Writers Theatre Extends World Premiere of DAYS LIKE TODAY Through 7/27

Writers Theatre Extends World Premiere of DAYS LIKE TODAY Through 7/27

Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma announce an additional two weeks of performances of the World Premiere of Days Like Today, inspired by the plays of Charles L. Mee with music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler and book by Laura Eason, directed by Artistic Director Michael Halberstam with music direction by Doug Peck and choreography by Tommy Rapley. The production, which began performances on May 6, 2014, will now run through July 27, 2014 at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe.

The cast features Emily Berman (Tessa), Susie McMonagle (Maria), Will Mobley (James), Jeff Parker (Francois), Stephen Schellhardt (Edmund), Jonathan Weir (Frank), and Jarrod Zimmerman (Arnaud).

The design team includes: Scott Bradley (scenic designer), Jenny Mannis (costume designer), Jesse Klug (lighting Designer), Palmer Jenkins (sound designer), Julie Eberhardt (props designer). David Castellanos is the stage manager.

Lovely, hopeful Tessa has vowed that she is through with love-despite the best efforts and conflicting advice of her parents (and their respective lovers). After all, it's never easy to move on before you've had time to heal. But when a handsome young stranger arrives, Tessa must decide whether the idea of love might still be one worth fighting for.

With soaring melodies and lyrics that are by turns witty, wry and heartbreakingly poignant, the musical explores what it takes to sustain a relationship in a world where love sometimes seems impossible-and how the first step in finding happiness might be getting out of your own way.

Artistic Director Michael Halberstam guides this thrilling new work of musical theatre by composer/lyricist Alan Schmuckler (We Three Lizas, The Emperor's New Clothes, How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back?) and playwright Laura Eason (Sex with Strangers, Ethan Frome, Around the World in 80 Days).

Days Like Today is the final production to be performed in the current facility on Tudor Court. Groundbreaking for the new theater center, designed by Chicago's internationally renowned Studio Gang Architects, led by principal Jeanne Gang, is set for fall 2014.

Photo Credit: Michael Brosilow

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