Remy Bumppo presents Chicago premiere of Heroes

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Pictured: Heroes cast David Darlow, Roderick Peeples, Mike Nussbaum. Photo by Johnny Knight

CHICAGO - Remy Bumppo Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere of
Heroes, winner of the 2006 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, written
by Gerald Sibleyras and translated by Tom Stoppard.
Heroes runs Oct.
14 through Nov. 29 in the Downstairs Mainstage of the Greenhouse
Theater Center at 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue. Preview performances begin
Thursday, Oct. 14 with opening night Sunday, Oct. 18 at 7:00 p.m. 

Heroes cast features guest artist Mike Nussbaum making his Remy Bumppo
debut, Artistic Associate David Darlow and guest artist Roderick
Peeples. Heroes is directed by Remy Bumppo Artistic Director James
Bohnen, with set design by Tim Morrison, costume design by Samantha C.
Jones, lighting design by Rich Norwood, sound design by Jason Knox and
properties design by Nick Heggestad.

"I say we go...up that hill, where the poplars are. There where the
wind's not a bad halfway house between Indochina and a
picnic." - Heroes

It's 1959 and Philippe, Gustave and Henri, three veterans from WWI keep
each other company on the back terrace of a retired soldiers' home.
Through a series of witty scenes, the men goad one another into new
adventures. The men's cantankerous camaraderie becomes strained as they
plot an expedition to Indochina, or at least as far as the poplar trees
on the distant hill. Heroes is a funny and bittersweet play about
memory and "not going gently into that good night."

The 2009-2010 Season is made possible by Prince Charitable Trusts, The
Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Illinois Arts Council and
by a City Arts Program 3 grant from the City of Chicago Department of
Cultural Affairs.

By Gerald Sibleyras and translated by Tom Stoppard
Directed by James Bohnen
Cast features: Mike Nussbaum, David Darlow and Roderick Peeples
Oct. 14 -  Nov. 29, 2009
Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday matinee performances at 2:00 p.m. on Oct. 28 and Nov. 11 (Veteran's Day).
Opening Night is Sunday, Oct. 18 at 7:00 p.m.
The Greenhouse Theater Center
Downstairs Mainstage
2257 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago
Box Office: 773-404-7336 (773-40-GREEN)

Single tickets are on sale now.
Previews: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday $25 - $35;
Saturday and Sunday $30 - $40
Regular run: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday $35 - $45;
Saturday and Sunday $40 - $50
Opening Night: $50
Student and group discounts are available.
Groups (6 or more): 773-244-8119

Special Events: 
Sunday, Oct. 18 at 7:00 p.m. - Heroes Opening Night.  Tickets are $50 and include post-show artist reception in the lobby.

Saturday, Oct. 24 at 1:30 p.m.  - Between the Lines program with
Newberry Library expert on 20th century literature Todd Bauer, who will
share insights into the themes of the play with a 30 minute pre-show
conversation. Tickets are $50 and include a ticket for the 2:30 p.m.
performance of Heroes and a post-show discussion.

Sunday, Nov. 22 at 5:30 p.m. - Warrior Poetry a free post-show poetry
reading performed by Remy Bumppo actors and U.S. Veterans.  This
hour-long program at the Greenhouse Theater Center is co-sponsored by
the Vet Art Project titled and Remy Bumppo. 

Weekly post-show discussions with cast members are held after Sunday
matinee performances (excluding Oct. 18 preview and closing performance
Nov. 29).

Playwright Gerald Sibleyras was born in 1961 in Paris. His most notable
work is the 2003 Le Vent des Peupliers, which has been translated and
produced in countries worldwide including the United Kingdom, Germany,
Uruguay and now the United States. The play premiered in Paris at the
Théâtre Montparnasse, and received four Molières nominations including
Meilleur Auteur (Best Author). Tom Stoppard translated the play into
English (Heroes) and it received its London debut at the Wyndham
Theater under the direction of Thea Sharrock.  The production won the
2006 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.  His next play
L'Inscription  was produced in 2004 in  Paris and later in Poland.  In
2003 Un Petit Jeu Sans Conséquence was awarded five Molières Awards.
Gérald Sibleyras adapted William Nicholson's The Retreat From Moscow
which was produced in Paris in January 2007. He is currently adapting
his play La Danse de L'Albatros for the screen.

Translator Tom Stoppard is a British playwright born in Zlin,
Czechoslovakia in 1937. His plays include Rock 'N Roll, Arcadia (Remy
Bumppo 2004), Night and Day (Remy Bumppo, 1996),  Rosencranz and
Guildenstern are Dead, The Coast of Utopia and the Tony Award-
winning Best Play, The Real Thing (Remy Bumppo 2006). Stoppard co-wrote
the screenplays for Brazil, which was nominated for an Academy Award in
1985 and Shakespeare in Love, which won the Academy Award for Best
Screenplay in 1999.

Mike Nussbaum is an actor and director. He received a Jeff Award in 1997 for his work in
David Hare's Racing Demon. He originated roles in many of David Mamet's
plays including Richard in A Life in the Theatre, John in The Shawl and
Aaronow in Glengarry Glen Ross.  He also originated the roles of Marcus
in Claudia Allen's Winter and Shlomo in Charles L. Mee's Time to Burn.
Chicago Shakespeare Theater stage credits include Macbeth,  Passion,
Hamlet, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and
Juliet, Richard II, and Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night's Dream. 
Northlight Theatre credits include Visiting Mr. Green, Better Late,
Tuesdays with Morrie and director for The Belmont Avenue Social Club.
Film credits include Field of Dreams and Men in Black.  
David Darlow is an Artistic Associate at Remy Bumppo Theatre, where he
has been seen in The Voysey Inheritance, The Best Man, Power, Humble
Boy, Hidden Laughter, No Man's Land, Hapgood, Road to Mecca, Man and
Superman, Money, and Major Barbara (After Dark Award). He directed Mrs.
Warren's Profession for Remy Bumppo and As You Like it at the Utah
Shakespearean Festival. Other Chicago stage credits include A Life in
the Theatre, As You Like it, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Passion and The
Misanthrope at Goodman Theatre; Othello, Timon of Athens and As You
Like it at Chicago Shakespeare Theater;  The Real Thing and Betrayal at
Northlight Theatre; Nathan the Wise at Chicago Festival of the Arts;
and Stephen Sondheim's Passion with Patty Lupone and Audra McDonald at
Ravinia Festival. He won a Joseph Jefferson Award for his performance
in Endgame at American Theater Company (with Mike Nussbaum). Film
credits include Were the World Mine, The Weatherman, Road to Perdition,
The Fugitive, Miller's Crossing, and Ride with the Devil.

Roderick Peeples appeared last season in Remy Bumppo's production of
The Voysey Inheritance. Chicago work includes Oedipus Complex at
Goodman Theatre; Morning Star at Steppenwolf Theatre Company; Hamlet,
Pacific Overtures, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Richard III at Chicago
Shakespeare Theater; Berlin 45  at Victory Gardens Theater; The God of
Hell at Next Theatre; Fräulein Else and Gross Indecency at Court
Theatre.  He won a Jeff Award for Dealer's Choice at Roadworks Theatre
and was a company member at Famous Door Theater where he appeared in
Lonesome West, The Homecoming and Ghetto. Regional credits include
Henry V and As You Like It (directed by David Darlow) at Utah
Shakespearean Festival; Death of a Salesman, The Price and Moon for the
Misbegotten at Madison Repertory Theatre; and King Lear, Merchant of
Venice and Henry VIII at Illinois Shakespeare Festival in Bloomington,
IL. Film work includes Robert Altman's The Company, Road to Perdition
and The Hudsucker Proxy. 
James Bohnen (Director) is the artistic director and co-founder of Remy
Bumppo Theatre Company where he has directed over two dozen
productions. In 2008 he co-adapted and directed Henry IV: The Making of
a King for American Players Theatre in Spring Green and adapted and
directed Henry V this summer. James will direct The Island for Remy
Bumppo this winter. Bohnen is a Meier Achievement Award Recipient,
which recognizes gifted artists in mid-career.

Remy Bumppo Theatre Company's 2009/10 Season features three plays
exploring the theme of Friendships Tested.  The plays include the
Chicago premiere of Heroes by Gerald Sibleyras
and adapted by Tom Stoppard, The Island by Athol Fugard, and Les
Liaisons Dangereuses by Choderlos De Laclos and adapted by Christopher
Hampton.  Subscriptions range from $56 for previews to $145 for opening
nights.  Subscriptions may be ordered online at or
by calling 773-244-8119.

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emotional and ethical complexities of society through the provocative
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Stephanie Kulke
Director of Marketing & Communications
Remy Bumppo Theatre Company
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HEROES adapted by Tom Stoppard
THE ISLAND by Athol Fugard
LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES adapted by Christopher Hampton

Performances at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave.
Admin Offices at 3717 N. Ravenswood Ave., Ste. 245 - Chicago

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