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DePaul University's Theatre Showcase Presents MEDEA, 4/15-24

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The Theatre School at DePaul University's Showcase Series of Contemporary Plays and Classics presents MEDEA by Euripides, translated by Frederic Raphael & Kenneth McLeish, and directed by Damon Kiely. MEDEA opens Friday, April 15, and runs through Sunday, April 24, 2011, at DePaul's historic Merle Reskin Theatre. Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:00 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. Previews are on April 13 and 14 at 7:30 PM.

Euripides' dark and ancient story of Medea and her family has been told for nearly 2,500 years. When infidelities plague her marriage, Medea's pure and wild vengeance becomes epic. Meadea's fury turns to hysteria as she destroys her husband, her motherhood, and her own identity.

Tickets are $15. Subscriptions and group rates (6 or more people) are available at (312)-922-0999. Seniors (over 60), DePaul employees and alumni, and college students receive a discount (with ID). Previews are FREE for any college student (with ID). Tickets are available by calling
the Box Office at (312) 922-1999.

DePaul's historic Merle Reskin Theatre is located at 60 E. Balbo Drive at Michigan, Chicago. There are several parking lots near the theatre, and the theatre is also accessible via numerous CTA bus and train routes. Please call the Box Office for more information, directions, and suggestions to help plan your trip.

Damon Kiely (Director) served as the Artistic Director of American Theater Company from 2002 to 2007. Directing credits at American Theater Company include OKLAHOMA! (Nominated for 6 Jeff Awards including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical), THE DARK AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS, ORPHEUS DESCENDING, KID-SIMPLE, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, STRICTLY DISHONORABLE and THE HAIRY APE. He also recently directed WEEKEND by Gore Vidal for TimeLine Theatre. At The Theatre School he has directed THERE'S A BOY IN THE GIRLS BATHROOM, HURRAH FOR THE NEXT WHO DIES and A STERETCAR NAMED DESIRE. Prior to moving back to Chicago he produced, directed and taught in New York City. In New York he directed for Public Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, the Ontological Theater, Adobe Theater Company, PS122, Ensemble Studio Theater and New Dramatists. Damon also served as the Artistic Director for Real Time Theater and was a Producing Director at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater as well as the Associate Artistic Director for the Children's Theater of Maine. He is a winner of the 2000-02 NEA/TCG Career Directing Program, the 2000 Drama League Fall Directing Program and the 1997 Princess Grace Award. He lives in Edgewater with his wife Jennifer and their children, Isabella
and Finnegan.

The cast of MEDEA features Christopher Allen (Jason), Camden Brown (Tutor/Aigeus), Celeste M. Cooper (Chorus), Olivia Douglas (Chorus), Olivia Dustman (Chorus), Kristin E. Ellis (Medea), Joseph Fitzgerald Flynn (Kreon), Kelsey Jorissen (Chorus), Aislinn Kerchaert (Nurse), Ariel Rubin (Chorus), and Alex Seeley (Servant). Guests Roman Harris MacDonald and John Babbo appear as the children.

The production staff includes Damon Kiely (Director), Kaitlyn Myers (Lighting Design), Megan Truscott (Scenic Design), Jacob Schuler (Dramaturg), Holly Haupert (Costume Design), Jeff Gary (Sound Design), and Rebecca Rowlett (Stage Management).

SPECIAL EVENTS: An Opening Night Party will be held after the performance on April 15. A post-show discussion with the cast and members of the production staff will be held on Sunday, April 17. On DePaul Night, April 20, tickets are $3 for all students and $6 for DePaul alumni and employees with valid ID. April 22 is Greater Chicago Food Depository Night; patrons will receive $5 tickets for brining 2 or more non-perishable goods to the theatre. United Service Organizations
Night is April 23, U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families can attend for free. The performance on Sunday, April 24 (2 PM) will be interpreted in American Sign Language. TYY call (773) 325-7975. For details, photos, or more information visit http://theatreschool.depaul.edu or call (773) 325-7819.

 


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