Raven Theatre to observe 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with “The Play About My Dad”

unnamed (29)The Play About My Dad by Boo Killebrew, which opened at New York’s 595 E 59 Theatres in June 2011, tells of the author’s father, a doctor in Gulfport, Mississippi who stayed behind to take care of patients as the storm hit in August 2005. New Orleans, as the largest city to be hit by the storm, appropriately received most of the media attention, but Katrina’s effects on the Gulf Coast were devastating. Many coastal towns were destroyed, 235 people were killed and more than one million Mississippians were affected. Killebrew’s play shows the doctors’ interactions with several residents caught in the storm – an elderly woman who refuses to leave, a pair of young parents and their five-year-old son who are unable to leave, and a team of paramedics who like the doctor stay behind to provide emergency care. The storm is a backdrop for the play’s meditation on life and death, memory and the present and loss of familial presence and support.

Marti Lyons, Michael Maggio Directing Fellow at the Goodman Theatre and director of such recent productions as Body and Blood at The Gift, Will Eno’sTitle and Deed at Lookingglass and Hot Georgia Sunday with Haven Theatre Company, will make her Raven Theatre debut as director. The play will be performed in Raven’s intimate West Stage space. Previews will be Wednesday October 21 -Sunday, October 25, 2015 with press openings Monday, October 26 and Tuesday, October 27, 2015. The regular run will be October 30 – November 28, 2015. Tickets are on sale now at www.raventheatre.com or by calling 773-338-2177.

The cast will include Tuckie White (Boo Killebrew), Joe Mack (Larry Killebrew), JoAnn Montemurro (Sallye Killebrew), Patrick Agada (Kenny Tyson), Nick Horst (Neil Plitt), Aaron Lamm (Michael Thomas), Paloma Nozicka (Rena Thomas), Miguel Nunez (Jay Thomas), Sandra Watson (Essie Watson), Felisha McNeal (U/S Essie), Angela Sandall (U/S Boo).
The creative team includes Michael Stanfill (Lighting Design), Courtney O’Neil (Set Design), Chris LaPorte (Sound Design), Kristy Hall (Costume Design), Amanda Herrmann (Properties Design), Elyse Dolan (Assistant Director), Alan Weusthoff (Technical Director), Tara Malpass (Stage Manager), Nicholas Hittner-Cunningham (Assistant Stage Manager), Kelly Claussen (Production Manager), Jason K. Martin (Dialect Coach), Thom Pasculli (Movement Coach).
Raven Theatre is located at 6157 N. Clark St., Chicago. There are a limited number of free parking spaces available in the parking lot adjacent to the theatre, and free on-street parking is available nearby.
The Play About My Dad
By Boo Killebrew
Directed by Marti Lyons
All performances on Raven’s West Stage
6157 N. Clark St. (at Granville), Chicago
Nearest El station Granville Red Line, Buses: #22 (Clark), #36 (Broadway), #151 (Sheridan), #155 (Devon), #64 (Peterson).
Previews Wednesday, October 21 – Saturday, October 24 at 8:00 pm, andSunday, October 25 at 3:30 pm. Press performances are Monday, October 26 and Tuesday, October 27 at 7:30 pm. Preview ticket prices are $28.00 ($3.00 discount if ordered online in advance). Students with a valid ID are $18 ($1.00 discount if ordered online in advance).
Regular run is October 30 – November 28, 2015
Thursdays – Saturdays at 8:00 pm. Sundays at 3:30 pm.
Saturday matinees at 3:30 pm October 31, November 7, 14, 21 and 28.
No performance Thursday, October 29 or Thursday, November 26(Thanksgiving Day)
General admission $42.00, seniors $37.00 ($3.00 discount if ordered online in advance), students, teachers and military $18.00 ($1.00 discount if ordered online in advance)
Groups of 10 or more are $21.00 for Thursday and Friday performances and $25.00 for Saturday and Sunday performances. Call 773-338-2177 to inquire about groups.