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Cast and Creative Team announced for
Halcyon Theatre's World premiere
Of Kari Bentley-Quinn's
The Worst Mother in the World
Regina Victor joins Halcyon as Associate Producer
The Worst Mother in the World
Directed by Tony Adams
March 24-May 4, 2019
February 25, 2019. Halcyon Theatre is proud to announce casting for the Chicago premiere of Kari Bentley-Quinn's The Worst Mother in the World, directed by Halcyon's Artistic Director Tony Adams. The Worst Mother in the World will run March 24-May 4 at Halcyon Theatre located in residence at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3255 W. Wilson Avenue, on Chicago's north side.
New mom Nina has a healthy baby boy, a loving husband...and is struggling with terrifying nightmares and anxiety attacks. Her therapist, Bonnie, is trying to help Nina get to the bottom of her anxieties and be aher discover how she can be a better mother to her infant son. In the meantime, Bonnie's estranged daughter, Mary, arrives home with some life changing news. When Nina and Mary become friends, the lines between patient and family begin to blur.
The creative team includes: Artistic Director Tony Adams (scenic design), Simean "Sim" Carpenter (lighting design) Cody Von Ruden (costume design) Persephone Lawrence (props and puppet design) Amy Skrodzki (stage manager) and Arlicia McClain (assistant director).
This will be Adams' final production as Halcyon's Artistic Director. After 18 months of internal planning and preparation, Adams will step down at the conclusion of the current season in June 2019. As part of the leadership transition, Regina Victor has Joined Halcyon as Associate Producer. Victor (they/them/theirs) is a producer, director, dramaturg, arts journalist, and performer.
"Twelve years is a long time," says Adams. "From the start, we have consistently produced plays by women and people of color. When we started, few were doing what we are doing. Now, representation and equity are at the forefront of decisions being made at theatre companies across the city and across the nation. I couldn't be prouder to have been a part of that movement. I've been lucky enough to see many artists grow from novices to far beyond what they thought was possible. I've been able to watch artists go from church basements to broadway; from not being able to get another artistic director to have coffee with them, to being hired and commissioned by some of the largest theatres in the country. We were one of the first theatres in the city to provide free seating for our audiences through our Radical Hospitality program, allowing thousands of people to see a play that couldn't otherwise afford to. It has been an amazing time. We are at a point where our board is stronger than ever and our ensemble is excited for the future. Now, it is time to pass the torch of leadership on. While we are not quite ready to publicly announce who the next Artistic Director will be, they are awesome. I'm excited to see them build upon the first twelve years; I'm excited for Halcyon to soar into the future."
The Worst Mother in the World Production Details
Location Halcyon Theatre, 3253 W. Wilson Ave
Press Performance Sunday, March 31
Curtain Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 6pm
Tickets $20 for guaranteed advance admission or free through the Radical Hospitality program.
Playwright Kari Bentley-Quinn
Director: Tony Adams
Previews Thursday, March 24 - Saturday March 30
Regular Run April 4-,May 4
Kari Bentley-Quinn (she/her/hers) is a playwright based in New York City, originally from the little coast town of Stratford, CT. Her plays have been presented at or developed with Lark Play Development Center, Lesser America, Astoria Performing Arts Center, The Brick Theater, The Secret Theatre, Artemisia Theater, The One Minute Play Festival, Caps Lock Theater, Packawallop Productions, FringeNYC, Team Awesome Robot, and more. Her work has been performed in New York, Chicago, and Dallas. Kari's full length plays include Paper Cranes (Backstage Critic's Pick), The Unlikely Ascent of Sybil Stevens (The Secret Theatre New Voices Project), The Ocean Thought Nothing (2014 O'Neill NPC Finalist), Prepared (Kilroys List Honorable Mention), The Worst Mother in the World (2017 Bay Area Playwrights Festival Finalist), and Wendy and the Neckbeards (The Relentless Award Honorable Mention.) Kari is a founding member of Mission to (dit)Mars, a theater and arts collective based in Astoria, Queens, as well as a member of the Dramatists Guild. Kari has been a finalist for the O'Neill Playwrights Conference, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, The Playwrights Realm, the Public Theater Emerging Writers Group, the Leah Ryan FEWW Prize, and a nominee for the Doric Wilson Playwriting Award. Kari has an MFA in Playwriting from Hunter College, where she studied with Tina Howe, Arthur Kopit, and Mark Bly. At Hunter, she was a recipient of the Rita and Burton Goldberg Playwriting Award.
Regina Victor (they/them/theirs) is a producer, director, dramaturg, arts journalist, and performer. They have produced shows and events for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Steppenwolf Theatre, Pegasus Theatre, and more. Their writing can be found in Howlround, American Theatre Magazine, The Windy City Times and of course on Rescripted, the arts journalism platform they founded in 2017. As an artist, Victor has secured a number of prestigious appointments and fellowships including the SDCF Observership 17/18 class, the Victory Gardens Director's Inclusion Initiative, and most recently was the Artistic Apprentice and Multicultural Fellow at Steppenwolf Theatre. Recent credits include The Roommate, Familiar (Steppenwolf Theatre), and Pipeline (Indiana Repertory Theater.) Victor is available for panels and workshops, learn more at: www.reginavictor.com.
Tony Adams (he/him/his) is a Chicago based theatre artist, husband and father, and co-founder of Halcyon Theatre, where he has served as Artistic Director since 2006. He's been lucky enough to amass hundreds of credits over the past twenty years as (in alphabetical order) an actor, designer, director, producer and writer. He has spoken at national and local conferences on topics including: The work of Maria Irene Fornes, New Play development and small theatres, Inclusive strategies for expanding the Canon, Developing and producing women writers, Building inclusive programming, Producing classic and classical women writers, The pros and cons of community-specific programming, Balancing parenthood in the arts. He has served on selection committees for PlayPenn City of Chicago DCASE Individual Artists Grant Program and more. He has worked as a consultant with other non-profit organizations on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in programming and delivery of programs; Community building, community partnerships and engagement; Developing co-productions, including contracts and best practices; Re-branding, Digital Strategy, and Visual Identity creation; and using data to measure and shape programming strategy. See some of his work at tonyadamssr.com.
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 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. While no artist can fully represent a community; a community of artists can. Halcyon works continuously to connect people and organizations from across all of our communities to accomplish our mission.
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