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Photos: First Look at the Chicago Premiere of WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID

The cast includes JoAnn Birt, Halle Hoffman, Sean William Kelly*, Julie Partyka and Claire Allegra Taylor.

AstonRep Theatre Company is concluding its 2020-21 season with the Chicago premiere of Sarah Treem's courageous drama When We Were Young and Unafraid, directed by Sara Pavlak McGuire*, playing May 13 - June 12, 2022 at The Edge Off-Broadway Theater, 1133 W. Catalpa Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at www.astonrep.com or by calling (773) 828-9129. The press opening is Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 pm.

The cast includes JoAnn Birt, Halle Hoffman, Sean William Kelly*, Julie Partyka and Claire Allegra Taylor. Understudies include Tess Galbiati, Hilary Hensler, Maddy Moderhack, Jack Rodgers and Effie Rose.

In the early 1970s, before Roe v. Wade, before the Violence Against Women Act, Agnes has turned her quiet bed and breakfast into one of the few spots where victims of domestic violence can seek refuge. But to Agnes's dismay, her latest runaway, Mary Anne, is beginning to influence Agnes's college-bound daughter Penny. As the drums of a feminist revolution grow louder outside of Agnes's tiny world, Agnes is forced to confront her own presumptions about the women she's spent her life trying to help.

Director Sara Pavlak McGuire* comments, "Against the backdrop of the early 1970s, Treem's play shines a light on the faces of women who fought (each in their own ways) to create lasting and powerful change in America. At the same time, this play provides a cautionary tale for today's woman of how close she may be to witnessing an oppression that this generation has not yet seen. And so we hope it provokes her to continue to fight; whether it be quietly from her home or loudly from the front lines. May she be inspired by the women in this story to use her voice and to help the women around her. After two years, we are honored to finally present the story of these four women and are thrilled to premiere it here in Chicago."

The production team to date includes Jeremiah Barr* (scenic, props and specialty make-up design), kClare McKellaston (costume, hair and wig design) Samantha Barr* (lighting design, production manager), Robert Tobin* and Melanie Thompson* (sound design), Claire Yearman (intimacy director), Kathryn Greenlea (costume assistant), Maryah Paige (assistant lighting designer, assistant stage manager) and Kristi Roshto (stage manager).

*Denotes AstonRep Company Members.

Photo credit: Paul Goyette

Photos: First Look at the Chicago Premiere of WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID
Halle Hoffman, JoAnn Birt and Julie Partyka

Photos: First Look at the Chicago Premiere of WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID
JoAnn Birt and Julie Partyka

Photos: First Look at the Chicago Premiere of WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID
Julie Partyka and Claire Allegra Taylor

Photos: First Look at the Chicago Premiere of WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID
Halle Hoffman, Claire Allegra Taylor and Sean William Kelly

Photos: First Look at the Chicago Premiere of WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID
JoAnn Birt and Halle Hoffman

Photos: First Look at the Chicago Premiere of WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID
Julie Partyka, JoAnn Birt and Sean William Kelly

Photos: First Look at the Chicago Premiere of WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID
JoAnn Birt and Halle Hoffman

Photos: First Look at the Chicago Premiere of WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID
JoAnn Birt, Claire Allegra Taylor and Sean William Kelly

Photos: First Look at the Chicago Premiere of WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID
Halle Hoffman and Julie Partyka



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