Glencoe, IL—Writers Theatre Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma announce initial casting for the company’s previously announced 2019/20 season.
“We are tremendously excited about our 2019/20 lineup at Writers Theatre,” says Artistic Director Michael Halberstam. “With a refreshing mix of revitalized classics and exciting new voices, we have compiled a season that captures the essential conversations we are having as a nation right now. Now, we are thrilled to share the gifted casts that we have invited to bring these six “must-see” productions to thrilling and sophisticated life!”
The 2019/20 season opens in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre with Into the Woods, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine, originally directed on Broadway by Lapine with orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick. The Writers Theatre production of Into the Woods features music direction and re-orchestrations by Matt Deitchman, choreography by Aubrey Adams, and is directed by Gary Griffin. The cast includes Nicole Armold (Lucinda), Ben Barker (Jack), Alex Benoit (Rapunzel’s Prince), Brianna Borger (Baker’s Wife), William Brown (Mysterious Man/Cinderella’s Father), McKinley Carter (Jack’s Mother), Matt Edmonds (Steward/Wolf), Lucy Godinez (Little Red Riding Hood), Michael Halberstam (Narrator), Kelli Harrington (Cinderella’s Stepmother), Molly Hernandez (Florinda), Cecilia Iole (Rapunzel), Michael Mahler (The Baker), Ryan McBride (Cinderella’s Prince), Mary Poole (Milky White), Bethany Thomas (Witch) and Jonathan Weir (Mysterious Man/Cinderella’s Father beginning 9/17). Casting Director: Geoff Button. Casting Consultant: Binder Casting; Justin Bohon, CSA. Additional casting to be announced at a later date.
The season will continue with The Niceties, written by Eleanor Burgess and directed by Marti Lyons, featuring Ayanna Bria Bakari (Zoe) and Mary Beth Fisher (Janine).
Lydia R. Diamond’s Stick Fly, directed by Ron OJ Parson, will feature Ayanna Bria Bakari (Cheryl), Eric Gerard (Kent), DiMonte Henning (Flip), Kayla Raelle Holder (Kimber), Jennifer Latimore (Taylor) and James Vincent Meredith (Joe LeVay).
The final production in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre – Mementos Mori, created by Manual Cinema – will feature Manual Cinema with additional casting details to be announced.
A new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, adapted by Sandra Delgado and Michael Halberstam and directed by Lavina Jadhwani, will open the season in the Gillian Theatre. The cast includes Cher Álvarez (Nora), Amy Carle (Anne Marie), Jürgen Hooper (Dr. Rank), Tiffany Renee Johnson (Christine), Adam Poss (Krogstad) and Gabriel Ruiz (Torvald).
Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, the final production in the Gillian Theatre, directed by Keira Fromm, will feature Kayla Carter (Mallory), Heather Chrisler (Galina), Christopher Sheard (Sergei) and Luigi Sottile (Tim).
The 2019/20 Season marks the fourth full season in the company’s award-winning new home at 325 Tudor Court in Glencoe, designed by Studio Gang Architects. Productions will be presented in two spaces in the theater complex including the 255-seat Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre as well as the Gillian Theatre, a 50 to 99-seat flexible theatre space.
From its very first year, Writers Theatre has brought quality and excellence to the stage while maintaining the company’s hallmark intimacy. The last 27 years have seen unprecedented growth in both the artistic and business arenas as the company has garnered national acclaim and recognition, marked by the celebrated opening of the Theatre’s new facility in February of 2016. With a longstanding reputation for consistent artistic excellence and with strong ties to the community, the Theatre has built an award-winning repertoire and serves as a vital and highly regarded company in the Chicagoland theatre community.
Season Packages are available at the Box Office, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, 847-242-6000 and www.writerstheatre.org.
Writers Theatre is pleased to welcome back BMO Harris Bank as the distinguished 2019/20 Season Sponsor, marking the Bank’s ninth consecutive year as season sponsor.
INTO THE WOODS
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Music Direction and Re-Orchestrations by Matt Deitchman
Choreographed by Aubrey Adams
Directed by Gary Griffin
August 14 – September 22, 2019
Opening August 21, 2019
Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre | 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe
The cast includes: Nicole Armold (Lucinda), Ben Barker (Jack), Alex Benoit (Rapunzel’s Prince), Brianna Borger (Baker’s Wife), William Brown (Mysterious Man/Cinderella’s Father), McKinley Carter (Jack’s Mother), Matt Edmonds (Steward/Wolf), Lucy Godinez (Little Red Riding Hood), Michael Halberstam (Narrator), Kelli Harrington (Cinderella’s Stepmother), Molly Hernandez (Florinda), Cecilia Iole (Rapunzel), Michael Mahler (The Baker), Ryan McBride (Cinderella’s Prince), Mary Poole (Milky White), Bethany Thomas (Witch) and Jonathan Weir (Mysterious Man/Cinderella’s Father beginning 9/17). Casting Director: Geoff Button. Casting Consultant: Binder Casting; Justin Bohon, CSA. Additional casting to be announced at a later date.
See the classic fairy tale characters you think you know come to magical life in this smart and subversive musical theatre masterpiece by American icons Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine!
When a childless baker and his wife set out to lift their family curse by journeying into the woods, they encounter Jack (with his beanstalk), Cinderella (and her prince) and Little Red Riding Hood (and her wolf)! These familiar characters find themselves in decidedly unfamiliar circumstances and must brave the darkness of the woods in an effort to break the curse, conquer their fears and find out if what they’ve always wished for is what they truly want.
This epic fairy tale adventure will be reimagined in a newly-configured Nichols Theatre to be staged “in the round,” drawing audiences into a theatrical experience unlike anything you’ve seen at WT! With its celebrated score, stirring script and an extraordinary team of artists bringing it all to life, Into the Woods launches WT’s 2019/20 Season as the musical theatre event of the summer. Chicago and Broadway Director Gary Griffin (Parade) returns to stage this Tony Award-winning musical about fairy tales, family and what happens after “happily ever after.”