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The Theatre School at DePaul Presents Two World-premiere Productions in Two Weeks

Inaugural 2013-14 season in new artistic home concludes with new work

The Theatre School at DePaul will offer two world premiere productions, in each of the school’s new theatres, to conclude its 2013-2014 season. “The Scavengers” and “What Happened in Pinkville?” will be performed in the new LEED Gold building on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. (Photo by Jeff Carrion)

CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–May 1, 2014.  The Theatre School at DePaul University offers two world-premiere productions, in each of the school’s new theatres, to conclude the 2013-14 season. 

“The Scavengers,” will open on May 9, in the Sondra & Denis Healy Theatre and runs through May 18.  Previews are on May 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. The play is written by Lucas Baisch (BFA Playwriting, Class of 2014) and directed by Bonnie Metzgar (Artistic Director, About Face Theatre).

An urban play set in the present day, “The Scavengers” asks what secrets live in the objects we collect. Seventeen-year-old Miles desperately clings to his adolescence as his world falls apart around him. His elder sister can’t find a job. His brother, newly returned from victory on a dubious reality show, won’t cash the check. Not to mention the vortex of garbage in the ocean that threatens to destroy everything. With the help of Kid, a neighborhood butcher, they seek out a hoarder who may have the key to helping his family survive. This production is recommended for mature audiences.

The cast of “The Scavengers” features Andrew Fleischer (Hugo), Sam Haines (Miles), Joe Keery (Lex), Ashlyn Lozano (Julia), Louie Rinaldi (Kid), Alissa Sherwood (Iris) and Samantha Jo Watzek (Vulture).

The production staff includes Lucas Baisch (Playwright), Bonnie Metzgar (Director), Elyse Balogh (Scenic Designer), Catharine Young (Costume Designer), Vada Briceno (Lighting Designer), David Samba (Sound Designer), Mike Doyle (Dramaturg) and Emily Hitmar (Stage Manager).

“What Happened in Pinkville? A Cubist Dialectic on the Massacre at My Lai” by Greg Allen (Founder, The Neo-Futurists) will open on May 16 on the Fullerton Stage Theatre. It runs through May 25. Previews are May 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m.

This world-premiere play tells the true story of an American-military atrocity: the massacre of 500 civilians in a small village during the Vietnam War. By exploring the history, the murders, the cover-up and the trial of Lieutenant William Calley, playwright Greg Allen asks the question, “Who is responsible for soldiers’ actions during wartime?” A dramatic examination of war atrocities and their far-reaching implications, this production features the Class of 2014 Master of Fine Arts in Acting candidates and is directed by Remy Bumppo Founder, James Bohnen. This production is recommended for mature audiences.

For patrons who are blind or have low-vision, the performance of “What Happened in Pinkville? A Cubist Dialectic on the Massacre at My Lai” will open on Friday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will include audio description as well as a pre-performance touch tour.  Call 312-922-1999.  The performance on May 25 at 2 p.m. will be interpreted in American Sign Language. TTY: 773-325-7975. 

The cast features Olga Aguilar, Dana Dancho, Clayton Louis, Maureen Mizener, Tiffany Oglesby, Joseff Stevenson, Nathan Streifel, Jason VonRohn, Marie Weiss and Justin Wilson.

The production staff includes Greg Allen (Playwright), James Bohnen (Director), Emily Boyd (Scenic Designer), Chloe Patten (Costume Designer), Bailey L. Rosa (Lighting Designer), David Samba (Sound Designer), Cecilia Settles and Genevieve Zoufal (Dramaturgy) and Dana Stringer (Stage Manager).

Performances for both “The Scavengers” and “What Happened in Pinkville? A Cubist Dialectic on the Massacre at My Lai” are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. General admissions tickets are $15, preview tickets are $10 and student tickets are $5.  Subscriptions and group rates (six or more people) are available at 312-922-1999.  All tickets are reserved seating.  Tickets are available by calling 312- 922-1999 or by visiting the online box office at theatre.depaul.edu.

An Opening Night Reception will follow the May 9 performance of “The Scavengers,” and the May 16 performance of “What Happened in Pinkville? A Cubist Dialectic on the Massacre at My Lai.”

The Fullerton Stage Theatre and the Sondra & Denis Healy Theatre are located within The Theatre School at DePaul University, 2350 N. Racine Ave. at Fullerton Avenue. The school is easily accessible via the Fullerton CTA Station and the Fullerton (74) bus. Call the box office for additional transit suggestions or visit the Chicago Transit Authority for specific routes from your location. Visitors and audience members can park in DePaul University’s Clifton Parking Deck, located at 2330 N. Clifton Ave. Please call the Box Office for more information.

Source: www.depaul.edu


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