The Revival Announces THE MISEDUCATION OF 55TH STREET

The Revival Announces THE MISEDUCATION OF 55TH STREET

Within the context of today's racial and political climate, THE MISEDUCATION OF 55TH STREET uses humor, poetry and music to examine where we've been...and where we're going. From parent/teacher relationships in CPS classrooms, to backyard barbecues on Chicago's South Side, THE MISEDUCATION OF 55TH STREET explores the complexities of our "true selves" and our collective search for meaning.

A preview of THE MISEDUCATION OF 55TH STREET will be performed on Saturday, July 1st at 7:30pm. THE MISEDUCATION OF 55TH STREET opens Saturday, July 8th at 7:30pm and plays every Saturday at 7:30pm through August 5th.

Tickets can be purchased at www.the-revival.com.

THE MISEDUCATION OF 55TH STREET is Directed by J. Cody Spellman and Assistant Directed by Stacie James. THE MISEDUCATION OF 55TH STREET is written and performed by an ensemble of Chicago favorites that includes Aaron Branch, Colette Gregory, Trevor Kravits, Allison Reese and Max Thomas.

THE MISEDUCATION OF 55TH STREET previews Saturday, July 1st at 7:30pm and plays every Saturday at 7:30pm through August 5th. Tickets can be purchased at www.the-revival.com.

About The Ensemble

J. CODY SPELLMAN (DIRECTOR) is a Chicago based director for theater and film. Selected stage directing credits include Kaitlin: a solo comedy review by Kaitlin Larson, Burn by Ian Michael James (Mercy Street Theatre Company), #Matter by Idris Goodwin (Jackalope Theatre Co. Living Newspaper Festival), Public Parts (Blood Oath. Comedy - The Second City), Root Sin by Paloma Nozicka (Jackalope Theatre Co. Living Newspaper Festival), Bury The Ratchet (Blood Oath. Comedy -The Second City), The Blue Room by David Hare (Stage 773), Waiting for Grimace by Ross Berman (The Neapolitans Theatre Co.), The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh, The Glory of Living by Rebecca Gilman, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton by Tennessee Williams, Wind Mills by Ross Berman (Columbia College Chicago). Assistant directing credits include: Death of A Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Pardoy (Dir. Michael Halberstam & Stuart Carden, Writers Theatre, The Second City Theatricals) My Name Is Asher Lev (Dir. Kimberly Senior, TimeLine Theatre Co.), The Knowledge (Dir. Jonathan Berry, Steep Theatre), The Receptionist (Dir. Joanie Schultz, Steep Theatre), The Sweeter Option (Dir. Marti Lyons, Strawdog Theatre Co.) Floyd Collins (Dir. Tom Mula, Columbia College Chicago)

AARON BRANCH is an actor, comedian, writer, producer and hip-hop artist. Branch made his comedic debut at an open mic night when he was just 15 years old. Six months later, he won the title of Best Comedian in Kansas City at Stanford & Sons Comedy Club. Now 22, Branch has not only performed alongside comedic heavy-hitters like Paul Mooney, TJ Miller, Josh Wolf and Dave Coulier, but has also written and produced his own unique shows and multimedia content. Branch is currently a senior in the Comedic Writing and Performance program at Columbia College Chicago.

COLETTE GREGORY is a Chicago based comedian, actress, singer and

writer. She uses comedy to explore the intersection of multiple identities, including race, gender, sexuality, social class, and mental health status. She can currently be seen as understudy for Second City's 105th Revue: THE WINNER...OF OUR DISCONTENT and Baby Wants Candy's improvised musical SHAMILTON. Originally from Gary, Indiana, Colette has a M.A./M.Ed. from Columbia University New York and B.A. and B.Mus from Northwestern University. She is a graduate of the Second City Chicago's Conservatory and Music Conservatory programs, and recipient of the 2017 Jason R. Chin Memorial Scholarship at iO Chicago.

TREVOR KRAVITS is a filmmaker and comedian living in Chicago. His previous stage shows include "Book of Genesis" (Apollo Theater) "Bury The Ratchet" (Donny's Skybox, Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival) and "Blood Oath presents Public Parts" (Donny's Skybox). He is also a writer for the Chicago-based political late night show, "Good Evening with Pat Whalen." Trevor is a alum of Columbia College Chicago and is currently part of the inaugural class of the Harold Ramis Film School of Second City.

ALLISON REESE is a Chicago based comedian who performs all over the city. Allison is a gay, half black woman who thinks that much of that statement is a surprise to those who don't know her. Allison is a 2016 Bob Curry Fellow at the Second City where she was cast as an ensemble member of Urban Twists "Totem Pole of Privilege" as well as a member of Second City's House Ensemble. When she isn't at the Revival, Allison is on house teams at The Annoyance Theater as well as iO Theater. Allison is proud to be the founder of Matt Damon Improv (Women of Color Slaying Improv) and is very excited to be putting up her solo show "You Listen to White People Music?" at the Annoyance on August 7th and 14th (Check it out!).

MAX THOMAS is a comic and actor. Recently, Max performed standup at The Second City NBCUniversal Comedy Festival. Max has hosted and performed standup at Space Opera 3 at Rutcorp, The DOJO Comedy, ESO Comedy and MPAACT Uncensored Comedy. Max has also performed standup at the The Revival, WIP Theater, ?Jokes & Notes, The Second City and more. He received his improv and sketch training from the Second City and iO. He has performed improv and sketch comedy at The Second City, The Laugh Factory, Annoyance Theatre and ?The Playground Theater. His most recent acting credits include the film AUTUMN DAZE, the television show Chicago PD, Lawd The CVS is Burning (MPAACT), and Othello (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre).

About The Revival

The Revival is a new comedy venue in Hyde Park dedicated to reflecting the diversity of Chicago's South Side. Inspired by the legacy of the Compass Players, The Revival brings improvisational comedy back to the same spot where it was born. The 150-seat, cabaret-style theater features a range of programming including sketch comedy, improv, standup, music and more. The Revival is located at 1160 E. 55th St. in Hyde Park. Tickets can be purchased at www.the-revival.com.




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