Inspired by William Shakespeare's The Tempest, The Prairie "is set in a threatened tallgrass prairie in Northwest Illinois, and tells a love story of destiny and survival, revenge and salvation," according to the announcement. "A widowed father seeks revenge against a covetous brother, a daughter pursues love and the entire family finds their destiny on the enchanted Illinois savanna."
The Prairie has a book by Renee Enna, with music by Mark Adamcyzk and lyrics by Marianne Kallen.
Composer Adamczyk's previous credits include work on Christmas: Past, Present and Future, June 4, 2001 and Luck of the Irish. Bookwriter Enna's past musicals include the rock musical Boldface written with composer John Drwal and What's in the Picture. She is the author of several full-length plays and one-acts, and is an assistant editor in the Good Eating section of the Chicago Tribune.
Lyricist Marianne Kallen has created lyrics and/or music for the revues Tabloid Tuners, Santa Flaw and Newt Faces of 96. Her new musical, Tantrum on the Tracks, written with Judy Freed, was commissioned by Theatre Building Chicago and The Duncan YMCA Chernin Center for the Arts.
All three authors are longtime members of the Musical Theatre Writers' Workshop, one of the many programs at Theatre Building Chicago. Page Hearn directs, Andra Velis Simon musical directs and conducts, choreography is by Domenick Danza. Designers are Rebekka Steiling (costume) and Tina Salamone (lighting).
The cast includes Michael Herschberg, Dan Hickey, Eric Holt, Jackie Jasperson, Jennifer Marschand, Mike Pokorny, Melissa Pond, Jonathan Raviv, Aemilia Scott, Brian Simmons, Tempe Thomas, Jeffrey A. Ward and Amanda Wolff Pokorny.
Performances are at scattered morning, afternoon and evening times. Theatre Building Chicago is at 1225 W. Belmont Ave. For tickets and information, (773) 327-5252 or visit TheatreBuildingChicago.org.