The 22-year-old non-Equity company devoted to new voices, area premieres and provocative theatre also offers the Midwest premiere of the Chekhov-inspired musical, Moscow; Tim Miller's performance piece, US; and Tom Coash's political drama, Cry Havoc, previously seen in Philadelphia .
David Zak is the company's founding artistic director. He said the company continue to pursue new, edgy scripts and they come from varied sources: Audience suggestions, unsolicited manuscripts by mail and recommendations or viewings by artistic staff.
Sin: A Cardinal Deposed (March 1-April 11) came to Zak as an unsolicited submission, he said. It's adapted by Michael Murphy from the depositions of Cardinal Bernard Law, Archbishop of Boston, around the time of the Catholic church sex scandal in which the Boston diocese priests were involved in child sexual abuse. Zak directs "this searing and emotional work [that] examines our dedication to religion, our faith in our legal system and the strength in our own convictions — in the words of Cardinal Law himself."
The April 22-June 29 staging of the Tony Award-winning Parade marks the Chicago premiere. With a libretto by Alfred Uhry and music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, the musical tells of the murder of young Mary Phagan in Georgia in 1913, and the aftermath of anti Semitism and hysteria that led to the arrest Leo Frank. Expect a cast of 30. David Zak will direct, with musical direction by Alan Bukowiecki.
The musical, Moscow, by Nick Salamone and Maury R. McIntyre, concerns three actors trapped in a theatre with nothing to do but rehearse Chekhov's The Three Sisters. "Are they in heaven? Hell? Purgatory?" the production notes ask. "Like the three women of Chekhov's play, how can these three men escape their personal confinements and find their dreams?" Moscow plays Jan. 14-Feb. 22. Bailiwick associate artistic director Bo List directs, with musical direction by artistic associate Robert Ollis (the band is piano, violin and flute, Zak said). The cast includes Brian Givens, Michael Hampton and Adam McNulty.
108 Waverly is a musical about two gay couples is the same one-bedroom Greenwich Village apartment, but 70 years apart (1928 and 1998). Dan Clancy and Lynn Portas' show gets its world premiere, featuring Richie Matthews, Brannen Daugherty, Nich Anderson and Rodrigo Cruz. Zak directs Feb. 7-March 7, with musical direction by Alan Bukowiecki.
Tom Coash's Cry Havoc (April 4-May 16) is a political drama about a clash of cultures, lovers and nations, directed by P. Marston Sullivan. "Two men, one British and the other Egyptian, struggle to make sense of their respective worlds when the latter is severely beaten in what looks like a common gay-bashing."
Performance artist Tim Miller performs US April 9-10 only. The show "ricochets between Miller's love affair since childhood with Broadway musicals to an exploration of home, exile and the injustices lesbian and gay people face in the good ol' USA," according to the season announcement.
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In fall 2003, Bailiwick had a big hit with the Kinsey-inspired musical, Dr. Sex, which is being developed by producers as a separate commercial project for Broadway.