Remy Bumppo Theatre announces 2011/2012 Season

REMY BUMPPO THEATRE COMPANY

ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL SEASON FOR

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR DOUGLAS

CHICAGO-Remy Bumppo Theatre Company announces the premiere season lineup for incoming Artistic Director Timothy Douglas. The 2011/2012 season opens Sept. 21 - Oct. 30 with Eugene O'Neill's epic drama Mourning Becomes Electra in the Midwest premiere of an adaptation from Gordon Edelstein. The season continues Nov. 23, 2011 - Jan. 8, 2012 with the Marivaux comedy Changes of Heart translated by Stephen Wadsworth, and concludes March 28 - May 6, 2012 with the Chicago premiere of Lee Blessing's Chesapeake, a tour de force solo performance featuring Remy Bumppo Artistic Associate Greg Matthew Anderson.
All three productions will be directed by Douglas, and presented at the
Greenhouse Theater Center at 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago.
Subscriptions range from $70 for previews to $165 for opening night and
are on sale now at www.remybumppo.org or by calling the Greenhouse
Theater box office at 773-404-7336. Single tickets go on sale Aug. 3,
2011.  

Remy
Bumppo welcomes new artistic director Timothy Douglas full-time July 1,
2011 after he wraps up a full season of directing projects across the
country including: The Etiquette of Vigilance for Steppenwolf Theatre Company's First Look Series; Marcus: Or The Secret of Sweet for the Studio Theatre Company in Washington D.C.; Horton Foote's A Trip To Bountiful in a co-production starting at Cleveland Play House and moving to Round House Theatre in Washington D.C.

"Through
these three great works I look forward to sharing my perspectives on
America," Douglas said. "These points of view are a result of a
rewarding freelance career, and one that has had me solidly on the road
these past 15 years directing in great regional theaters all across the
country."

Douglas
reflects on his season selection process saying, "Working at Remy
Bumppo during our transition from its much beloved founding artistic
director, James Bohnen, to myself, I find I have a growing appreciation
for that truism ... 'the only constant is change'. As Remy Bumppo's new
artistic leader, I will build upon the company's reputation for great
language which has made it a beacon in this renowned theater town. And
I make this commitment with full awareness that the expansion of ideas
and shifting of perspectives will be a part of our journey together."

Furthermore,
Douglas remarked that after many years as a freelancer, he now "feels
the importance of having a creative home," and that "becoming a part of
Remy Bumppo Theatre Company has felt right every step of the way."

Remy
Bumppo's 2011/12 Season is made possible in part by Prince Charitable
Trusts, The Illinois Arts Council and by a City Arts Program 3 grant
from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

The 2011/12 Season: dates and artists are subject to change

MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA 

By Eugene O'Neill

Adapted by Gordon Edelstein

Directed by Timothy Douglas

Sept. 21 - Oct. 30, 2011

Opening/Press Night: Monday, Sept. 26 at 7:00 p.m.

Greenhouse Theater Center, Upstairs Mainstage

Featuring Artistic Associates Annabel Armour, David Darlow and Nick Sandys

We plunge into the season with O'Neill's classic American tragedy based on The Oresteia.
Desperate to free herself from her marriage and the clutches of the
Mannon family curse, Christine has taken a lover and murders her
husband. Deeply wounded by her mother's betrayal, young Lavinia
crusades to reveal the truth and reclaim the family honor. She
discovers her strength in revenge, beauty and fear, striving for her
unlikely place at the head of the family. This streamlined revision of
O'Neill's epic, set at the end of the Civil War, hurtles us through the
Mannons' cycle of murder, vengeance, and reinvention.

CHANGES OF HEART 

 

By Marivaux

 

Translated by Stephen Wadsworth

Directed by Timothy Douglas

Nov. 23, 2011 - Jan. 8, 2012

Opening/Press Night: Monday, Nov. 28 at 7:00 p.m.

Greenhouse Theater Center, Upstairs Mainstage

Featuring Artistic Associates Shawn Douglass and Linda Gillum

Marivaux's
delightfully contemporary story of love outside the status quo mixes
classes and stirs up hearts. Harlequin's neighborhood sweetheart,
Sylvia, has been kidnapped by the Prince. He hopes to use the pleasures
of his luxurious life to shift her affections in his direction. When
classes mix and the cultural habits of marriage are broken, new
possibilities send these lover's hearts flying. Timothy Douglas sets
Remy Bumppo's production of this pre-French Revolution classic in
1960's Chicago, when the North and South Sides are captivated by the
allure of unfamiliar cultures.

CHESAPEAKE 

By Lee Blessing

Directed by Timothy Douglas

March 28 - May 6, 2012

Opening/Press Night: Monday, April 2, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Greenhouse Theater Center, Downstairs Mainstage

Featuring Artistic Associate Greg Matthew Anderson

Controversial
performance artist Kerr has his NEA funding cut in a calculated,
political trick by his home town candidate, the folksy, dog-toting
Therm Pooley. For revenge, Kerr attempts a dog-napping to reveal that
the Senator also has the public on a leash. But the Universe exacts its
own fantastical revenge on Kerr. Fate, along with the help of some good
belly rubs, compels Kerr to sit and stay closer to the Senator than he
ever could have imagined. Blessing celebrates the inner life of our
canine companions and spots the artist-activist in us all. Artistic
Associate Greg Matthew Anderson stars in this one-person comedy about a
conservative senator, the performance artist he demonizes, and the
lovable Chesapeake Bay retriever called Lucky.

Special Event: Season Salon - Monday, Aug. 29, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Remy
Bumppo kicks off the 2011/12 season at the Greenhouse Theater Center,
2257 N. Lincoln Ave. with its annual Season Salon. The evening includes
a lively and sometimes irreverent panel discussion and audience
question and answer session on the themes of the plays, followed by
refreshments and conversation in the lobby. Salon admission is open to
the public, and reservations are strongly recommended. A $10 donation
is being requested at the door. To make reservations use the RSVP
calendar on www.remybumppo.org or call 773-244-8119.

Subscription Packages and Prices:

Season Subscriptions for the 2011/12 Season are available March 1 at www.remybumppo.org
or by calling the Greenhouse Theater Center box office at 773-404-7336.
Preview subscriptions are $70-80; Regular run subscriptions are
$90-105; Opening Night subscriptions are $165 (and include a post show
reception with the director and cast); Between the Lines discussion
series subscriptions are $130 (and include pre- and post-show
conversations with a local luminary who will introduce and share their
professional or personal perspective on the themes of the play). All
subscribers save an average of 20 - 30% discount off the single ticket
prices, receive invitations to exclusive behind the scenes events,
enjoy free ticket exchanges and receive the Remy Bumppo newsletter.

Single Tickets:

Single
tickets go on sale Aug. 3 and are available at www.remybumppo.org or by
calling the Greenhouse Theater Center box office at 773-404-7336.
Single ticket prices are as follows: Previews are $30 - $40; Regular
Run performances are $30 - $55; Opening night tickets are $45 - $50;
and Between the Lines discussion series tickets are $45 - $60 (and
include a pre- and post-show conversation). Student discount tickets
are available for $20 with valid I.D. Student Rush tickets are $15 on
the day of the show, based on availability.

Group Tickets:

Discounts
of 20 - 25% are available for groups of 10 or more. For details and
reservations call Remy Bumppo Theatre Company at 773-244-8119 or visit www.remybumppo.org.

Performance Schedule:

Mourning Becomes Electra by Eugene O'Neill, adapted by Gordon Edelstein runs Sept. 21 - Oct. 30, 2011; Changes of Heart by Marivaux, translated by Stephen Wadsworth runs Nov. 23, 2011 - Jan. 8, 2012; and Chesapeake
by Lee Blessing runs March 28 - May 6, 2012. All performances take
place at the Greenhouse Theater Center at 2257 N. Lincoln Ave.
Performance times are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and
Sundays at 2:30 p.m. See a detailed performance schedule for add on
performances, holiday schedule and special event information at www.remybumppo.org.

Parking:

Discounted
parking is available for $6 on weekends and weekdays after 5:00 p.m. at
the Children's Memorial Hospital Garage located ½ block north of the
theater on Lincoln Ave.

 

Download a PDF of the season release:

Remy Bumppo 2011/2012 season release 

REMY
BUMPPO THEATRE COMPANY delights and engages audiences with the
emotional and ethical complexities of society through the provocative
power of great theatrical language.

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