Entering its 12th season, Chicago's American Blues Theatre Company has changed its name to American Theater Company. The name change is intended to clarify any confusion that the theatre is a showcase for blues music. It was originally named for the blue-collar theatre experience. The change is the result of six years of discussion among the company and board of directors.
The theatre's 1997-98 season opens Sept. 8 with William Mastrosimone's A Stone Carver. Scapin by Moliere follows Dec. 1, with William Inge's Bus Stop March 9 and The Million Bells of Ocean by Edward Mast, April 27.
Founded in 1985, the rechristened American Theater Company, "is committed to producing works that speak directly to the human experience with an emphasis on American playwrights."
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--By Laura MacDonald