Provision Theater announces new home and new season

It’s always great news when you hear that a theatre company has found a place of their own: a home, which in turn creates a place which better nurtures a company’s creative process.  So it’s wonderful to hear that Provision Theater Company will produce their 2009-10 season in their brand new home, located at 1001 W. Roosevelt Road.

0910-cotton-patch To celebrate the space, the theater company will host a gala reception on Saturday, September 12; a date that also marks the official opening of their season with a bigger and bolder version of one of Provision’s all time smash hit productions, Harry Chapin’s Cotton Patch Gospel, running September 10 through November 8.  Following will be a new take on William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew from January 27 through March 7, starring Tim Gregory and Susan Moniz

Rounding out the season will be a World Premiere production of The Hiding Place, based on the autobiography of Corrie ten Boom and written by Artistic Director Tim Gregory.  The show will run from April 7 through May 23.   The story tells the inspiring tale of Holocaust survivor Corrie ten Boom.  With the World War II invasion of Holland , the ten Boom family joined the underground resistance to help save Jewish families.  Their lives were turned upside down when they were arrested and imprisoned in concentration camps themselves.  The play tells the dramatic tale of survival and hope as the ten Boom family is left with nothing to cling to but their faith.

0910-homepage-current-seasonThe performance schedule for the season is as follows:  Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. ($28) and Sundays at 3 p.m. ($25).  Select Wednesday and Thursday preview performances will be held at 8 p.m. ($22).  Ticket prices include free parking.  Groups of 10 or more are 10% off.  For reservations, phone 866.811.4111. You may also visit

Provision Theater Company is devoted to producing works of hope, reconciliation and redemption; works that challenge us to explore a life of meaning and purpose.  

Sunday Night Sondheim: Cleo Laine sings “I Remember”

Okay, this is a very, VERY odd set – can’t even fathom what it’s supposed to represent.  But nonetheless, I do really love this song: “I Remember Sky” from Stephen Sondheim’s Evening Primrose. And it’s always wonderful to see/hear Cleo Laine perform.

“Sodomites” extended thru September 11th


Fridays at 8:00, $15
"Sodomites! A Musical of Biblical Proportions,"

currently playing on Fridays has been extended through September 11.
Recommended by The Reader and Newcity and this blog (3.5 stars!), From Paige Listerud’s rave review:

The final act wherein Lot has sex with his daughters returns us to the ribaldry for which Annoyance is famous. It’s a telling moment when the angel Michael reassures Lot that, not to worry, the whole incident will be left out of the Koran. Nice to know that someone will do damage control, once the damage is all well and done.

Much praise goes to the well-coordinated cast, whose enthusiasm and energy are unflagging. Biblical madness should be paired sardonic revelry and earnest mania. It may be the only way for the human race to survive.

2009-2010 Season: TUTA Theatre Chicago

TUTA Theatre’s 2009-2010 Theatre Season

In this, their eighth season in the city of Chicago, TUTA Theatre will be presenting two rarely seen and early works of German playwright Bertolt Brecht, the comedic play The Wedding, and a world premiere adaptation, developed by TUTA, based on the play Baal.

The Wedding, by Bertolt Brecht 

(January 14 – February 14, 2010)

  TUTA opens the season with Brecht’s 1919 Bavarian folk comedy The Wedding, directed by Artistic Director Zeljko Djukic and featuring original music by Jesse Terrill.  When nine middle class self-important guests converge on a young bride and groom’s apartment, each one slowly unravels the horrors of living a pretentious life.  As the guests’ uptight facades collapse, a slapstick adventure full of extremely truthful physical and verbal humor is unleashed.  Featuring live original music performed by the cast, The Wedding takes you through early Germany just after the fall of the Hapsburg Empire and in the face of rising Nazism on their borders. 

The Wedding will run January 14 – February 14, 2010, at Chopin Theatre Studio, 1543 W. Division. For Tickets: 847-217-0691 or;

(Adaption based on) Baal, by Bertolt Brecht

(May 20 – June 20, 2010)

In May, TUTA will present the World premiere of a new adaptation loosely based on Brecht’s Baal, directed by Zeljko Djukic, with music by Josh Schmidt (Adding Machine – A Musical) and libretto/book by Ugljesa Sajtinac (author of the critically acclaimed play Huddersfield). 

  With this production, TUTA strives to musically enlighten the play of young Brecht known for its inaugural form and risky themes of stardom and power.  A fusion of serious drama and music, this premiere will have a strong emphasis on the musicality of the words, saturating them with rhythm, harmony, sound and structures.  Developed through company workshops, this collaboration brings forward an original score, full of surprises and frequent shifts in perspective that explore the value of the politically charged subject of arts in times of economic crisis.

Baal will run May 20 – June 20, 2010 at Chopin Theatre Studio. (Tickets here.)

When speaking about the season, Artistic Director Zeljko Djukic says,

“In Near Eastern mythology, Baal is a God of rainfall and fertility. In Weimar Germany, Baal was a subversive announcement of the approaching gallop of Nazism.  For us today, he is a trickier figure. Like anything that has had social subversive appeal, the character of a drunken, nihilistic poet-musician, has repeatedly been sterilized with the commercialism of popular culture: the Vietnam War protests and Jim Morrison; the Civil rights movement and Bob Dylan. Most aesthetic monstrosities end up in safe hands. They sell. Perhaps theatre can bring a glimpse of the original danger?”

Strawdog Theatre announces new artistic staff and ensemble members


As part of their ongoing celebration of 22 years(!) in Chicago theatre, Strawdog Theatre Company proudly announces the hiring of new Managing Director Hank Boland, new General Manager Cortney Hurley, the addition of four new ensemble members: Amy Dunlap, Paul Fagen, Mike Przygoda and Justine C. Turner and the appointment of Matt Hawkins as Strawdog Artistic Associate and Resident Director.

hboland_large Hank Boland replaces Alex J. Goodman as Managing Director of Strawdog Theatre Company.  Boland’s work with Strawdog Theatre Company includes writing Season Seventeen’s epic musical The True Ballad of Fall’s Blessings, directed by Strawdog’s Artistic Director Nic Dimond and written in collaboration with Strawdog Theatre Company. In 2006, Dimond asked Boland to develop a writing initiative for Strawdog Ensemble Members.  Billed the The Hit Factory, this program regularly schedules late night events and graduations to showcase new work. The Hit Factory now also offers tuition based classes to the public, please see our website for more information. The Hit Factory is committed to creating new works, and strengthening the working relationships between Strawdog Theatre Company and other members of the Chicago theatre community. Boland holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Film from Columbia College in Chicago where he is an adjunct faculty member in the screenwriting department.

Cortney Hurley, Strawdog’s Production Manager since 2006, has been promoted to General Manager, overseeing Strawdog’s growing theatrical complex located at

Strawdog Theatre Company is now home to a 70-seat mainstage theatre, 40-seat Hugen Hall cabaret space complete with bar and liquor license and 400 square foot rehearsal space called Nowhere Mountain.

Strawdog Theatre Company is also pleased to announce the addition of four new ensemble members: Amy Dunlap has appeared on the Strawdog stage in Cherry Orchard, Marathon ‘33 and the Strawdog Radio Theatre Series. Dunlap graduated from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts and has been seen in productions at several Chicago theatres including 16th Street Theater, Lifeline Theatre, Factory Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Adventure Stage Chicago and Estrogen Fest.

Paul Fagen was last seen as Father Toulon in Strawdog’s critically-acclaimed production of Red Noses. Originally from Annapolis, MD, Fagen has also acted in productions at The House Theatre of Chicago, Speaking Ring Theater and Quest Theatre Ensemble.

Mike Przygoda was most recently the Musical Director and Arranger for Strawdog’s Red Noses. Przygoda holds a BFA in music composition from Columbia College Chicago.  He has worked on numerous shows in Chicago both as a composer and as a performing musician for companies such as The House Theatre of Chicago (Valentine Victorious, Ellen Under Glass, The Boy Detective Fails, Hatfield & McCoy, The Sparrow, The Magnificents, The Nutcracker, The Rose & Rime), American Theatre Company (Oklahoma!), The Hypocrites (Camille/La Traviata), Trapdoor (AmeriKafka), Next Theatre (The Busy World Is Hushed, 365 Days/Plays), The Neo-Futurists (Beer) and has written music for Serendipity Theatre Collective‘s Second Story.  He served as a musical director for the Second City Touring Company.

Justine C. Turner joins the Strawdog Ensemble after appearing in Red Noses. Originally from Oak Park, IL and a graduate of Columbia College, Turner was most recently seen in the remount of Rivendell Theatre’s These Shining Lives at Theatre on the Lake and appeared in Ren Faire last summer at The Factory Theatre.

Director of Strawdog’s smash, sold-out production of Red Noses Matt Hawkins joins Artistic Associates Kimberly Senior and Shade Murray in their growing ensemble of Resident Directors. Hawkins previously directed Hatfield & McCoy for The House Theatre of Chicago, On My Parents Hundredth Wedding Anniversary for the side project and will direct Cabaret for The Hypocrites next spring.

Strawdog’s staff includes Artistic Director Nic Dimond, Managing Director Hank Boland and General Manager Cortney Hurley. The complete Strawdog ensemble includes Jennifer Avery, Hank Boland, Abigail Boucher, Don Cardiff, Erin Carlson, Michael Dailey, Anita Deely, Amy Dunlap, Paul Fagen, John Ferrick, Mikhail Fiksel, Aly Renee Greaves, Carmine Grisolia, Christopher Hainsworth, Kyle Hamman, Erik Hellman, Tom Hickey, Shannon Hoag, Anderson Lawfer, Sean Mallary, Kat McDonnell, Gregor Mortis, Stacy Parker Hirsch, Michaela Petro, Mike Przygoda, John Henry Roberts, Justine C. Turner, Jamie Vann and James Anthony Zoccoli.

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