TTKD Productions to Present World Premiere of TWISTED KNOTS at Royal George Cabaret Theatre

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TTKD Productions presents the world premiere of TWISTED KNOTS, written by Chicago Dramatists' Network Playwright Dale Danner and directed by Tara Branham, playing at the Royal George Cabaret Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted Street, May 4 - June 12.

Preview performances take place Wednesday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 6 and 13 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 7 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. Opening night is Sunday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. The regular schedule is Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 for previews and $30 for the run of the production and may be purchased at or Ticketmaster 800.982,2787.

TWISTED KNOTS is a smart and sexy new drama about down and out salesman (Ryan Kitley) who hires an escort (Mary Cross) to celebrate New Year's Eve in a Gold Coast hotel. The New Year does not go as planned, least of all because Frank is confronted by the idea that his date, his job, his marriage and his life may not be what he always thought they were.

The production team includes Keaton Wooden, general manager; Aaron Shapiro, production manager; Adam Lord, company manager, Chris Tisone, stage manager; Steve Sorensen, lighting designer; Jeffrey Levin, sound designer; Jeffrey Levin and Greg Pinsoneault, set designers, Raquel Adorno, costume designer; Tyler Reinert, props designer and Andrew Glasnhardt, technical director.

ABOUT DALE DANNER, playwright - Dale Danner is a Chicago native, businessman and network playwright at Chicago Dramatists. His work stems from years in the commodities trading and sales industries and tackles issues of family, business and the roles we play in relationships.

ABOUT TARA BRANHAM, director - Tara Branham is a freelance director in Chicago where her work has been seen with Step Up Productions, Deluge Theatre Collective, Pride Films & Plays, Prologue Theatre Company, Babes with Blades, Halcyon Theatre and in festivals across the city. Consistently involved in new play development, Branham recently directed the staged reading of Octagon by Kristiana Colón at the National New Play Network conference. Her workshop of the same play in the 2014 Dionysus Cup Festival was voted Best New Play.

Tara has assistant directed for Tina Landau, Amy Morton, Kimberly Senior, Sean Graney, Lisa Portes, and Meghan Beals-McCarthy at various theatres including Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Dramatists, and Chicago Children's Theater. Previously, Tara was the Lead Producer of InchWorm Playreading Series, a series committed to producing readings of first drafts for underexplored playwrights. Plays featured by InchWorm have gone on to receive full productions with LiveWire Theatre, Victory Gardens and Azuka Theatre.

The Hard Rock Hotel Chicago (located at 230 N. Michigan Ave.) is the lead sponsor for the show and is providing furniture, fixtures, and decorations for the TWISTED KNOTS scenic team to create a replica of the hotel room at the Royal George. Hard Rock Hotel Chicago is also offering a limited time "TWISTED KNOTS" couples package inspired by this world premiere. For more information, visit

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