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Auctioning the Ainsleys
The Building Stage
Chicago, IL
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Auctioning the Ainsleys
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"Auctioning the Ainsleys" is a fresh new dramatic comedy about a family of Midwest auctioneers. The play follows the story of Alice Ainsley and her dysfunctional relationship with her four children: Avery, Annalee, Amelia, and Aiden. The matriarch clings to the objects in her home and the memories they hold in hopes of retaining her family history as her life fades before her. With the help of Arthur, the hired aide, the mysterious and agoraphobic world of the Ainsleys springs to life in this play about people and the objects that own them.

Founded in 2002, Dog & Pony Theatre Company is committed to producing vital works by new and emerging playwrights whose use of language and convention are daring and highly imaginative. As an eclectic collective of artists with backgrounds in theatre, public broadcasting, political activism, and religious studies, Dog & Pony is particularly drawn to work with social and cultural relevance. The company has presented 13 full productions in six years including Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake) that received an encore performance at Theater on the Lake; As Told By The Vivian Girls, recipient of three After Dark Awards; and the Jeff recommended The Twins Would Like to Say as part of Steppenwolf's inaugural Garage Rep series. The productions of Mr. Marmalade, The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabbler, God's Ear and Dead Letter Office were all nominated for non-Equity Jeff Awards.

Playwright Laura Schellhardt has had her plays produced in more than a dozen cities nationally. Original works include Air Guitar High, Auctioning the Ainsleys, The Apothecary's Daughter, How To Remove Blood From A Carpet, The K Of D (Jeff Award Nominee), Courting Vampires, Shapeshifter, Inheritance, and Je Ne Sais Quoi. Adaptations include The Phantom Tollbooth, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, The Outfit (Jeff Award Nominee), and Creole Folktales. She is also the author of Screenwriting for Dummies. Laura is a recipient of the TCG National Playwriting Residency, the Jerome Fellowship, the New Play Award from ACT in Seattle, and a Dramatist Guild Playwriting Fellowship. Auctioning the Ainsleys received its world premiere at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto this summer after workshops at Naked Angels Theatre, Northlight Theatre and Steppenwolf. The K Of D premiered at Woolly Mammoth Theatre after workshops at Trinity Rep, ACT in Seattle, and The Kennedy Center. It received its Chicago premiere in 2009 and will be part of the 2010-11 season at Seattle Repertory Company. Laura holds degrees in theatre and English from Northwestern and an MFA in playwriting from Brown University where she studied under Paula Vogel. She currently teaches playwriting at Northwestern University.

Artistic associate Dan Stermer makes his directorial debut with Dog & Pony this fall. He is a director, choreographer and performer and has co-directed The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, assistant directed God's Ear, and served as disco choreographer for The Twins Would Like to Say for Dog & Pony. Dan is also an artistic associate with About Face Theatre where he has written, directed, and choreographed Oklahomo! For the Holidays. As a performer, Dan dances with DoubleDJ and will be seen this fall as part of About Face Theatre's XYZ Festival. Dan teaches at the National High School Institute Theatre Arts program at Northwestern University (Cherubs) and has directed productions of The Devil and Billy Markham, Autobiography of Red, and We'll Be Better Later. Dan also teaches for the Northlight Theatre Academy where he has directed productions of The Giver, Night of the Living Dead, and co-directed Suessical!

The cast for Auctioning the Ainsleys features Faith Noelle Hurley*, Kate Kisner, Teeny Lamothe*, Matthew Sherbach, Austin Talley and Rebekah Ward-Hays. Alex Hugh Brown and Stephanie Chavara serve as understudies.

Crew includes production management by Jenn BeVard; produced by John Blick*; dramaturgy by Devon de Mayo*; assistant directed by Aaron Morris; sound design by Kevin O'Donnell; set and props design by Tracy Otwell; costume design by Catherine Tantillo*; and lighting design by Aaron Weissman*.

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The Building Stage
412 N. Carpenter Street
Chicago, IL 60642
United States


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Wheelchair Accessible: No


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