Featured in the Primary Season are Sir Peter Hall’s musical version of George Orwell's Animal Farm, the 10th annual production of The Christmas Schooner, Josh Levine's comedy A Merry Jewish Christmas and the Chicago premieres of Steven Dietz's Inventing Van Gogh, José Rivera's References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot and Michael John LaChiusa's First Lady Suite.
Selections for Bailiwick’s World Premiere program (which last year offered two Jeff Award winners, Dr. Sex and Sin: A Cardinal Deposed) will be announced throughout the year, along with selections in Bailiwick's auxiliary programs: Deaf Bailiwick Artists, Lesbian Theater Initiative, Kids of All Kinds, and Directors Festival.
Bailiwick Rep presented the American premiere of Sir Peter Hall's version of George Orwell's classic Animal Farm in 1987, and it became Bailiwick's first hit and commercial transfer. The revival will play Sept. 24-Nov. 7. David Zak directs.
"When Orwell penned this classic allegory in 1945, his portrait of Mr. Jones' humble farm that becomes paradise when the animals overthrow the humans and establish the commandment 'All animals are created equal' struck a vibrant chord in a world sick of war," according to the Bailwick announcement.
"Orwell had Russian leaders in mind with his depiction of the conniving pigs Snowball, Squealer and Napoleon. But his exciting tale stands the test of time because still today in some civilizations leaders believe 'some animals are more equal than others' and get away with it. Full of imaginative puppets, creative costumes, and full-throated anthems, this adaptation of George Orwell’s 'fairy story' is perfect for all ages." Animal Farm is adapted by Sir Peter Hall from the book by George Orwell, featuring music and lyrics by Richard Peaslee. Set design by Eric Appleton, lighting design by Jared Moore, costume design by Sandy Lazar, musical direction by Alan Bukowiecki.
The cast will feature Margaret Dunn as Napolean, Rus Rainear as Squealer, James Adkinson as Snowball, Randy Johnson as Boxer, Elizabeth Tanner as Mollie, Gina Capetta as Muriel, Wynter Spears as Clover, Don Shell as Benjamin, Bethany Thomas as Old Major, Sarah Kinsey as Minimus. Others featured in the cast are Caryn Ott, Heather Connelly, Michael Harnicher, and Eric Lindahl.
The Bailiwick Primary season also includes:
Michael John LaChiusa's revised First Lady Suite makes its Windy City premiere under the direction of David Zak, with musical direction by Cyndi Stevens, April 22-May 29, 2005. Produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival's Joseph Papp Public Theater and recently revised and revived, the musical is comprised of four chamber pieces, "ranging from riotously funny to hauntingly lyrical, focusing on celebrated first ladies and the people surrounding them." Tickets and subscriptions for all Bailiwick productions can be purchased by calling (773) 883-1090 or online at www.bailiwick.org.