Emerald City Theatre Presents CORDUROY At The Athenaeum Theatre

Emerald City Theatre (ECT) concludes its 2018 - 2019 Season this spring with the Chicago premiere of Corduroy, a new stage adaptation by Barry Kornhauser of Don Freeman's classic books, directed by ECT Artistic Associate Jamal Howard. Corduroy runs Friday, March 1 - Saturday, April 20 at the Athenaeum Theatre Main Stage, 2936 N Southport Ave. Previews are Friday, March 1 at 10:30 a.m. and Saturday, March 2 at 10:30 a.m. The press opening is Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m. Regular performance times post opening are Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. with additional performances on Sunday, April 14 at 2 p m. and Friday, April 19 at 10:30 a.m. prices are $22-$29. Tickets may be purchased at AthenaeumTheatre.org or through the Athenaeum Theatre box office at 773.935.6875. Visit EmeraldCityTheatre.com for more information. Educators may visit EmeraldCityTheatre.com or call 773.529.2690 to book a field trip that includes a performance and companion study guide.

"A bear. A button. A place to belong." A small bear's quest for a missing button leads to the friendship of a lifetime. The department store comes to life with circus elements and physical comedy as Corduroy must stay a step ahead of the Night Watchman to be ready for Lisa when she returns to the store. Learn the importance of empathy and unconditional love along with a young girl and her mother in this sweet adaptation of the beloved book by Don Freeman. Corduroy is a Chicago premiere and a playful adventure that will delight ages three years and older.

"I am delighted to present this wonderfully talented group of performers for our production of Corduroy," says Mr. Howard, ECT Artistic Associate. "This cast will use clowning, physical comedy, and other circus elements to bring Don Freeman's iconic book to life for our youngest audiences in this ambitious Chicago premiere."

The cast of Corduroy includes: Jean Claudio (Corduroy), Matt Miles (The Night Watchman), Tia Pinson (Lisa), Michelle Renee Thompson (Mother), Averis I. Anderson (Clown 1), Kelsey Shipley (Clown 2), Kirk Osgood (The Night Watchman/Clown 1 Understudy), Ellen DeSitter (Corduroy/Clown 2 Understudy), and Kianna Rose (Lisa/Mother Understudy).

The creative team also includes: Amanda Crockett, movement and circus director; Jeffrey Kmiec, scenic designer; Jazmin Aurora Medina, costume designer; Cat Wilson, lighting designer; Eric Backus, sound designer; Letitia Guillaud, props designer; Marika Mashburn , casting director and Marcus Carroll, stage manager.

ABOUT EMERALD CITY THEATRE,

Emerald City Theatre (ECT) is Chicago's largest theater for young audiences, reaching children 0 - 15-years-old through its three pillars of work: artistic, education, and outreach. Serving an average of over 60,000 children and their grown-ups annually, the company has created over 100 productions in Lakeview, Lincoln Park, and Downtown Chicago. ECT was recently named "Chicago's Best Children's Theatre" by Make it Better magazine.

ECT also builds skills in children through its yearly camps, classes, and residencies - the largest theater arts education program in Chicago, serving over 64,000 students to date and an average of 200 schools annually.

ECT's signature outreach program, One Fund supports increased literacy among Chicago's children by providing a free play and free companion book to low-resourced Chicago Public Schools students. In 2018, ECT provided 95,000 free books to CPS students in Kindergarten - 3rd grade as part of a partnership with Mary Pope Osborne, author of the Magic Tree House book series.

ECT's lead supporters include AMITA Health, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, KPMG, Illinois Arts Council, the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, and The League of Chicago Theatres and ComEd's Powering the Arts program. For more information, please visit EmeraldCityTheatre.com

Emerald City Theatre (ECT) concludes its 2018 - 2019 Season this spring with the Chicago premiere of Corduroy, a new stage adaptation by Barry Kornhauser of Don Freeman's classic books, directed by ECT Artistic Associate Jamal Howard. Corduroy runs Friday, March 1 - Saturday, April 20 at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N Southport Ave. Previews are Friday, March 1 at 10:30 a.m. and Saturday, March 2 at 10:30 a.m. The press opening is Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m. Regular performance times post opening are Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. with additional performances on Sunday, April 14 at 2 p m. and Friday, April 19 at 10:30 a.m. prices are $22-$29. Tickets may be purchased at AthenaeumTheatre.org or through the Athenaeum Theatre box office at 773.935.6875. Visit EmeraldCityTheatre.com for more information. Educators may visit EmeraldCityTheatre.com or call 773.529.2690 to book a field trip that includes a performance and companion study guide.



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