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Announcing About Face Theatre’s 2017–2018 Season!


Announcing About Face Theatre’s 2017–2018 Season!

Wednesday, July 26, 8:25 PM written by AFT Theatre

About Face Theatre’s 2017-18 Season playwrights (prime, l to r) Joshua Harmon, R. Eric Thomas and Bryna Turner and director (backside, l to r) Keira Fromm and Megan Carney

Midwest Premiere!
By Joshua Harmon
Directed by AFT Inventive Associate Keira Fromm
A Co-Production with Theater Wit

Midwest Premiere!
By R. Eric Thomas
Directed by Megan Carney

Midwest Premiere!
By Bryna Turner
Directed by AFT Inventive Affiliate Keira Fromm

About Face Theatre is happy to announce its 2017-18 Season, featuring three Midwest premieres! The season kicks off this fall/winter with the romantic comedy SIGNIFICANT OTHER by Joshua Harmon, playwright of the hit comedy Dangerous Jews. Co-produced with Theater Wit, the Midwest premiere is directed by AFT Inventive Associate Keira Fromm and options AFT Inventive Associate Alex Weisman.

The 22nd season continues next winter with the Midwest premiere of R. Eric Thomas’ gleeful thriller TIME IS ON OUR SIDE. Megan Carney directs this hilarious and heartfelt story of two podcasters and LGBTQ history buffs who might have uncovered more than they bargained for.

Subsequent spring, About Face presents the Midwest premiere of Bryna Turner’s comedy BULL IN A CHINA SHOP, based mostly on the true story of revolutionary teachers and lovers Mary Woolley and Jeanette Marks. Directed by Keira Fromm, the all-female forged consists of AFT Inventive Associate Kelli Simpkins.

About Face Theatre’s 2017-18 Season concludes next summer time with a yet-to-be-titled production by the About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble.

About Face Theatre is in residence at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. AFT’s On Demand Memberships – a flexible, year-round membership ticket are at present out there at Single tickets for extra programming will go on sale at a later date.

About Face Theatre’s 2017-18 Season:
November 3 – December 9, 2017
SIGNIFICANT OTHER – Midwest Premiere!
By Joshua Harmon
Directed by AFT Inventive Affiliate Keira Fromm
That includes AFT Inventive Associate Alex Weisman. Further casting to be introduced.

Jordan Berman is a single homosexual man in New York City. Mr. Proper is nowhere on his horizons. As he’s nearing his 30s, his close group of girlfriends begin getting married en masse. What occurs whenever you feel like life is leaving you behind however you’re nonetheless expected to be on the forefront cheering in your buddies on their good wedding ceremony day? Vital Different is a bittersweet comedy about friendship, single-hood and hoping you’re not the one choking on automotive exhaust as the “Just Married” signal disappears from view.

In 2015, Joshua Harmon’s play Dangerous Jews hit Theater Wit and performed to capability crowds for over five months. A breakaway playwright of his era, Harmon’s work provided a singular and searingly funny take a look at a new era of American Jews. Now, with Vital Other he turns his compassion and appreciable wit to marriage.

“I am very excited to join About Face Theatre in presenting the Midwest premiere of Joshua Harmon’s newest work,” feedback Theater Wit Inventive Director Jeremy Wechsler. “I think Josh is a remarkably original writer with a gift for showing us the utterly real and utterly unexpected. His plays are always about deeply human characters with a writerly perspective we’ve not seen previously dramatized, and Significant Other is no exception. Bad Jews was a legitimate theatrical event of 2015 – and Significant Other promises, in its writing and casting, to be another for 2017.”

March 1 – April 8, 2018
TIME IS ON OUR SIDE – Midwest Premiere!
By R. Eric Thomas
Directed by Megan Carney

Annie loves the previous. Curtis lives for the longer term. Collectively they host a wildly unpopular podcast from Annie’s front room by which they “queer” historical past, reinterpreting Philadelphia’s lore by means of a modern, intersectional lens. When Annie finds a family heirloom that reveals a buried connection to the early LGBT rights motion, the political abruptly will get explosively personal. Time is on Our Aspect’s shape-shifting plot bounds gleefully from the Underground Railroad to popular culture futurity, as Annie and Curtis seek for answers to the questions “How do we let go of the past? And when will it let go of us?”

“R. Eric Thomas has written this magnificent play that absolutely fizzles with life – I fell in love with it on first read,” feedback director Megan Carney. “Time Is On Our Side introduces rich characters – meeting across generations and identities – and forging ahead together. The play is intimate and grand – diving deep to offer a clearer understanding of our shared past and courage for the challenges of the moment – all whipped together with big doses of queer magic. Eric has such a fresh voice and I can’t wait to share this play with Chicago audiences.”

Might 24 – July 1, 2018
BULL IN A CHINA SHOP – Midwest Premiere!
By Bryna Turner
Directed by AFT Inventive Affiliate Keira Fromm
Featuring AFT Inventive Affiliate Kelli Simpkins. Further casting to be introduced.

Bull in a China Store is a play about Mary Woolley and her associate, Jeanette Marks, two sensible ladies who reimagined and revolutionized ladies’s schooling on the turn of the 20 th century. This fast-moving feminist comedy chronicles the growth of the women’s suffrage movement, in addition to Mary and Jeanette’s romantic relationship. It examines the power it takes to seek out your voice, be brave and really feel less at odds with the world.

“As a queer female director, I’m always excited by plays that represent gay narratives,” feedback Keira Fromm. “Plays that deal specifically with gay female stories aren’t terribly common, so when I came across Bryna Turner’s radical play, I was immediately taken with it. Bryna is an incredibly smart and savvy playwright. She has a way of writing words and characters who live in both the past and the present concurrently. Mary and Jeanette’s struggle to reform women’s education and advocate for the suffrage movement echoes of the fights that women still wage today – whether that fight be for equal pay, fair representation or women’s health initiatives. Ultimately the play is a unique meditation on bravery.”

About the Playwrights

Joshua Harmon’s (Vital Other) play Dangerous Jews acquired its world premiere at Roundabout Underground and was the primary production to transfer to the Roundabout’s Laura Pels Theatre (Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Award nominations, Greatest Play). It has since turn out to be the third most-produced play in the U.S. this season and transferred to London’s West Finish after sell-out runs at Theatre Royal Tub and the St. James Theatre. His newest play, Vital Other, opened at Roundabout this summer time. His work has been produced and developed by Manhattan Theatre Membership, Williamstown Theatre Pageant, Hangar Theatre, Ars Nova, and Actor’s Categorical, where he was the 2010-2011 National New Play Community Playwright-in-Residence. He has acquired fellowships from MacDowell, Atlantic Middle for the Arts, SPACE at Ryder Farm, and the Eudora Welty Basis. Joshua is a current graduate of Juilliard and at work on commissions for Roundabout Theatre Firm and Lincoln Middle Theater.

Eric Thomas (Time Is On Our Aspect) is an award-winning playwright, humorist and the long-running host of The Moth in Philadelphia. His play Time is on Our Aspect was the recipient of two Barrymore Awards together with Greatest New Play and was named a finalist for the Harold and Mimi Steinberg American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award. Forthcoming productions embrace Mrs. Harrison at Azuka Theatre. He writes a day by day humor column for through which he “reads” the news. In addition to and ELLE journal, his writing has appeared within the New York Occasions, W Journal, Man Repeller, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Magazine and extra.

Bryna Turner (Bull in a China Shop) is a Brooklyn-based playwright initially from Northern California. Her play Bull in a China Store just lately premiered at LCT3 (directed by Lee Sunday Evans). Her work has been developed with Abingdon Theatre Firm, Clubbed Thumb, Colt Coeur, Ensemble Studio Theatre, LCT3, Mount Holyoke School, Rutgers University and Rainbow Theatre Challenge. Other performs embrace: Carlo at the Wedding ceremony, Lights Over Philo, The Stand-In and How you can Separate Your Soul from Your Physique (in ten straightforward steps!). She is an alum of Clubbed Thumb’s Early Profession Author’s Group and holds an MFA in Playwriting from Rutgers College.

About The Administrators

Keira Fromm (Vital Other & Bull in a China Store) is a Jeff Award nominated director, a casting director and a instructor based mostly out of Chicago. Favorite current directing credits embrace: Shiny Half Life (About Face Theatre) The Columnist (American Blues Theater), How the World Started (Rivendell Theatre Ensemble), A Kid Like Jake (About Face Theatre), Luce (Subsequent Theatre), Charles Ives Take Me Residence (Strawdog), The How and the Why (TimeLine Theatre), Broadsword (Present Theatre) and Fallow (Steep Theatre). Keira is a proud Inventive Affiliate with About Face Theatre. She acquired her MFA from DePaul College and her BFA from Boston University. She is a member of SDC, in addition to the Lincoln Middle Theater Administrators Lab. Keira is a frequent guest director at DePaul, as well as Roosevelt University. Subsequent up, she will probably be directing the Chicago premiere of A Humorous Thing Occurred on the Option to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Hospital of New York City by Halley Feiffer with Route 66 Theatre Firm this summer time.

Megan Carney (Time Is On Our Aspect) is a director, playwright, educator and Honorary Board member of About Face Theatre. Current Chicago directing credit embrace Julie Jenson’s Winter, George Brandt’s Grizzly Mama, Danielle Pinnock’s Physique/Courage and Lisa Dillman’s American Wee Pie and The Partitions with Rivendell Theatre Ensemble. She was lead interviewer and playwright for Ladies at Conflict, a multi-year performance and civic dialogue venture about ladies in the army that continues to tour. Megan was a founding director of About Face Youth Theatre and served as Associate Inventive Director for a number of years while she created unique ensemble plays. Carney’s work has been acknowledged with a number of After Dark Awards, the GLSEN Pathfinder Award, an APA Presidential Quotation, induction in Chicago’s Gay and Lesbian Corridor of Fame, a Rockefeller Foundation MAP Grant and a GLAAD Media Award nomination. At present the Director of the Gender and Sexuality Middle on the University of Illinois at Chicago, Megan investigates and reveals numerous LGBTQIA+ identities and histories using oral historical past collection, participatory workshops and quite a lot of public packages. She has a MFA in Theatre Arts from Virginia Tech with a give attention to Directing and Public Dialogue.

Tags: Alex Weisman, Bryna Turner, Bull in a China Store, Joshua Harmon, Keira Fromm, Megan Carney, R. Eric Thomas, Vital Others, Theater Wit

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