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Pictured: Martha Lavey
Martha Lavey, John Mahoney, Barbara Robertson and Peter Sagal will voice key pre-recorded roles.
Chicago theater luminaries Martha Lavey, John Mahoney, Barbara Robertson and Peter Sagal will play key pre-recorded roles in Theater Wit’s Midwest debut of 10 OUT OF 12, by Anne Washburn, author of Wit’s 2014 hit MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY.
Washburn’s play is a re-creation of a theater production’s tech rehearsal, where the audience members will be able to listen in via headset to the “production team.” Lavey will voice the lighting designer, Robertson will voice the costume designer, and Mahoney will play backstage crew person #3. Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, will portray the sound designer. The voices will be pre-recorded and delivered to the audience via individual headsets. Onstage, Dado takes on the role of the “stage manager,” joined by “actors” portrayed by Gregory Fenner, Kyle Gibson, Stephen Walker, Eunice Woods, and Christine Yrem-Ydstie. Shane Kenyon is the “director,” Erin Long is the “assistant stage manager,” Riley McIlveen is “electrician #2,” and Adam Shalzi is the “assistant director.”
The real production team includes Adam Vesness (set), Izumi Inaba (costumes), Diane Fairchild (lights), Brenda Didier (choreography), Andra Velis-Simon (original music and music director), Joe Court (sound), Vivian Knouse (props), Greg Pinsoneault (scenic charge), Andrew Glasenhardt (technical director), Kristof Janezic (master electrician),Majel Cuza (production manager), and Katie Klemme (stage manager). Jeremy Wechsler directs.
“No one in Chicago has ever seen anything like 10 out of 12. Simultaneously exactingly real-to-life and riotously funny, Anne Washburn’s detonation of a single technical rehearsal is promising to be a unique and thrilling viewing experience,” said Wechsler, “This is the most technically extravagant piece of design we’ve ever done at Theater Wit,” he added. “Armed with 98 individual headsets, our audience will get to experience the play in three distinct auditory spaces simultaneously. As a special bonus, Anne is working with us to customize the play to our city’s own rich theatrical history (and contemporary reality), which is going to provide an immediacy and context that will make 10 out of 12 a must-see show for every Chicago theatergoer who loves Chicago Theater.”
Performances are March 3-April 23, 2017.