Photo Flash: Walkabout Theater Company presents A PERSEPHONE PAGEANT

Walkabout Theater Company is celebrating summer with A PERSEPHONE PAGEANT, an outdoor spectacle performance weaving together mythic tales of nature gods and true stories of environmental justice. Join Walkabout as it travels from Chicago's Rainbow Beach to the North Shore with a family-friendly, immersive performance exploring the Great Lakes, their history with Chicago and the great victories and challenges associated with their preservation.

Three free performances will be presenTed August 20, 26 & 27, 2017 at three city parks through the Chicago Park District's "Night Out in the Parks" series. A special Persephone Project benefit performance will take place at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts in Hyde Park on September 2, and the production will be featured at the Ragdale Foundation's Ring Performance in Lake Forest, IL on September 16.

In A PERSEPHONE PAGEANT we find ourselves in a mythical world that directly parallels our own: Persephone as Lake Michigan, Demeter as Land and Hades as Man's Creations. What happens when Man's Creations usurp and consume the water, and we the people disrupt the relationship between water and land?

For additional information visit www.walkabouttheater.org.

A PERSEPHONE PAGEANT is directed by Jessica Thebus, head of the Northwestern MFA Directing Program and Thom Pasculli*, Artistic Director of Walkabout Theater Company, and features work from Tria Smith (executive producer, pageant design), Mark Messing (composer) and Kristina Isabelle (stilt choreography), with original text from MacArthur Fellow Sarah Ruhl and Morgan McNaught and dramaturgy by Regina Victor.

A PERSEPHONE PAGEANT will feature Claire Bauman*, Nigel Brown*, McCambridge Dowd-Whipple*, Cooper Forsman*, Katie Mazzini*, Dana Murphy*, Anastacia Narrajos, Kelly Nesheim*, Thom Pasculli*, Alex Rodriguez*, Julia Santha, Lauren Torian and Regina Victor with special appearances by Tria Smith, Cynthia Castiglione, Mark Messing and Stephanie Pasculli.

*Denotes Walkabout company members.

The creative team for A PERSEPHONE PAGEANT includes Sue Haas and Kristy Leigh Hall (costume design), KT Shivak, Evan Barr and Jackie Valdez (puppet design), Julia Santha (assistant director/producer), Sam Virgilio (associate producer) and Dina Klahn* (production stage manager).

Photos by Matthew Gregory Hollis.

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Photo Flash: Walkabout Theater Company presents A PERSEPHONE PAGEANT
“Water Parade� (pictured) The cast of Walkabout Theater Company’s outdoor spectacle A PERSEPHONE PAGEANT in the Water Parade. Photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis.

Photo Flash: Walkabout Theater Company presents A PERSEPHONE PAGEANT
“Mother Searching� (pictured) The Mother searches with Dana Murphy, McCambridge Dowd-Whipple, Julia Santha, Alex Rodriguez, Lauren Torian, Cooper Forsman, Kelly Nesheim and Claire Bauman in Walkabout Theater Company’s outdoor spectacle A PERSEPHONE PAGEANT. Photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis.

Photo Flash: Walkabout Theater Company presents A PERSEPHONE PAGEANT
“Dance of the Gods� (left to right) Katie Mazzini, Nigel Brown, Dana Murphy and McCambridge Dowd-Whipple as the Mother Goddess Earth and the Daughter Goddess of Water Walkabout Theater Company’s outdoor spectacle A PERSEPHONE PAGEANT. Photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis.

Photo Flash: Walkabout Theater Company presents A PERSEPHONE PAGEANT
“Mother Earth� (left to right) Katie Mazzini and Dana Murphy as the Mother Goddess with pageant participants Walkabout Theater Company’s outdoor spectacle A PERSEPHONE PAGEANT. Photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis.

Photo Flash: Walkabout Theater Company presents A PERSEPHONE PAGEANT
“City People� (left to right) Claire Bauman, Lauren Dorian, Cooper Forsman, Alex Rodriguez, Julia Santha, Kelly Nesheim and KT Shivak as the people of the Earth in Walkabout Theater Company’s outdoor spectacle A PERSEPHONE PAGEANT. Photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis.

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