Women Struggle in a Timeless Totalitarian State in Premiere of Lauro's All Through the Night June 8-July 10

News   Women Struggle in a Timeless Totalitarian State in Premiere of Lauro's All Through the Night June 8-July 10 All Through the Night, a new play by Shirley Lauro that explores the lives and hopes of women in a country controlled by a Nazi-like regime, gets its world premiere June 8-July 10 at Chicago Jewish Theatre.

The play, by the author of Open Admissions and A Piece of My Heart, is "inspired by interviews with non-Jewish German women" and "shares their real experiences as they struggle with a Totalitarian Regime's impact on their schooling, work, marriages, motherhood, religion, patriotism, and very existence. The characters, forced to make overwhelmingly hard choices, survive or succumb to a Regime that changes their lives forever."

According to production notes, All Through the Night is "a stylistic, surrealistic play" that "transcends the times and places of the Nazi Era, to emerge as eerily contemporary."

Lauro's best-known play is A Piece of My Heart, based on interviews about women's true experiences in the Vietnam War and the repercussions on their lives. It has been staged all over the country, to acclaim.

Greg Kolack directs the new non-Equity production of All Through the Night in Chicago, the city where Equity and non-union work are respected equally in a wide professional theatre community.

The cast of All Through the Night includes Anna Carini, Eirian DiSanto, Kathryn Hines, Mary O'Dowd and Candace Thompson. Set design is by Eric Appleton, light design by John Horan, sound design by Bill Hammack, costume design by Jim Raby and stage manager is Erin Jones.

Previews play June 8-9. For more information call Chicago Jewish Theatre at (773) 728-0599 or visit http://www.chicagojewishtheatre.com.

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Chicago Jewish Theatre is Chicago's only professional theatre company dedicated to exclusively producing shows that deal with Jewish culture, history and experiences. It was founded in 2003 by artistic director Elayne LeTraunik and her son, company manager Brian LeTraunik.