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Photo Flash: First Look at Kokandy Productions' LOVING REPEATING at Theater Wit

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Kokandy Productions is pleased to continue its 2015 season with LOVING REPEATING, a musical tribute to the life and loves of celebrated American author Gertrude Stein. Using Stein''s own works as lyrics, LOVING REPEATING is adapted by Frank Galati (The Grapes of Wrath, The Accidental Tourist), with music by Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once on This Island, Seussical) direction by Co-Artistic Director Allison Hendrix, music direction by Resident Music Director Kory Danielson and choreography by Andrea Louise Soule. LOVING REPEATING will play July 18 - August 30, 2015 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at www.kokandyproductions.com, by calling (773) 975-8150 or in person at the Theater Wit Box Office. The press opening is Monday, July 20 at 7:30 pm.

LOVING REPEATING will feature Caron Buinis as Gertrude Stein, Amanda Giles as Young Gertrude and Emily Goldberg as Alice B. Toklas with an ensemble including Sarah Hayes, Andrew Lund, Jake Morrissy, Maisie Rose, Stephanie Stockstill and George Toles.

LOVING REPEATING is an intimate exploration of Gertrude Stein''s legacy, setting her unconventional creative passions against the backdrop of her lifelong relationship with Alice B. Toklas. From her student days in the late 19th century to the height of her artistic era in Paris as one of the 'lost generation,' LOVING REPEATING pays homage to Stein''s capricious love affair with language, self-expression and her lifelong romance with Toklas.

Comments Co-Artistic Director Allison Hendrix, "Gertrude Stein's language, inherently musical, reaches new life with Stephen Flaherty's compositions. Loving Repeating is at turns silly, romantic, hilarious, exuberant, still - an enthusiastic celebration of life, love and art."

The production team for LOVING REPEATING includes: Ashley Ann Woods (scenic design), Kate Setzer-Kamphausen (costume design), Cat Wilson (lighting design), Jenna Moran (sound design), John Buranosky (props design), Gordon Granger (technical director), Patrick O''Brien (sound engineer), K. Hannah Friedman (assistant director) and Jessica Forella (stage manager) and Evan Frank (assistant stage manager).

Photos by Michael Brosilow

Photo Flash: First Look at Kokandy Productions' LOVING REPEATING at Theater Wit
Emily Goldberg as Alice B. Toklas, Amanda Giles as Young Gertrude and Caron Buinis as Gertrude Stein

Photo Flash: First Look at Kokandy Productions' LOVING REPEATING at Theater Wit
Emily Goldberg as Alice B. Toklas, Amanda Giles as Young Gertrude with (back, left to right) Andrew Lund, George Toles, Jake Morrissy, Maisie Rose, Stephanie Stockstill, Sarah Hayes and Caron Buinis as Gertrude Stein

Photo Flash: First Look at Kokandy Productions' LOVING REPEATING at Theater Wit
Andrew Lund, George Toles, Stephanie Stockstill, Maisie Rose, Sarah Hayes, Jake Morrissy, Amanda Giles as Young Gertrude, Emily Goldberg as Alice B. Toklas and Caron Buinis as Gertrude Stein

Photo Flash: First Look at Kokandy Productions' LOVING REPEATING at Theater Wit
Aaron Buinis as Gertrude Stein with Maisie Rose, Jake Morrissy, Andrew Lund, George Toles, Sarah Hayes and Stephanie Stockstill

Photo Flash: First Look at Kokandy Productions' LOVING REPEATING at Theater Wit
Amanda Giles as Young Gertrude and Caron Buinis as Gertrude Stein


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