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Pictured: (l -r) Carmen Fisher Risi, Alyssa Soto and Timothy Swaim.
Flying Elephant Productions has announced casting for its inaugural production, the world premiere of WE THE PEOPLE – SONGS OF THE RESISTANCE, a political musical song cycle about the turbulent 2016 election, with six actors playing 55 characters.
Directed by Derek Van Barham, the production features Dwayne Everett, Bradley Halverson, Elizabeth Rentfro, Carmen Fisher Risi, Alyssa Soto and Timothy Swaim.
Pictured: Dwayne Everett, Bradley Halverson, and Elizabeth Rentfro
The production team to date includes book by Sean Chandler, music and lyrics by Leo Schwartz, music direction by Ty Miles, Cat Wilson (lighting design), G. Max Maxin IV (projections design) and Neill Kelly (stage manager).
The election of 2016: Disappointment, Chaos, Intrigue, Anger, Response! This new political musical song cycle takes audiences from the party conventions through election night and its immediate aftermath into the realization of “Trump’s America.” It all culminates with a call to action from “We The People.”
Comments Flying Elephant Productions Executive Director Leo Schwartz, “Often, an artist’s job is to light dark corners and elucidate a way to a new understanding of the world. We see life differently and we passionately express our vision. Whether it’s to expose the workhouses of Victorian London in Dickens’ Oliver Twist, or the ravages of the Spanish Civil War in Picasso’s Guernica, or the social upheaval of the ‘60s with Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?, art inspires us to reconsider, to act, to challenge. We the People is a call to action to save those things which we hold most dear, our country, and our freedom.”
WE THE PEOPLE will play January 26 – February 10, 2018 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. For more information visit flyingelephantproductions.com.