Quest Theatre Ensemble and Indiana State University Present THE PEOPLE'S HISTORY for Two Performances
Quest Theatre Ensemble teams up with its alma mater, Indiana State University, to present a special two night only production of The People's History.
Originally performed in 2008, The People's History earned two Jeff nominations and critical praise. The 2012 production is directed by Andrew Park (who also directed the 2008 production) and features performances by current students of Indiana State University. Performances are Saturday, March 31 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 1 at 2:00 p.m. at The Blue Theater, (housed in St. Gregory the Great Church) at 1609 West Gregory (Gregory and Ashland). Tickets and information are available at www.questensemble.org or through email@example.com or 312-458-0895.
The People’s History is an original production that explores pivotal moments in US history that have defined people. Through powerful imagery, large-scale puppetry, and music from the rich American canon, The People’s History moves through a series of poetic vignettes to acknowledge the past and to instill hope for our future. This production was made possible by a grant from the Indiana State University Arts Endowment Committee.
PLEASE NOTE: While all shows within Quest’s normal production season are suitable for audiences of all ages, this particular production of The People’s History production was conceived on a college campus and this special engagement is for a mature audience and is not intended for younger audiences.
Director, Andrew Park, states, “For centuries, theater has been used to incite crowds, condemn political injustices, and to aggressively lead the charge for social change. This production of The People’s History is a leftist piece of Protest Theater that challenges our country’s propensity toward war, our recurring problems at dealing with minorities and our constant struggle to reach the ideals we profess.”
Andrew Park is Quest Theatre Ensemble’s founding Artistic Director. He holds an MFA in Directing and Dramaturgy from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Andrew worked with Bread and Puppet Theatre (2001) and was the Artistic Director for three professional seasons aboard the Showboat Becky Thatcher Theater in Marietta, Ohio (1998-2000). Andrew’s original production, Seashore, was nominated for three Jeff Citations including “Ensemble” and “New Work” (2002). His credits include Circus Crashers at Actors Gym, a spectacle for the Lollapalooza music festival (2005), Cirque Shanghai at Navy Piers Skyline Stage (2006 & 2007) and Bai Xi at the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City. He also directed Quest’s European Tour of Blue Nativity (2007) and conceived and directed Quest’s The People’s History of the United States which was nominated for two Jeff Citations including “New Work” (2008) and Evolution/Creation nominated for five Jeff Citations including “New Work” and “Direction” (2010). He is currently serving as Artistic Director for the John G. Shedd Aquarium.
The cast of The People's History includes: Jared Cleaver, Scotty Dykstra, Rashad Ellis, Jake Grah, Lew Hackleman, Geno Hill, Brian Kogut, Corinne Koller, Simon McNair, Murphy, Rachel Rosfeld, Damon Smith, Vershon Terry, Zach Van Meter, Zoe Warren and Clarence Young.
The The People's History Chicago tour production team includes: Sherry McFadden (Dept. Chair/Producer/Director),Nick Rupard (Scenic Designer/Technical Director), Jason Bowen (Production Manager), Michael Nardulli (Lighting Designer), Linda Janosko (Puppet Designer), Julie Taylor (Technical Director), Aaron Owens (Costume Designer),Scott Leigh Nielson (Sound Engineer), Jenna Kelly (Stage Manager), Cassy Tiefel (Asst. Director), Santana Ross (Asst. Stage Manager), Caleb Clark (Asst. Stage Manager), Anna Wegerson (Deck Supervisor), Mollie Wegerson (Run Crew).