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Photo Flash: Signal Ensemble Theatre Presents World Premiere of ACES

WHAT: Signal Ensemble Theatre announces the fourth production in their 2010-2011, eighth anniversary season, the world premiere comedy "Aces," written by ensemble member and multiple Jeff award-winner Jon Steinhagen, and directed by Ronan Marra. In the winter of 1975 Saigon has fallen, the Watergate scandals continue, and Bobby Fischer refuses to play chess, but in Las Vegas, none of this matters to six casino employees who are busy running their nickel-and-dime scam during business hours. When a blackjack dealer named Samantha is added to their lives, these losers are forced to take a close look at their desperate lives, their selfish behavior, and each other. The show will run about 110 minutes with one intermission, and $5 from every ticket sold on June 11 will benefit www.SeasonofConcern.org

WHERE: Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 West Berenice Ave., Chicago, IL 60613-2720
Street parking available on Ravenswood and Berenice (runs one way going west) CTA Brown line EL stops Irving Park and Addison
CTA busses #80-Irving Park, #152-Addison, #50-Damen, #11-Lincoln
Handicapped accessible

WHEN: Opens Saturday, May 14, 2011, 8 p.m. (with post show party)
Closes Saturday, June 18
Runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m.
No show on Sunday, May 15
Previews on May 12 and 13 at 8 p.m.

TICKETS: Publish this number: 773-347-1350; www.signalensemble.com
$20 for regular single tickets
$15 for industry members at all shows with resume/headshot/card
$15 for students/seniors (with ID); also for groups of 15 or more
$10 for preview tickets
$5 OFF all full-priced tickets on Memorial Day weekend, May 26-29

STAFF: Ensemble members Jon Steinhagen (Playwright), Ronan Marra (Director),
Stephanie Ehemann (Stage Manager), Melania Lancy (Scenic Design), and Anthony Ingram (Sound Design); with guest artists Jenilee Houghton (Costume Design), Mark J. Hurni (Lighting Design) and Mary O'Dowd (Property Design).

CAST: Ensemble members Vincent Lonergan (Lloyd), Simone Roos (Samantha), AaRon Snook (Garrett), Joseph Stearns (Duke); Jon Steinhagen (Jack), and
Philip Winston (Pete); with guest artist Elizabeth Bagby (Linda).
FUNDER: Productions Plus is the exclusive corporate sponsor of Signal Ensemble Theatre's
2010-2011 season.

BIO: Jon Steinhagen is an author, actor, composer, resident playwright at Chicago
Dramatists, and Signal Ensemble member. His plays and musicals - which have been produced in Chicago, New York and at other regional theatres - include The Analytical Engine, The Teapot Scandals, Inferno Beach, Vexations, Something More Comfortable, People Like Us, Dating Walter Dante, Ponzi on Sunday and Blizzard '67. He is the recipient of the Julie Harris Award for Playwriting as well as several Jeff and After Dark Awards. Aside from his appearances at Signal (1776, Six Degrees of Separation, The Real Inspector Hound), he has appeared in recent seasons at Raven Theatre, Eclipse Theatre Ensemble and Circle Theatre.

MISSION: Founded in 2003, award-winning Signal Ensemble Theatre's mission is to inspire our audience with a kaleidoscope of compelling theatre, while continuing to challenge and support our distinguished ensemble in their artistic growth.

INFO: Signal Ensemble Theatre, 773-347-1350, info@signalensemble.com
www.signalensemble.com

Photo Credit: Johnny Knight

Photo Flash: Signal Ensemble Theatre Presents World Premiere of ACES

Photo Flash: Signal Ensemble Theatre Presents World Premiere of ACES
Lloyd (Vincent L. Lonergan) talks on the phone to the management during a shift at the casino

Photo Flash: Signal Ensemble Theatre Presents World Premiere of ACES
Duke (Joseph Stearns), Garret (AaRon Snook), Lloyd (Vincent L. Lonergan), Jack (Jon Steinhagen), and Pete (Philip Winston) sit at a coffee shop and discuss their predicament

Photo Flash: Signal Ensemble Theatre Presents World Premiere of ACES
Duke (Joseph Stearns) and Samantha (Simone Roos) say "goodbye" after their date

Photo Flash: Signal Ensemble Theatre Presents World Premiere of ACES
Garret (AaRon Snook) plays the guitar for Linda (Elizabeth Bagby)

Photo Flash: Signal Ensemble Theatre Presents World Premiere of ACES
Duke (Joseph Stearns) explains his injuries to Linda (Elizabeth Bagby)

Photo Flash: Signal Ensemble Theatre Presents World Premiere of ACES
Pete (Philip Winston) agues with Jack (Jon Steinhagen)

Photo Flash: Signal Ensemble Theatre Presents World Premiere of ACES
Samantha (Simone Roos) and Lloyd (Vincent L. Lonergan) share dealing tricks with each other

Photo Flash: Signal Ensemble Theatre Presents World Premiere of ACES


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