"Mourning Becomes Electra" - Remy Bumppo

"Mourning Becomes Electra" - Remy Bumppo

 

 

 

 

 

REMY BUMPPO OPENS 11/12 SEASON WITH CHICAGO

PREMIERE OF EDELSTEIN'S BREATHTAKING REVISION OF

O'NEILL'S MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA

Long Wharf Theatre Artistic Director and Adapter Gordon Edelstein Headlines Oct. 15 Between the Lines Conversation

 

CHICAGO--Remy Bumppo Theatre Company opens its 15th year with Gordon Edelstein's adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's classic American tragedy Mourning Becomes Electra, based on the Oresteia. The production marks Timothy Douglas' directorial debut as Remy Bumppo's new artistic director. Mourning Becomes Electra runs Sept. 21 through Oct. 30 at the Greenhouse Theater Center, located at 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Opening/Press Night is Monday, Sept. 26 at 7:00 p.m. This production kicks off Remy Bumppo's season, The American Evolution, thematically exploring transformational experiences in U.S. history. Single tickets are on sale now at www.remybumppo.org or by calling the box office at 773-404-7336.

"If I could only have stayed as I was then. Why can't all of us remain innocent and loving and trusting? But God won't leave us alone. He twists and wrings and tortures our lives with others' lives until--we poison each other to death." -Mourning Becomes Electra

Desperate to free herself from her marriage and the clutches of the Mannon family curse, Christine takes 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 a quest for redemption, striving for the unlikely place at the head of her family. This streamlined revision of O'Neill's epic, which begins at the end of the Civil War, hurtles us through the Mannons' cycle of murder, vengeance, and reinvention.

Director Douglas explains the choice to present Gordon Edelstein's version of the play: "O'Neill's New England-set drama is structured after Aeschylus' Oresteia. Edelstein's adaptation of the play intensifies O'Neill's plot points and relationships by removing peripheral characters that fill the role of the Greek chorus by commenting on the turn of events. While Fate's influence remains a compelling force in the play, the streamlining of O'Neill's opus places its moral and psychic consequences directly into the hands of the protagonists. Furthermore, this distillation drives the pace of storytelling and reduces the length of the play to three hours."

The cast features Artistic Associates Annabel Armour (as Christine Mannon), David Darlow (as Ezra Mannon) and Nick Sandys (as Captain Adam Brant) along with guest artists Kelsey Brennan (as Lavinia Mannon) and Scott Stangland as (Orin Mannon). Rounding out the cast are Stephanie Chavera, Luke Daigle and Veronda G. Carey.

Mourning Becomes Electra is directed by Remy Bumppo Artistic Director Timothy Douglas with scenic design by Tim Morrison, lighting by Steve Sorenson, costumes by Samantha C. Jones, sound design by Victoria DeIorio and properties by Sally Weiss. Stage Management is provided by Amy Bertacini.

Remy Bumppo's 2011/2012 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.  Remy Bumppo's production of Mourning Becomes Electra is sponsored in part by Karen Randolph and Bill Linden.

Special Events:

All events are at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave.

Monday, Sept. 26 at 7:00 p.m. Mourning Becomes Electra Opening/Press Night. Tickets are $50 and include a post-show artist reception in the lobby.

Saturday, Oct. 15 at 1:30 p.m. Between the Lines conversation with Long Wharf Theatre Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein, who adapted Mourning Becomes Electra for the world premiere at ACT in Seattle, and produced the 2002 production at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut. Tickets are $60 and include admission to the 2:30 p.m. performance and a post-show discussion.

Performance Times:

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

Previews and regular run: Wednesdays to Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Matinee performances: Thursday, Sept. 29 and Oct. 20 at 2:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 8 at 2:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 15 Between the Lines program at 1:30 p.m., performance at 2:30 p.m.

No performance: Wednesday, Sept. 28.

Cast:

The cast features Artistic Associates Annabel Armour, David Darlow and Nick Sandys and guest artists Kelsey Brennan and Scott Stangland, with Stephanie Chavera, Luke Daigle and Veronda G. Carey.

Production Team:

Mourning Becomes Electra is directed by Remy Bumppo Artistic Director Timothy Douglas with scenic design by Tim Morrison, lighting by Steve Sorenson, costumes by Samantha C. Jones, sound design by Victoria DeIorio and properties by Sally Weiss. Stage Management is provided by Amy Bertacini.

Tickets:

773-404-7336 (773-40-GREEN)

or online at www.remybumppo.org

Previews: Wednesday through Sunday $35 - $40

Regular Run: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday $40 - $45; Saturday and Sunday $45 - $55.

Opening Night: $50 (includes post-show reception)

Between the Lines: $60 (includes a pre-show talk with Playwright and Long Wharf Theatre Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 performance and post-show discussion).

Student Tickets: $20 in advance for all performances by phone and in person. $15 student rush tickets are subject to availability and may be purchased one hour prior to curtain in person only. Students must have valid student I.D.

Group discounts of 20% are available for parties of 10 or more. For group information and reservations call 773-244-8119.

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.

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