Alas For You! Tickets Now Sale For Brown Paper Box Co.’s GODSPELL

Tickets are now on sale for The Brown Paper Box Co.’s one-of-a-kind modern interpretation of Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak’s GODSPELLUsing a cast of 10 actor-musicians, this beloved musical brings the Book of Matthew to life at Collaboraction’s intimate Studio space in the Flat Iron Arts Building (1579 North Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622). Tickets can be purchased through www.brownpaperbox.org.

Based on the Gospel According to Matthew, GODSPELL – with a score by Academy and Grammy Award-winner and six-time Tony Awardnominee Stephen Schwartz (WICKEDPIPPIN) and book by John-Michael Tebelak – uses improvisation and contemporary themes to illustrate a message of kindness, community, and hope that still resonates today. Since its premiere in 1971, GODSPELL continues to electrify audiences with such instantly recognizable hits as “Day by Day,” “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,” and “Light of the World.”

“We’re setting our production in a mystical library study room,” says director and designer M. William Panek (TO TREE,REEFER MADNESS! THE MUSICAL). “We meet our 10 characters in the midst of working on a project. Throughout their time together, the ensemble joins together as a community to tell the story of Jesus through music, emotional openness, and collaborative storytelling.”

Don’t expect juggling, clowns, or out-dated references in The Brown Paper Box Co.’s production of GODSPELL. Panek and his design team (including long-time musical director and collaborator Katie Colby) promise a one-of-kind rendition of this classic musical you’ll only experience in Chicago. Panek declares, “We’re treating this classic musical as a modern play with music. With our cast of 10 stellar actor-musicians, be prepared to see and hear GODSPELL in a way you never have before.”

The cast includes T.J. Anderson (“Light of the World”/Synthesizer and Piano), Jeanne T. Arrigo (“By My Side”/Guitar and Concertina), Megan Ensley (“Learn Your Lessons Well”/Percussion)Veronica Garza (“Day By Day”/Guitar)Michelle Limon (“O Bless the Lord”/Percussion)Andrew Lund (Jesus/Piano)Jake Mahler (Judas/Guitar, Banjo, and Ukelele),Pavi Proczko (“We Beseech Thee”/Piano), Stephanie Rohr (“Turn Back, O Man”/Piano)and Nick Shoda (“All Good Gifts”/Percussion).

The production staff is composed of: 
M. William Panek* (Direction & Set Design); Katie Colby* (Musical Direction); Daniel Spagnuolo (Choreography); Eric Phillips (Lighting Design); Ian James Anthony* (Properties Master);Anna Schutz* (Production and Stage Manager); Michelle Kritselis* (Dramaturg); Patrick J. Butterfield* (Casting Associate); and Charlie Sheets* (Graphic Designer).

Founded in 2010 and based in Chicago, The Brown Paper Box Co. creates thought-provoking and accessible theatrical experiences without the glitz of overproduction. This scaled-down approach allows our artists to deliver an elevated focus on the text.

* Denotes The Brown Paper Box Co. company members

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For more information on The Brown Paper Box Co.’s production of Stephen Schwartz’s GODSPELL, to book an interview with the cast or production team, or to run a feature, please contact M. William Panek at william@brownpaperbox.org.

Who: The Brown Paper Box Co.
What: GODSPELL
          music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
book by John-Michael Tebelak
originally conceived and directed by John-Michael Tebelak
Where: Collaboraction Studio 300 in the Flat Iron Arts Building
1579 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
When: September 20 – October 7, 2012
Thursday – Saturday 7:30PM
Sunday 3:00PM
           Press Opening is Friday, September 21, 2012
Tickets: Please visit www.brownpaperbox.org for ticketing information.
Prices: Thurs $20, Fri-Sun $25, and Industry $15 at the door with head shot and resume.