Circle Theatre, as part
of its Blackbox Series and ongoing commitment to the development of new
works, presents GREAT ENDINGS, our first New Plays Festival.
The Festival features short works
from playwrights ranging in age from teens to 70's and will include open
audience discussions following each performance.
Program A - July 24, July 27,
August 2, August 8
Act I - directed by Kristin Gehring
A Park Play by Mark Young
I Am Mame! by Beverly Rosen
Ripped by George Brant
Act II - directed by Jim Wall
War by Ron Riekki
Program B - July 25, July 31,
August 3, August 9
Act I - directed by Lisa Spierer
Different Music by Charies Lippitz
The Leper Valley Condo Association
by Greg Owens
Cafe Society by John Susman
Act II - directed by Michael Matthews
Dolores Decides to Die by Andy Byrne
Program C - July 26, August 1,
August 7, August 10
Act I - directed by Leslie Charipar
Tessoro D'Amore by Domenick Danza
Love is Murder by Jae Kramisen
To Go Boldly by Matthew I. Bennett
Act ll - directed by Melissa Meloro
Under Our Clothes by Lisa Rosenthal
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.
$10 for one program, $8 for each
additional program (with coupon)
Anna Carini • Patrice Egleston • Peter Esposito • Audrey Francis • Dan
Todd Jackson • Season Mhoon
• Ryan Russ • Laura Sciortino • Michael Stailey • Regina Webster
7300 Madison Street, Forest
Park (708) 771-0700 circle-theatre.org
MATTHEW IVAN BENNETT (To
Go Boldly) is a graduate of Southern Utah University. His fill! length,
The White Light ofTerrence, received awards at the American College Theatre
Festival. He's delighted for To Go Boldly to get an audience
GEORGE BRANT (Ripped)
has written numerous plays including One Hand Clapping,
Night of the Mime, The Royal
Historian ofOz, BORGLUM! The Mount Rushmore
Musical, Tights on a Wire and
Lovely Letters, published by Chicago Plays. His scripts
have been produced by zeppo
productions, StreetSigns, Factory Theater, SourceWorks
Theatre, Prop Thtr and Boomer
ANDY BYRNE (Delores Decides
To Die) was bom in Chicago, a descendant of Irish
immigrants. Educated in parochial
schools, he received his Masters Degrees in English
and Psychology. He has been
published in The Chicago Reader. Ovez Review, and After
Hours. Delores Decides To Die
is his play performed on stage. He owns a canoe.
DOMENICK DANZA (Tessoro
D 'Amore) has been involved in the arts for 20 years as a teacher, choreographer,
director and performer. He received his BA in Theater at Fordham University,
and studied dance at American Dance Machine, Broadway Dance
Center and Steps Studio. He
founded & was Artistic Director for Green Light, and is a Chicago Dramatist
JAE KRAMISEN (Love Is
Murder), of New York City, is a recipient of the Helen Hayes Young Playwriting
Award along with numerous other honors. She just finished her first fall-length
play, America's Gookland about the experiences of Vietnam veterans. She
will study dramatic writing at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Theatre.
CHUCK LIPPITZ (Different
Music) was inspired by his Chicago law firm's work financing major
movies to become a film producer. His later association with Northlight
Theatre's Open Door Ensemble moved him from movie scripts into playwriting.
have appeared at each of the
Northlight Theatre's annual ODE Showcases.
GREG OWENS (The Leper
Valley Condo Association) lives in Montana with his wife
and daughter. His play The Life
and Times ofTulsa Lovechild will be published this fall by Broadway
Play Publishing in New York.
RON RIEKKI (War) was nominated
by National Book Award winner John Casey for his novel, U.P.. which
won this year's Sewanee Prize. This fall Overlook Press publishes and The
Penguin Group distributes it. Reasonable Facsimile Theater will perform
Riekki's Coffeehouse Philosophy and the Pain It Causes in August for the
Festival, (I love you, Julie!)
BEVERLY WILENS ROSEN (I
Am Mame!), a member of the Open Door Ensemble has had four plays
selected for their Ten Minute Showcase. Her prize-winning play I'm Near
Niagara was performed at the Colorado Mountain College and the Snowmass
Repertory Theatre, and / Owe
You a Lullaby received staged readings at Boxer Rebellion Theatre in Chicago
and in Aspen, Colorado.
LISA ROSENTHAL (Under
Our Clothes) developed this play with the help of the Downstage Left play
development program at Stage Left Theatre (Chicago), American Theatre Company
(Chicago), Venus Theatre Company (Washington, D.C.), The
Playwrights Collective (Chicago),
and Heartland Stage (Indiana). Thanks to the beautiful Melissa and cast
for their dedication. Peace.
JOHN SUSMAN (Cafe
Society) was a Heideman Award Finalist at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Other plays include: Nelson & Simone (Live Bait Theater, Midwest New
Plays Festival) and Tiger Treadwell Takes Tinseltown (Uprising Playwright's
Angeles Theatre Unit.) Most
recently, his screenplay, Game Day, was selected into the 2002 IFP Film
MARK YOUNG (A Park Play)
has had his plays appear in Chicago, New York and Washington D.C. In 2002
he received the Source Theatre's H.D. Lewis New Play Award, was a finalist
for the Heideman Award, the Arts & Letters Prize, and the Maxim
Mazumdar Award. He is a member
of Chicago Dramatists Network (where A Park Play was in part developed)
and the Playwrights Collective..
LESLIE CHARIPAR (Tessoro
D'Amore, Love Is Murder, To Go Boldly) is enjoying her second Chicago directing
project. She directed The Bug for New Theater Collective last summer. Also
an actress, Leslie last appeared in Organic Theater's The Lady From Dubuque.
KRISTIN GEHRING (A Park
Play, I Am Mame!. Ripped) directed DAYSTAR: A Medieval Christmas Play at
Circle last year and is scheduled to direct Sam Shepard's Fool for Love
for Circle in early 2004.
MICHAEL MATTHEWS (Delores
Decides To Die) directed the Jeff-Recommended In
The Blood for Circle, Being
11 for Serendipity, Porcelain for Trap Door Theatre (Jeff Nomination for
Best Director/Jeff Award for Ensemble) and the Jeff-Nominated For Colored
Girls... (BTA and After Dark Awards for ensemble).
MELISSA MELORO (Under
Our Clothes), an Associate Company Member of Circle, is thrilled to be
working with Lisa on this wonderful project. Previously with Circle, she
has also directed Eleemosynary and the dreamer examines his pillow.
LISA SPIERER (Different
Music. The Leper Valley Condo Assn, Cafe Society), a Circle Company Member
and the Theatre's web designer, is making her Illinois directorial debut.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
JIM WALL (War), Fest Coordinator
and Circle's Literary Manager, is a teacher and an award winning, published,
produced playwright. His plays Parlor Games and Auschwitz Lullaby (world
premiere at Circle in 1998) are both available through Dramatic
Publishing, me. Woodstock, IL.
ANNE MARIE BEAULIEU (Stage
Manager) has stage managed several productions at
Circle Theatre. Her most recent
production was Murder Americana.
JEFFREY CASS (Lighting
Designers thrilled to be designing lights once again. He has designed lights
for Wing and Groove Theater, Bailiwick Loft and such shows as Frankenstein,
Dancing at Lughnasa, and Quest of the Nomads to mention a few.
CATHERINE FERRARO (Costume
Designer) is excited to be working on such a diverse project as the Fest.
This summer she is also stage managing and costume designing CTEYA's production
of Music Man. Thanks to the cast, crew and company.
ABOUT THE NEW PLAYS FESTIVAL
Circle Theatre, throughout its
18 year history, has always been strongly committed to the development
of new works, whether they be dramas, comedies, or musicals. Circle has
presented World Premieres by British playwright Stephen Dark and New York
playwrights Harry McEwan and John McMahon,
but our deepest commitment has
been to local
playwrights, including Rebecca
Oilman, Douglas Post, Aline Lathrop, and Circle's own Jim Wall, Jon
Steinhagen, and Mark Stopek. Three of these have received Jeff Citations:
Stephen dark's STRIPPED and Rebecca Oilman's The Glory Of Living for New
Work, and Rebecca Oilman's The Crime Of The Century for New Adaptation.