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Street Scene by Elmer Rice
National Pastime Theater
Chicago, IL
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Street Scene by Elmer Rice
CHICAGO, IL- March 12th, The National Pastime Theater,

It is June 15, 1929.  In less than five months the stock market will crash, thrusting America into an economic depression that will ruin many thousands of lives.  The shadow of the hawk is looming over America, swooping closer and closer to Black Tuesday.

      The National Pastime Theater, in conjunction with Clock Productions, presents Street Scene, Elmer Rice's 1929 Pulitzer Prize winning drama of immigrant and second generation Americans living in a 1929 New York City Lower East Side tenement.

     Street Scene unveils the rampant prejudice inherent in the American Dream.  Rice's characters seek freedom and wealth through self-imposed assimilation as well as through the destruction of those around them.  These tenants blame their poverty on everything from the President to their landlord, but they degrade, fight, and kill only each other.  Much like today, the tenants feel the impending doom, the shadow of the hawk at their heels, as America's economic system teeters on the brink of disaster.

     Directed by National Pastime Artistic Director Laurence Bryan and Keely Haddad-Null, the show is like nothing you have ever seen.   The original choreography intensifies the heat with grotesque jazz movement.  Watch what happens when the 1929 New York City melting pot reaches its boiling point.

     Included in the cast are Fred Wellisch, Kiley Moore, Sandra Watson, Alex Shepherd, Rebekka James,  Don Claudin, Brian Bennett, Shannon Hollander, Michael Solomon, Therin Miller, Kiana Harris, Stephen Wisegarver, Mindy Ryba, Alberto Saldivar, Fred Uebele,  Sam Bailey, Ryan Bourque, Geoffrey Davis,  Karin McNamara, Kelsey Hopper, Rachel Griesinger,  Phil Malinak, Noah Applebaum, Bryce Lunsky and JJ McDowell.

     The design crew includes Scenic design  by David Denman, Lighting Design by Steven Besic, Costume design by Laura B. Kollar,Props design by Douglas Kupferman and Sound Design by Matthew Goodwin.  Stage Manager is Kristin Toerpe with Steven Besic as ASM, Emily Beaudin as Asst. Costume Designer, Amalia Buisson as Asst. Props Designer, Kiana Harris as Choreographer , Jason Martin as Dialect Coach and violence design by R & D Choreography.

     Street Scene previews March 15 and 16 and opens on March 19 at 8pm. The performances will run Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm to April 25.  Tickets are $25.  Date night stimulus Thursdays two for one.

     The National Pastime Theater is offering season tickets for $100 which will include Street Scene, a Naked July Festival Pass (www.nakedjuly.com) and Doo Lister's Blues.  For information call 773-327-7077.


National Pastime Theater
4139 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60613
United States


Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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