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Remy Bumppo Theatre Company has announced the cast for its first show of the 2019-2020 season, the world premiere of “Howards End,” by Douglas Post based on the novel by E.M. Foster.
The production will be directed by Producing Artistic Director Nick Sandys, and features core ensemble member Eliza Stoughton, along with Terry Bell, Heather Chrisler, Jodi Kingsley, Tommy Malouf, Michael McKeogh, Natalie Santoro, Emily Tate, and Mark Ulrich.
At the dawn of the 20th century, the independent Schlegel sisters seek to change the world. “Howards End” is the journey of three different families as they search for love, purpose, and connection against the tide of class, money, and sex.
“This is a book I have dearly loved since I read it in my teens some 40 years ago and then studied it at university,” comments Sandys. “This is a story of hope, of reaching across divides, of applied wisdom, of championing the promise of the humanities, and of finding balance. In short, it exemplifies many of the values that Remy Bumppo holds dear. This novel seems so fitting as our first commission, on which we are thrilled to be working with long-time Chicago playwright Douglas Post.”
“I was honored to receive this commission from Remy Bumppo, as they’re a company I’ve long admired for the intelligence of their productions and the vibrancy of their work,” says Post. “From the start, Nick and I have had invigorating conversations about how to bring Forster’s book to the stage in a way that serves the source material but also serves the theatrical medium we’re moving it into.”
“Howards End” runs August 29 – October 5 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Avenue in Chicago. For more information visit www.RemyBumppo.org.