The Double

By: Barbara Lhota*

Screwball comedy meets swashbuckler in this world-premiere tribute to Cyrano de Bergerac and the 1940’s.

Two people holds back a man in a sports coat

About the Show

Set at the Belasco Theatre in the 1940s, The Double follows Minnie, an actor and stage combatant, who is cast in a Broadway production of Cyrano de Bergerac alongside a colorful group of film studio personalities. Expect comedy, romance, and swashbuckling!

Workshopped through BWBTC’s New Plays Development Program, The Double provided heaping helpings of laughter, love, and derring-do.

WHERE  Lincoln Square Theatre
4754 N Leavitt St, Chicago
WHEN August 20 – September 24, 2011
SHOWTIMES Thursdays & Fridays at 8pm
Saturdays at 2:00pm &  8:00pm
PREVIEWS August 13, 18, 19, 2011
PRESS OPENING Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 8:00pm
CLOSING NIGHT Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 8:00pm

This production uses realistic staged violence in the telling of the story.

2 hours with intermission

Leigh Barrett*

Libby Beyreis*

* Denotes BWBTC Ensemble Member

***Ticket sales end 3 hours before curtain. Seats may still be available even if it says no longer available.***

9/15 – 9/17, BWBTC will be accepting donations for the Center on Halsted’s youth programming.

PLAYWRIGHT: Barbara Lhota*

DIRECTOR: Leigh Barrett*


CAST: Shaun Nathan Baer (Adrian Young), Dan Foss (Saul Bloomfield), Lisa Herceg* (Rosalind Rollins), Gillian N. Humiston* (Minnie Sparks), Brendan Hutt (George Hall), Kimberly Logan* (Olivia Wood)*, Mark Pracht (Charles Fontaine), and Kathrynne Wolf* (Shirley Spagel).

STAFF: Sarah Burnham (Scenic Design), Alison Dornheggen* (Dance Choreography), Jesse Gaffney (Props Design), Amy E. Harmon* (Production Manager), Lindsey Lyddan (Lighting Design), Kjerstine McHugh* (Assistant Director & Stage Manager), Jennifer L. Mickelson* (Violence Assistant), Adam Smith (Sound Design), and Heidi Jade Warrine (Costume Design).

* = BWBTC ensemble member

Press photos by: Steven Townshend.

Production photos by: Johnny Knight.

“On the surface, The Double is a delicious Hollywood style romp featuring characters based on such golden matinee personalities as Errol Flynn and Rosalind Russell. But a peek beneath its glossy surface, also, reveals a whimsical exploration of the power women yielded behind the scenes in the magic cinema of yesteryear. Of course, one wouldn’t expect anything less from acclaimed local playwright Barb Lhota and producing company, Babes With Blades. Both entities have been providing Chicago audiences with physically powerful female characters for years…. The Double naturally concludes with an amazing stage combat exercise involving the majority of the female cast.” —SHERIDAN ROAD MAGAZINE
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