30th Anniversary Party
A cross-section of the Chicago theatre communitys leading artistic directors, associate artistic directors and producers will join City Lit Artistic Director Terry McCabe and Associate Director Kristine Thatcher for a very special one-night-only performance of readings from their favorite literature in celebration of City Lits thirtieth anniversary, McCabe announced today.
B. J. Jones of Northlight Theatre, Dorothy Milne of Lifeline Theatre, David New of Steppenwolf Theatre, Joyce Piven of Piven Theatre Workshop, Kathy Scambiatterra of The Artistic Home, Steve Scott of Goodman Theatre and Dennis Zacek of Victory Gardens Theater, as well as McCabe and Thatcher, will each perform a solo reading of something he or she has selected for the occasion. Longtime Chicago stage actor Mike Nussbaum, who directed and co-wrote last years City Lit hit Dashiell Hamlet, will serve as the evenings master of ceremonies.
Piven will read Anton Chekhovs short story The Trick; Scott will read an Arthur Miller essay on theatre; Thatcher will read a chapter of Harper Lees novel To Kill a Mockingbird; and Zacek will read Carl Sandburgs poem Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind. The other readers are still selecting their material.
Its a thrill to have so many great figures from the best theatre town in the country joining us at our birthday party, McCabe said. This is a line-up of performers youre not likely to see on the same bill again, each of them sharing something they love. All of us at City Lit are grateful for their participation, and looking forward to what promises to be a terrific evening.
The performance is Monday, October 26, at 7:30 pm, in the Greenhouse Theater Centers downstairs mainstage at 2257 North Lincoln Avenue in Chicago. A reception will follow the performance. Advance reservations are required; tickets are $35 each.
It was in this same building, then the Body Politic Theatre, during the summer of 1979 that Arnold Aprill, working in the Body Politics box office, laid plans with Lorell Wyatt and David Dillon to found City Lit as the nations first theatre devoted to literary adaptations. City Lits first performance, of Eudora Weltys short story Why I Live at the P.O., occurred that fall, and the theatre was incorporated in the spring of 1980. In the three decades since, City Lit has explored fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biography, essays and drama in performance. It has presented a wide array of voices, from classic writers such as Henry James, Edith Wharton, Oliver Goldsmith, Mark Twain, Colette and P.G. Wodehouse to such contemporary writers as Alice Walker, W.P. Kinsella, Douglas Post, Raymond Carver, Edward Albee and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. The opening show of its 30th Anniversary Season, McCabes world premiere stage adaptation of Dashiell Hammetts detective novel The Thin Man, plays through this Sunday, October 11.
Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
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