We Have Always Lived in the Castle
We Have Always Lived in the Castle, a world premiere literary adaptation of Shirley Jackson's final novel and the third production of City Lit Theater's 2011-2012 season, will begin previews at City Lit Theater on Friday, February 24, 2012 and open for the press on Tuesday, February 28. The production, adapted and directed by Paul Edwards, runs through Sunday, April 1, 2012.
Scandal forced the Blackwood sisters and their invalid uncle into seclusion from their rural New England community. The three remain happily isolated from the outside world until the unexpected arrival of an estranged relative, which forces them into a confrontation with everyone and everything they had sought to avoid in the first place. We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a compelling exploration of provincialism, the dark side of family ties, and the supernatural.
Shirley Jackson is best remembered as the author of the classic short story "The Lottery," about an annual small-town lottery to choose a victim to be put to death by stoning. The story was originally published in The New Yorker, and triggered cancelled subscriptions and hate mail, but today is ranked among the very greatest American short stories. Her novel The Haunting of Hill House is considered by Stephen King to be among the most important horror novels of the twentieth century. The Library of America has published a collection of her work edited by Joyce Carol Oates. Jackson died in 1965 at the age of forty-eight.
Paul Edwards adapted and directed City Lit's world premiere staging of Jack Finney's The Body Snatchers. He is a two-time Jeff Awards recipient, for his adaptations of The End of the Road and Was, both for Roadworks Theatre. His adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray premiered at Wisdom Bridge Theatre, and was later produced by the New Theatre in Dallas and for radio by L.A. Theatre Works. He has also written adaptations for the old Stormfield Theatre in Chicago and for Alchemy Theatre in New York City. He is a member of the Northwestern University Performance Studies Department faculty.
The cast for We Have Always Lived in the Castle is Thad Anzur, Paul Chakrin, Kingsley Day, Susie Griffith, Jim Heatherly, Todd Neal, Katy Nielsen, Brian Pastor, Judy Lea Steele, Elise Walter, and Sheila Willis.
The design team includes Amanda Brown and Eliot Tomiser Monaco (movement), Daniel Carlyon (sound), Liz Cooper (lights), Emily Tarleton (costumes) Joe Schermoly (set), and Jacob Watson (props).
We Have Always Lived in the Castle will play Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 3:00 PM, February 24 through April 1, as well as two Thursdays at 8:00 PM, March 22 and March 29. Press opening is Tuesday, February 24 at 7:00 PM. Ticket prices are $18 for previews and $25 after opening. Discounts are available for seniors, students, members of the military, and groups of ten or more. Tickets can be reserved by going to www.citylit.org or by calling (773) 293-3682.
City Lit receives funding from the Alphawood Foundation, the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs CityArts program, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Its outreach program is sponsored in part by A.R.T. League.
City Lit specializes in literate theatre, including stage adaptations of literary material. It 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 the Valet Metro service at Francesca's Bryn Mawr restaurant across the street from City Lit. Discounted parking is available for theatre customers, with validation from the Edgewater Beach Café, in the Edgewater Beach Apartments' underground parking lot located one block east of the theatre. A limited amount of free parking is available for theatre customers who dine at That Little Mexican Café one block west of the theatre.
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