CHICAGO – The Greenhouse Theater Center (GTC) is pleased to announce its 2019 Season featuring three co-productions with Chicago companies. The season kicks off the with the U.S. premiere adaptation of SONS AND LOVERS, co-produced with On The Spot Theatre. Based on the novel by D.H. Lawrence set in early 20th century England, the drama is adapted and directed by Mike Brayndick. Up next, The Greenhouse partners with Proxy Theatre for the Midwest premiere of the down-and-dirty rom-com musical (of sorts!) MIDSUMMER (A Play with Songs) written by Scottish playwright David Greig, with music by indie-favorite Gordon McIntyre and direction by Randy White. Finally, GTC joins forces with GLP Productions for the world premiere of David Alex’s political drama N, directed by TaRon Patton. Single tickets for all production will go on sale at a later date. For additional information, visit www.greenhousetheatercenter.org.
The Greenhouse Theater Center’s 2019 Season:
August 29 – September 29, 2019
SONS AND LOVERS – U.S. Premiere!
Based on the novel by D.H. Lawrence
Adapted and directed by Mike Brayndick
A co-production with On The Spot Theatre
Press opening: Saturday, August 31 at 7:30 pm
Based on the novel set in late 19th century England, SONS AND LOVERS dramatizes the early years of the spirited and brilliantly flawed writer D.H. Lawrence as he charted his course from a Midlands coal mining town into the larger world. The story portrays his parents’ mismatched marriage and his own first love affairs while confronting the jealousy of his beloved mother about the women he brought into his life. In the process, Lawrence developed his views on the mystical role of sexuality in shaping the wholeness of the self and the power of determined creativity to overcome dark circumstances.
September 5 – October 6, 2019
MIDSUMMER (A Play with Songs) – Midwest Premiere!
By David Greig
Music by Gordon McIntyre
Directed by Randy White
A co-production with Proxy Theatre
Press opening: Saturday, September 7 at 8 pm
Bob meets Helena in a basement wine bar. He’s a down-on-his luck petty thief and she’s a high-powered lawyer. With a wad of ill-gotten cash in hand and a local gangster on their heels, the unlikely (if hot-for-each-other) couple embark on an adventure-filled midsummer weekend, discovering that there are second chances at life – and love.
A collaboration between red-hot playwright David Greig and Ballboy singer-songwriter Gordon McIntyre, this Scottish version of Once (“delicate melodies sung to acoustic guitars and not the soundtrack of some brassy Broadway tuner” – Variety) is as riotously funny as it is touchingly romantic.
October 24 – November 17, 2019
N – World Premiere!
By David Alex
Directed by TaRon Patton
A co-production with GLP Productions
Press opening: Monday, October 28 at 7:30 pm
Mrs. Page is a 70-year-old, African-American widow; a passionate political conservative who campaigned for Barry Goldwater and strong admirer of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Her guilt for a personal decision involving astrology led her to the decision to never leave her home again. Eddy, a liberal young white struggling actor, is her caregiver. He is cast in show that is a career maker for him. During the rehearsal process the playwright adds the N-Word to the script. Eddy is repulsed by what he considers the offensive and destructive nature of the N-word and refuses to say it – ever, including on stage. Mrs. Page and Eddy learn something from each other and as well as about themselves while Eddy struggles to remain the person he hopes to be. N challenges us to look at the role society has played in shaping our personal, and thus, our national attitudes and prejudices.
N was given a staged reading in one of DePaul University’s Black History Month Celebrations and was a semi-finalist in the National Arts Club Playwrights First Competition.
Mike Brayndick (Adapter/Director, Sons and Lovers) is the Artistic Director of On The Spot Theatre Company. He began as resident writer at the Chicago Playwrights’ Center with Fragments from the Permanent Collection, Connecting Flight, Anna Gerhardt and In the Garden of the Prison, also broadcast on WJUF. His adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers commissioned by Traffic of the Stage in Hampstead toured the UK and was performed at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre. Smithsonian and Luce Foundation grants led to How to Make a Rainbow, developed at the Juilliard, and directed by Mike at the 2005 St. Ives Festival in the UK and the Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago in 2013. Also at the Greenhouse, On The Spot presented his adaptations of Turgenev’s Home of the Gentry and Balzac’s, Pére Goriot, as well as his original works, Pieces of Klee, Lisette Dances Divine and Scenes For A Green World. Mike’s contemporary comedies Only You Could Think That, What About Martha, All About Armando, Sex Lives of the Zebra Finch, Lost and Found have all been produced in Chicago. Most recently, his full-length romance set in Cornwall, England, Called Home by the Sea is currently running the month of April at Berger Park Coach House Theatre along with his one-act farce set in contemporary London, Rondelay.
David Greig (Playwright, Midsummer) has been described as “one of the most interesting and adventurous British dramatists of his generation” (Daily Telegraph) and “one of the most intellectually stimulating dramatists around.” (Guardian). Mr. Greig’s plays have been performed at The Royal Court, Old Vic, Royal Shakespeare Company, Traverse Theatre, and at major theatre companies around the world. His works include The Bacchae, Dunsinane, The Events, along with the international hits Midsummer (a play with songs) and Broadway’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In Chicago, David’s Yellow Moon and The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart were recently staged at Writers Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Mr. Greig’s current work is an adaptation of the celebrated Scottish film Local Hero. With music by Dire Strait’s Mark Knopfler, the musical is currently playing to rave reviews at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh, where David serves as artistic director.
Gordon McIntyre (Music, Midsummer) is a founding member and lead singer of the Scottish Indie band Ballboy. Led by McIntyre’s quirky lyrics and arresting melodies, Ballboy mixed post-punk, pop and folk and became an early 2000s cult favorite with great song titles (I Don’t Have Time to Stand Here With You Fighting About the Size of My Dick / Godzilla Vs The Island Of Manhattan (With You And I Somewhere In-Between)) and even better songs!
Randy White (Director, Midsummer) is a freelance director, dramaturg and teacher. He has extensive experience directing and teaching in New York City and at regional theaters across America. In New York, Randy developed and directed Glen Berger’s Underneath the Lintel, which ran for over a year off-Broadway, along with the off-Broadway production (and 3-year national tour) of Theatreworks USA’s Max and Ruby, Carson Kreitzer’s Self-Defense (New Georges), and over a dozen additional productions around the city. In addition, Randy assisted extensively on and off-Broadway, including on Disney’s The Lion King. Randy is a member of the Lincoln Center Director’s lab and was also resident director at New Dramatists for two years. Outside of New York, Randy directed Pygmalion (Shakespeare Santa Cruz), Glen Berger’s O Lovely Glowworm (Portland Center Stage), Kirsten Greenidge’s Proclivities (University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theatre bfa program) and Sans-culottes in the Promised Land (Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival), Sondheim’s Into The Woods (Yale Dramatic Association) and Sweeney Todd (University of Pennsylvania). Randy was also the Associate Director on David Edgar’s Continental Divide (OSF, Berkeley Rep). More recently, Randy was the founding artistic director of Cardinal Stage Company in Bloomington, IN. Randy spent ten years as producing artistic director, leading the team that built Cardinal into a successful Equity theatre. For Cardinal, Randy’s directing included Nick Dear’s Frankenstein, West Side Story, King Charles III, The Whipping Man, August: Osage County, Next to Normal, The 39 Steps, A Streetcar Named Desire, To Kill a Mockingbird, Les Miserables, and The Grapes of Wrath. As a theatre educator, Randy has directed and/or taught at Yale, University of Pennsylvania, Indiana University, University of Minnesota/Guthrie, University of Alberta, Fordham and NYU Tisch. He also taught for several years at NYC’s American Musical and Dramatic Academy. In Chicago, Randy has directed Curious George and the Golden Meatball at Northbrook Theatre, Truman and the Birth of Israel at Greenhouse Theater and The Wizard of Oz at Children’s Theatre of Winnetka. Randy is also working to adapt several Newberry award-winning children’s novels for the stage. Randy holds an MFA in directing from the University of Alberta in his native Canada.
David Alex (Playwright, N) has written fourteen full-length and eighteen one-acts plays. He has received three grants from the Illinois Arts Council and one from the Pilgrim Foundation, an award for plays that deal with issues of moral significance. Full-length productions include Eroica, Azusa Productions i/a/w Redtwist Theatre; Ends, an African-American Theatre Festival Award Winner (Univ. of Louisville), New Jersey Repertory Company and Bowen Park Theatre Company; Adrift, Azusa Productions; Corpus Delicti, MadKap Productions; Onto Infinity, Azusa Productions and Bowen Park Theatre Company, By the Rivers of Babylon, Chicago Playwrights Center. Dramatic Publishing has published two of his plays. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild. www.davidalex.net.
TaRon Patton (Director, N) is excited to expand her talents by serving as director to this production. Directing credits include: Saturday Night, Sunday Morning (Steppenwolf Garage Rep) Bulrusher (Congo Square Theatre), Nativity Tribute (Congo Square Theatre). Acting credits include: Meet Vera Stark (Goodman Theater), Hot L Baltimore (Steppenwolf); the Chicago and New York adaptation of Toni Morrison’s novel The Bluest Eye (Steppenwolf), St James Infirmary and King Hedley II (Congo Square Theatre Company), Black Nativity and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Goodman Theater). Television credits: The Chi, Empire, Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, A Different World, Misty Tanner and the Emmy award winning CBS After-School special What About Your Friends. Film credits: Of Boys and Men and Stitches. TaRon received her MFA in Acting from UCLA and is very proud of her role as Executive Director of Congo Square Theatre Company.
About the Companies
The Greenhouse Theater Center (GTC) is a producing theater company, performance venue and theatre bookstore located at 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.
GTC began its producing life in 2014 with the smash hit Churchill, followed by 2016’s much-lauded Solo Celebration!, an eight month, 16 event series highlighting the breadth and depth of the solo play form. In 2017-18, the Greenhouse presented its first full subscription season, including Machinal (4 stars from Chicago Tribune’s Chris Jones) and the Chicago premiere of Birds of a Feather.
As a performance venue, the Greenhouse complex offers two newly-remodeled 198-seat main stage spaces, two 60-seat studio theaters, a newly-built 44-seat cabaret space, two high-capacity lobbies and an in-house rehearsal room. GTC also houses Chicago’s only dedicated used theatre bookstore, located on the second floor the complex.
The Greenhouse Theater Center’s mission is first and foremost to grow local theatre. GTC seeks local theatre companies and artists to partner on co-productions, offering partners a multitude of resources including an equitable split of production costs, production manager, full-service box office and front-of-house staff, artistic consultation, marketing and public relations support and a full-service bar with concessions. For additional information, contact Nicholas Reinhart at (773) 404-7336, ext. 13.
On The Spot Theatre Company was created in 2003 by Mike Brayndick to develop and stage new plays for performance “on the spot” in a variety of venues. In the new play development process, Mike creates a collaborative space in which he works with actors to allow characters and stories to evolve out of a few initial scripted scenes or the exploration of a germ idea. Each week he brings in more scenes for the actors to play with as the script grows into a whole. Discussion of the play continues as it goes through multiple readings in the workshop from one draft to the next. On The Spot intends to continue to expand the ensemble and develop new plays in the evolving method outlined above.
Proxy Theatre seeks out thrilling, successful shows from around the world that have somehow never played Chicago.
GLP Productions is a Chicago-based arts investment and production company that nationally produces theatrical new works and independent film. The GLP mission is to support artists in reaching their dreams through direct investments or management. Film credit: Road to Freedom and the web series Misty Tanner.