By Kenneth Jones
18 Oct 2012
The Opponent was originally developed through Center Theatre Group's Writers' Workshop in Los Angeles. Both playwright and director are Red Orchid Ensemble members.
"Brett Neveu takes a look at the hard world of boxing from the perspective of small time gym owner Tre and the young up-and-comer Donell," according to Red Orchid notes. "They come from different worlds, they barely understand each other, but in the ring anything is possible. Questions of loyalty and life's dreams are put to the test in this explosive world premiere that promises to pull some punches and fearlessly land the others."
The Opponent features A Red Orchid's founding artistic director and ensemble member Guy Van Swearingen as Tre, with Kamal Angelo Bolden as Donell.
The creative team includes Joey Wade (set designer), Myron Elliott (costume designer), Mike Durst (lighting designer), Joe Court (sound designer), Toni Kendrick (prop designer), John Tovar (fight director), Al Ortiz (boxing trainer), Kate DeVore (dialect coach), Christa Van Baale (stage manager), Chelsea Mead Jackson (assistant director) and Rick Julien (technical director).
Neveu's plays include Megacosm, 4 Murders and twentyone.
Opening night is Oct. 22. A Red Orchid Theatre is at 1531 N. Wells in Chicago.
For tickets and information, visit aredorchidtheatre.org.