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Pictured: Dorothy Humphrey
The Runaways Lab Theater in association with Pop Magic Productions has announced the cast for THE PORTRAIT OF DORIAN GRAY by Olivia Lilley and the Ensemble based on the novella by Oscar Wilde.
Directed by Lilley, the all-female and gender non-conforming cast include Peter Wilde (“Lord” Henry), Jojo Brown (Ivy), Kat Christensen (Alice, the Alchemist and Jeff, the trust fund kid), Mary Kate Young (Sybil Vane), and Dorothy Humphrey (Dorian Gray).
According to the press release, in this reworking of the classic, Dorian Gray is a young woman from a wealthy suburban family, who is discovered while riding the Pink Line by Ivy, an SAIC drop out & tattoo artist. When Ivy’s trust fund party boi/aspiring art dealer ex, “Lord” Henry sees Ivy’s sketch of Dorian’s face, Henry knows that the piece could make both his and Ivy’s names. With Ivy’s panicked refusal to part with the picture, Henry sets his sights on a new protege: Dorian herself. On Henry’s insistence that she has the face of a model, Dorian enters the elusive world of social media and self-promotion. Soon, Dorian falls for Sybil Vane, a beautiful Instagram star. When Dorian discovers not everything is as it seems, she learns that wearing a mask can be a powerful tool for manipulating others, which becomes the key to living the life that she wants. As her personal philosophy turns magical and the sketch takes on a life of its own, THE PORTRAIT OF DORIAN GRAY brings you on a wild ride through violence, empathy, and the lack thereof.
THE PORTRAIT OF DORIAN GRAY runs June 30th – July 29th at Compass Creative Dramatics: 4001 N. Ravenswood, Unit B3, Chicago, IL, 60613.