CHICAGO – Chicago’s Lucky Plush Productions is excited to announce the company will make its Kennedy Center debut next spring bringing Rooming House, the smash hit, critically acclaimed dance/theater “whodunit” to the nation’s capital, May 2-4, 2019, as part of the Center’s 2018-19 Ballet and Contemporary Dance Series.
Co-created by Lucky Plush Artistic Director Julia Rhoads and Leslie Buxbaum Danzig with original music by Michael Caskey, Rooming House received its world premiere last November to substantial critical and box office acclaim at Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre.
Marrying intimate conversations among friends with the tragic myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, Rooming House asks what makes a person do something that could lead to shattering and irreparable consequences. Insightful and surprisingly humorous, Rooming House shifts between dynamic choreography, casual speech and comedic wit in a highly theatrical trademark style.
Last fall’s premiere sold out its entire three-week run at Steppenwolf and was hailed by the Chicago Reader as “fascinating…a dynamic production as intricate and slick as it is open and seemingly off-the-cuff.”
For tickets and information to the D.C. premiere of Rooming House at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, visit kennedy-center.org.
Closer to home, Lucky Plush returns later this week to Chicago’s Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St. in Millennium Park, with Tab Show, Thursday and Friday, April 26 and 27, at 7:30 p.m. The program starts with Rink Life, a dance theater work loosely inspired by classic roller rink culture, with a sound design entirely generated by the performers and built upon disparate fragments of information – partially overheard conversations, musical scales, and pop-song earworms. Act two is Curb Candy, an all-new re-mix of excerpts from several of the “greatest hits” in the Lucky Plush repertory including Surrelium, Endplay and Punk Yankees. Tickets to Tab Show are $25-$70. Purchase online at HarrisTheaterChicago.org, or call the Harris Theater Box Office, (312) 334-7777.
Now in its 18th season, Chicago-based Lucky Plush Productions – the only dance organization to receive the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions – is committed to provoking and supporting an immediacy of presence – a palpable liveness – shared by performers in real-time with audiences. Though rigorously composed, much of the company’s work feels like it is generated spontaneously. The company is led by founder and artistic director Julia Rhoads and managing director Kim Goldman. Current ensemble members are Kara Brody, Michel Rodriguez Cintra, Elizabeth Luse, Rodolfo Sánchez Sarracino, Aaron-Raheim White and Meghann Wilkinson (with guest performers Enid Smith, Jacinda Ratcliffe and Ethan Kirschbaum this week at the Harris.) For more information, visit luckyplush.com.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is America’s living memorial to President Kennedy. Under the guidance of Chairman David M. Rubenstein, and President Deborah F. Rutter, the nine theaters and stages of the nation’s busiest performing arts facility attract more than three million visitors to more than 2,000 performances each year, while center-related touring productions, television, and radio broadcasts reach 40 million more around the world. The Center and its affiliates stage more than 400 free performances by artists from throughout the world each year on the Center’s main stages, and every day of the year at 6 p.m. on its Millennium Stages, which are also streamed live, online. To learn more about the Kennedy Center, please visit kennedy-center.org.