Chicago's About Face Has Execution of Justice, Pulp and Say You Love Satan on 2006-07 Sked

News   Chicago's About Face Has Execution of Justice, Pulp and Say You Love Satan on 2006-07 Sked About Face Theatre in Chicago will return to year-round producing in the 2006-07 season with a slate of shows from fall to summer.

The season will include the Chicago premiere of playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa with his romantic comedy Say You Love Satan, and a reconceived production of Execution of Justice, directed by Gary Griffin.

The season will also boast a new work directed by About Face artistic director Eric Rosen to be co-produced with Lookingglass Theatre Company, and a return engagement of About Face's hit show, Pulp.

About Face will also continue to expand its New Works Initiative with workshop presentations in the spring and summer by the award-winning About Face Youth Theatre and a new musical being developed by the creative team behind Winesburg, Ohio.

The company is run by artistic director Eric Rosen and executive director Gregory Copeland.

About Face's mission "is to bring meaningful, artistic, and powerful work about gender and sexual identity to Chicago audiences." For more information, call (773) 784-8565 or visit www.AboutFaceTheatre.com.

The season will include:

  • To be announced: A co-production with Lookingglass Theatre Company, directed by Eric Rosen.
  • Say You Love Satanby Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, directed by About Face artistic associate Scott Furguson. "You meet a guy. He's got a body to die for. Can get into any nightclub, no matter how exclusive. Has all seven seasons of 'Buffy' on DVD. And he's read Dostoevsky in the original Russian. He's perfect, right? Well, sure. If making out with the Spawn of Satan is your idea of a good time. When lonely egghead Andrew has a fling with a mysterious stranger he meets in a Laundromat, he gets way more than he bargained for."
  • Execution of Justice by Emily Mann, directed by Gary Griffin. "San Francisco, CA. November 1978. Former City Supervisor Dan White calmly loaded his gun, entered City Hall through an open basement window, and proceeded upstairs to assassinate Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, killing each with multiple shots fired at point blank range. The cast of characters was epic. Dan White — ex-cop, ex-firefighter, working class hero and all-American boy. Harvey Milk — the first openly gay politician ever elected to high office. George Moscone — the progressive mayor who supported gay rights. The verdict was sensational; Dan White was convicted of manslaughter rather than first-degree murder and sentenced to just seven years in prison. Nearly 30 years after the assassinations, playwright Emily Mann, director Gary Griffin and About Face Theatre re-visit Mann's landmark play to re-examine the events that polarized a city and stunned the nation. Drawn from trial transcripts and documentary evidence, Execution of Justice is a mesmerizing, mind-blowing exploration of American society at a crossroads and the widening chasm between progressive ideals and 'traditional values.'"
  • Pulp, a play with music by About Face artistic associate Patricia Kane, directed by About Face artistic associate Jessica Thebus. "When Pulp premiered at About Face in 2004, became a sold-out phenomenon in Chicago and went on to successful productions across the country. "Set in the twilight world of 1950s Chicago, Pulp is a deliciously campy homage to the sultry, jazzy world of lesbian pulp fiction. When WAC pilot and WWII vet Terry Logan is booted out of the service for conduct unbecoming a female, she heads for Chicago and The Well, a club for women where the air is filled with steamy torch songs, the spirit of Barbara Stanwyck hovers over the bar, and forbidden lust lurks behind every innuendo."