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(l-r) Paul Fagen, Brianna Borger, Christine Mayland Perkins, Peter Ash, Ariel Richardson, Brian McCaskill, Michael McKeough and Sarah Grant in “Southern Gothic” | Michael Brosilow
Windy City Playhouse announced today the theater’s 2018-2019 season, featuring an extended run of their hit immersive “Southern Gothic” through December 9. In January, the company will present “Noises Off” directed by Scott Weinstein, followed by Jonathan Caren’s “The Recommendation” in May.
“Following the success of 2017’s intimate staging of ‘Becky Shaw’ and the world-premiere, immersive production of ‘Southern Gothic’ earlier this spring, the 2018-2019 season will further explore presentation styles that place the audience intimately within the center of the action,” said Artistic Director Amy Rubenstein. “Our motto for the year is ‘experience driven — audience first.’ Be it a fresh, new narrative or classic reimagined, we want the stories we tell to be relevant to today’s audience, and we want to present them in a way that offers our patrons a one-of-a-kind viewing experience where the barrier between performers and audience virtually disappear. As always, we’re committing to entertaining our guests, from the moment they walk through the Playhouse doors until well after they have left.”
Windy City Playhouse’s 2018-2019 season (from the press release):
Written by Leslie Liautaud
Directed by David H. Bell
Now Playing, Closing December 9, 2018
Four couples – who have known each other for decades – come together to celebrate Suzanne Wellington’s 40th birthday and as the evening progresses, celebration leads to disaster as relationships are heavily tested.
Written by Michael Frayn
Directed by Scott Weinstein
Previews begin: January 9, 2019
With just hours until opening night of “Nothing On,” this touring theater troupe has plenty of work to do. Between mistaken props, forgotten lines, inner-cast discord and a torrent of awful acting, one wonders… Will these eager thespians successfully stage their sex farce script, or will they end up running around with their pants (quite literally) at their ankles?
Written by Jonathan Caren
Previews begin: May 1, 2019
Aaron Feldman arrives at college fully prepared with a charming personality, wealthy father and plenty of connections. His freshman year roommate, Iskander Ioduoko, is not so lucky. The middle-class student has worked hard to get where he is, and arrived on no one’s coat tails. Despite differing backgrounds, the two young men quickly develop a strong bond and pledge to a life-long friendship. That is, until one finds himself in legal trouble, and the other in a tricky position deciding whether to help.
More info at www.windycityplayhouse.com.