Remy Bumppo to hold Salon Panel for 2010-11 Season

Remy Bumppo hosts

Salon Panel of Real Life Counterparts to

Secret Lives, Public Lies” Season Theme

WBEZ’s Steve Edwards to Moderate Aug. 30 Conversation
Featuring Jeffrey Carlson,
Bunky Cushing, Storer H. Rowley and James Bohnen

Remy Bumppo Theatre presents its annual Season Salon, the official kick off to its 2010/11 season, on Monday, Aug. 30 from 7:00 – 9:30pm. at the Greenhouse Theater Center at 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. The evening features a lively and sometimes irreverent panel discussion and audience question and answer session on the season theme Secret Lives, Public Lives, followed by refreshments and conversation in the lobby. This year’s salon is moderated by Chicago Public Radio’s Director of Content Steve Edwards. Panelists include veteran war correspondent Storer H. Rowley; fundraiser Bunky Cushing, dubbed Chicago’s “Social Tugboat” by Vogue Magazine; actor Jeffrey Carlson, who originated the role of Billy in Edward Albee’s The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? and Remy Bumppo Artistic Director James Bohnen. Remy Bumppo’s Season Salon is open to the public, and reservations are recommended. A $10 donation is requested at the door. Seating is general admission, and doors open at 6:30 p.m. For reservations visit the RSVP calendar at or call 773-244-8119.

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.
Now in its seventh year, Remy Bumppo’s Season Salon serves as a preview of the upcoming season and introduces the season theme.

The 2010/11 season features three plays exploring the theme Secret Lives, Public Lies and includes Tom Stoppard‘s romantic drama about competing British war correspondents, Night and Day, Sept. 22 – Oct. 31, 2010; Oscar Wilde‘s comic masterpiece about social manners, identity and the customs of courtship, The Importance of Being Earnest, Nov. 24, 2010 through Jan. 9, 2011; and Edward Albee‘s family tragi-comedy, which won the 2002 Tony Award for Best Play, The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?, March 30 – May 8, 2011.

Artistic Director Bohnen explains the season theme Secret Lives, Public Lies:

These plays ask the questions ‘What are you willing to risk? How far will you go to find true love?’ and ‘Where is your limit of forgiveness?  They delve into the tension between the deep truths we hide and the deceptions that help us get by. This year’s panelists have uncanny connections to the play they have been assigned to introduce, which promises to make for an exceptionally memorable and entertaining evening.

All shows will be presented at the Greenhouse Theater Center at 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. Subscriptions range from $68 for previews to $165 for opening night and are on sale now at or by calling the Greenhouse Theater box office at 773-404-7336.

A pre-Salon dinner is offered at Simply It: Cuisine of Vietnam, 2269 N. Lincoln Ave. Chef Tuan offers Remy Bumppo patrons a simply delicious buffet dinner for just $20 per person (tax and tip not included). BYOB and Simply It will waive the corkage fee for Salon guests. Reservations are required, and limited to the first 60 patrons. Please call Remy Bumppo at 773.244.8119 for dinner reservations.

Panelist Bios:

Photo of Steve EdwardsSteve Edwards

Steve Edwards (moderator) is Director of Content for Chicago Public Radio station WBEZ 91.5 FM and the original host of the award-winning radio news magazine “Eight-Forty-Eight.” Edwards’ reports and interviews have been honored by Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), The Chicago Headline Club, The Illinois Associated Press, United Press International (UPI), The Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI), and the Chicago Bar Association. He is the recipient of a Grand Prize Award from the National Headliner Club and a 2007/08 Knight-Wallace Fellowship for mid-career journalists at the University of Michigan. He has also been a reporter and producer for Bloomberg News in New York, a news anchor for WTTT AM in Amherst, MA, and an advertising executive with Leo Burnett in Chicago.

photo of Jeffrey CarlsonJeffrey Carlson

Jeffrey Carlson (panelist) is a Broadway, film and TV actor and singer. His recent roles include Marilyn in the off-Broadway musical Taboo (for which he received a Drama Desk nomination), the transgender rock star Zarf/Zoe on “All My Children” (the first transgender character on U.S. daytime television), and Prince Hal in the 5 ½ hour Chicago Shakespeare Company production ofHenry IV Parts 1 & 2 directed by Barbara Gaines. Carlson also originated the role of Billy in Edward Albee’s The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? on Broadway with Bill Pullman and Mercedes Ruehl.

photo of Bunky CushingBunky Cushing

Also known as “The Squire of Society,” Bunky Cushing is a fundraiser, party-giver and man-about-town. He was dubbed “Chicago’s Social Tugboat” by Vogue Magazine. His annual Valentine’s Tea, now in its 16th year, has been called one of Chicago’s most sought after social invitations byHarper’s Bazaar. Cushing will lend his perspective to Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

photo of Storer RowleyStorer H. Rowley

Storer H. Rowley (panelist) is a veteran war correspondent, and is currently serving as the Executive Director of Government and Community Relations at Elmhurst College. He was a correspondent for the Chicago Tribune for 17 years, based in Washington D.C., Dallas, Mexico City, Toronto and Jerusalem, and served as its National Editor from 2002 to 2009. A 1997 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Rowley was part of the Chicago Tribune team awarded the Overseas Press Club’s Madeline Dane Ross Award, and the Peter Lisagor Award from the Chicago Headline Club in 1996 for a series on why people have children they can’t afford to raise. He will discuss Tom Stoppard’s play Night and Day.

photo of James BohnenJames Bohnen

James Bohnen (panelist) is artistic director and co-founder of Remy Bumppo Theatre Company where he has directed over two dozen productions. He will direct Remy Bumppo’s upcoming productions of Night and Day and The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? James has also directed for many seasons at American Players Theatre (APT) in Spring Green, WI. This summer at APT he directs W. Somerset Maugham’s The Circle.


Remy Bumppo’s Season Salon: Secret Lives, Public Lies
A panel discussion featuring Steve Edwards, James Bohnen, Jeffrey Carlson, Bunky Cushing and Storer H. Rowley, followed by refreshments and conversation.
Monday, Aug. 30 from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
The Greenhouse Theater Center, Downstairs Mainstage
2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
A $10 donation is requested at the door.
Reservations can be made on the RSVP Calendar at
or at 773-244-8119.
Discounted parking is available for $6 on weekends and weekdays after 5:00 p.m. at the Children’s Memorial Hospital Garage located ½ block north of the theater on Lincoln Ave.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: