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Pictured (top, l to r) Benjamin Brownson, Ambrose Cappucio, Elise Marie Davis, Rebecca Flores, Darren Jones and Rob Koon (bottom, l to r), David Lovejoy, William Anthony Sebastian Rose II, Jackie Seijo, Julia Skeggs, Adam Soule and David Weiss.
Broken Nose Theatre has announced casting for its U.S. premiere of Beth Steel’s “Labyrinth”, directed by Spenser Davis.
The cast includes company members Benjamin Brownson, Elise Marie Davis and David Weiss, artistic associates Rob Koon and Adam Soule, with Ambrose Cappucio, Rebecca Flores, Darren Jones, David Lovejoy, William Anthony Sebastian Rose II, Jackie Seijo, Julia Skeggs.
The production team includes Therese Ritchie (scenic design), Rachel Sypniewski (costume design), David Goodman-Edberg (lighting design), Tony Ingram (sound design), Devon Green (props designer), Zack Meyer (violence design), Ben F. Locke (assistant director), Julia Skeggs (casting director) and Rose Hamill (stage manager),
New York City, 1978. Having just landed his dream job as a Wall Street banker, John Anderson finds himself swept off on luxurious trips to Latin America with only one goal: selling loans to the region’s developing nations eager to borrow. But as the banks’ excessive lending strategy starts pushing whole countries toward the brink of bankruptcy, and the biggest credit bubble in history threatens to burst, John and his colleagues must come to terms with the true price of chasing their fortunes.
Comments director Spenser Davis, “Playwright Beth Steel can construct a thrill-ride better than most, and “Labyrinth” is at the top of that heap: richly researched, deeply dynamic and pulse-poundingly cinematic in a way that just flies off the page. At a time when the man in the Oval Office categorically refers to this same region as one steeped in ‘drugs and crime,’ it is even more important to me that we stage plays like “Labyrinth,” ones that remind us of our country’s own culpability in destroying the economy of developing nations who turned to us in a time of need and instead became unwilling gears in our financial machine.”
Artistic Director Elise Marie Davis adds, “Over the past few seasons, we at Broken Nose have been waiting for the right opportunity to bring Steel’s edge-of-your-seat, righteously indignant financial drama to Chicago audiences for its U.S. Premiere. “Labyrinth” asks tough questions without easy answers, while shining a spotlight onto a disastrous turn-of-events that so many Americans may be wholly unaware of. This is a story about looking back as a way of understanding our present and course-correcting our future.”
LABYRINTH will play January 31 – February 29 at its resident home, The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. For more information visit www.brokennosetheatre.com.