Lifeline Theatre's TREASURE ISLAND Gets Extended Thru 11/15

Lifeline Theatre inaugurated its 27th anniversary MainStage season with the world premiere adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island," adapted by Lifeline ensemble member John Hildreth, directed by Lifeline ensemble member Robert Kauzlaric. A treasure map discovered in a dead pirate's sea-chest leads young Jim Hawkins on an expedition across the ocean to recover a fortune in plundered gold. Fair winds and favorable seas soon give way to mutiny, greed and the evil machinations of a one-legged scoundrel named Long John Silver. Join Jim on an unforgettable adventure as he fights for his life - and the lives of his friends - in this legendary tale of piracy and heroism. The show runs approximately two hours with one intermission, is appropriate for ages ten and up, and copies of the book will be on sale in the lobby.

Lifeline is offering season subscriptions to all three 27th anniversary season MainStage shows for $75 (and all three KidSeries plays for $27). Being a Lifeline subscriber allows patrons to save up to 25% off regular ticket prices; offers discounts on additional tickets for friends and family; gives first choice of seats with unlimited free ticket exchanges (and includes reminder cards for shows selected, plus a reminder call a few days before the reservation); knocks 25% off party room rental for audience pre- or post-show events; and offers invitations to subscriber events such as sneak peeks of the rehearsal process, book discussions with the creative team, and author events (previous writers have included Ron Hansen, Daniel Mason, Sara Paretsky, and Donald Westlake).
Lifeline has produced five previous world premiere stage adaptations by Hildreth, including "Around the World in 80 Days" in 2002 and "Johnny Tremain" in 2006, both of which garnered Non-Equity Jeff Awards for New Adaptation. Kauzlaric has acted in eleven MainStage productions, and written four adaptations for Lifeline - including "The Island of Dr. Moreau," winner of 2008's Non-Equity Jeff Awards for Production-Play and New Adaptation. "Treasure Island" marks Kauzlaric's directorial debut at Lifeline. The violence in "Treasure Island" will be choreographed by Geoff Coates, who previously choreographed the fights in Lifeline's productions of "The Mark of Zorro" in 2008 (Non-Equity Jeff Award: Fight Choreography; After Dark Award: Outstanding Fight Choreography) and "The Talisman Ring" in 2005 (Non-Equity Jeff Award: Fight Design).

WHERE: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago, IL 60626
Parking available (street and lot - see below); CTA accessible (Red Line Morse stop/buses)
Free designated parking lot west of the theatre at the NE corner of Morse and Ravenswood with
free shuttle service before and after the show
Handicapped accessible

WHEN: Opened on Monday, September 21, 2009
UPDATE: New closing date on Sunday, November 15, 2009 (originally closing 11/1)
Runs Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sundays at
4 p.m. (please note that Thursdays are added on this production)

TICKETS: Publish this number - 773-761-4477; HotTix
$30 for regular single tickets
$25 for seniors (with ID)
$15 for students (with ID) and rush tickets (half hour before, subject to availability)
Group rates for 12 or more available upon request.
$75 for all three 27th anniversary season MainStage shows (see WHAT above)
Rogers Park Theatre Flex Pass at www.rogersparkflexpass.com

STAFF: Ensemble members Alan Donahue (Scenic and Props Design), Kevin D. Gawley (Lighting Design), John Hildreth (Adaptor), Robert Kauzlaric (Director), and Phil Timberlake (Dialect Coach), with guest artists Geoff Coates (Fight Director), Andy Hansen (Original Music and Sound Design), Branimira Ivanova (Costume Design), and Erica Foster (Stage Manager).

CAST: Ensemble member Patrick Blashill (Dr. Livesey), with guest artists John Ferrick (Squire Trelawney), Chris Hainsworth (Israel Hands/Captain Flint), John Luzar (Black Dog/Dick Johnson/Abraham Gray), Robert McLean (Captain Smollett), C. Sean Piereman (Tom Morgan/Job Anderson), Sean Sinitski (Long John Silver), Ezekiel Sulkes (Ben Gunn), Christopher M. Walsh (Billy Bones/George Merry), and Warren Weber (Jim Hawkins). With understudies Eduardo Garcia, Mike Ooi and ensemble member Paul S. Holmquist.

NEXT: Lifeline MainStage Productions
"Mrs. Caliban," February 5-March 28, 2010 (opens 2/15/10)
"Neverwhere," April 30-June 20, 2010 (opens 5/10/10)
Lifeline KidSeries Productions
"Dooby Dooby Moo," October 17-December 6, 2009 (opens 10/18/09)
"The Last of the Dragons," January 2- February 21, 2010 (opens 1/3/10)
"The Blue Shadow," March 13-May 2, 2010 (opens 3/14/10)

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