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Underneath the Lintel
City Lit Theater
Chicago, IL
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Underneath the Lintel

The Chicago premiere of Glen Berger's acclaimed Underneath the Lintel: An Impressive Presentation of Lovely Evidences, starring Chicago Equity actor Michael Joseph Mitchell in the role for which he won Lansing, Michigans  2007 Pulsar Award for Best Actor, will begin previews on Thursday, March 6 and open for the press on Monday, March 10.  The show is being co-produced by Lansings BoarsHead Theatre and Chicagos CRM Productions, Inc.  Directed by City Lit Associate Director and BoarsHead Artistic Director Kristine Thatcher, it runs through April 20.  
Underneath the Lintel is the story of a lonely and wryly humorous Dutch librarian who has booked City Lit Theater for an evening to present evidences as he searches the world to find the person who returned a book to his library 113 years overdue, so he can collect the fine.  As the evening unfolds, it becomes clear that his unlikely quest is also a search for the significance of his own life.  The play won the Los Angeles Ovation Award for Best Play and Back Stage Wests Garland Award for Best Play, and was one of TimeOut New Yorks Ten Best Plays during its Off-Broadway run.

The design team for Underneath the Lintel consists of Holly Speers (costumes), Tim Jacobs  (lighting), Michelle Raymond (props), Kirk Domer (set), and Jonathan T. Sage (sound).  
Michael Joseph Mitchell most recently appeared in John Patrick Shanleys Doubt at BoarsHead, and before that in the new musical In the Bubble for the American Musical Theater Project, directed by Michael Greif. He won the 2007 Pulsar Award for Best Actor, given by the Lansing City Pulse newspaper, for his portrayal of The Librarian in BoarsHeads Underneath the Lintel.  He lives in Chicago, where he appeared in Lydia Diamonds Jeff Award-winning Voyeurs de Venus at Chicago Dramatists, and shows at Drury Lane Oakbrook and Noble Fool, among others.  
Kristine Thatcher is associate director of City Lit, artistic director of BoarsHead, and a member of the playwrights ensemble at Victory Gardens Theater.  Her plays have won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, the RESOLVE Award for Excellence in the Arts, DePaul Universitys Cunningham Prize for Playwriting, the After Dark Award for Outstanding New Work, and the Scott McPherson Memorial Award.  She is also an actress, and has acted at the Goodman, Victory Gardens, First Folio, Writers Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, and Apple Tree, among other Chicago theatres.  She directed this production of Underneath the Lintel in its BoarsHead run.
BoarsHead Theater was founded in 1966 and is the oldest professional resident theater in central Michigan and the states longest continually operating professional theatre. Started in a large barn as a summer stock company, it has for over three decades produced year-round in Lansing's Center for the Arts in downtown Lansing.  It is currently playing the local premiere of Jeffrey Hatchers black comedy Murderers.
Underneath the Lintel will play Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 3:00 PM, March 6 through April 20.  Press opening is Monday, March 10 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's co-production of Underneath the Lintel is the fourth show of its twenty-eighth season.  City Lit receives funding from the Alphawood Foundation, Chase Bank, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs CityArts program, the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, The Saints, and Polk Bros. Foundation.  Its outreach program is sponsored in part by A.R.T. League.  City Lit specializes in literate theatre, including stage adaptations of literary material.  

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 on Friday and Saturday evenings at Francescas Restaurant, located across the street from City Lit.  Discounted self-parking is available for theatre customers on all performance days, with validation from the Edgewater Beach Caf, located in the Edgewater Beach Apartments building one block east of the theatre.



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

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