A Permanent Image
LiveWire presents the Chicago premiere of A Permanent Image by 2011 Obie Award-winning playwright Samuel D. Hunter. Image introduces us to the members of an estranged family from small-town Idaho as they gather to bury the family patriarch just before Christmas. Bo and Ally arrive after years away to find that their mother has painted everything in the house white, including the walls, furniture and magazines. The children worry about the mental health of their mother, but as the play unwinds, so too does the method behind her madness. Bo and Ally are suddenly faced with a reality that brings their already-strained worlds crashing down. A Permanent Image paints a startling picture of the interrelations of a broken family, yet it also goes far deeper. How do we cope when confronted with just how small our lives really are in the universe?
Directed by LiveWire's Executive Director Joshua Aaron Weinstein*
Featuring: Janice O'Neill, Ed Dzialo, Mary Williamson and Jack McCabe
Production team includes: Anders Jacobson* and Judy Radovsky* (scenic design), Noel Huntzinger (costume design), Eric Branson* (lighting design), Stephen Ptacek (sound design), Angela Campos (properties design), Liviu Pasare (video/projection design), Hilary Williams* (dramaturg), Chris Zdenek* (assistant director), Caitlin O'Rourke (stage manager), Chris Tabor (asst. stage manager), Mary Ellen Rieck (production manager) and Justin Snyder (technical director). *Denotes LiveWire Collective member.
Samuel D. Hunter's recent plays include A Bright New Boise (2011 Obie Award for playwriting, 2011 Drama Desk nomination for Best Play; original production by Partial Comfort Productions in NYC, recent production at Woolly Mammoth Theater Company and LiveWire Chicago Theatre), The Whale (Denver Center Theatre Company), A Permanent Image (commissioned and produced by Boise Contemporary Theater), Jack's Precious Moment (Page 73 Productions at 59E59), Five Genocides (Clubbed Thumb at the Ohio Theater), Norway (Phoenix Theatre of Indianapolis; Boise Contemporary Theater), I Am Montana (Arcola Theatre, London; Mortar Theater, Chicago). He has active commissions from MTC/Sloan, Seattle Rep, and South Coast Rep. His plays have been developed at the O'Neill Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, PlayPenn, Ojai Playwrights Conference, the Lark Playwrights Workshop, Juilliard, LAByrinth, Rattlestick, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, 24Seven Lab and elsewhere. Internationally, his work has been translated into Spanish and presented in Mexico City and Monterrey, and he has worked in the West Bank with Ashtar Theatre of Ramallah and Ayyam al-Masrah of Hebron. At Ashtar, he co-wrote The Era of Whales which was performed in Ramallah and Istanbul. He is the recipient of the 2011 Sky Cooper Prize, 2008-2009 PONY Fellowship from the Lark, two Lincoln Center Le Compte du Nuoy Awards, others. He is a core member of the Playwrights Center, a member of Partial Comfort Productions and is an alum of Ars Nova's Playgroup. He has taught at Fordham University, Rutgers University, and Marymount Manhattan College. A native of northern Idaho, he lives in New York City. He holds degrees in playwriting from NYU, The Iowa Playwrights Workshop and Juilliard.
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66 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
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