Following its wildly successful Positively Present cabaret at Mary’s Attic in Andersonville, Brown Paper Box Co. continues their 2017/2018 season with Neil Simon, Marvin Hamlisch, and Carole Bayer Sager’s 1979 classic two-hander (and many-voiced), They’re Playing Our Song. In his directorial debut, Jeff Award nominee Daniel Spagnuolo* helms and choreographs the romantic comedy during Brown Paper Box Co.’s fourth summer residency at Rivendell Theatre (5779 N Ridge Ave, Chicago, IL 60660).
Hoping to find a new collaborator, award-winning composer Vernon Gersch (Dan Gold) meets the offbeat yet accomplished Sonia Walsk (Carmen Risi) at his luxury Manhattan apartment. Vernon has already written music to one of Sonia’s lyrics. The song is exceptional and it’s clear something wonderful can come from this partnership. Before too long, they start a romantic relationship, move in together, and then the trouble begins. Complemented by Neil Simon’s comedic writing and the songwriting team of Hamlisch and Bayer Sager, They’re Playing Our Song is a story about the joy of falling in love and creating art. More information – including ticketing, groups sales, and behind-the-scenes insights – can be found at www.BrownPaperBox.org.
They’re Playing Our Song stars Carmen Risi (Sonya Walsk) and Dan Gold (Vernon Gersch), & includes Ariana Cappuccitti, Mike Danovich (Vernon u/s), Bradley Halverson, John Marshall Jr., Elissa Newcorn (Sonya u/s), and Deanalís Resto as their Voices. Megan Gill and Joshua A. Peterson Swing the Voices.
The production staff and design team include Jeff Award nominee Daniel Spagnuolo* (Director/Choreographer), Ilana Atkins (Musical Director), Rebecca “Becs” Bartle (Lighting Designer), Margaret Baughman* (Asst. Director/Choreographer), Zach Dries* (Photography/Video), David Lipschutz* (Casting Associate), M. William Panek* (Production Manager), Deanna Satin (Stage Manager), Matt Sergot* (Front of House Manager), Kate Setzer Kamphausen (Costume Designer), Charlie Sheets* (Graphic Designer), and Jeff Award nominee Ashley Ann Woods (Set/Prop Designer).
*Denotes Brown Paper Box Co. members
About Brown Paper Box Co.
Brown Paper Box Co. creates challenging and inspiring theatre that focuses on the text. By employing a smart, simple aesthetic in intimate spaces, we connect audiences directly to the heart of the story. For more information, please visit www.BrownPaperBox.org.
Who: Brown Paper Box Co.
What: They’re Playing Our Song
July 21 – August 20, 2017
Where: Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N Ridge Ave Chicago, IL 60660
Preview: Friday, July 21, 2017 at 7:30pm
Opening Night: Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 7:30pm
Press Performances: Sunday July 23, 2017 at 2pm and Monday, July 24, 2017 at 7:30pm
Regular Run Fri, Jul 28 – Sun, July 30, 2017
Thu, Aug 3, 2017 – Sun, Aug 6, 2017
Thu, Aug 10, 2017 – Sun, Aug 13, 2017
Thu, Aug 17, 2017 – Sun, Aug 20, 2017
Tickets: On sale now at www.BrownPaperBox.org