Friday, December 5, 2008

My brothers and sisters in arms

I guess I ought to tell you more about the company that is producing the stage adaptation of "The Last Unicorn" in 2009. They (or I should say we) are Promethean Theatre Ensemble. You should get to know them- these are my brothers and sisters in arms, and together we'll be working our butts off to make "The Last Unicorn" as good as it possibly can. Also, we're (I say this with all modesty) pretty nifty. Right now, we're getting ready to perform another play- it's a fantasy piece, with a magician and magic spells, called "The Illusion." It's by Tony Kushner- that's right, the same guy who wrote "Angels in America." We think it's awesome- it's adapted from a Corneille comedy (for those not familiar with him, his style is similar to Moliere), so it's got really funny situations, occasional rhyming couplets and a classical feel, but it's also been brought up to date, made more poetic and given deeper themes by Kushner. Here's the production info:

"The Illusion"
by Tony Kushner
December 19-January 17 (official opening is Saturday December 20 at 8 p.m.)
Presented by Promethean Theatre Ensemble at City Lit Theater (1020 W Bryn Mawr Ave in Chicago)
For ticket reservations, call (773) 305-2897; tickets are $20 (but let me know if you want to see it but are strapped for cash; maybe I can get you a deal)
Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.
Additional 2 p.m. Saturday matinees on 1/10 and 1/17
Additional 7 p.m. Sunday show on 1/11
Also, we give the audience free hot cocoa on Thursday nights and at Saturday matinees.

What's it about? Basically, this rich lawyer goes to this wizard's cave to find out what happened to his son- it seems the son ran off/got kicked out by his dad years ago, and now the lawyer wants the wizard to use magic to find what happened to him. The wizard conjures up a series of Illusions (thus the title!) of the son's life.

Oh, and by the way- I'm in it and having a blast at rehearsals. I get to play the wizard's creepy servant.

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