Chicago's Roadworks Productions have announced their 1999-2000 season under new artistic director, Shade Murray. Murray replaces Debbie Bisno, artistic director since 1995, who leaves to pursue an independent directing career for stage and film.
Murray, a Roadworks ensemble member since 1995, formerly served as the company's associate artistic director, literary manager and developmental assistant. Most recently, Murray directed the company's Jeff-nominated production of Stupid Kids.
Murray's inaugural season will include:
€ Kenneth Lonergan's This is Our Youth at The Steppenwolf Garage, Oct. 14 - Nov. 14, in a production directed by Abigail Deser. Youth tells of three college students who negotiate everything from sex, drug deals, loyalty and friendships to cover up the $15,000 they stole.
€ Murray's production of David Sedaris' The Santaland Diaries will return for the holiday season, Nov. 14 - Dec. 30, at the Victory Garden Theatre. Written by NPR favorite Sedaris, the play tells of a frustrated actor working as an elf during the Christmas season.
€ Murray will also direct the company's world-premiere musical, All the Children Sing, May 1, with a venue TBA. Sing marks the debut of the Northwestern-trained writing team of Sam Forman and Eli Bolin, where five twentysomethings sing about their need for identity, security and romantic commitment. -- By Sean McGrath