Announcing Promethean’s new Executive Director

You may have seen her face at our shows.  You may have worked with her before.  You may know that she’s our resident stage manager and business manager and all-around badass…

But now, Alexa Berkowitz is Promethean’s Executive Director too!!!

Lexi has been an ensemble member with Promethean since 2013.  She’s stage managed countless shows with us, which means she often acts as house manager, actor wrangler, director wrangler, light hanger, scenic painter…the list goes on and on.  However, her love of spreadsheets and organized inboxes have contributed to her success as our business manager behind the scenes as well.

Please join us in congratulating Lexi on her new role!

Meet the cast and crew of The Liar

We are so pleased to announce the cast and production staff of The Liar, the final show of our 11th season.

Cast

 

Josh Hambrock
Dorante

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Brendan Hutt*
Cliton

Megan_DeLay

Megan DeLay**
Isabelle/Sabine

Michael_Hagedorn

Michael Hagedorn
Geronte
Kat_Bramley
Kat Bramley
Understudy – Lucrece

Meghann-Tabor-web

Meghann Tabor*
Clarice

Katherine_Border

Katherine Schwartz
Lucrece

Shane_Roberie

Shane Roberie
 Alcippe

 

Joshua_Servantez

Joshua Servantez
Philiste
jared_dennis
Jared Dennis*
Understudy – Dorante

Production Staff

Director: Ed Rutherford**
Stage Manager: Alexa Berkowitz*
Lighting Designer: Eric Vigo
Set and Props Designer: Jeremy Hollis
Costume Designer: Gary Nocco
Sound Designer: Ben Sutherland
Violence Designer: Brendan Hutt*

*Indicates PTE Ensemble Member

**Indicates PTE Artistic Associate

The Liar runs April 21 – May 27 at the Athenaeum Theatre Studio 2.

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Announcing the Eurydice cast and production staff

Cast:

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Janeane Bowlware*
Eurydice

sandy_elias

Sandy Elias
Father

jordan_golding

Jordan Golding
Orpheus

jared_dennis

Jared Dennis*
Nasty/Interesting Man

 

susie_griffith

Susie Griffith
Big Stone

Meghann-Tabor-web

Meghann Tabor*
Little Stone

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Brendan Hutt*
Loud Stone

Production Staff:

Director: Nicole Hand*

Stage Manager: Alexa Berkowitz*

Set Designer/Technical Director: Jeremiah Barr*

Lighting Designer: Jess Fialko

Costume Designer: Gary Nocco

Props Designer: Arielle Valene

Sound Designer: Eric Backus

*Indicates PTE Ensemble Member

**Indicates PTE Artistic Associate

Make sure to catch Sarah Ruhl’s poignant play, running January through February, 2017 at the Athenaeum Studio 1.

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Meet the team behind Gross Indecency

Promethean welcomes the entire cast and production staff of Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, this season’s Promethean Spark production.

Cast:

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Jamie Bragg**
Oscar Wilde

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Heather Smith*
Lord Alfred Douglas

kevin-sheehan

Kevin Sheehan
Sir Edward Clark & Others

jennifer-mickelson

Jennifer Mickelson
Narrator, Atkins, Wright & Others

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Steve Lords
Narrator, George Bernard Shaw, Moises Kaufman & Others

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Cameron Feagin**
Edward Carson & Narrator

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Ross Frawley
Queensberry, Gill, Lockwood & Narrator

kraig-kelsey

Kraig Kelsey
Narrator, Mavor, Marvin Taylor & Others

kat-evans

Kat Evans
Narrator, Parker, Harris & Others

Production Staff:

Director: Brian Pastor*

Assistant Director: Tom Murphy*

Stage Manager: Lindsey Miller

Set/Props Designer: Jeremiah Barr*

Lighting Designer: Liz Sutherland

Costume Designer: Uriel Gomez

Composer: Matthew Bivins

Dialect Coach: Catherine Gillespie**

Movement Coordinator: Lyndsay Kane

Casting Associate: Charlie Hano

*Indicates PTE Ensemble Member

**Indicates PTE Artistic Associate

 

A note from Brian Pastor:


“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
-Oscar Wilde

 

It’s been over 120 years since the Marquess of Queensberry left a card at Oscar Wilde’s club bearing the phrase “posing somdomite,” but the trials that ensued have left lasting marks across our history and culture. Moises Kaufmann’s 1997 play chronicled these trials and their aftermath, addressing how the leading literary figure of his time became a pariah because of his acts of ‘gross indecency with male persons.’ Today, I think, the play carries broader significance than it did when it premiered nearly 20 years ago. It is still, and always will be, a play for the LBGTQ community: an examination of an early gay icon. But, in a world that seems to care more than ever about which bathroom you can use or who has control over whose body, I think this is a story for everyone. At its core, this is a play about being one’s self; and, frankly, about whether or not the government, society, or anyone else has the right to tell us if that’s okay. When push came to shove, despite unspeakable consequences, Oscar took his own advice: just be yourself.

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Driehaus Foundation awards Promethean 2-year grant

Promethean was recently awarded a 2-year, $10,000 grant from The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation has been a valuable resource and guide for many years, and certainly since awarding Promethean its first grant in 2012.  We are so thankful for the support, both financially and professionally, that the Driehaus Foundation has given us throughout our relationship.

Read more about the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation here.

Promethean appearing at the Chicago Fringe Festival

Promethean is excited to make our first appearance at the Chicago Fringe Festival this summer!  We’ve taken our first Promethean Spark project, “An Evening of Myths and Fables”, made a few tweaks and are presenting it at the festival as Myths Untold.

Myths Untold is a collection of three ancient myths derived from the legends of ancient Greece, Scandinavia, and Indigenous Pacific Northwestern cultures.  Each piece is a modern reexamination of these tales intended to connect contemporary audiences with voices from the distant past and an invitation to apply twenty-first century sensibilities to stories that reach deep into human prehistory.

Check us out at the festival at the Jefferson Playhouse located at 4766 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60630.  Show dates are:

  • Friday 9/2 @ 8:30 pm
  • Sunday 9/4 @ 7:00 pm
  • Thursday 9/8 @ 8:30 pm
  • Saturday 9/10 @ 7:00 pm
  • Sunday 9/11 @ 5:30 pm

TICKETS are $10 with a one-time $5 button purchase.

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Looking forward to seeing you there!

Announcing Promethean’s 11th Season

Our 11th season focuses around timeless voices, resurrecting characters’ stories through our modern perspectives.

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde by Moisés Kaufman
directed by Artistic Director Brian Pastor
Dec 9 – 18, 2016
City Lit Theater

Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl
directed by Ensemble Member Nicole Hand
Jan 6 – Feb 11, 2017
Athenaeum Studio 1

The Liar by David Ives
directed by Artistic Associate Ed Rutherford
April 21 – May 27, 2017
Athenaeum Studio 2

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde takes a modern look at the life of a 19th century literary figure who was silenced and shunned during his lifetime and met a tragic end. The play uses documents of the past to uncover the story and bring him and his contemporaries to life.
Eurydice, a modern re-imagining of Greek myth, gives a voice to a character who is typically a device in a male-centered story. She uses her love of words to communicate her experience, even though the forces of life and death wish to silence her.
The Liar is driven by the character of Dorante, is constantly reinventing his life and telling wild, compelling stories. This play takes the classic French farce and revives it with fresh, modern language that pulls conventions and linguistic stylings from the past while creating a dynamic new rendition of the story.

We look forward to sharing these stories with you!

Make your gift to Promethean on #GivingTuesday!

Today’s the Day!

Promethean has joined the countless non-profits participating in today’s global effort called #GivingTuesday.  Following the trend of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a day when we make gifts to the organizations that benefit our communities.

Please consider making your gift to Promethean today!  Gifts from our generous donors help us continue to tell the classical stories that have engaged our audiences for ten years.

THANK YOU for your contribution!

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Promethean receives 2 BroadwayWorld nominations!

A huge congratulations to our Artistic Director, Brian Pastor, on his nomination for Best Direction of a Play (Resident NonEquity) for The Winter’s Tale; and to Rachel Sypniewski for her beautiful costume design (Best Costume Design – Resident Non­Equity) on Tiger at the Gates!

Please head over to the BWW website and vote for our nominees today!

 

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