The production is part of the Theatre of Western Springs' annual winter fundraiser. The Academy award winner will be joined onstage by several veteran actresses from the Western Springs company for Aspengren's series of dramatic monologues. The monologues for women include the words of a flight instructor, a firefighter, a stuntwoman, a woman who donates body parts and an employment counselor. Each performance of Blue Yonder will be followed by a separately ticketed reception with Duke and the Blue Yonder cast.
During her stay, the Theatre of Western Springs will present An Evening With Patty Duke on Feb. 4 on the theatre's main stage. Duke will discuss her career; this event is free to audience members who have purchased a ticket for Blue Yonder.
Patty Duke earned an Academy Award for re-creating the role of Helen Keller in the 1962 film "The Miracle Worker" – a role she originated on the Broadway stage. Duke went on to star in her sitcom, "The Patty Duke Show." She was most recently seen on Broadway playing Aunt Eller in the revival of Oklahoma!.
Tickets for Blue Yonder and the post-performance receptions are available by phoning (708) 246-3380 or by visiting www.theatrewesternsprings.com.
The Theatre of Western Springs is located at 4384 Hampton Avenue in Western Springs, IL.