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Wind in the Willows 2010
City Lit Theater
Chicago, IL
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Wind in the Willows 2010

For the second year in a row, City Lit Theater will produce Douglas Post's musical adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's classic novel for all ages The Wind in the Willows.  The show will begin previews at City Lit Theater on Friday, December 17, 2010 and open for the press on Tuesday, December 21.  The production, directed by artistic director Terry McCabe, runs through Sunday, January 9, 2011.

The Wind in the Willows centers on the exploits of Mr. Toad, an amphibian obsessed with motor cars, and his steadfast friends Rat, Mole, and Badger, who attempt to break him of his terrible habit.  It also concerns a class struggle in the Wildwood between these creatures and the weasels, ferrets, and stoats.

Post uses story theater techniques to preserve pieces of Grahame's narrative, humor to heighten the absurdity of an animal community that carries on like Edwardian gentlemen, and an eclectic score made up of rock, reggae, tin-pan alley, spirituals, and a Gilbert and Sullivan send-up.  Post's adaptation received its world premiere at the old Organic Lab Theater in Chicago in 1985, and had Chicago revivals in 1986 and 1989.  Since then, it has received over 200 productions around the world.  In the U.S. it has been produced at Theater Off Park in New York, The Cleveland Playhouse, Coterie Theater in Kansas City, Arvada Center for Arts & Humanities in Colorado, and Lamb's Players Theatre in California.  It has also been produced in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Shanghai, China.  Prior to last year's critically acclaimed City Lit staging it had not been seen in Chicago for twenty years.

The cast for The Wind in the Willows is Kate Andrulis, Sarah Bright, Jessica Lauren Fisher, Catherine Gillespie, Sean Knight, Edward Kuffert, Aaron Lawson, Brian LeTraunik, Lauren Noelle Morgan, Shawn Quinlan, Lauren Romano, Ed Rutherford, and Tom Weber.  The musical arrangements are by Kevin O'Donnell with additional vocal arrangements by Andra Veils Simon, musical direction by Nick Sula, and choreography  by Andrew Waters.  The designers are Matthew Cummings (props), Alan Donahue (set), Sarah Hughey (lighting), and Ricky Lurie (costumes).  

The performance schedule for The Wind in the Willows is as follows:
Friday and Saturday December 17th & 18th at 8:00 PM
Sunday December 19th at 3:00 PM
Press opening Tuesday December 21st at 7:00 PM
Sunday December 26th at 3:00 and 7:00 PM
Fridays December 31st and January 7th at 8:00 PM
Saturdays January 1st and 8th at 3:00 and 8:00 PM
Sundays January 2nd and 9th at 3:00 PM.  
There are no performances on Friday or Saturday December 24th or 25th.

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 parking is available for theatre customers through Valet Metro.  Discounted self-parking is available for theatre customers on all performance days, with validation from the Edgewater Beach CafĂ©, located in the Edgewater Beach Apartments building one block east of the theatre.
City Lit specializes in literate theatre, including stage adaptations of literary material.  Its work is funded in part by the Alphawood 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.

Tickets to The Wind in the Willows cost $25 during the regular run and $18 during previews.  They can be purchased online at or by phone at 773-293-3682.



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


Arts > Theatre

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


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