Chi-town's Roadworks Gets New Leader and Visits Lonergan's Youth

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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.

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

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