Redtwist Theatre Presents HERLAND, An NNPN Rolling World Premiere
After graduating from high school, Natalie (Simran Bal) gets a summer internship working for Jean (Kathleen Ruhl), her elderly neighbor, on a special project: creating a DIY retirement home for Jean and her two best friends. They set up shop inside Jean's garage, the former home of Jean's ex-husband's Bruce Springsteen cover band, and plan for the next chapter of their lives. Herland is a comedy about women growing up, growing old, and rocking out to the beat of their own drums. Playwright Grace McLeod, a UChicago graduate and the youngest playwright ever to partner with NNPN for a Rolling World Premiere, says that Herland "highlights the necessity of creating space for women of all ages to find and use their voices. It challenges our perception of what a rockstar looks and sounds like."
Redtwist will be Herland's second of three stops during its rolling world premiere. The play is currently enjoying a critically acclaimed production at The Moxie theatre in San Diego, CA.
CAST (in alphabetical order): Simran Bal (Natalie), Valerie Gorman (Terry), Marssie Mencotti (Louise), Deanalís Resto (Becca), and Kathleen Ruhl (Jean) | Barbara Button (Jean U/S), Mishell Livio (Becca U/S), Julie Mitre (Louise U/S), Esme Perez (Natalie U/S), and Patricia Tinsley (Terry U/S)
STAFF: Grace McLeod (Playwright), James Fleming (Director), Bex Ehrmann (Assistant Director), Kate Cuellar (Dramaturg), Julia Skeggs (Casting Director), Evan Sposato (Technical Director), Alyssa Mohn (Scenic Designer), Shelbi Ardnt (Lighting Designer), Joe Palermo and Stephen Severn (Sound Designers), Elle Erickson (Costume Designer), Erin Gautille (Props Designer), Tara Huffman (Scenic Charge), Zachary Payne (Fight and Intimacy Choreographer), Megan Chaney (Stage Manager), Ari Craven (Graphic Designer), Gracie Meier (Photographer), Jan Ellen Graves (Marketing), Brennan T. Jones (Producer)
Previews: Wednesday March 13 - Friday March 15 at 7:30p
Press Opening: Saturday, March 16 at 3:00p (there is no 7:30p show on March 16)
Performances: Runs Thu, Fri, Sat at 7:30p; Sun at 3pm, through Sunday, April 14.
Understudy Show: Tuesday, April 9, 7:30pm, $20/$15
Tickets: $15 preview performances; Thursdays, $35; Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, $40. Discounts: Students and Seniors $5 off regular ticket price when purchased in advance. $15 Student and Industry Tickets available 30 minutes before every performance, based on availability, with student ID or proof of industry status.
Redtwist is located at 1044 W Bryn Mawr Ave in Chicago, two blocks east of the Bryn Mawr Red Line Station. Valet parking for Redtwist is available across the street in front of Francesca's Bryn Mawr for Saturday and Sunday performances. Dining is not required. Limited free and metered parking is available on surrounding streets.