RAVEN THEATRE THRILLS WITH BOY GETS GIRL DIRECTED BY CODY ESTLE

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by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Cody Estle

Previews: Tuesday, January 15 through Friday, January 18 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, January 19 at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Performances continue through March 2, 2013:

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:30 p.m.

All performances take place on Raven Theatre’s West Stage, 6157 N. Clark

Tickets are $20 during previews, $45 on opening night and $36 all other performances

($5 discount for seniors, $15 for students and groups of 10 or more for Friday and Sunday performances, subject to availability)

Free parking is provided in a lot adjacent to the theatre; additional street parking is available

Raven Theatre is handicapped accessible

Tickets/information: www.raventheatre.com or 773-338-2177

Special Event

“Out at Raven” event: Friday, January 25 at 8:00 p.m.

Raven Theatre’s 30th season continues with Rebecca Gilman’s dark drama, Boy Gets Girl. Tickets and information are available at www.raventheatre.com or 773-338-2177.

Theresa Bedell is on top and in control; that is, until a seemingly harmless date turns into a terrifying display of obsession and desperation. When all pieces of her life are touched and efforts to stop her stalker are unsuccessful, Theresa is left with only one option. Boy Gets Girlputs you in the shoes of the chased and on the edge of your seat.

Director Cody Estle states, “Boy Gets Girl demonstrates how someone, armed with just a few personal details, can completely destroy another person’s life — tearing her down until there’s virtually nothing left. The extreme violation of Theresa’s personal space along with our unshakeable feeling of disgust at what happens to her will make you cautious of the information that you make available to the public.”

Rebecca Gilman is a Chicago playwright whose works include Spinning Into Butter, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, and My Sin and Nothing More. Her play The Glory of Living was a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize. Boy Gets Girl was included in Time Magazine‘s List of the Best Plays and Musicals of the Decade.

Raven Ensemble member Cody Estle is thrilled to be directing his second project at Raven. Previous directing credits include Dating Walter Dante (Raven Theatre), The Tooth of Crime(City Wind Theatre Co.), The Teacher and The Phantom Corvette (The Neapolitans Theatre Co.). Assistant directing credits include The Odd Couple (Northlight Theatre, dir. BJ Jones),Amazing Grace (Goodspeed Musicals, dir. Gabriel Barre), Angels in America (Court Theatre, dir. Charles Newell), Season’s Greetings (Northlight Theatre, dir. BJ Jones), The Detective’s Wife(Writers’ Theatre, dir. Gary Griffin), In Loco Parentis (Next Theatre, dir. Joanie Schultz),Wreckage (Caffeine Theatre, dir. Joanie Schultz) and The Cherry Orchard (Strawdog Theatre, dir. Kimberly Senior). Upcoming work includes Uncle Bob at Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co. andBrighton Beach Memoirs at Raven Theatre. Cody is a proud graduate of Columbia College Chicago.

The cast of Boy Gets Girl includes: Kristin Collins (Theresa Bedell) who was last seen at Raven in Dating Walter Dante and is an ensemble member at The Artistic Home; John Stokvis(Tony) who has performed with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Next Theatre and Steppenwolf;Will Casey (Howard Siegel) who was last seen at Raven in The Elvis and has performed with Next Theatre, Light Opera Works and Famous Door Theatre; Jon Stutzman (Mercer) who has performed with Backstage Theatre Company, Lifeline Theatre and The Artistic Home;Symphony Sanders (Harriet) who was seen at Raven in Aesops Fables and Hedda Gabler and has performed with Goodman, Pegasus Players and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; Kristen Williams (Detective Beck) who is a Raven Theatre ensemble member and was recently seen inBang the Drum Slowly, Bus Stop and Night of the Iguana and Leonard Kraft (Les Kennkat) who was seen at Raven in Twelve Angry Men and The Price and has also performed with Shattered Globe, Timeline, and Mary Arrchie.

The Boy Gets Girl staff includes: Vinny Mraz (Assistant Director), Amanda Rozmiarek (SetDesigner/Technical Director), Frances Maggio (Costume Designer), Claire Chrzan (LightingDesigner), Marie C. Quinn (Sound Designer), Mary O’Dowd, (Properties), Deborah Blumenthal (Dramaturg). Kate Masiak serves as Stage Manager.

About “Out at Raven”

Raven Theatre continues to reach out to the LGBTQ community through their event series, “Out at Raven”. Now in its third year, this series shows Raven’s appreciation of and commitment to the LGBTQ community, providing an opportunity to mingle and network during one Friday night performance of each show. Tickets for each “Out at Raven” performance include a pre show wine and appetizer reception and post-show discussion with the cast and director.

Raven Theatre

Founded in 1983, Raven Theatre is an ensemble of artists dedicated to producing plays that illuminate the American experience as well as international works that provoke reflection on our identity in a global context. Raven’s mission is to provide innovative programming and educational outreach to the broadest cross-section of our diverse community, while inspiring a love of theatre and enhancing the quality of life for the next generation of artists and patrons. In addition to its regular season, Raven produces a Workshop Series of new plays, as well asTake Flight, an Educational Outreach program, including teaching partnerships with various Chicago Public Schools, summer youth classes and original children’s shows performed at Raven Theatre.

Raven Theatre Company is funded in part by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, Polk Bros. Foundation, Yates-Feldman Foundation, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Alphawood Foundation, The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, S & C Electric Company, City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, The Allstate Foundation, The Chicago Community Foundation, The Ream Foundation, James S. Kemper Foundation and The Kinder Morgan Foundation.