Bootycandy and Applause Featured in Bailiwick Chicago Theater 2013-14 Season
By Carey Purcell
Bailiwick Chicago Theater's 2013–14 season will feature the Chicago premiere of Bootycandy, a dark comedy by Robert O'Hara, and the Tony Award-winning musical Applause.
Written by Robert O'Hara, and directed by artistic director Lili-Anne Brown, Bootycandy will premiere in March 2014.
"Behind a tall church pulpit, a fire-and-brimstone preacher delivers a shocking sermon to his congregation. On the tropical sands of a deserted island, two lesbians come together. And at the home of a young boy Sutter, a mother scolds him for reading Jackie Collins romance novels," press notes state. "This is just a taste of playwright Robert O'Hara's wildly imaginative anthology of sassy lessons in sex ed—a kaleidoscope of sketches that interconnect to portray growing up gay and African-American."
Applause will be performed in May. Based on the film "All About Eve," Applause features a book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams. The production will be directed and chorographed by collective member Christopher Pazdernik.
"In the late 1960s, legendary actress Margo Channing decides to take a stage-struck young hopeful, Eve Harrington, under her wing. With youth, beauty and talent at her fingertips, Eve quickly devises a plot to oust Margo from her leading role on Broadway, ensnaring the aging actress in a trap that keeps her from the stage and out of the limelight," press notes state. "Suddenly, a devastated Margo must choose between the love of her life and the life she's loved for so long."
“The passion that drove this season selection began with my obsession with Bootycandy, which sparked the first time I saw the title of the play,” Bailiwick Chicago artistic director Lili-Anne Brown said in a statement. “I felt that Christopher Pazdernik approached me with the same zeal for Applause. I was inspired by his ideas and his vision of how Applause could be a Bailiwick Chicago show, and when I read Bootycandy I thought, 'This IS a Bailiwick Chicago show.'"
Tickets for the 2013-14 Season will go on sale at at a later date. More information can be found by visiting bailiwickchicago.com.
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