For Immediate Release
Contact: Tony Adams
Artistic Director, Halcyon Theatre
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.
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