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Cast and Creative Team announced for Halcyon Theatre’s Chicago premiere Of Caridad Svich’s De Troya

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Cast and Creative Team announced for 
Halcyon Theatre’s Chicago premiere
Of Caridad Svich’s 
De Troya

Directed by Rinska Carrasco-Prestinary
May 16–June 30, 2018

The Cast of De Troya

April 13, 2018 – Halcyon Theatre is proud to announce casting for the Chicago premiere of Caridad Svich’s De Troya. Directed by Halcyon’s Associate Artistic Director Rinska Carrasco-Prestinary, De Troya runs May 16 through June 30 (press opening Thursday, May 24 at 8 p.m.) at Halcyon Theatre located in residence at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3253 W. Wilson Avenue, on Chicago’s north side.

Carrasco-Prestinary directs a cast featuring Valeria Rosero (Mara), Isaly Viana (Raya), Tamika Lecheé Morales (Lena), Isabel Quintero (Lupe), Arik Vega (Gusty), Noe Jara (Grandpa Horacio)

The creative team includes: Artistic Director Tony Adams (Scenic Design), Cat Davis (Lighting Design, 2017 Equity Jeff Award winner for Halcyon’s The River Bride),  Uriel Gomez (Costume Design) Jeffrey Levin (Sound Design and Original Music, 2017 Equity Jeff Award nominee for Halcyon’s The River Bride), Mark 'Trace' Umstattd (Projections and Properties Design), and Sasha Smith (Violence and Intimacy Choreographer)

A mysteriously wounded girl who washes on shore and meets young Mara on the riverbank. Worried sisters Lupe and Lena wonder if tonight is the night that their niece will disappear without a trace? Nostalgic Horacio drives his restless grandson away with another rambling story from his childhood. Boiling under the surface of a violent city, two families wrestle with rebellion, regret, and loss of faith.

“De Troya is a rip in our soul. A reminder of how violence has steeped in our world, and how peace can come from unsuspected places. It's also transforming who we think we are to become the change we need to be, in order to survive.” Carrasco-Prestinary says, “There are no easy conversation when it comes to facing our own inner truth. And very often we shudder at the thought. But when you have the choice to fight for your life or run, what will you choose?”

De Troya

Playwright

Caridad Svich

Director

Rinska Carrasco-Prestinary

Location

Halcyon Theatre, 3253 W. Wilson Ave

Previews

Thursday, May 16–Wednesday, May 23.

Press Opening

Thursday, May 24

Closing

Saturday, June 30

Curtain

Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 6pm

Tickets

$20 for guaranteed advance admission or free through the Radical Hospitality program.

Halcyon’s Mission

Halcyon Theatre is fiercely committed to making the stage as diverse as the city of Chicago. Dedicated to presenting new voices from inadequately represented communities, Halcyon works to recast classic works in order to showcase contemporary relevance.

About Halcyon

Based in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood, Halcyon Theatre was formed in 2006 to connect people, transform our borders and ascend toward a more just union.

We create theatre that looks like our world. Representation matters. We feel it deeply when it’s absent.  If we can’t see ourselves, it’s almost impossible to welcome another with our whole hearts. If we can’t see another as their whole self, we can’t listen to them with our whole hearts. That’s something we think our whole country is missing right now.

Our artistic philosophy is driven by our continuing belief that at every point of human history where there has been an explosion of artistic creativity, it has happened when different cultures and traditions have listened and learned from each other.

No artist can fully represent a community; however, a community of artists can. Halcyon works continuously to connect people and organizations from across all of our communities to accomplish our mission.

For more information, please visit halcyontheatre.org.

 

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Casting announced for Halcyon Theatre’s The River Bride

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Casting announced for Halcyon Theatre’s Chicago premiere
Of Marisela Treviño Orta’s THE RIVER BRIDE
Directed by Rinska Carrasco-Prestinary

May 11–June 18, 2017

Cast of The River Bride

April 10, 2017 – Halcyon Theatre is proud to announce casting for the Chicago premiere of Marisela Treviño Orta’s The River Bride. Directed by Rinska Carrasco-Prestinary, The River Bride runs May 11 through June 18 (press opening Thursday, May 18 at 8 p.m.) at Halcyon Theatre located in residence at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3253 W. Wilson Avenue, on Chicago’s north side.  

Carrasco-Prestinary directs a cast featuring Flavia Pallozzi (Helena), Sofia Tew (Belmira), Nate Santana (Moises), Jonathan Nieves (Duarte), Johnny Garcia (Sr. Costa) and Ana Maria Alvarez (Sra. Costa).

The River Bride tells the story of Helena, who is dreading her sister’s wedding. The groom, Duarte, should have been hers. She knows her sister, Belmira, only wants to escape their quiet Brazilian town for an exciting new life in the city. Three days before the wedding, a mysterious stranger is pulled out of the river—a man with no past who offers both sisters an alluring, possibly dangerous future.

The River Bride
Playwright                              Marisela Treviño Orta
Director                                   Rinska Carrasco-Prestinary
Location                                  Halcyon Theatre, 3253 W. Wilson Ave
Previews                                 Thursday, May 11–Sunday, May 14
Press Performance                Thursday, May 18
Closing                                    Sunday, June 18
Curtain                                     Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 8p.m.Sundays at 6p.m.
Tickets                                      $20 for guaranteed advance admission or free through the Radical Hospitality program. Call 773-413-0454 or visit halcyontheatre.org

About Halcyon
Halcyon Theatre is fiercely committed to making the stage as diverse as the city of Chicago. Dedicated to presenting new voices from inadequately represented communities, Halcyon works to recast classic works in order to showcase contemporary relevance.

Based in the Albany Park neighborhood, Halcyon Theatre was formed in 2006 to connect people, transform borders and ascend toward a more just union. The theatre’s artistic philosophy is driven by the continuing belief that at every point of human history where there has been an explosion of artistic creativity, it has happened when different cultures and traditions have met and learned from each other. Halcyon’s work includes productions as well as providing platforms—including Compass Lab as well as writing workshops & new play labs—for artists to grow and reach their full potential. For more information, please visit halcyontheatre.org.

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Casting Announced for the Midwest Premiere of American Hwangap

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American Hwangap cast

A Co-Production by Halcyon Theatre & A-Squared Theatre

February 24 – April 1, 2017

January 18, 2017 – Halcyon Theatre and A-Squared Theatre are proud to announce casting for the Midwest Premiere of Lloyd Suh’s American Hwangap—led by Jeff Award-winner Joseph Anthony Foronda. Helen Young is set to direct the co-production that runs February 24 through April 1 (press opening Thursday, March 2 at 8 p.m.) at Halcyon Theatre located in residence at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3253 W. Wilson Avenue, on Chicago’s north side.

The cast features Gordon Chow (David Chun), Joseph Anthony Foronda (Min Suk Chun), Cheryl Hamada (Mary Chun), Jin Kim (Ralph Chun) and Helen Joo Lee (Esther Chun). Understudies include Joe Yau, Jay Españo, Francesca Atian and Ian Michael Smith.

American Hwangap tells a deftly observant, funny, and moving story about the difficulty of reunification and reconciliation during a weekend in the lives of the Chuns. After abandoning his family to return to his native South Korea, Min Suk Chun abruptly reappears in the lives of his ex-wife and children on the day of his hwangap, the traditional way of celebrating one’s 60th birthday in Korean culture. However, his ex-wife and kids, now adults, have moved on and do not readily welcome the patriarch back into the family with open arms. As his birthday approaches, Min Suk struggles to reunite his family and obtain forgiveness from the ones he loves most.

“Well before diversity became a hot topic on the Chicago theatre scene, Halcyon Theatre was already steadfastly devoted to creating theatre that reflects the racial and ethnic makeup of Chicago,” says A-Squared artistic director Cary Shoda. “My colleagues and I fell in love with this script a few years ago, but felt that A-Squared Theatre could not properly stage it with the company’s limited resources. The partnership with Halcyon gives A-Squared Theatre the opportunity to strive for heightened artistic ambitions in producing a play examining universal themes that surpass cultural boundaries.”

Performance schedule and tickets
Press Opening: Thursday, March 2 at 8:00 p.m.
Regular Run: Friday, February 24 – Saturday, April 1
Curtain: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 6 p.m.

Tickets for American Hwangap are $20 for guaranteed advance admission or at no-cost through the Radical Hospitality program. For additional information, please visit halcyontheatre.org/hwangap or call 773-413-0454.

Cast Bios

Gordon Chow (David Chun) previously worked with A-Squared Theatre on a staged reading of Purple Cloud and with Halcyon Theatre on their production of Family Devotions. Other Chicago credits include The World of Extreme Happiness (understudy) and Fish Men at Goodman Theatre, Yellow Face (performing understudy), Durango (performing understudy) and Golden Child (performing understudy) at Silk Road Rising; Jade Heart at Chicago Dramatists; Struggling Truths at Prop Theatre; Around the World in 80 Days at Lifeline Theatre (Jeff Citation for Best Ensemble) and Dope at Defiant Theatre. Television credits include Chicago Med (NBC).

Joseph Anthony Foronda (Min Suk Chun) is a proud AEA Chicago actor. His Chicago credits include Brigadoon (Goodman Theatre), Yellow Face (Silk Road Rising), Miss Saigon (Paramount Theatre, Drury Lane), The King & I (Marriott Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook), Pacific Overtures (Chicago Shakespeare) and The Romance of Magno Rubio (Victory Gardens). Regional credits include Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land, The Yeomen of the Guard (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Stuck Elevator (American Conservatory Theatre), The Golden Dragon (Studio Theatre), Les Miserables (Weston Playhouse); The House That Jack Built (Indiana Rep), The Fantasticks (East West Players), Flower Drum Song (San Jose Rep) and Miss Saigon (TUTS, Casa Mañana, La Mirada). Broadway/West End credits include Pacific Overtures 2004 Revival, Miss Saigon, Shogun: The Musical and Pacific Overtures (Donmar Warehouse). Foronda was seen on film in Contagion and Formosa Betrayed.

Cheryl Hamada (Mary Chun) most recently appeared onstage in last season’s production of Chimerica at Timeline. Other stage work includes roles in Washer/Dryer for Rasaka, Golden Child and Yohen at Silk Road Rising, Race at Lookingglass, 6 seasons with A Christmas Carol at Goodman Theatre, Claudia Allen’s The Gays Of Our Lives for Zebra Crossing, Wild Indian at Victory Gardens, Blood Wedding for Pegasus Players, E/R Emergency Room for Organic Theatre, and Talking With…., and Innocent Thoughts, Harmless Intentions at Next Theatre for which she received a Jeff citation. Film and TV work includes 4 seasons hosting the HGTV series Extreme Homes, 1 season hosting WTTW’s Your Chicago Kitchen, roles in the films: About Schmidt, The Dilemma, Nothing Like The Holidays, Above The Law, Chain Reaction, and Losing Isaiah, and roles on TV series: Boss, Betrayal, Mind Games, Early Edition, Unsolved Mysteries, the pilot for Doubt, and Chicago Med, Chicago Hope, The Chicago Code and Chicago Story.

Jin Kim (Ralph Chun) has performed a bunch of shows in a bunch of places for a bunch of years. Currently, Jin spends his time at Laugh Out Loud, performing and teaching the lucrative art of improv, and at Kamehachi, hosting Chicago's very own live Japanese game show, BATSU! Chicago. Special thanks to friends and family for their tireless support, no matter the pursuit. Jin Kim is represented by Paonessa Talent, and likes oysters.

Helen Joo Lee (Esther Chun). A recent transplant from California, Lee is thrilled to be making her Chicago theatre debut. Her favorite roles include Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream with the Seoul Shakespeare Company, Mrs. Drudge in The Real Inspector Hound and Dotty Otley/Mrs. Clackett in Noises Off with Seoul Players. She has studied improv at The Groundlings School and can be found hoofing around Chicago with the Comedy Dance Collective.

Radical Hospitality program

As a core part of Halcyon’s mission of eradicating economic boarders and building inclusive audiences, the theatre offers no-cost access to all productions for any audience member. There are two ways to see a performance:

1) No-cost admission: Halcyon holds a significant number of seats for no-cost admission on a first come, first served basis for each performance. To access these seats, provide contact information at the box office up to one hour prior to curtain. Seating begins 30 minutes before show time. No assigned seats.

2) Guaranteed admission: $20 guaranteed seats can be reserved online or in person at the box office. Seating begins 30 minutes before show time and is open. No assigned seats.

About Halcyon

Halcyon Theatre is fiercely committed to making the stage as diverse as the city of Chicago. Dedicated to presenting new voices from inadequately represented communities, Halcyon works to recast classic works in order to showcase contemporary relevance.

Based in the Albany Park neighborhood, Halcyon Theatre was formed in 2006 to connect people, transform borders and ascend toward a more just union. The theatre’s artistic philosophy is driven by the continuing belief that at every point of human history where there has been an explosion of artistic creativity, it has happened when different cultures and traditions have met and learned from each other. Halcyon’s work includes productions as well as providing platforms—including Compass Lab as well as writing workshops & new play labs—for artists to grow and reach their full potential. For more information, please visit www.halcyontheatre.org.

About A-Squared

As an Asian American theatre company, A-Squared Theatre provides opportunities for Asian American theatre artists to develop and showcase their work and talent by staging stories that accurately depict the Asian American cultural identity and experience. A-Squared’s productions and readings also educate the general public on issues relevant to the Asian American community, such as family, immigration, assimilation, social justice, sexuality, mental health, and other pertinent themes. By addressing these important issues, A-Squared creates theatre that reflects the diversity of Asian cultures present in the Chicago area.

A-Squared Theatre was founded in December 2006 by a collective of Asian American theatre artists based in Chicago. Noting that many important Asian and Asian American plays, both new and old, have never been produced in Chicago, these artists united for the common goal of bringing these stories to the Chicago stage. In doing so, the founders pledged to showcase the talents of Asian American theatre artists who they believe were underrepresented and misrepresented in Chicago theatre. For more information, please visit http://www.a-stw.org/

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Halcyon Theatre Announces Casting for dirty butterfly

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HALCYON THEATRE ANNOUNCES CASTING FOR U.S. PREMIERE OF
dirty butterfly
WRITTEN BY DEBBIE TUCKER GREEN | DIRECTED BY AZAR KAZEMI
WITH CHICAGO COMPANY THE BLIND OWL
NOVEMBER 3 –DECEMBER 10, 2016

October 11, 2016 – Chicago’s Halcyon Theatre announces casting for dirty butterfly by debbie tucker green, a co-production with Chicago’s The Blind Owl. Artistic Director of The Blind Owl, Azar Kazemi, directs this U.S. Premiere. dirty butterfly runs November 3-December 10, 2016 at Halcyon Theatre (press opening Nov. 10), located in residence at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3253 W. Wilson Avenue, on Chicago’s north side. The show made its World Premiere at London’s Soho Theatre in 2003.

The cast featuresLeah Raidt, Reginald Robinson Jr. and Genevieve VenJohnson. All three make their debuts at Halcyon Theatre. Understudies include Charlee Cotton and Eleni Sauvageau.

dirty butterfly follows Jason and Amelia as they continue to learn about Jo, their mutual neighbors’ dark and compelling world. Through paper thin walls, fragments of all three lives come to light causing a blur of voyeuristic confessions and confrontations of the violence they cannot escape.

CAST BIOS
Genevieve VenJohnson (Amelia) is humbled by the opportunity to play in dirty butterfly, which is her first three – hander. A New Yorker who calls the Chicago theatre community her home, local credits include work with Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Court Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, Broadway In Chicago, The House, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, Ravinia Music Festival, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, and other fine ensembles now gone; but not forgotten. She’s performed Off-Broadway, Regionally, in tours across Europe, many commercials, and the occasional film and TV show. She’s still amazed she gets to make her way in the world by connecting, engaging, and playing with others.

Leah Raidt (Jo) is a founding member of The Blind Owl, and is proud to work with Halcyon Theatre for the first time. Professional credits include The Flick at Steppenwolf Theatre (U/S Rose), Columbinus 3.0 at American Theatre Company, the Jeff-award winning Punk Rock directed by Jonathan Berry with Griffin Theatre, as well as Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Emerald City Children's Theatre, and Pavement Group. Leah teaches kids and teen on-camera acting at The Green Room Studio. She holds a BFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University, and is a graduate of The School at Steppenwolf.  Upcoming projects include the portrayal of Tonya Harding in the world premier of T at American Theatre Company.

Reginald Robinson Jr. (Jason) is thrilled to be working with The Blind Owl and Halcyon. His Chicago credits include: Cymbeline, Romeo and Juliet, and Henry V (Muse of Fire Theatre) Run, Chris, Run (Stone Soup Theatre); Ghosts of Treasure Island(Adventure Stage); and understudied Avery in The Flick (Steppenwolf Theatre). Regional credits include: Tommy J and Sally (Studio@620); and Fences (American Stage Theatre). Reginald received his MFA from the Florida State University’s Asolo Conservatory. Everlasting thanks to his family and his wife, Chelsea.

Performance schedule and tickets 
dirty butterfly will be performed November 3 through December 10 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8p.m. and Sundays at 6p.m. Tickets are $20 for guaranteed advance admission or at no-cost through the Radical Hospitality program. For additional information, please visit halcyontheatre.org/productions/dirtybutterfly or call 773-413-0454.

Radical Hospitality program
As a core part of Halcyon’s mission of eradicating economic boarders and building inclusive audiences, the theatre offers no-cost access to all productions for any audience member. There are two ways to see a performance:

1) No-cost admission: Halcyon holds a significant number of seats for no-cost admission on a first come, first served basis for each performance. To access these seats, provide contact information at the box office up to one hour prior to curtain. Seating begins 30 minutes before show time. No assigned seats.

2) Guaranteed admission: $20 guaranteed seats can be reserved in advance online and in person at the box office. Seating begins 30 minutes before show time and is open. No assigned seats.

About Halcyon
Halcyon Theatre is fiercely committed to making the stage as diverse as the city of Chicago. Dedicated to presenting new voices from inadequately represented communities, Halcyon works to recast classic works in order to showcase contemporary relevance.

Based in the Albany Park neighborhood, Halcyon Theatre was formed in 2006 to connect people, transform borders and ascend toward a more just union. The theatre’s artistic philosophy is driven by the continuing belief that at every point of human history where there has been an explosion of artistic creativity, it has happened when different cultures and traditions have met and learned from each other. Halcyon’s work includes productions as well as providing platforms—including Compass Lab as well as writing workshops & new play labs—for artists to grow and reach their full potential.
For more information, visit www.halcyontheatre.org.

About The Blind Owl
The Blind Owl is a socially-charged theatre where the political and personal collide. Founded in 2012 by a group of DePaul University graduates dedicated to speaking for those the world chooses to ignore. The company produces relationship-based plays that are deeply influenced by political themes and champions the process of discovery over the end result. The Blind Owl takes its name from the book by the late Persian writer Sadegh Hedayat, an existentialist who illuminated the great mysteries of the human experience. For more information, please visit www.theblindowl.org

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Halcyon Theatre Announces All-Female Casting for Fefu and Her Friends

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HALCYON THEATRE ANNOUNCES ALL-FEMALE CASTING FOR FEFU AND HER FRIENDS

Written by María Irene Fornés & Directed by Tony Adams
August 18–October 8, 2016

July 19, 2016 – Chicago’s Halcyon Theatre announces casting for Fefu and Her Friends by María Irene Fornés, the first show of the company’s 11th season. Directed by Halcyon’s Artistic Director Tony Adams, Fefu and Her Friends brings the audience around the space to intimately experience each scene in this 20th century drama. The cast features Ashley Agbay, Mary Ann de la Cruz, Eleanor Katz, Tamika Lechée Morales, Maren Rosenberg, Sarah Rachel Schol, Laura Stephenson and Allyce Torres with understudies, Rena Ahmed, Debbie Baños, Katie Incardona and Rose Sengenberger. Fefu and Her Friends runs August 18 – October 8, 2016 at Halcyon Theatre located in residence at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3253 W. Wilson Avenue, on Chicago’s north side. The official opening night performance is Sunday, August 28, at 6pm.

"’How did we get here?’ is a simple question behind Fefu and her Friends,” said Tony Adams, Artistic Director of Halcyon Theatre. “It's not one that comes with an easy answer. Progress is messy and people are complicated. In Irene's hands, a drop of water can contain an entire nuanced universe, and it's stunning to follow the breadcrumbs she leaves behind in her text. To my mind, only Eugene O’Neill has had a greater impact on the American theatre, but her plays are produced far less often. This is the sixth of Irene's plays that we have produced and I am really excited to explore one of her best plays with such a great team.”

On a spring New England day in 1935, eight women gather to rehearse for a charity presentation. As audiences travel from room to room in Fefu’s house, they witness the complicated relationships and clashing ideals that unearth as the women consider what it means to be a feminist in the mid-1930s.

Fefu and Her Friends’ design team includes Barbara Charlene (fight director) Cat Davis (lighting), Izumi Inaba (costumes), Jessica Mondres (properties), Ian Scarlato (sound) and Nicholas Schwartz (set).

A fourth production, Lloyd Suh's American Hwangap, has been added to Halcyon’s 2016-17 season as a co-production with Chicago’s A-Squared Theatre. Directed by Helen Young, American Hwangap is set to run February 24 – April 1, 2017.

The final production of Halcyon’s 2016-17 Season, The River Bride is now set to be directed by Rinska Carrasco-Prestinary.

Performance schedule and tickets

Fefu and Her Friends will be performed August 18 through October 8 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8p.m. and Sundays at 6p.m. Tickets are $20 for guaranteed advance admission or at no-cost through the Radical Hospitality program. For additional information, please visit halcyontheatre.org/fefu or call 773-413-0454.

Radical Hospitality program

As a core part of Halcyon’s mission of eradicating economic borders and building inclusive audiences, the theatre offers no-cost access to all productions for any audience member. There are two ways to see a performance:

1) No-cost admission: Halcyon holds a significant number of seats for no-cost admission on a first come, first served basis for each performance. To access these seats, provide contact information at the box office up to one hour prior to curtain. Seating begins 30 minutes before show time. No assigned seats.

2) Guaranteed admission: $20 guaranteed seats can be reserved in advance online and in person at the box office. Seating begins 30 minutes before show time and is open. No assigned seats.

About Halcyon

Halcyon Theatre is fiercely committed to making the stage as diverse as the city of Chicago. Dedicated to presenting new voices from inadequately represented communities, Halcyon works to recast classic works in order to showcase contemporary relevance.

Based in the Albany Park neighborhood, Halcyon Theatre was formed in 2006 to connect people, transform borders and ascend toward a more just union. The theatre’s artistic philosophy is driven by the continuing belief that at every point of human history where there has been an explosion of artistic creativity, it has happened when different cultures and traditions have met and learned from each other. Halcyon’s work includes productions as well as providing platforms—including Compass Lab as well as writing workshops & new play labs—for artists to grow and reach their full potential.

For more information, visit www.halcyontheatre.org.

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HALCYON THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2016-17 SEASON

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HALCYON THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2016-17 SEASON

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE CO-U.S. PREMIERE OF DIRTY BUTTERFLY &
CHICAGO PREMIERE OF THE RIVER BRIDE

March 16, 2016 –Chicago’s Halcyon Theatre proudly announces its 2016-17 season bursting with premieres and co-productions. The lineup includes: María Irene Fornés’ Fefu and Her Friends (Aug. 18 – Oct. 8), debbie tucker green’s dirty butterfly (Nov. 3 – Dec. 10, a co-U.S. premiere with Edgewater-based The Blind Owl), and the Chicago premiere of Marisela Treviño Orta’s The River Bride (May 11 – June 18, 2017). A fourth show is to be announced in co-production with Chicago-based A-Squared Theatre Workshop for the spring 2017 slot. Halcyon Theatre, located in residence at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3253 W. Wilson Avenue in the Albany Park neighborhood, strives to present new voices from inadequately represented communities and works to recast classic works in order to showcase contemporary relevance.

“With this upcoming season, I’m eager to continue exploring two writers whose work we have had long-term relationships and also to welcome two new companies into our space for co-productions,” said Halcyon Theatre Artistic Director Tony Adams. “Following our 2010 Fornés Festival, there has been a nationwide resurgence in interest in María Irene Fornés’ body of work. To my mind, only Eugene O’Neill has had a greater impact on the American theatre, but many still are unfamiliar with her work. Fefu and her Friends continues our long-term commitment to Irene’s work. As for Marisela, I’ve admired her work since we first met six years ago. Since then, I’ve enjoyed watching her work deepen and the production of her plays reach a national level, including theaters the size of Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which is really exciting.”

This will be Halcyon’s sixth full production of Fornés’ work as well as the second staging of Marisela Treviño Orta’s, following the developmental production ofHeart Shaped Nebula in 2013.

Adams continued, “Halcyon is thrilled to offer two co-productions with visiting companies this year, The Blind Owl and A-Square Theatre Workshop. We are honored to open our doors to these two superb theaters whose missions and values align with our own. As part of our Visiting Companies Initiative, the cost of space as well as the funding of one equity contract for each of the visiting companies’ productions will be covered.”

The 2016-17 Halcyon Theatre season:

Fefu and Her Friends
Written by María Irene Fornés
Directed by Tony Adams

Aug. 18 – Oct. 8, 2016
On a Spring New England day in 1935, Fefu invites seven women into her home. Traveling through Fefu’s home with her closest friends, we see intimate glimpses of their complicated relationships. Fefu believes she can shape the world around her. They plan to rehearse a play for a charity event. Can she create a community? Or will their individual versions of womanhood destroy each other?

Co-U.S. Premiere with The Blind Owl
dirty butterfly
Written by debbie tucker green
Directed by Azar Kazemi

Nov. 3 – Dec. 10, 2016 
Jason spends his nights with his ear pressed against the bedroom wall listening to the noises from Jo’s deeply troubled world next door. Amelia also hears into Jo’s world from her side of the wall and takes to sleeping downstairs to drown it all out. Soon all three are caught up in a blur of voyeuristic confessions and must confront the violence they cannot escape.

Chicago Premiere
The River Bride
Written by Marisela Treviño Orta
Director TBA

May 11 – June 18, 2017

Helena is dreading her sister’s wedding. The groom, Duarte, should have been hers. She knows her sister, Belmira, only wants to escape their quiet Brazilian town for an exciting new life in the city. Three days before the wedding, a mysterious stranger is pulled out of the river—a man with no past who offers both sisters an alluring, possibly dangerous future.

Performance schedule and tickets  
Season Memberships go on sale March 31, 2016 and include all four productions in addition to various events throughout the season. Single ticket sales begin May 2016. Visit https://halcyontheatre.org or call 773-413-0454.

Radical Hospitality program
As a core part of Halcyon’s mission of eradicating economic borders and building inclusive audiences, the theatre offers no-cost access to all productions for any audience member. There are two ways to see a performance:

1) No-cost admission: Halcyon holds a significant number of seats for no-cost admission on a first come, first served basis for each performance. To access these seats, provide contact information at the box office up to one hour prior to curtain. Seating begins 30 minutes before show time. No assigned seats.

2) Guaranteed admission: $20 guaranteed seats can be reserved in advance online and in person at the box office. Seating begins 30 minutes before show time and is open. No assigned seats.

About Halcyon
Halcyon Theatre is fiercely committed to making the stage as diverse as the city of Chicago. Dedicated to presenting new voices from inadequately represented communities, Halcyon works to recast classic works in order to showcase contemporary relevance.

Based in the Albany Park neighborhood, Halcyon Theatre was formed in 2006 to connect people, transform borders and ascend toward a more just union. The theatre’s artistic philosophy is driven by the continuing belief that at every point of human history where there has been an explosion of artistic creativity, it has happened when different cultures and traditions have met and learned from each other. Halcyon’s work includes productions as well as providing platforms—including Compass Lab as well as writing workshops & new play labs—for artists to grow and reach their full potential.

For more information, please visit www.halcyontheatre.org.

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Halcyon Theatre Announces DREAMS OF THE PENNY GODS Cast

Chicago's Halcyon Theatre announces casting for the World Premiere of Dreams of the Penny Gods by Callie Kimball. Directed by Jennifer Adams, Co-Founder of Halcyon Theatre, the company closes its 10th Anniversary season with this dark dramedy that captures the lies a family tells themselves.

The cast of Dreams of the Penny Gods features Denise Hoeflich, Robert N. Isaac, Ted James, Shadana Patterson and Caity-Shea Violette. Dreams of the Penny Gods runs March 24 - May 1 at Halcyon Theatre, in residence at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3253 W. Wilson Avenue. The official opening night performance is Thursday, March 31, at 8pm; the running time is approx. 110 minutes with one intermission.

"Dreams of the Penny Gods appealed to me initially because I, like the family in Kimball's play, am from Maine" explains Adams. "This is a family about as far from the idyllic notion of a quaint seaside as you can get. Penny Gods asks the question, 'Can someone from a family of monsters ever escape? And if they escape, where do they run to?'"

Dreams of the Penny Gods tells the story of Bug (Violette) just your average 13-year-old girl who happens to have been born into a criminal family that's hiding out in a storage facility. Naturally, she transforms herself into a high priestess who's trying to raise the dead. On this particular summer day, her incantations seem to work, setting off a rough Armageddon and launching her into the world. Through guidance from her assumed-mother Kitty (Hoeflich), Jehovian-Sister Gloria (Patterson) as well as the unexpected appearance of Bobby (James) and his companion, Truck (Isaac), this contemporary drama delves into the family's immoral infrastructure and completely turns Bug's perceived world on its head.

Callie Kimball's work returns to Chicago from the 2013 debut of May 39th at Halcyon Theatre's Alcyone Festival. She's been awarded a MacDowell Fellowship and was an O'Neill National Playwrights Conference semifinalist. Following Kimball's MFA Thesis Production at Hunter College in 2012, Dreams of the Penny Gods was first brought to life at New York's acclaimed Lark Play Development Center in 2013 and was most recently workshopped at Snowlion Rep Playlab in Maine this past June. Halcyon Theatre is proud to be the first to take this enthralling script from workshop to stage.

Dreams of the Penny Gods design team includes Michael Chancellor (set), Cat Davis (lights), Izumi Inaba (costumes), Tony Adams (sound), Alec Long (properties), and Victoria Apodaca (stage management).

Performance schedule and tickets

Dreams of the Penny Gods will be performed March 24 through May 1 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8p.m. and Sundays at 6p.m. Tickets are $20 for guaranteed advance admission or at no-cost through the Radical Hospitality program. Visithttps://halcyontheatre.org/pennygods or call 773-413-0454.

Radical Hospitality program

As a core part of Halcyon's mission of eradicating economic borders and building inclusive audiences, the theatre offers no-cost access to all productions for any audience member. There are two ways to see a performance:

1) No-cost admission: Halcyon holds a significant number of seats for no-cost admission on a first come, first served basis for each performance. To access these seats, provide contact information at the box office up to one hour prior to curtain. Seating begins 30 minutes before show time. No assigned seats.

2) Guaranteed admission: $20 guaranteed seats can be reserved in advance online and in person at the box office. Seating begins 30 minutes before show time and is open. No assigned seats.

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Announcing Casting for Estrella Cruz [the junkyard queen]

By Charise Castro Smith / Directed by Tony Adams

January 21 – February 27, 2016

Chicago's Halcyon Theatre announces casting for the Chicago Premiere of Estrella Cruz [the junkyard queen] by Charise Castro Smith. Directed by Tony Adams, Halcyon's Artistic Director, the company continues its 10th Anniversary season with this contemporary satirical twist on the classic Greek myth of Persephone and her journey to the underworld. The cast of Estrella Cruz features Johnny Garcia, Robert N. Isaac, Noe Jara, Tamika Lecheé Morales, Kelly Opalko, and Allyce Torres. Estrella Cruz [the junkyard queen] runs January 21 - February 27 at Halcyon Theatre, in residence at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3253 W. Wilson Avenue. The official opening night performance is Thursday, January 28, at 8pm; the running time is approx. 70 minutes.

"Estrella is a beautiful 21st century coming of age story" says Adams. "Charise remixes the Persephone myth to tell the story of a young Cuban-American woman, as she is coming to terms with the loneliness of her media saturated world, along with her relationship to the magically over-romanticized homeland of her mother. When her imaginary best friend Bette Davis sets her on a journey to becoming her own strong independent woman, we get to see why Charise Castro Smith is one of the most exciting writers we have--who is not yet a national name--and I'm really excited to share one of her plays with Chicago audiences."

Estrella Cruz [the junkyard queen] is penned by Charise Castro Smith, whose Feathers and Teeth received its world premiere at Goodman Theatre in fall 2015. Estrella Cruz is staged in Chicago following development at Ars Nova's ANT Fest in 2011, and at Yale Cabaret-where Smith was in the lead role.

Estrella Cruz (Allyce Torres), the modern Persephone, is the beautiful yet naive daughter of Aurelia, "the most beautiful inventor in all of HERE" (Tamika Lecheé Morales). Whisked away to "The Junkyard" by Pablo the Junker, the lord of the underworld (Robert N. Isaac), Estrella swiftly falls in love and takes up residence in the underworld. Absurdity ensues as a pregnant Estrella ignores her mother's increasingly frantic voice mail messages and eats the underworld into oblivion, all the while confiding in her imaginary friend, Bette Davis (Kelly Opalko), to talk her through the turmoil. Video projections and mock television commercials add a surreal visual touch to the proceedings.

Estrella Cruz [the junkyard queen]'s design team includes Nicholas James Schwartz (set), Cat Davis (lights), Jerica Hucke (costumes), Ian Scarlato (sound), Dre Robinson (video), Paul Deziel & Smooch Medina (projections).

Performance schedule and tickets

Estrella Cruz [the junkyard queen] will be performed January 21 through February 27 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8p.m. and Sundays at 6p.m. Tickets are $20 for guaranteed advance admission or at no-cost through the Radical Hospitality program. Visit halcyontheatre.org/estrellacruz or call 773-413-0454.

Radical Hospitality program

As a core part of Halcyon's mission of eradicating economic borders and building inclusive audiences, the theatre offers no-cost access to all productions for any audience member. There are two ways to see a performance:

1) No-cost admission: Halcyon holds a significant number of seats for no-cost admission on a first come, first served basis for each performance. To access these seats, provide contact information at the box office up to one hour prior to curtain. Seating begins 30 minutes before show time. No assigned seats.

2) Guaranteed admission: $20 guaranteed seats can be reserved in advance online and in person at the box office. Seating begins 30 minutes before show time and is open. No assigned seats.

2015-16 Season

Culminating Halcyon's 10th Anniversary season is the World Premiere of Dreams of the Penny Gods by Callie Kimball and directed by Halcyon Theatre Company Member Jennifer Adams, March 24- May 1, 2016.

About Halcyon

Halcyon Theatre is fiercely committed to making the stage as diverse as the city of Chicago. Dedicated to presenting new voices from inadequately represented communities, Halcyon works to recast classic works in order to showcase contemporary relevance.

Based in the Albany Park neighborhood, Halcyon Theatre was formed in 2006 to connect people, transform borders and ascend toward a more just union. The theatre's artistic philosophy is driven by the continuing belief that at every point of human history where there has been an explosion of artistic creativity, it has happened when different cultures and traditions have met and learned from each other. Halcyon's work includes productions as well as providing platforms-including Compass Lab as well as writing workshops & new play labs-for artists to grow and reach their full potential.

For more information visit halcyontheatre.org.

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Halcyon Theatre Presents: Meow What? A Comedy Extravaganza with Broken Lizard

For media inquiries, contact:
Rob. Walton/Brynn Murphy | The Silverman Group
rob@silvermangroupchicago.com| 312-932-9950

For February Calendars

Halcyon Theatre Presents

MEOW WHAT?
A Comedy Extravaganza with Broken Lizard 

Thursday, February 25 at Park West

(November 30, 2015) – Halcyon Theatre, the Albany Park-based Equity theater company fiercely committed to making the stage as diverse as the city of Chicago, is proud to announce that hilarious comedy troupe Broken Lizard is coming to Chicago with Meow What? The one-night comedy extravaganza features Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske, the stars and creators of the movie comedies Super Troopers, Club Dread, Beerfest, The Slammin’ Salmon and the long-awaited, soon-to-be-releasedSuper Troopers 2Meow What?, happens Thursday, February 25, 2016, 8 p.m. at Park West, 322 W. Armitage. Tickets, $25-$45, proceeds benefit Halcyon Theatre.

Meow What?: An Evening With Broken Lizard
Thursday, February 25, 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.)
Park West
Tickets: $25, $30, $35 and $45 at jamusa.com/park-west

All ages; under 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian

About Halcyon

Halcyon Theatre is fiercely committed to making the stage as diverse as the city of Chicago. Dedicated to presenting new voices from inadequately represented communities, Halcyon works to recast classic works in order to showcase contemporary relevance.

Based in the Albany Park neighborhood, Halcyon Theatre was formed in 2006 to connect people, transform borders and ascend toward a more just union. The theatre’s artistic philosophy is driven by the continuing belief that at every point of human history where there has been an explosion of artistic creativity, it has happened when different cultures and traditions have met and learned from each other. Halcyon’s work includes productions as well as providing platforms—including Compass Lab as well as writing workshops & new play labs—for artists to grow and reach their full potential.

For more information visit halcyontheatre.org.

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Halcyon Theatre announces casting for In Love and Warcraft

For Immediate Release
Contact: Tony Adams
Artistic Director, Halcyon Theatre
773.413.0454
press@halcyontheatre.org
halcyontheatre.org

CHICAGO, IL (July 8, 2015) Halcyon Theatre announces casting for In Love and Warcraft by Madhuri Shekar.

Halcyon Theatre begins our tenth season with a Chicago premiere production of In Love and Warcraft by Madhuri Shekhar, directed by nationally acclaimed director Tlaloc Rivas. In Love and Warcraft will perform Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 6 pm, from August 13 through September 20, 2015. Preview performances for In Love and Warcraft will begin on Thursday, August 13, 2015. There will be a special opening performance on Sunday, August 16, 2015.

Evie Malone—gamer girl, college senior and confirmed virgin—has it all figured out. Not only does she command a top-ranked guild in Warcraft with her online boyfriend, she also makes a little cash on the side writing love letters for people who've screwed up their relationships. Love is like Warcraft, after all. It's all about strategies, game plans, and not taking stupid risks. But no amount of gaming expertise can help her out when she’s next to a handsome, non-virtual, boyfriend, who is ready to rock all of her worlds.

In Love and Warcraft will perform at Halcyon Theatre, in-residence at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3253 W. Wilson Ave. in Chicago (For performances, use the side entrance at 4541 Spaulding Ave.) More information may be found at halcyontheatre.org/warcraft.

In Love and Warcraft will be the first production of our tenth season and Halcyon’s second production under a contract with Actors' Equity Association (AEA).

Members of the media are invited to attend any performance.

The cast of In Love and Warcraft features Halcyon Theatre company member Allyce Torres (Female), along with Halcyon Artists-in-Residence Siobhan Reddy-Best (Evie) and Claire Reinhart (Kitty).

They are joined by guest artists Brian Bradford (Ryan), Kroydell Galima(Raul) and Michael Turrentine (Male)

The creative team includes: Tlaloc Rivas (Director), Tony Adams (Scenic Design) Cat Davis (Lighting Design), Ian Scarlato (Sound Design). They are joined by guest artists Sasha Hildebrand (Costume Design) and Stephanie Hurovitz (Stage Manager.) Sasha Hildebrand returns to Halcyon after designing costumes for our inaugural show, The Visit.

About the Writer

Madhuri Shekar is a playwright based in Los Angeles, born in the Bay Area, and brought up in Chennai, India. Her play Queen will be part of Victory Gardens’ 2015 Ignition Festival and A Nice Indian Boy was recently seen at Raskaka Theater in Chicago. She was the 2013/14 winner of the Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Award and an alumnus of the 2013/14 Center Theatre Group Writers’ Workshop. She was a finalist for the 2013 Princess Grace Award for Playwriting, and the 2013 Many Voices Fellowship at the Playwrights Center. Her plays have been showcased or developed at the Kennedy Center, the Alliance Theatre, the Old Globe, Center Theatre Group, Playwrights Horizons and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She received her MFA in Dramatic Writing from USC. Prior to her MFA, Madhuri received an MSc/MA in Global Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and USC. She consults in social media, content creation, and arts marketing.

About the Director

Tlaloc Rivas is a writer, director, and theatre-maker who creates, develops and directs new plays focusing on the complexity, diversity and history of Latina/os in the United States and abroad. He also directs bilingual plays, classical and contemporary pieces, and new work by some of America's most exciting writers.

His commitment to playwrights and new play development is exemplified by his work with companies such as New Harmony Project, New Dramatists, El Teatro Campesino, Cornerstone Theater Company, INTAR, The Public Theater' (The Writer's Lab & New Work Now!), Iowa New Play Festival, Arkansas New Play Festival, Cherry Lane Theater, The Lark Play Development Center, 52nd Street Project, LAByrinth Theater Company, Primary Stages, Arden Theater Company, Dallas Theater Center, Amphibian Stage Productions, South Coast Repertory, Long Wharf Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, McCarter Theater, Shakespeare Santa Cruz and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Find out more at tlalocrivas.com.

No-Cost access for any audience member

A core part of Halcyon's vision, mission and values and why we make our work is eradicating borders and building an inclusive, global audience that reflects our neighborhood and city. Economic barriers can create a very real border for many in our communities. Inspired by Mixed Blood Theatre's Radical Hospitality and others, Halcyon provides no-cost access to all productions for any audience member.

There are two ways to see a performance:

1) First come, first served, no-cost admission: Halcyon holds a significant number of seats for no-cost admission on a first come, first served basis for each performance. To access these seats, provide your contact information at our box office. (The box office opens one hour prior to the show). Seating begins 30 minutes before show time and is open. There are no assigned seats.

2) Guaranteed admission: Audience members who want to guarantee entry to a performance can do so for a small fee paid in advance online on in person at our box office. ($20 for plays and $10 for the Ceyx Series.) Seating begins 30 minutes before show time and is open. There are no assigned seats.

About Halcyon:

Mission: We are fiercely committed to making the stage as diverse as the city of Chicago; presenting new voices from inadequately represented communities, as well as recasting classic works to showcase their contemporary relevance.

About: Based in Chicago, Halcyon Theatre was formed in 2006 to connect people, transform our borders and ascend toward a more just union. Our artistic philosophy is driven by our continuing belief that at every point of human history where there has been an explosion of artistic creativity, it has happened when different cultures and traditions have met and learned from each other. Our work includes productions, along with the Ceyx Series. As an extension of our mission, we also provide a platform for artists to grow and reach their full potential: including our Compass Lab, and our Nest writing workshops and labs. We also help artists and groups with web development, advising and other services to help others build a platform to grow.

Direct link to tickets

Advance tickets for In Love and Warcraft are now on sale. To reserve guaranteed admission in advance to individual performances: https://halcyontheatre.tixato.com/buy

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