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WRITERS' THEATRE PLANS SEASON OF PREMIERES, CLASSICS

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Glencoe-based Writers' Theatre will feature multiple premieres as well as classics as part of its 2013-2014 season, with the riches spread out, as usual, on both its mainstage at 325 Tudor Court and in its intimate 50-seat Books on Vernon space.

Here are the details:

± "THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON" (Sept, 3 - Nov. 10): A new play with music by PigPen Theatre Co., in its Midwest premiere. Directed by Stuart Carden and PigPen Theatre Co. Creating an epic new mythology, the show is centered on a man whose job is to collect spilled light to refill the leaking moon. When his wife unexpectedly leaves home in pursuit of much-needed adventure, he abandons his post to follow her, throwing the world into chaos as he searches for his lost love, his fading memory and, ultimately, himself. A blend of storytelling, spirited indie-folk music and inventive puppetry is all part of the mix. At Tudor Court.

± "PORT AUTHORITY" (Oct. 29, 2013-Feb. 16, 2014): The Midwest premiere of Irish playwright Conor McPherson's work, directed by William Brown. McPherson ("The Seafarer," "Shining City") has crafted a series of interconnected monologues that explore the heart and soul of three generations of Irishmen. A young man escapes his parents' house to share digs with two alcohol-soaked friends and a mesmerizing young woman; a middle-aged laborer lands a dream job that he's not remotely qualified for; and a widower receives a mysterious package that touches a hidden part of his memory. At Books on Vernon.

± "HEDDA GABLER" (Jan. 7-March 16, 2014): The Henrik Ibsen classic, directed by Kimberly Senior and featuring Kate Fry ("The Letters") as "the victim of circumstance and master manipulator." At Tudor Court.

± "THE DANCE OF DEATH" (April 1-July 20, 2014): This new version of the August Strindberg classic -- " a deliciously venomous story of a crumbling marriage" --has been adapted by Conor McPherson and will be directed by Goodman associate Henry Wishcamper ("Other Desert Cities"). At Books on Vernon.

± "DAYS LIKE TODAY" (May 6 - July 13, 2014): The world premiere of a musical inspired by the plays of Charles L. Mee, with music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler, book by Laura Eason and direction by Michael Halberstam. The story finds lovely, hopeful Tessa vowing that she is through with love--despite the best efforts and conflicting advice of her parents (and their respective lovers). After all, it's never easy to move on before you've had time to heal. But when a handsome young stranger arrives, Tessa must decide whether the idea of love might still be one worth fighting for. At Tudor Court.


Four and five play subscription packages are available, ranging in price from $195 - $275. A five play membership provides ultimate flexibility for $250. For tickets call (847) 242-6000 or visit www,writerstheatre.org.


Glencoe-based Writers' Theatre will feature multiple premieres as well as classics as part of its 2013-2014 season, with the riches spread out, as usual, on both its mainstage at 325 Tudor Court and in its intimate 50-seat Books on Vernon space.

Here are the details:

± "THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON" (Sept, 3 - Nov. 10): A new play with music by PigPen Theatre Co., in its Midwest premiere. Directed by Stuart Carden and PigPen Theatre Co. Creating an epic new mythology, the show is centered on a man whose job is to collect spilled light to refill the leaking moon. When his wife unexpectedly leaves home in pursuit of much-needed adventure, he abandons his post to follow her, throwing the world into chaos as he searches for his lost love, his fading memory and, ultimately, himself. A blend of storytelling, spirited indie-folk music and inventive puppetry is all part of the mix. At Tudor Court.

± "PORT AUTHORITY" (Oct. 29, 2013-Feb. 16, 2014): The Midwest premiere of Irish playwright Conor McPherson's work, directed by William Brown. McPherson ("The Seafarer," "Shining City") has crafted a series of interconnected monologues that explore the heart and soul of three generations of Irishmen. A young man escapes his parents' house to share digs with two alcohol-soaked friends and a mesmerizing young woman; a middle-aged laborer lands a dream job that he's not remotely qualified for; and a widower receives a mysterious package that touches a hidden part of his memory. At Books on Vernon.

± "HEDDA GABLER" (Jan. 7-March 16, 2014): The Henrik Ibsen classic, directed by Kimberly Senior and featuring Kate Fry ("The Letters") as "the victim of circumstance and master manipulator." At Tudor Court.

± "THE DANCE OF DEATH" (April 1-July 20, 2014): This new version of the August Strindberg classic -- " a deliciously venomous story of a crumbling marriage" --has been adapted by Conor McPherson and will be directed by Goodman associate Henry Wishcamper ("Other Desert Cities"). At Books on Vernon.

± "DAYS LIKE TODAY" (May 6 - July 13, 2014): The world premiere of a musical inspired by the plays of Charles L. Mee, with music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler, book by Laura Eason and direction by Michael Halberstam. The story finds lovely, hopeful Tessa vowing that she is through with love--despite the best efforts and conflicting advice of her parents (and their respective lovers). After all, it's never easy to move on before you've had time to heal. But when a handsome young stranger arrives, Tessa must decide whether the idea of love might still be one worth fighting for. At Tudor Court.


Four and five play subscription packages are available, ranging in price from $195 - $275. A five play membership provides ultimate flexibility for $250. For tickets call (847) 242-6000 or visit www,writerstheatre.org.

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