Nora Dunn Will Direct Augusta, Featuring Buddeke, in Chicago in 2008

News   Nora Dunn Will Direct Augusta, Featuring Buddeke, in Chicago in 2008 "Saturday Night Live" veteran Nora Dunn will make her Chicago directorial debut with Richard Dresser's Augusta in early 2008.

The American Theater Company production will play Feb. 6-March 9, 2008, at American Theater Company at 1909 W. Byron St. in Chicago. Opening is Feb. 11, 2008.

Dunn's cast will include Chicago favorite Kate Buddeke, who appeared as Mazeppa in the Bernadette Peters Gypsy on Broadway. She also joined the Off-Broadway cast of Bug.

"I have always wanted to work in Chicago theatre, and ATC is a theatre company with great talent, experience, and charm," stated Dunn. "I feel truly privileged to be able to make my Chicago directorial debut with Dresser's brilliant comedy."

A Chicago native, Dunn attended The Art Institute of Chicago, and later studied at the Jean Sheldon Acting Workshop in San Francisco with Anne Macy. She performed comedy there until moving back to Chicago. She was cast on "Saturday Night Live" in 1985 when the original "SNL" producer, Lorne Michaels, returned to the show's helm.

Dunn's recent credits include the upcoming Judd Apatow production of "Pineapple Express," and "Southland Tales" from the writer-director Richard Kelly. She also appears in the soon-to-be-released Dada Films independent feature, "Certifiably Jonathon," where she plays opposite Jonathon Winters. Dunn also appears as a recurring character on the CBS drama "Shark," and has appeared most notably in "Entourage," "Boston Legal" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Dunn's first film role was in Mike Nichols' "Working Girl," and she later worked for him again in "What Planet Are You From?" She appeared in Warren Beatty's Bullworth and co-starred with George Clooney in David O. Russell's "Three Kings."

In addition to her film roles, Dunn performed her critically acclaimed one-woman show, Small Prey, in Los Angeles, which is based on her book, "Nobody's Rib." She is currently writing another book and is a collaborative writer/performer in Dada Films' next feature comedy about physicist Nikola Tesla.

American Theater Company's Augusta will mark the return of ATC ensemble member Kate Buddeke after eight years in New York, where her Broadway credits also included Death of a Salesman. ATC ensemble members Ed Kross and Gwendolyn Whiteside round out the play's trio of characters.

In the play, "Working for a national housekeeping service, they scheme with and against each other as they strive for success, or at least stability."

The play is the first in a trilogy of plays penned by Dresser concerning happiness in America.

For more information call (773) 929-1031 or visit www.atcweb.org.

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