Making God Laugh Will Get Chicago-Area Premiere by First Folio; Season Announced

News   Making God Laugh Will Get Chicago-Area Premiere by First Folio; Season Announced First Folio Theatre in Oak Brook, IL, announced a 2011-12 season to include The Merchant of Venice, Jeffrey Hatcher's The Turn of the Screw, the Katharine Hepburn bio Tea at Five by Matthew Lombardo and the Chicago premiere of Sean Grennan's new dysfunctional-family comedy Making God Laugh.

Playwright Sean Grennan
Playwright Sean Grennan

The latter play is currently receiving its world premiere by Peninsula Players in Door County, WI.

The one-woman Tea at Five, about actress Kate Hepburn at a crossroads, opens the 15th season Sept. 15-Oct. 16. Melissa Carlson stars.

Grennan's bittersweet comedy Making God Laugh, Feb. 1-March 4, 2012, will feature Kevin McKillip and David Rice. It's set on four Thanksgivings over 30 years in the life of an American family.

Chicago native Grennan, now based in New York City, is the playwright behind the popular regional comedies Married Alive!, A Dog's Life, Beer for Breakfast and Another Night Before Christmas.

First Folio associates Nick Sandys and Melanie Keller will play all of the characters in Jeffrey Hatcher's The Turn of the Screw, an adaptation of Henry James' story of a young governess who journeys to an English manor house to care for two recently orphaned children. It plays March 28-April 29, 2012. Closing the season with its annual Shakespeare-under-the-Stars programming, First Folio will present The Merchant of Venice July 11-Aug. 19, 2012. It's "the central element of a two-month-long series of events that examine the Bard's dark tale and the effect it has had not only on future dramas, but on all of society." Visit the website for more information about the Merchant series.

Season subscriptions and individual tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at (630) 986-8067 or online at www.firstfolio.org.

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All performances take place on the grounds of the Mayslake Peabody Estate, which is owned and operated by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.

Indoor shows are presented in Mayslake Hall, a 30-room Tudor Revival style mansion originally built by coal baron Francis S. Peabody. Completed in 1922, the mansion is on the National Registry of Historic Places. It's at 31st Street and Rt. 83 in Oak Brook, IL.

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