Theatre School at DePaul University Presents THE CIVIC, 5/7-5/16

The Theatre School at DePaul University's New Playwrights Series Presents The World Premiere of THE CIVIC by Patrick B. McLean, Directed by Sandy Shinner.

The Theatre School at DePaul University presents THE CIVIC, written by Patrick B. McLean and directed by Sandy Shinner, as the 2009-2010 New Playwrights Series selection. The production opens Friday, May 7 and runs through Sunday, May 16, 2010, at the Athenaeum Theatre Studio Three. Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. Previews are on May 5 and May 6 at 7:30 PM.

A rite of passage story set in Chicago, Indianapolis, and the stretch of I-65 linking the two, THE CIVIC follows oNe Young woman's journey from her rocky past into the complications of adulthood. When Cassie's beat-up car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, a kind stranger serves as a surprising catalyst for change in her life. The world-premiere of McLean's new play is a lonely yet heartfelt tale of the open road. Recommended for mature audiences.

Admission is FREE but reservations are recommended. Call the Box Office at (312) 922-1999.

New Playwrights Series productions feature a new play written by a current Theatre School student or recent graduate. To learn more about past projects, The New Playwrights Series or the BFA Playwriting curriculum, please visit

The Athenaeum Theatre is located at 2936 N. Southport Ave., in Chicago. The theatre is accessible via public transportation, and parking options are available. For more information please contact the Box Office at

PATRICK B. MCLEAN (Playwright), will graduate in June of 2010 with his BFA in Playwriting. Patrick has served as producer and manager for 24-Hour Theatre, 10 Minute Plays of Today, and Wrights of Spring at The Theatre School. He has also served as Assistant Director on THE MERCY
SEAT and LE MISANTHROPE. His original work has been performed at the Just Off-Broadway Theatre, Kansas City Fringe Festival, and Chicago Dramatists. While interning at Victory Gardens Theatre, Patrick helped to organize Ignition: Emerging Playwrights of Color.

Sandy Shinner (Director) is the Associate Artistic Director of Victory Gardens Theater. She taught this fall's Playwriting Seminar at DePaul during which playwright Patrick McLean continued work on THE CIVIC. Sandy has directed over 100 productions and begins rehearsal at Victory Gardens in June for A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED by Joel Drake Johnson starring Theatre School alumnus Kevin Anderson.

The cast features Mackenzie Chinn (Dana), Mitchell Duran (Carter), Ariana Dziedic (Cassie), and Chris Rickett (Howard).

The staff includes Sandy Shinner (Director), Patrick B. McLean (Playwright), Jack Magaw (Scenic Designer), Lucie Adler (Costume Designer), Mateusz Gajowniczek (Lighting Designer), Mike Ross (Sound Designer), and Rebecca Rowlet (Stage Manager).

A post-show discussion with the cast and members of the staff will be held on Thursday, May 13 (performance starts at 7:30 PM). An Opening Night Party will be held on Friday, May 7, 2010, following the performance. Contact Andrea Tichy for details and more information.

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