Remy Bumppo opens season w/ Stoppard’s Night and Day

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Remy Bumppo Opens Season

with Tom Stoppard’s

Night and Day

 

[a romantic and relevant look at the free press]

 

Previews Begin Sept. 22 with Opening/Press Night Sept. 27 at 7:00 p.m.

Remy Bumppo Theatre opens its 14th year by revisiting its inaugural production, Tom Stoppard‘s satire of British news media Night and Day, Sept. 22 – Oct. 31, 2010 at the Greenhouse Theater Center, located at 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Single tickets are on sale now at www.remybumppo.org or by calling the box office at 773-404-7336 (773-40-GREEN).

Co-mingling romance and politics, Stoppard’s 1978 play raises timely questions about the evolving role of journalism in the world. His arguments about journalistic integrity and who controls the story, gain new resonance in this age of shrinking media giants, growing niche outlets, and news breaking bloggers.

"He wants to know which side the Globe thinks it’s on. So I tell him, "It’s not on any side, stupid, it’s an objective fact-gathering organization." And he says, "Yes, but is it objective-for or objective-against?" – Night and Day

Set in a fictional African country that feels like a 1950s Hollywood romantic adventure, competing British war correspondents descend on the household of an expatriate and his wife, attempting to crack open a story on the country’s erupting civil war. Stoppard, with his usual comic seriousness, both attacks the triviality of the free press for exposing the personal lives of public figures to sell papers, and elevates its importance in uncovering political truth.

The cast features Artistic Associates Greg Matthew Anderson, David Darlow, Shawn Douglass and Linda Gillum and guest artists John Francis Babbo, Jeff Cummings, Ernest Perry, Jr., and Michael Pogue. Night and Day is directed by Remy Bumppo Artistic Director James Bohnen with scenic design by Tim Morrison, lighting by J.R. Lederle, costumes by Samantha C. Jones, and sound design by Jason Knox. Stage Management is provided by Baleigh Isaacs.

Remy Bumppo’s production of Night and Day is supported in part by Chicago Public Media. Remy Bumppo‘s 2010/11 Season is made possible in part by Prince Charitable Trusts, The Jane Ellen Murray Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council and by a City Arts Program 3 grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

Special Events:

All events are at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave.
Monday, Sept. 27 at 7:00 p.m. Night and Day Opening/Press Night. Tickets are $50 and include a post-show artist reception in the lobby.

Saturday, Oct. 9 at 1:30 p.m. Between the Lines program with media pundit and co-author of Watching TV Walter Podrazik who will introduce the themes of Night and Day with a 30-minute conversation. Tickets are $50 and includes a ticket to the 2:30 p.m. performance of Night and Day and a post-show discussion.

Bios:

 

Greg Matthew Anderson (Milne) is an artistic associate with Remy Bumppo where he has performed in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Marriage of Figaro, On the Verge, Brontë, The Philadelphia Story, The Best Man and Power. Other Chicago credits include Tom Stoppard’s Rock and Roll at the Goodman Theatre, Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia at Court Theatre, Oklahoma! at American Theater Company, and Without Intermission and A Moment Alone at Improv Olympic. He is a graduate of Duke University’s Department of Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and its Department of Theater Studies.

John Francis Babbo (Alastair) makes his Remy Bumppo debut. Chicago credits include Tiny Tim/Ignorance in Goodman Theatre’s A Christmas Carol, the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance, Jr. and Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka, Jr. with Concordia University Chicago and Mowgli in Jungle Book with BRAVO Performing Arts. Film credits include The King, a Project Bluelight Film with DePaul University. He is in the fourth grade, plays travel soccer and studies piano and violin.

James Bohnen (director) is artistic director and co-founder of Remy Bumppo Theatre Company. The company’s 2010/11 season marks James’ 14th and final year as artistic director. He has directed over two dozen productions for Remy Bumppo, including Tom Stoppard’s Hapgood, Arcadia, The Real Thing, and Heroes. The first production he directed for Remy Bumppo in 1996 was Stoppards’ Night and Day, and he revisits the play with a new production for his final season. James has also directed for American Players Theatre in Spring Green, WI, Aspen Theatre in the Park, and Creede Repertory Theater in Colorado. He will direct Remy Bumppo’s season finale The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? by Edward Albee.

Jeff Cummings (Guthrie) makes his Remy Bumppo debut with Night and Day. Regional credits include Around the World in 80 Days at Indiana Repertory Theatre, Julius Caesar at UtahShakespearean Festival, Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia at Alliance Theatre in Atlanta and A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle. Oregon Shakespeare Festival credits include Love’s Labours Lost, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Philanderer and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

David Darlow (Carson) is an Artistic Associate at Remy Bumppo Theatre, David has been seen inHeroes, The Voysey Inheritance, The Best Man, Power, Humble Boy, Hidden Laughter, No Man’s Land, Hapgood, Road to Mecca, Man and Superman, Money, and Major Barbara(After Dark Award). Goodman Theatre acting credits include A Life in the Theatre, As You Like it, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Passion and The Misanthrope. He has been seen in Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s productions of Othello, Timon of Athens and As You Like It, and in Northlight Theatre’s The Real Thing and Betrayal. Other Chicago credits include Nathan the Wise at Chicago Festival of the Arts; Stephen Sondheim’s Passion with Patty Lupone and Audra McDonald at Ravinia Festival, andEndgame at American Theater Company (Joseph Jefferson Award). His films include Were the World Mine, The Weatherman, Road to Perdition, The Fugitive, Hoodlum, Miller’s Crossing, and Ride with the Devil. On television he has been seen in "Barney Miller", "Barnaby Jones", "Early Edition" and "Prison Break." He has directed Mrs. Warren’s Profession and Les Liaisons Dangereuses for Remy Bumppo and As You Like it at the Utah Shakespearean Festival.

Shawn Douglass (Wagner) is an artistic associate at Remy Bumppo where he has performed inAren’t We All?, Humble Boy, Major Barbara, Holiday and Man and Superman (After Dark Award). Other Chicago credits include productions at Court Theatre, Northlight Theatre and Writers’ Theatre. Shawn performed numerous roles over the course of three seasons at Wisconsin’s American Players Theatre. In addition to acting Shawn is a director and adapter for the stage. He teaches acting at Northwestern University and will direct Remy Bumppo’s upcoming production of The Importance of Being Earnest.

Linda Gillum (Ruth) is an artistic associate with Remy Bumppo where she has performed in Old Times, Brontë, The Real Thing, The Best Man, Tartuffe, A Delicate Balance, Some Americans Abroad, Holiday, Top Girls and Man and Superman. She has also worked with A Red Orchid Theatre, Court Theatre, Defiant Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Roadworks Theatre, ShawChicago Theater Company, Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Theatre at the Center. Film and TV credits include: The Haunting Hour, Casting About, Bruised Orange, The Shadow, "Prison Break"and "Early Edition."
Ernest Perry, Jr. (Mageeba) makes his Remy Bumppo debut with Night and Day. Other Chicago credits include Heartbreak House, Magnolia, Gas for Less, Galileo, Cry the Beloved Country, The Iceman Cometh, A Christmas Carol, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Drowning Crow, An Enemy of the People, Play Mas, Let Me Live, Ties that Bind, Edmund, and Black Star Live at the Goodman Theatre; Five Rooms of Furniture at Organic Theater; Will the Circle Be Unbroken at Steppenwolf Theatre Company; All’s Well that End’s Well, Playboy of the West Indies, Mary Stuart at Court Theatre; Ceremonies and Dark Old Men, Daddy’s Seashore Blues, Split Second, and Pecong at Victory Gardens Theater, Yohen at Silk Road Theatre Project; Measure for Measure, Cymbeline,Henry V at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; and Sanctified at Congo Square Theatre Company. He appeared in Death and the King’s Horsemen on Broadway and toured with American Shakespeare Center’s Tempest. Internationally, he has performed in Hamburg, Paris, Vienna, Dublin and with the Royal Shakespeare Company in London. Film and TV credits include: A Rage in Harlem, The Color of Money, Barber Shop 2: Back in Business, The Untouchables, "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," and "ER."

Michael Pogue (Francis, Mageeba u/s) is excited to make his debut with Remy Bumppo in this production. Chicago credits include King Lear and As You Like It with Lakeside Shakespeare Theater; Six Degrees of Separation with Eclipse Theatre; Carter’s Way with Steppenwolf Theatre; Butt Nekkid with The Side Project; The Incredibly Famous Willy Rivers with Sinnerman Ensemble; Panther Burn with MPAACT; Sundown Names and Night-Gone Things Chicago Theater Company;The Zoo Story with Excaliber Shakespeare Company and Fences with Open Door Repertory Theater Company.

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