SPRING 2014: L’Imbecile

By Aaron Adair

WORLD PREMIERE!

Josh Zagoren (Husband), Maureen Yasko (Queen). Photo by Johnny Knight

RECOMMENDED! “….The cast assembled by veteran Chicago director William Bullion arrives well equipped with the physical stamina for the jocular violence characteristic of the genre, as well as the unwavering commitment to keep us invested in the story’s progress….” – Windy City Times

A decadent, gender-twisted take on Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Rigoletto.

“For sheer visual splendor…Stefanie Johnson’s collage-based costumes and Kelsey Shipley’s low-tech fantasy-gewgaws generate enchantment to dazzle the most sartorophiles.” – Windy City Times

SHOW DATES:
Run: 4/17 – 5/10, Th – Sat

At the Rivendell Theatre
5779 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago

Kimberly Logan (Courtier 1), Amy E. Harmon (Priestess), Elizabeth MacDougald (Courtier 3), Elyse Dawson (Courtier 2). Photo by Johnny Knight.

“…Harmon is hysterical. A petite woman and a Babes regular, Harmon is known on stage for her scrappy presence. This time, she goes full-on deadpan moxie with riotous results…Pure comedy gold!” – The Fourth Walsh

Director: Wm Bullion
Violence Design: Alison Dornheggen*

“Kat Wolf’s Fool is a cagey negotiator, a wise and manipulative survivor, and a truly sympathetic and rich character … Amy E. Harmon’s Priestess and her Gypsy are terrifying and compelling at the same time … Wm. Bullion directs the show with snappy pacing and solid staging….” – Chicago Stage Standard

CAST: Elyse Dawson (Courtier 2), Amy E. Harmon* (Priestess/Gypsy), Kimberly Logan* (Courtier 1), Elizabeth MacDougald* (Courtier 3), Luke Meierdiercks (Son), Kathrynne Wolf* (Fool), Maureen Yasko* (Queen), Josh Zagoren (Husband/Brother)
STAFF: Leigh Barrett* (Lighting Designer), Sharon Cruz (Stage Manager), Sid Feldman (Style Consultant),  Rose Freeman (Dramaturg), Stefanie Johnsen (Costume Designer), Sarah Scanlon (Sound Designer, Music Composition, Live Performance), Nicci Schumacher (Scenic Designer), Kelsey Shipley (Props Designer), Dustin Spence (Production Manager), Sasha Warren (Assistant Director)
Kathrynne Wolf (Fool), Elizabeth MacDougald (Courtier 3), Elyse Dawson (Courtier 2), Kimberly Logan (Courtier 1). Photo by Johnny Knight.

“Like deranged fun-house ghouls, the characters in this new play by Aaron Adair pop out and grab you…the mind games may leave you feeling like a guest at the Mad Hatter’s tea party…” – Chicago Reader

L’Imbecile is a veteran of BWBTC’s Fighting Words program (2012).

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