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The Body Snatchers
City Lit Theater
Chicago, IL
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The Body Snatchers
The fourth production of City Lit Theater's thirtieth anniversary 2009-2010 season, a world premiere adaptation of the 1950s science fiction novel The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney, will begin previews at City Lit Theater on Friday, April 2, 2010 and open for the press on Tuesday, April 6.  The production, adapted and directed by two-time Jeff Award-winning adaptor Paul Edwards, runs through Sunday, May 9, 2010.

The Body Snatchers concerns a small-town doctor who discovers that the people around him are being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.  Finney's novel, published in 1955, has been the inspiration for four motion pictures:  Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), Body Snatchers (1993), and The Invasion (2007).  As a tie-in to the second film, Finney updated the novel to the 1970s and retitled it to match the movie.  City Lits adaptation is of the original 1955 novel.  

Paul Edwards won two Jeff Awards for his adaptations at the old Roadworks Productions theatre, of John Barth's novel The End of the Road and Geoff Ryman's novel Was.   His adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray was produced by the old Wisdom Bridge Theatre, and recorded for broadcast by L.A. Theatre Works.  He teaches in Northwestern University's Performance Studies department and has directed more than forty original stage adaptations of fiction.

The cast for The Body Snatchers is Thad Anzur, Jerry Bloom, Kingsley Day, June Eubanks, Susie Griffith, Andrew Jorczak, Brian Pastor, Shawna Tucker and Sheila Willis.

The design team includes Daniel Carlyon (audio-visual), Matthew Cummings (properties), Roger Wykes (set), Ricky Lurie (costumes) and Jeff Glass (lighting).  Choreography is by Katie Spelman and fight choreography is by David Yondorf.

The Body Snatchers performs Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 3:00 pm, through May 9.  There are also two Thursday performances, April 29 and May 6 at 8:00 pm.  Press opening is Tuesday, April 6 at 7:00 PM.  Ticket prices are $18 for previews and $25 after opening.  Discounts are available for seniors, students and groups of ten or more.  Tickets can be reserved by going to or by calling (773) 293-3682.

City Lit Theater is located in the historic Edgewater Presbyterian Church building at 1020 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, one block west of Sheridan Road and a block and a half east of the Bryn Mawr Red Line L stop. The 84 Peterson bus, the 147 Lake Shore Express bus, and the 151 Sheridan bus all stop near City Lit. Valet and discounted parking are available for theatre customers.  

City Lit's The Body Snatchers is the fourth of five productions comprising its Thirtieth Anniversary Season.  City Lit specializes in literate theatre, including stage adaptations of literary material.   It receives funding from the Alphawood Foundation; the Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development; the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation; the City of Chicago Office of Cultural Affairs CityArts program; the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; and a passel of individual donors.  Its outreach program is funded in part by A.R.T. League.


City Lit Theater
1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Chicago, IL 60660
United States


Arts > Theatre

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


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