Current Work

Murder Ballad

Bailiwick Chicago
Chicago , Il
April 2 – May 9, 2015
Directed  by James Beaudry

This new musical follows Sara, a young New Yorker who is torn between her dangerous ex-boyfriend and her reliable husband. Led by a sexy nightclub singer who serves as the show’s narrator, MURDER BALLAD documents the details of the torrid affair with vibrant pop-rock tunes. When Sara breaks up with Tom, a gritty bartender, she runs into the arms of Michael, a quiet poetry student at NYU. But after the couple gets married and has a daughter, Sara longs for her old, dangerous life and begins secretly seeing Tom at his bar downtown. As Sara’s passionate relationship with Tom intensifies, she begins to miss her old life with her husband and young child – but by then, it may be too late…

Inana

TimeLine Theatre
Chicago, Il
May  6 – July  26, 2015
Directed By Kimberly Senior

On the eve of the United States’ invasion of Baghdad in 2003, an Iraqi museum curator plots to save treasured antiquities, including the statue of ancient mother goddess Inana—metaphorically, the soul of the country—from destruction. Fleeing to London with his young bride, he makes a life-altering deal to ensure the statue’s preservation. Against a background of international and personal intrigue, playwright Michele Lowe opens a window of hope and healing with her poignant and beautiful love story.

INANA was commissioned and received its world premiere at Denver Center Theatre Company in 2009, and TimeLine’s production is the play’s Chicago premiere. “By introducing us to human and complex Iraqi characters … Michele Lowe’s play wants to smooth the border that separates our nations like a line of sand in the desert,” praisedThe Denver Post. “[It] allows us to consider our ‘enemy’ in new and more humane ways. To consider the infuriating plight of Middle Eastern women. To reflect on the unconscionable desecration of a country’s sacred heritage … All while escaping into an unlikely but eventually sweet romance.”

Dial M for Murder

Peninsula Players Theatre
Fish Creek, Wi
July 8 – July 26, 2015
Directed By Joe Faust

Knott’s intense and darkly mesmerizing thriller is laced with passion and betrayal. Set in 1950s London, ex-tennis pro and house husband, Tony is convinced his wealthy socialite wife, Margot, is having an affair. Between cocktails, a cat and mouse game of intrigue, blackmail and treachery begins as Tony plots the perfect murder. Tension mounts as his precise plan go awry and his alternate sinister scheme keep audiences spellbound till the breathless end.

Bye Bye Birdie

Drury Lane Theatre
Oakbrook Terrace , Il
January 14 – March   13, 2016
Directed and Choreographed By Tammy Mader

To conclude its 2015-2016 season, Drury Lane Theatre presents the classic All-American musical Bye Bye Birdie. It’s the late 1950’s and teenagers from across the United States are going crazy for the handsome rock star, Conrad Birdie. Meanwhile, his manager Albert is going into debt and is banking on Conrad’s success. Disaster strikes when Conrad receives a draft notice to join the military. Albert stages a publicity stunt for Conrad to kiss one lucky fan on The Ed Sullivan Show before he leaves for the army. Fifteen-year-old Kim MacAfee from Sweet Apple, Ohio is selected. Conrad Birdie gets more than he bargained for when he arrives in the Midwestern town which is reeling with excitement for his visit.

 

SlowGirl

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Feburary 24-March 16 2016
Directed by C. Michael Wright

A teenager flees to her uncle’s jungle retreat in Costa Rica to avoid the results of a potentially fatal accident at a house party. As the reclusive uncle gets reacquainted with his impulsive niece, after a nine-year absence and a self-imposed exile, startling details about both of their pasts slowly unfold.  Here is an edgy new work, from a strong, emerging playwright, about owning your past – and getting on with your life.