder he may not have committed Winner of the first New York Drama Critic's Circle Award for Best Play.

The production team for WINTERSET includes: Joe Schermoly (scenic design), Mieka van der Ploeg (costume design), Alex Ridgers (lighting design), Bradford Chapin (sound design), Jeremiah Barr (properties design), Catherine Allen (production manager) and Jason Crutchfield (stage manager).



Playwright: Maxwell Anderson

Director: Ensemble Member Jonathan Berry

Cast: Chris Acevedo (Garth), Larry Baldacci (Judge Gaunt), Maurice Demus (Mio), Kiayla Jackson (Miriamne), Johnny Moran (Policeman), Josh Odor (Trock), Matt Rockwood (Lucia, Hobo), Skylar Schrempp (Piny), Londen Shannon (Carr), Bradford Stevens (Shadow) and Norm Woodel (Esdras).

Location: The Den Theatre's Upstairs Main Stage, 1323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago

Dates: Previews: Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 pm, Sunday, November 20 at 3 pm, Friday, November 25 at 7:30 pm andSaturday, November 26 at 7:30 pm.

Press performance: Sunday, November 27 at 7 pm

Regular run: Thursday, December 1 - Friday, December 23, 2016.

Curtain Times: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 3 pm. Please note: there will be added performances on Saturday, December 17 at 3 pm, Tuesday, December 20 at 7:30 pm and Wednesday, December 21 at 7:30 pm.

Tickets: Previews $28. Regular run $36. Students, seniors & veterans $31 ($20 previews). Group discount are available for groups of ten or more. Tickets are available at or by calling (866) 811-4111.

About the Director

Jonathan Berry (Director) is an ensemble member at Griffin Theatre where his credits include Pocatello, Balm in Gilead, Golden Boy, Spring Awakening, Punk Rock, Port and On the Shore of the Wide World. He is an Artistic Producer at Steppenwolf and a director and teacher in Chicago. Steppenwolf credits include Gary and A Separate Peace for Steppenwolf for Young Adults. Jonathan is also an ensemble member at Steep Theatre, where credits include Posh, If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet, The Knowledge, Festen and Moment. Jon was the assistant director for Anna D. Shapiro's Broadway productions of Of Mice and Men and This Is Our Youth. Other credits include Dirty, Othello, Suicide, Incorporated (Gift Theatre); The Solid Sand Below, The World of Extreme Happiness for New Stages (Goodman Theatre); Kill Floor (American Theatre Company); Little Shop of Horrors, Sideman (American Blues Theater); I am Going to Change the World (Chicago Dramatists); and The Casuals (Jackalope Theatre Company). He pursued his MFA in directing from Northwestern University. He has taught at University of Michigan, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Columbia College and The School at Steppenwolf.

The Griffin Theatre's 2016/2017 Premiere Season Sponsor is Brenda & James Grusecki with additional season sponsor support from Jeff Graves Realtor @properties, Kassie Davis & Bruce Beatus, Claire Conley & Joan Mazzonelli.

The Griffin Theatre Company is a Blue Star Theater and is proud to support our military enlisted and veterans.

About Griffin Theatre Company

Established in 1988 and celebrating its 29th season, the mission of the Griffin Theatre Company is to create extraordinary and meaningful theatrical experiences for both children and adults by building bridges of understanding between generations that instill in its audience an appreciation of the performing arts. Through artistic collaboration the Griffin Theatre Company produces literary adaptations, original work and classic plays that challenge and inspire, with wit, style and compassion for the audience.

The Griffin Theatre Company is the recipient of 105 Joseph Jefferson Award nominations for theater excellence in Chicago. The Griffin was the repeat winner of the 2016 Jeff Award for "Best Production of a Play" for London Wall having won the same award in 2015 for its production of Men Should Weep.

The Griffin Theatre is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events; and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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