Productions will be presented at three venues: The Highland Park Community House, The Karger Center Theatre and The Wilmette Theatre.
The not-for-profit theatre company will offer full productions of B.R.A.T.T. Camp and The 9/11 Report: A Bipartisan Musical Fantasia. The former was penned by Bobby Cronin and will play June 26-28 at the Highland Park Community House. The pop-rock musical, according to press notes, "features five wayward teens shipped off to disciplinary camp, where hilarity and discovery ensue."
The 9/11 Report, which was conceived and adapted by Jessica Redish, features music and lyrics by Michael Mahler and spoken word poetry by Oron Stenesh. The folk-rock musical, which will run July 22-Aug. 2 at the Karger Center Theatre, "explores the 9/11 Commission's Report and the myriad perspectives, agendas, and failures of imagination surrounding the darkest day in modern American history."
La Red's Alternative Reading Series will feature two new musicals, both presented at the Wilmette Theatre in Wilmette, IL: Happiness is the Problem: a Phonographic Novel by Jason Cady, with graphics by Nadia Berenstein, will be offered July 1 at 7:30 PM, and The Church of Babel: a Fundamentalist Cabaret by Avi Fox-Rosen will be presented July 29 at 7:30 PM. For tickets to these readings, visit www.wilmettetheatre.com.
La Red will also present a staged reading of Summertime, which is based on the play by Charles L. Mee. The musical was adapted by Jessica Redish and Alan Schmuckler and features music and lyrics by Schmuckler. The reading is scheduled for Aug. 17 at 7:30 PM at the Highland Park Community House. The 48-Hour Musicals, in which an assortment of Chicago's young musical theatre creators generate "a series of mini musicals from a single source of inspiration, all in the span of two days," will be presented Aug. 10 and 11 at 7:30 PM at the Highland Park Community House.
For ticket information visit www.laredmusictheatre.org.
La Red Music Theatre is a not-for-profit organization comprised of Chicago, Washington D.C., and New York-based creative professionals "dedicated to the creation of new musicals, presented annually in a summer festival in Highland Park, IL."