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Pictured: a promo photo for “TRU.”
The original musical “TRU – A Musical for Mental Health,” has been announced for November 1 through 24 at Stage773, 1225 W. Belmont. Self-produced by the authors (the book, music, and lyrics are by David Gosz and Leo Fotos), “TRU” focuses on the struggles and triumphs of living with mental illness. It was the winner of “Best Music” and “Best Choreography” at the 2018 Chicago Musical Theatre Festival.
Taylor Pasche will direct the production, with music direction by Eric Rehm. The cast features Stephen “Blu” Allen (Truman Hayes), Meredith Kochan (Her), Shannon McEldowney (Isla Claire), marssie Mencotti (Gail Baker), Marc Prince (Mark Hayes), Elyssa Treviño (Burton), Taylor Dalton (Cellist), Ian Maryfield (Guitarist) with Lydia Burke, Jennifer Mitchell, Desiree Gonzalez and Jack William Rodgers in the ensemble.
The production team includes Diane Meo, Assistant Director; Ben Fallon, Lighting Designer; Corbin Paulino, Stage Manager; Aszkara Gilchrist, Assistant Stage Manager; Woongjin Oh, Scenic Designer/Props Coordinator; Hazel Clarke, Choreographer; Gaby Labotka, Violence and Intimacy Choreographer; Amanda Rabito, Costume Designer; Jessie Baldinger, Properties Designer / Assistant Scenic Designer, and Nick Peebles, Technical Director.
Tickets are available at stage773.com or by calling 773-327-5252.