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Writers Theatre has announced an additional production for the 2017-2018 season – QUIXOTE: ON THE CONQUEST OF SELF, by Mόnica Hoth and Claudio Valdés Kuri, English Translation by Georgina Escobar, directed by Kuri, and featuring Henry Godinez as Don Quixote, September 27 – December 17.
Writers also announced initial casting for the previously announced productions of the 2017-2018 season opening with the World Premiere of TREVOR the musical, directed by Marc Bruni (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), with book and lyrics by Dan Collins, music by Julianne Wick Davis, music direction by Matt Deitchman and choreography by Josh Prince. The cast includes Ariana Burks, Isabel Kaegi, Eloise Lushina, Carly Meyer, Jhardon DiShon Milton, Emma Nelson, Reilly Oh, Salisha Thomas, Brady Tutton, Matthew Uzarraga, Tori Whaples and Jarrod Zimmerman. Additional casting still to be announced.
Oscar Wilde’s THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, directed by Michael Halberstam, will feature Anita Chandwaney, Shannon Cochran, Aaron Todd Douglas, Alex Goodrich, Steve Haggard, Rebecca Hurd, Jennifer Latimore and Ross Lehman.
Eugene O’Neill’s A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN, directed by William Brown, will feature James DeVita, A.C. Smith and Bethany Thomas, with additional casting still to be announced.
Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning BURIED CHILD, directed by Kimberly Senior, will feature Shannon Cochran, Allen Gilmore, John Hoogenakker, Arti Ishak, Shane Kenyon, Mark Montgomery and Larry Yando.
The Chicago Premiere of Lydia Diamond’s SMART PEOPLE, directed by Hallie Gordon, will feature Kayla Carter, Erik Hellman and Deanna Myers with additional casting still to be announced.
“I am so excited to announce our casting for the 2017/2018 season,” said Artistic Director Michael Halberstam. “Furthermore, I couldn’t be happier to welcome Claudio Valdez-Kuri to Writers Theatre, helming his original adaptation of Don Quixote. I first met Claudio at a National Theatre Conference and was inspired to travel to see his work in Mexico City where he had staged a production of Life’s a Dream by Calderon. To be able to bring him to Glencoe is the fulfillment of a three-year dialogue and it will definitely have been worth the wait!”