James Thurber's 13 Clocks Fairy Tale Will Get Stage Version in Chicago

News   James Thurber's 13 Clocks Fairy Tale Will Get Stage Version in Chicago The 13 Clocks, based on the fairy tale by James Thurber, will be seen in a world-premiere stage adaptation this fall by Chicago's Lifeline Theatre.

Performances begin Oct. 15. The production is adapted for Lifeline's KidSeries by Lifeline ensemble member Robert Kauzlaric, a two-time Non-Equity Jeff Award-winning adaptor.

Directed by Serendipity Theatre Collective artistic director Amanda Delheimer, the show is billed this way: "On a faraway island, a wicked Duke has locked his niece in a high tower. When Prince Zorn of Zorna, in disguise as a wandering minstrel, learns of Saralinda's fate, he vows to free her — even if it means traveling thrice around the moon or turning November into June. Join Zorn on an unforgettable adventure complete with puppetry and song, spies and monsters, mysterious wizards, and magic spells to be broken. A modern twist on classic fairy tales, filled with wit and humor, in a world premiere adaptation. This production is appropriate for children ages five and up, and runs approximately one hour with no intermission. The book will be on sale in the lobby."

The cast includes guest artists Joey deBettencourt (Zorn), David Guiden (Golux), Jonathan Helvey (Duke), Mildred Marie Langford (Saralinda) and Mike Ooi (Hark), with understudies Ariel Begley and Jacquis Neal.

The creative team also includes guest artists Melanie Berner (associate puppet designer), Mikhail Fiksel (sound designer), Heather Gilbert (lighting designer), Katherine Greenleaf (properties designer), Clare Roche (stage manager), Nathan Rohrer (costume designer) and Chelsea Warren (scenic and puppet designer).

The 13 Clocks runs to Dec. 4 at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. Ticket prices are $15 and may be purchased at the Lifeline Theatre Box Office or at (773) 761-4477, or by visiting www.lifelinetheatre.com. *

Now in its 29th season, Lifeline Theatre specializes in original literary adaptations. According to its mission statement, "Its ensemble of artists uses imaginative, unconventional staging to portray sprawling stories in an intimate space. Lifeline is committed to promoting the arts in its Rogers Park neighborhood and is an anchor of the Glenwood Avenue Arts District. We aspire to create art that is relevant to our culturally diverse, increasingly youthful neighborhood."

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