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Photo Flash: THE TIN WOMAN Celebrates Chicago Premiere at Theatre at the Center

Audiences and critics filled the house for the Opening Night of The Tin Woman at Theatre at the Center (TATC) on Sunday, July 16. This was the Chicagoland premiere of Sean Grennan's newest play starring Erin Noel Grennan in the lead role. The Jeff Recommended play The Tin Woman continues its run at TATC through August 13. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening festivities below!

Inspired by a true story, it's a heartwarming comedy that's a beautiful blend of family, humor and hope. Joy has had a heart transplant and is questioning her second chance in life. When she connects with the family of her donor, together they learn what it means to truly give one's heart.

Erin Noel Grennan originated the role of Joy in the World Premiere of The Tin Woman in 2014 at Peninsula Players in Wisconsin. She last appeared at TATC in 2012 for a production of Making God Laugh, also penned by her brother Sean. Erin earned a Broadway World Best Actress award for A Real Lulu. She has also had recurring roles on the TV series' Chicago Fire, Chicago Med and Law & Order.

Steve Pickering, who is making his TATC debut, has appeared in TimeLine Theater's The Last Wife, Lookingglass' Treasure Island, and The Little Foxes at the Goodman Theatre (more than 30 productions since 1987), is cast as Hank. Steve has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in London's West End, New York's Shakespeare in the Park, and in the title role of Macbeth for Santa Cruz Shakespeare.

Annabel Armour, cast as Alice, is also making her debut at TATC. She is the recipient of three Joseph Jefferson Awards and two After Dark Awards. She has an artistic association with Remy Bumppo Theatre, appearing in Pygmalion, Fallen Angels, and The Clean House (Jeff Nomination). She has performed in Sunday in the Park with George at Chicago Shakespeare, The First Look Series at Steppenwolf and has received a Jeff Nomination for At Home at the Zoo at Victory Gardens Theater.

Doogin Brown, making his debut at TATC, is cast as Jack. His previous work includes Zoya's Apartment at the Athenaeum Theatre and Saved at Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Cast as Sammy, Kayla Kennedy returns to TATC for the sixth time. Her credits include Nice Work If You Can Get It, All Shook Up, Spamalot, Big Fish and Women On the Verge. Jeri Marshall, who is making her TATC debut as Nurse/Darla, is a Sarah Siddons Scholarship Recipient and holds a MFA from the Theatre School at DePaul University.

Linda Fortunato is Artistic Director of Theatre at the Center and Director and Choreographer of The Tin Woman. Linda has been nominated for five Jeff Awards for her work as a Choreographer and Director. She received both the Equity and Non-Equity Jeff Awards for Outstanding Choreography in the 2013-2014 season, garnering TATC's first award for her choreography of 42nd Street. Linda has been involved with over a dozen shows at TATC, directing Annie Warbucks and A Christmas Story, and choreographing Spamalot, Big Fish, A Christmas Carol, Guys and Dolls, Crazy for You and Fiddler on the Roof.

The idea for The Tin Woman was born when Sean's sister, actress Erin Grennan, brought him a newspaper clipping she'd saved for years. It was a story about a woman who had received a heart transplant and her eventual meeting with the donor's family. The Tin Woman uses humor and pathos to explore loss, family and what it means to be given new life.

Individual ticket prices range from $40 - $44. To purchase individual tickets, call the Box Office at 219-836-3255 or Tickets.com at 800-511-1552. For more information on Theatre at the Center, visit www.TheatreAtTheCenter.com.

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Photo Flash: THE TIN WOMAN Celebrates Chicago Premiere at Theatre at the Center
Playwright Sean Grennan (left to right) and his wife, actress Kathy Santen, with actresses Peggy Roeder, Nancy Voigts and Kelly Anne Clark on Opening Night of THE TIN WOMAN at Theatre at the Center in Munster.

Photo Flash: THE TIN WOMAN Celebrates Chicago Premiere at Theatre at the Center
Playwright Sean Grennan with Theatre at the Center Artistic Director Linda Fortunato on Opening Night of THE TIN WOMAN at Theatre at the Center in Munster.

Photo Flash: THE TIN WOMAN Celebrates Chicago Premiere at Theatre at the Center
Actors Doogin Brown (left to right), Kayla Kennedy, Sean Grennan, Erin Noel Grennan with Linda Fortunato (artistic director) on Opening Night of THE TIN WOMAN at Theatre at the Center in Munster.

Photo Flash: THE TIN WOMAN Celebrates Chicago Premiere at Theatre at the Center
Cast members Doogin Brown (left to right), Kayla Kennedy, Sean Grennan (playwright), Erin Noel Grennan and Annabel Armour on Opening Night of THE TIN WOMAN at Theatre at the Center in Munster.

Photo Flash: THE TIN WOMAN Celebrates Chicago Premiere at Theatre at the Center
Actor Doogin Brown with Playwright Sean Grennan on Opening Night of THE TIN WOMAN at Theatre at the Center in Munster.

Photo Flash: THE TIN WOMAN Celebrates Chicago Premiere at Theatre at the Center
Playwright Sean Grennan (left to right) with sister and lead actress Erin Noel Grennan on Opening Night of THE TIN WOMAN at Theatre at the Center in Munster.

Photo Flash: THE TIN WOMAN Celebrates Chicago Premiere at Theatre at the Center
The cast of THE TIN WOMAN (left to right) Annabel Armour, Kayla Kennedy, Sean Grennan (playwright), Erin Noel Grennan and Jeri Marshall on Opening Night at Theatre at the Center in Munster.

Photo Flash: THE TIN WOMAN Celebrates Chicago Premiere at Theatre at the Center
The cast of THE TIN WOMAN (left to right) Doogin Brown, Annabel Armour, Kayla Kennedy, Sean Grennan (playwright), Erin Noel Grennan, Jeri Marshall, Linda Fortunato (artistic director) and Steve Pickering on Opening Night at Theatre at the Center in M

Photo Flash: THE TIN WOMAN Celebrates Chicago Premiere at Theatre at the Center
Lead actress Erin Noel Grennan with Artistic Director Linda Fortunato on Opening Night of THE TIN WOMAN at Theatre at the Center in Munster.

Photo Flash: THE TIN WOMAN Celebrates Chicago Premiere at Theatre at the Center
Opening Night Red Carpet for THE TIN WOMAN at Theatre at the Center with Phil Potempa (center) and special guests Chester and Peggy Potempa.

Photo Flash: THE TIN WOMAN Celebrates Chicago Premiere at Theatre at the Center
Times Columnist Eloise Valadez walking the red carpet for the Opening Night of THE TIN WOMAN at Theatre at the Center in Munster.


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