TURTLE World Premiere to Open Next Month at Redtwist Theatre

Redtwist Theatre presents the World Premiere of TURTLE by Jake Jeppson, directed by Damon Kiely. The show opens Saturday, Nov 19, 2016, at 3pm (also press opening). Featuring Redtwist Company Member Michael Sherwin, with guest artists Drew Johnson, Carolyn Kruse, and Emily Tate. A sea turtle waddles into Molly's seemingly happy life and opens Molly's eyes to the pain around her.

Molly's life is very small. That's what her sister-in-law tells her, anyway. She spends her days with her two children. At night she watches TV with her husband. She follows politics, though she's not as invested as her Republican in-laws. She's happy. But when a sea turtle waddles into her life, Molly begins to open her eyes to the pain around her.

This incisive and timely world-premiere from award-winning playwright Jake Jeppson, paints a funny and deeply-felt portrait of Americans in the years leading up to Trump. It asks us to investigate the myth of exceptionalism, the unrelenting noise that saturates our lives, and the cost of politics on our personal and national journeys.

THE CAST (in alphabetical order): Drew Johnson (Sloan), Carolyn Kruse (Grace), Michael Sherwin (Pete), Emily Tate (Molly). Understudies: James Bould (Pete), Glenn Garrabrant (Sloan), ElizaBeth Greenwood (Grace), Kat Moraros (Molly). Understudy performance on Tuesday, December 20, at 7:30pm..

THE STAFF: Damon Kiely (Director), Jordyn Prince (Assistant Director), Mary Brennan (Stage Manager), Erica M. Bush (Assistant Stage Manager), Elyse Balogh (Set Designer), Daniel Friedman (Lighting Designer), Karli Blalock (Sound Designer), Kelsey Wang (Costume Designer), Laurel McKenzie (Prop Designer), Jan Ellen Graves (Graphic Designer), Josh Hurley (Tech Director), Sam Hubbard (Fight Choreography), Catherine Miller (Dramaturg & Casting Director), Malcolm Martinez (Box Office Manager), Charles Bonilla (Box Office Associate), Johnny Garcia (Box Office Associate), Jan Ellen Graves, James Fleming & Michael Colucci (Producers).

THE SCHEDULE:

Opens: Sat, Nov 19, 3pm (note: there is no evening performance on opening day)
Showtimes: Thu, Fri, Sat, 7:30pm; Sun, 3pm
Note: there are no performances on Nov 24, Dec 24, Dec 25
Closes: Fri, Dec 30, 3pm
Running Time: Approximately 90 minutes, no intermission

Previews: $15; Wed, Thu, Fri, Nov 16, 17, 18, at 7:30pm. Understudy performance: Tue, Dec 20, at 7:30pm. $20 (seniors & students $5 off). Tickets: Thursdays, $30; Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, $35 (seniors & students $5 off). For reservations, call 773-728-7529 or visit www.redtwist.org.

Redtwist is located at 1044 W Bryn Mawr, 2 blks W of LSD, 2 blks E of the Red Line EL station. Valet parking for Redtwist is available across the street in front of Francesca's Bryn Mawr for most performances-hours vary. Dining is not required. Limited FREE street parking is available on side streets. There is metered street parking via ParkChicago.com app or 3-hour Paybox on Bryn Mawr Av and 2-hour Paybox on side streets. Free on Sundays, and after 10pm Mon thru Sat.



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