Signal Ensemble Theatre Presents The Chicago Premiere Of

The Ballad Of The Sad Cafe

Written By Edward Albee
Original Novel By Carson McCullers

Directed By Co-Artistic Director Ronan Marra

August 16 - September 18, 2010

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - "This is spectacular theatre" - "This is what good chicago theatre is all about - WBEZ 848's Dueling Critics


HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - "Signal Ensemble Theatre's altogether outstanding revival" - Chicago Sun Times


READER RECOMMENDED - "[A] Riveting Production" - Chicago Reader


RECOMMENDED - "Signal’s production sweetly captures the sad nostalgia of squandered love" - NewCity

About The Show

There is the lover, and there is the beloved.

Amelia Evans is the despotic proprietor of The Sad Café, located in a small Georgia town’s center in the 1930s. Lymon - a strange hunchback that turns out to be a relative Amelia's never met - becomes the target of her unlikely affection, forming an unusual love triangle when her estranged husband Marvin returns.

When Marvin threatens to leave with Lymon if she doesn't acquiesce to his demands, she refuses, and the husband and wife settle the matter violently in front of the entire town.

Albee's signature piercing dialogue propels this 1963 adaptation of the Carson McCullers novella.

Cast

  • Meredith Bell Alvarez*
  • Brigitte Ditmars*
  • Ehren Fournier
  • Vincent L. Lonergan*
  • Eric Paskey
  • Simone Roos*
  • Charles Schoenherr
  • Aaron Snook*
  • Joseph Stearns*
  • Philip Winston*
  • Bries Vannon*

Musicians

  • Jason Adams
  • Elizabeth Bagby
  • Nathan Drackett

Production Team

  • Costumes: Laura Dana†
  • Dialects: Elise Kauzlaric
  • Lights: Mark Hurni†
  • Music Direction: Anthony Ingram*
  • Props: Mary O'Dowd
  • Set: Melania Lancy†
  • Stage Manager: Stephanie Ingram*
  • Violence: Matt Hawkins


Signal Ensemble Theatre Presents The Chicago Premiere Of

Aftermath

Written & Directed By Co-Artistic Director Ronan Marra

ORIGINAL RUN
May 10 - June 6, 2010

"HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - Blunt, rough and deliciously caustic...Fabulous...Aftermath should turn into a cult Chicago hit" - Chris Jones - Chicago Tribune


"RECOMMENDED - "Marra and his actors have created an interesting new take on the jukebox musical that fascinates and entertains at every turn" - Chicago Sun Times


"HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - "[Ronan Marra’s] direction and the actors’ performances ...really make the production sing." - Newcity


"The carefully-selected cast...immerse themselves no less totally in their high-profile personae to evoke, without impersonating, the iconic heroes who set out to change the course of 20th-century popular music, and did." - Windy City Times


"Signal brings high spirits to their production and a fantastic attention to detail" - Newcity

About The Show

Brian Jones, founder and original leader of The Rolling Stones, was perhaps most famous for his mysterious death at age 27. Jones’s lasting impact on rock ‘n roll was masked behind his sexual escapades, high profile relationships and drug induced arrests. Spanning the years 1966-1969, “Aftermath,” a drama with the actors playing live music, maps the rise and fall of a troubled genius whose legacy was overshadowed by the very band he created.

Cast

  • Nathan Drackett
  • Vincent L. Lonergan*
  • Simone Roos*
  • Aaron Snook*
  • Joseph Stearns*
  • Bries Vannon*
  • Nick Vidal*
  • Philip Winston*
  • Andrew Yearick

Production Team

  • Costumes: Elsa Hiltner†
  • Dialects: Elise Kauzlaric
  • Lights: Mark Hurni†
  • Set: Melania Lancy*†
  • Sound: Anthony Ingram*
  • Stage Manager: Stephanie Ingram*
  • Vocal Coach: Jon Steinhagen*

* Indicates An Ensemble Member
† Indicates An Artistic Associate
‡ Appears Courtesy Of Actors' Equity Association