Photo Flash: First Look at Rolling Premiere of IN A WORD at Strawdog Theatre Company

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Strawdog Theatre Company and Artistic Director Hank Boland are proud to announce the third main stage production in its 2015 - 2016 season, Lauren Yee's In A Word, February 5 - March 19, directed by Jess McLeod, at Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway St. Previews are Friday, Feb. 5 and 12, Saturday, Feb. 6 and 13 at 8 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 7 and 14 at 4 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. Opening night is Monday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. The regular performance schedule is Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. An industry performance is Monday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. and a fully accessible performance in conjunction with the Access Project at Victory Gardens is Thursday, March 3 at 8 p.m.* Preview tickets are $15, regular run tickets are $28 and on sale now. Subscriptions, group, rush, senior and student discounts are also available. Tickets may be ordered online at strawdog.org or by calling OvationTix toll-free: 866-811-4111.

Two years have passed since Fiona Hamlin's son (Gabe Franken) vanished; now language and logic bend, buckle and break as Fiona (Mary Winn Heider) navigates the memories and events leading up to the disappearance. In a Word is a poetic, touching and deeply moving new work from Lauren Yee, the author of last season's acclaimed production of Samsara at Victory Gardens. The director of The House Theatre of Chicago's hit Season on the Line, Jess McLeod, makes her Strawdog debut directing this production with Ensemble Member John Ferrick as "Guy."

In A Word is a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. The National New Play Network (NNPN) is the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays. The Network strives to pioneer, implement, and disseminate ideas and programs that revolutionize the way theaters collaborate to support new plays and playwrights.

The production team also includes Strawdog Company Ensemble Members John Kelly, lighting designer; Heath Hays, sound designer; with guest artists Izumi Inaba, costume designer; Jamie Karas, properties designer; Emmaline Keddy-Hector, production manager; Melanie Kulas, stage manager; Jacob Palmer, technical director; Cameron Petti, master electrician; Casey Schissler, assistant stage manager; Abhi Shrestha, assistant director and Sarah JHP Watkins, scenic designer.

*FULLY ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCE

Strawdog Theatre Company continues its partnership with the Access Project at Victory Gardens to present In A Word at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, in the Prince Charitable Trust Rehearsal Room, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Thursday, March 3 at 8 p.m., with a touch tour at 6:45 p.m. The performance is fully wheelchair accessible with audio description and open captioning.

Photos by Tom McGrath



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