Lifeline Theatre presents an adaptation of Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White, by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Robert Kauzlaric (two-time Non-Equity Jeff Award-winning adaptor), and directed by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Elise Kauzlaric (Non-Equity Jeff Award nominee for Director-Play). Trapped in a loveless marriage and threatened by a conspiracy of ruthless men, young heiress Laura Fairlie faces a future of sorrow and misery. Her only hope lies with her true love, the poor artist Walter Hartright, and her sister Marian Halcombe, both of whom will risk everything to protect her. Without the law, society, or money on their side, Walter and Marian must race against time to free their beloved Laura and uncover the truth behind the mysterious woman in white that shares her face. A dark tale of romance and suspense, in a world premiere adaptation. Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Christopher M. Walsh leads the cast as the devious Count Fosco, joined by returning artists Don Bender and Lucy Carapetyan, plus six actors new to the Lifeline stage. Read more
On Saturday, September 8, at 7:30 p.m., Lyric Opera of Chicago will present its annual gift to the city, a free outdoor concert at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The concert annually attracts capacity crowds of 11,000+.
American conductor Stephen Lord will lead the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus and an array of outstanding soloists. These include sopranos Christine Goerke, Susanna Phillips, and Amber Wagner; mezzo-soprano J’nai Bridges; and tenors René Barbera and Brandon Jovanovich. Also performing will be ensemble members of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center: sopranos Tracy Cantin and Kiri Deonarine, mezzo-soprano Cecelia Hall, tenor Bernard Holcomb, baritones Joseph Lim and Will Liverman, and bass-baritone David Govertsen.
Goerke makes her Lyric debut starring in the title role of the season opener, Elektra. Phillips will costar as Stella in the season closer, A Streetcar Named Desire (with Lyric’s creative consultant Renée Fleming as her sister Blanche). Bridges will appear in Elektra (debut), Simon Boccanegra, and Rigoletto. Barbera will portray Ernesto in Don Pasquale. Wagner sang the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos last season, and Jovanovich portrayed Don José/Carmen in 2010-11.
The Lyric Opera Chorus returns to The Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park concert for the first time since 2007, prepared by the company’s new chorus master, Martin Wright. The chorus plays a central role in the portions of La traviata and Carmen being performed, and will also feature prominently in several other highlights of the concert.
“I’m delighted that our magnificent chorus can be so prominently featured in this concert after a five-year absence,” says Anthony Freud, Lyric’s general director. “Along with our exceptional orchestra and soloists they will be heard by an enormous and appreciative audience, both in the beautiful Pritzker Pavilion and Millennium Park grounds and on the radio broadcast.”
The evening will open with the complete Act One of La traviata, featuring Susanna Phillips/Violetta, René Barbera/Alfredo,Cecelia Hall/Flora, Bernard Holcomb/Gastone, Will Liverman/Douphol, David Goversten/d’Obigny, and the chorus.
Following intermission, the chorus will perform the Entrance of the Guests from Act Two of Wagner’s Tannhäuser. Portraying Princess Eboli in Act Four of Verdi’s Don Carlos, Christine Goerke will sing the aria “O don fatal et détesté.” The chorus will then sing the famously inspiring “Va pensiero” from Verdi’s Nabucco. Amber Wagner as Santuzza will join the chorus for the Easter Hymn scene from Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana.
The complete Act Four of Bizet’s Carmen will close the concert, featuring J’nai Bridges/ Carmen, Brandon Jovanovich/Don José, Joseph Lim/Escamillo, Kiri Deonarine/Frasquita, Cecelia Hall/Mercédès, David Govertsen/Zuniga, Tracy Cantin/A Girl, Will Liverman/A Gypsy, and the chorus.
The September 8 free outdoor concert is Lyric’s twelfth. It will take place in Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion, designed by Frank Gehry.
The Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park free concert will be carried live on 98.7WFMT and wfmt.com. George Preston, 98.7WFMT’s afternoon drive-time program host, and Roger Pines, Lyric’s dramaturg, will host the Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park concert broadcast beginning at 7:15 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 8.
Additionally, Lyric will post live photos and video clips of the audience and the artists behind the scenes via Facebook and Twitter throughout the evening.
Lyric Opera of Chicago opens its 58th season on Saturday, October 6. The season continues through April 6, 2013, with 68 performances of nine operas: R. Strauss’s Elektra (Oct. 6-30),Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra (Oct. 15-Nov. 9), Massenet’s Werther (Nov. 11-26), Donizetti’s Don Pasquale (Nov. 25-Dec. 15), Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel (Dec. 7-Jan. 19), Puccini’s La bohème (Jan. 21-Feb. 7 and Mar. 9-28), Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Feb. 8-March 3), Verdi’s Rigoletto (Feb. 25-Mar. 30), andPrevin’s A Streetcar Named Desire (Feb. 29-April 6).
All of Lyric’s regular-season performances take place at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive at Madison Street in Chicago. There are projection English texts for every opera. Subscriptions are still available, as are tickets for individual performances. Discounts are available for group tickets. For information on specific performance dates and ticket availability, please call (312) 332-2244 or go to www.lyricopera.org.
Pride Films and Plays announces a three-play roster for 2012-2013, its first season of full productions, while recommitting to its third series of international playwriting and screenwriting competitions. Read more
Lifeline Theatre Welcomes WildClaw Theatre Artistic Director Aly Renee Amidei to its Artistic Ensemble
Entering its 30th season, Lifeline Theatre specializes in original literary adaptations. Its ensemble of artists uses imaginative, unconventional staging to portray sprawling stories in an intimate space. Lifeline is committed to promoting the arts in its Rogers Park neighborhood and is an anchor of the Glenwood Avenue Arts District. Read more
The Collective Theatre is pleased to announce its inaugural production: the Chicago premiere of HooDoo Love by Olivier Award-winning playwright Katori Hall, directed by Nelsan Ellis, star of HBO’s hit series True Blood. HooDoo Love plays September 22 – October 21, 2012 at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Avenue in Chicago. The production features Christophé Abiel, Toni Lynice Fountain, Mark Smith and Lynn Wactor. Tickets are currently available online at www.athenaeumtheatre.org or by calling the Athenaeum Theatre Box Office at (773) 935-6875. Read more
Short Story Theatre presents an evening of storytelling on Wednesday, September 5, at 7:00 pm, at Vibe at 1935 Sheridan Road in Highland Park. Peggy Lewis, Denise Kirshenbaum, and Mary Lou Gilliam reprise their stories from the August 8 sold-out show. Stories are about breasts, mother-in-law relationships, and racism, and are 10 minutes long, with breaks in-between to encourage audience members to tell their own stories around the table. Short Story Theatre is a newly formed story-telling troupe of local writers/actors. For reservations, call 847-780-4815.
Rare Terra Theatre celebrates the Chicago premiere of Wrong Mountain at The Second Stage, 3408 North Sheffield, September 13 – October 7. The witty black comedy, written by award-winning playwright David Hirson, is directed by Rare Terra’s Artistic Director Ian Streicher. Press Opening is Thursday, September 13 at 8 p.m. Regular performance dates and times are Thursdays – Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. Previews: Saturday, Sept. 8 at 8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m., and Tuesday, Sept. 11 and Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $18 – $28 and can be purchased at www.rareterratheatre.com. Read more