I Wish to Apologize to the People of Illinois; The Agency Theater Collective’s Original Play based on convicted Illinois Power Broker Stuart Levine
Using its trademark interactive style, The Agency Theater Collective will tell the story of Stuart Levine, the fallen Chicago power broker whose lurid testimony brought down some of Illinois’ highest-powered politicos, including Governor Rod Blagojevich. Members of the press are being offered complimentary tickets to view the show on Nov. 7 at 7:30 PM.
Using court transcripts, news articles and group devising techniques, company member Tim Touhy and The Agency’s Artistic Director, Andrew Gallant, put together this ground-breaking work to which they believe many Illinois residents will feel a strong connection. Now several weeks into rehearsals, the production team couldn’t be more thrilled with the cast and crew they have assembled for the show.
“It is extremely gratifying to see the cast take the words we’ve written and breathe real life into them, finding new things we never could have predicted,” said Gallant. “One of the most surprising and fascinating things to come of rehearsals so far is our discovery that several members of the cast have connections to the people or events our play focuses on.”
“I Wish to Apologize to the People of Illinois” premieres at Collaboraction’s Pentagon Theatre in the Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee. Members of the press are requested to contact Molly O’Grady at [email protected] to request complimentary tickets. Previews Oct. 31 – Nov. 3; press opening Nov 7; runs Nov. 8 – Dec. 8. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 PM; Sunday matinees at 3 PM.
Tickets are $20 for the general public and can be purchased at http://apologize.brownpapertickets.com. Questions regarding ticketing can be directed to The Agency at (773) 490-5265 or [email protected]
ABOUT THE AGENCY THEATER COLLECTIVE
Founded in 2010, The Agency Theater Collective is a 501(c)3 non-profit theater company. Past productions include Copi’s “Four Twins,” Clifford Odets’ “Paradise Lost,” and an original holiday musical, “Out of Tune Confessional.” The Agency also hosts “No Shame Theatre,” a weekly theatrical open mic, every Saturday night at The Lincoln Loft. Our mission is to create immersive, interactive theatrical experiences, inviting the audience to embrace their collective agency in the process. We hold these principles sacred: revelation, paradox, humor, mischief and collaboration. The Agency is greater than the sum of its parts. “We are The Agency and so are you.” www.wearetheagency.org