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Writers Theatre to Conclude 2015-16 Season with Sondheim's COMPANY

Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, concludes its 2015/16 season with Company, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth. The production is directed by William Brown. Company features original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, Orchestral Reductions by Ian Weinberger, music direction by Tom Vendafreddo and choreography by Brock Clawson. The show runs June 15 - July 31, 2016 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. The Press Opening is Wednesday, June 22, at 7:30 pm.

It's Bobby's 35th birthday and he's still single, trying to find a way to have a serious relationship without a serious commitment. But as his friends-all couples at different stages in their marriages-impose their unique perspectives of relationship function and dysfunction on him, Bobby is forced to consider relaxing his determined grip on bachelorhood as he begins to explore one of life's greatest questions-what does it mean to be alive?

Winner of seven Tony Awards, Company is a witty, sophisticated and deeply honest look at contemporary relationships. Featuring some of Sondheim's best-known songs, including "Side by Side by Side," "Marry Me a Little," and "Being Alive," Company is considered a true masterpiece by one of the finest composers of our time.

Directed by William Brown, who previously helmed WT's hit production of Sondheim's A Little Night Music, Company will continue the Theatre's tradition of breathing fresh life into great American musicals.

"Longtime Writers Theatre favorite William Brown, who gave us a breathtaking production of A Little Night Music, will lend his magic touch to Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Company," says Artistic Director Michael Halberstam. "It is fitting that the first musical in our new home should be penned by a true master of the form."

"From the moment it was announced-more than a year ago-every single person I meet, no matter what their role in life is, says 'Company? That's one of my favorite musicals!' Why isn't it done every five minutes?" says Director William Brown. "I never for a second underestimate the great fortune I had, growing up with Writers Theatre artistically. This is one of the great theatre cities on earth, and to be a part of an organization that has continually moved forward, and now to be in that most celebratory of buildings, I'm constantly grateful."

The cast of Company includes Thom Miller (Bobby), Bernard Balbot (Paul), Jess Godwin (April), Allison Hendrix (Amy), James Earl Jones II (Harry), Patrick Martin (David), Christine Mild (Marta), Chelsea Morgan (Kathy), Lia Mortensen (Joanne), Blair Robertson (Jenny), Alexis J. Rogers (Sarah), Gabriel Ruiz (Peter), Patrick Sarb (Larry) and Tiffany Scott (Susan).

The designers are Todd Rosenthal (Scenic Designer), Rachel Anne Healy (Costume Designer), Jesse Klug (Lighting Designer) and Josh Horvath (Sound Designer). The Production Stage Manager is David Castellanos and the CFM Contractor is Nick Moran.

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