DEAD WRITERS THEATRE COLLECTIVE DEDICATES 2015 SEASON TO LEGENDARY PLAYWRIGHT OSCAR WILDE
Dead Writers Theatre Collective opens their season with Oscar Wilde’s four-act comedy of morals “Lady Windermere’s Fan,” directed by Dead Writers Artistic Director Jim Schneider April 17-June 7 at Stage 773. On her 21st birthday, Lady Windermere learns from a friend that her husband has been seen visiting Mrs. Erlynne’s home and spending large sums of money on her. When Lady Windermere confronts her husband, he curiously invites Mrs. Erlynne to his wife’s birthday ball. This sets into motion a series of events and misunderstandings that intertwine Windermere with a mysterious woman and her past.
Schneider next directs a chamber production of David Hare’s “The Judas Kiss” at Stage 773’s Cabaret Theater Aug. 6-9. Liam Neeson starred on Broadway in this compelling depiction of Oscar Wilde just before and after his imprisonment. Act one captures Wilde in 1895 on the eve of his arrest. He still has the chance to flee to the continent but chooses to let the train leave without him. In the second act, Wilde is in Naples more than two years later, after his release from the infamous Reading Gaol, a prison located in Reading, Berkshire, England. In exile, he is drawn to a reunion with his unworthy lover and the man who brings him down, Lord Alfred Douglas and a final betrayal with “the Judas Kiss.” The New York Post says,” What Hare has achieved masterfully are two companion vignettes pinpointing and highlighting the fall of Wilde…a mood portrait of a fall from grace.”
Single tickets for Dead Writer’s 2015 Season go on sale at a later date, however a three-show subscriptions are available now for $90. For tickets visit deadwriters.net.
The Collective, under the leadership of Artistic Director Jim Schneider and Managing Director Bob Douglas, is a Chicago-based 501 (c ) 3 non-profit arts collective comprised of directors, designers, actors and playwrights and educators with a mission is to produce works either by or about dead writers. Past productions have included Jane Austen’s “Emma,” Noel Coward’s “The Vortex,” Brenda Kilianski’s “Loos Ends: A Hollywood Memoir,” Adam Pasen “Tea with Eddie and Fitz,” (winner of the Broadway World Award for Best New Play of 2013) and Chamber productions of Oscar Wilde’s “Lady Windermere’s Fan” and Pierre de Marivaux’s “The Game of Love and Chance.”
Dead Writers Theatre Collective productions are supported in part by The Pauls Foundation, The Barre Seid and Barbara Landis Foundation, The Service Club of Chicago and the John R. Halligan Charitable Fund.