180 Degree Rule

A World Premiere by M.E.H. Lewis & Barbara Lhota*

Two women sitting over a film reel

About the Show

A love story wrapped in a mystery, 180 Degree Rule explores the conflicting realities that emerge as history is distorted by passage of time and shifting points of view.

Moving from film to live action, flashback to the present,Professor Katie Dunham struggles to unpack the truth behind the doomed romance between revolutionary film director Ruth Alice Bennett and leading lady Margot Faber… 30 years too late.

WHERE City Lit Theater
1020 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago
2nd Floor, Edgewater Presbyterian Church
WHEN April 16, 2016 – May 21, 2016
SHOWTIMES Thursdays, Fridays
and Saturdays at 8:00pm
Sundays at 3:00pm
PREVIEWS April 16, 17, 22, 23, 24
PRESS OPENING April 25, 2016 at 8:00pm
ADDED SHOWS Wednesdays, May 11 & May 18, 2016 at 8:00pm
CLOSING NIGHT Saturday, May 25 at 8:00pm

**TRIGGER WARNING: this production contains scenes of realistic staged violence, including those of a sexual nature**

2 hours with intermission

Rachel Edwards Harvith

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.***

5/18 – 21 BWBTC will be collecting donations on behalf of Pro Bono Network, which focuses on bringing more attorneys to people in need. For more information, visit the Pro Bono Network website.

PLAYWRIGHTS: M.E.H. Lewis & Barbara Lhota

DIRECTOR: Rachel Edwards Harvith


CAST: Kate Black-Spence (Katie Dunham), Tommy Bullington (George Berlitz & Ensemble), Chris Cinereski (Francis Montgomery & Ensemble), Amy E. Harmon* (Ruth Alice Bennett), Lisa Herceg* (Margot Faber), Kimberly Logan* (Hedwige Sourile), Jason Narvy (Gilbert Bailey), Kelly Yacono* (Aunt Henny & Ensemble), Patti Moore* (Understudy)

STAFF: Leigh Barrett* (Sound Design), Kurt Brandt (Props Design), Jason Fleece (Dialect Coach), Adam Greye (Stage Manager), Kaitlyn Grissom (Technical Director), Amy E. Harmon* (Production Manager), Beth Laske-Miller (Costume Design), Barbara Lhota* (Production Manager), Carter Martin (Film Director/Editor), G. Max Maxin IV (Projection & Scenic Design), Heather Meyers (Dramaturg), Tim Tavano (Director of Photography), Laura Wiley (Lighting Design)

* = BWBTC ensemble member
+ = BWBTC emeritus member

Press photos taken by: Steven Townshend.

Production photos taken by: Johnny Knight.

“Full of romance and heartbreak, justice denied and shadowy threats, M.E.H Lewis and Barbara Lhota’s 180 Degree Rule is a marvelous neo-noir. In a rare feat of theater making they, along with director Rachel Edwards Harvith and film director Carter Martin, have interlaced the live action with cuts of film recreated by the cast and projected across that back wall. It’s a radiant love story, a chilling tragedy and a puzzle that gets the blood pumping and the heart thirsty for justice.” —CHICAGO THEATRE REVIEW
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