The Dionysos Cup Festival of New Plays
The plays are Once Upon a Time in Detroit by Steven Simoncic, directed by Jen Poulin. Sarah Grant, dramaturg. Miracles in the Fall by Chuck O'Connor, directed by Josh Sobel. Michael Manocchio, dramaturg. Witness to an Accident by Darren Callahan, directed by Wm. Bullion. Sarah Grant, dramaturg. White America by Reginald Edmund, directed by David Amaral. Brittany Westfall, dramaturg. Stage Manager: Mark Abrahamson. Casting Director: Molly Lyons. Box Office/Business Manager: Samantha Stelmack. Artistic Director: Richard Engling
About the plays.
Thursday, May 16th @ 7:30pm: Once Upon a Time in Detroit
Friday, May 17th @ 7:30pm: Miracles in the Fall
Saturday, May 18th @ 7:30pm: Witness to an Accident
Sunday, May 19th @ 2:00pm: White America
Thursday, May 23rd @ 7:30pm: Witness to an Accident
Friday, May 24th @ 7:30pm: White America
Saturday, May 25th @ 2:pm: Anna in the Afterlife (Free Bonus Show!)
Saturday, May 25th @ 7:30pm: Once Upon a Time in Detroit
Sunday, May 26th @ 2:00pm: Miracles in the Fall
Once Upon a Time in Detroit by Steven Simoncic
In a forgotten corner of Detroit where smoke stacks tower over industrial runoff and power lines dot a landscape of burned out homes and broken families, there is a pimp-turned-preacher looking for redemption, a stripper-turned-nurse looking for justice, and Lorelie who just wants a baby.
Miracles in the Fall by Chuck O'Connor
Clare Connelly, a Dominican Sister in 1968 Detroit, is the caretaker of her alcoholic father and the keeper of her dead mother's virtue. She is challenged by the indignity of her infirm father, the confidence of a maverick priest's intimacy, and the self-crippling family secret revealed upon the return of her prodigal brother. Clare must question her desire for holiness and accept that survival is a very human act of self-forgiveness.
Witness to an Accident by Darren Callahan
1950s L.A. Agatha Moll is a rising young actress who suddenly finds herself locked in "The Hotel" an all-female sanitarium. But, she's not crazy. What secrets does she know that trapped her in this fate? Could it be something about Ray Pendarsky, a film executive, whose daughter was committed to The Hotel one year before? Or is it regarding Dean Foster, her director, whom she's entangled with in a torrid affair? At the mercy of a sadistic orderly and a failed ingénue named Lillian, will she ever find her way out of The Hotel? This horror-noir features a mostly female cast, blood and violence effects, and mature themes.
White America by Reginald Edmund
In Reginald Edmund's White America, it's Thanksgiving dinner for the illustrious Winters, a political powerhouse family within the Republican Party that proudly traces its roots to the founding of the United States. Dinner turns to a debacle when the son, Justin, brings home his new wife and a secret that could shake the family tree to its core.
Anna in the Afterlife by Richard Engling (bonus - not eligible for voting)
Novelist Matthew Harken finds himself in a world where he's not quite alive and not quite dead. His dear friends who have died before him take Matthew back into the past to find the truth about their lives and choices. ANNA IN THE AFTERLIFE was seen in an earlier incarnation as ABSOLUTION in our 2011 Dionysos Cup Festival of New Plays. Directed by Beth Wolf, artistic director of Promethean Theatre Ensemble, ANNA IN THE AFTERLIFE is a play about life, death and life after death. Join us to further shape this exciting new script as we bring it closer to production. The cast will include Kimberly Logan, Molly Lyons, Meghann Tabor, Richard Engling, Kevin Grubb, Michelle Tibble, Maggie Speer, Martin Michaels, Whitney LaMora and Jared Davis.
Polarity Ensemble Theatre at Josephinum Academy (View)
1500 N. Bell
Chicago, IL 60622
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