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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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In Love and Warcraft begins performances this week, special events added

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

CHICAGO, IL (July 12, 2015) Halcyon Theatre’s In Love and Warcraft by Madhuri Shekar begins performances this week, special events added.

Halcyon Theatre begins our tenth season with a Chicago premiere of In Love and Warcraft by Madhuri Shekhar, directed by nationally acclaimed director Tlaloc Rivas. In Love and Warcraft performs 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),  Sasha Hildebrand (Costume Design) and Stephanie Hurovitz (Stage Manager.)

Special Events

Plate and Play Thursdays - On Thursday nights beginning August 20, Halcyon is partnering with two neighborhood restaurants for a pre-show meal package for audience members of In Love and Warcraft; Semiramis Lebanese Cuisine and Tortugas Cantina.

Tortugas Cantina
A gem in Albany Park bringing authentic Latin American food, drink and entertainment
3224 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625

Semiramis Lebanese Cuisine
Everything we serve is made from scratch daily, using only the freshest ingredients.
BYOB
4639-41 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

Cosplay Friday - On Friday, August 28,  we invite audience members to join us dressed in their finest cosplay wear.

Sex Talk Saturday - Saturday, August 29, There will be a panel discussion featuring Sex Therapist Constance Sheehan, on the topic of sex communication, sexuality and internet role playing games. Additional panelists TBA.

Constance Sheehan, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., received a Master of Clinical Social Work at New York University and Ph.D. at Loyola University Chicago. She completed an Interdisciplinary Fellowship in Palliative Care at the Bronx VA and subsequently completed post-graduate studies at: NYU’s International Trauma Studies Program; Ackerman Institute for the Family; Harvard Medical School’s Mind/Body Medicine program as well as Harvard’s Positive Psychology in Mind/Body Medicine. She trained at Loyola Medical Center in Sexual Dysfunction Clinic.

Constance has a long-standing interest in yoga and mindfulness and it’s integration in psychotherapeutic approaches and is a certified yoga instructor in restorative yoga, and yoga for depression and yoga for homeless youth. She is fully teacher trained in Mindful Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through UMASS Medical Center. She has had extensive training in Restorative Justice and is a certified Circle Keeper. Constance was Clinical Faculty for nine years at The Family Institute at Northwestern University where she taught Sex Therapy and Integration of Family of Origin an Systems and remains the founding director of The Mental Health Human Rights Clinic in the Counseling Program at Northwestern. She is full time Clinical Faculty at DePaul University Department of Social Work. She also teaches Human Rights at University of Chicago SSA, and Clinical courses at Loyola University Chicago MSW program. She has a private practice in Evanston, IL.

Game Day - Saturday, September 12, Halcyon will host Game Day from 3pm-7pm preceding the performance.  Magic, Cards Against Humanity, and newer games designed here in Chicago, are just a few of the tables you can join before you head down to the show or out into the world to make your own adventure! $25 in advance gets you admission to Game Day, food/drink, and a performance of In Love and Warcraft. $15 at the door gets you admission to the games, as well as food/drink, but if you want to see the show, you'll have to play Roulette that our radical hospitality list isn’t full.

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 writing workshops and new play 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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Halcyon Theatre Announces Tenth Season

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

CHICAGO, IL (February 23, 2015) Halcyon Theatre announces a world premiere and two Chicago premieres as part of our Tenth Season in 2015/16.

Halcyon Theatre’s Tenth Season will feature:

In Love and Warcraft by Madhuri Shekar
August/September 2015, Directed by Tlaloc Rivas

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...

Estrella Cruz [the junkyard queen] by Charise Castro Smith
January/February 2016, Director TBA

A play about a mother and daughter. Also featuring: helpful tips on what to do if you get knocked up by the lord of the underworld and it turns out he’s a little meh about the whole thing. Also about having Bette Davis as your imaginary best friend, a spunky heroine, some sex and loads of glamour.

Dreams of the Penny Gods by Callie Kimball 
March/April 2016, Directed by co-founder and company member Jennifer Adams

Bug is 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. So naturally, she's transformed herself into a high priestess who's trying to raise the dead. On this particular summer day, her incantations seem to work, setting off an acceleration of events ending in a rough Armageddon that launches her into the world.

This will be the first season since 2007-08 that will not include an Alcyone Festival.

Our Spring 2015 production of The Wild Duck will be Halcyon’s first production under a contract with Actors Equity Association (AEA) and our 15/16 season will continue under affiliation with AEA.

About the 2015/16 Playwrights:

Madhuri Shekhar: Madhuri Shekar is a playwright based in Los Angeles, born in the Bay Area, and brought up in Chennai, India. Her play 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.

Charise Castro Smith: Charise Castro Smith is a playwright and actress from Miami. Her plays include: Feathers and Teeth (Goodman Theatre New Stages)Estrella Cruz [The Junkyard Queen] (Ars Nova ANT Fest/ Yale Cabaret);Boomcracklefly (Miracle Theater in Portland, OR) and The Hunchback of Seville(Brown Trinity Playwrights Rep/ Washington Ensemble Theatre). As an actress, Ms. Castro Smith has appeared in Antony and Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company/GableStage/Public Theater); Tartuffe (Westport Country Playhouse); An Enemy of the People (Baltimore’s Center Stage) and on television in The Good Wifeand Unforgettable (CBS). She is a member of New Georges’ The JAM and an alumna of Ars Nova’s Playgroup. Mrs. Castro Smith was a 2012/2013 Van Lier Fellow at New Dramatists. She received her MFA from Yale School of Drama and BA from Brown University.

Callie Kimball: Callie Kimball returns to Halcyon Theatre, where her play MAY 39TH was produced as part of The Alcyone Festival 2013. She graduated in 2012 from the first Playwriting MFA class at Hunter College, run by Tina Howe and Mark Bly. She was an O'Neill semi-finalist, a finalist for the Clubbed Thumb Biennial Award, and a 2012-13 Core Apprentice at The Playwrights' Center.Dreams of the Penny Gods, was selected for the 2013 Playwrights' Week at the Lark Play Development Center. Other plays have been produced, read, or developed at Washington Shakespeare Company, Lark Play Development Center, Project Y Theatre, the Kennedy Center, Lunar Energy Productions, Electric Pear Productions, The Brick Theater, Emerging Artists Theatre, Core Artist Ensemble, Absolute Theatre, Capital Fringe Festival, and elsewhere. She's written for NPR, Wired.com, Theatre Communications Group, & Dramatists Guild. She's received a MacDowell Fellowship, a Ludwig Vogelstein grant, and won the Rita & Burton Goldberg Playwriting Award two years in a row (sharing it with her three classmates the first time). She works as a Production Manager for NBCUniversal in New York City, and splits her time between New York and her home in Maine.

About the 2015/16 Directors:

Tlaloc Rivas: 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.

Originally from Tijuana, Mexico and raised in California, Tlaloc graduated with honors from the University of California Santa Cruz, and received his MFA in Directing from the University of Washington’s School of Drama. He is an Assistant Professor of Directing at The University of Iowa and an Associate Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers, the national union for stage directors and choreographers.

Jenn Adams: Jenn Adams co-founded Halcyon Theatre and currently serves as the Director of Education and Community Engagement. With Halcyon, she has directed: The Visit, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, A Bold Stroke for a Wife, A Shroud for Lazarus, The Other Shore, The Invaders, Family Devotions, and The Emperor of the Moon. Other directing credits include: No Exit, Girl Gone, andCaucasian Chalk Circle, among others. As an actor, she has appeared in Tricksterwith Halcyon, and elsewhere in Raised in Captivity and A Bright Room Called Day.

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.

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 The Wild Duck will go on sale March 1.

Advance tickets for the 2015/16 season will go on sale in late summer 2015.

To reserve guaranteed admission in advance to individual performances:

https://halcyontheatre.tixato.com/buy

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