Tony Winner Levi Kreis Will Star in Free Reading of Billie and Billy in Chicago
By Michael Gioia
About Face Theatre Company will kick off its new Out Front Series, a year-round collection of free public readings and developmental workshops, with Billie and Billy, starring Tony Award winner Levi Kreis.
Billie and Billy, by AFT artistic associate Paul Oakley Stovall, will be offered Nov. 16-17 at 7:30 PM at the American Theater Company in Chicago.
Directed by Krissy Vanderwarker with original music by Brad Simmons, the work will feature Kreis (Million Dollar Quartet) and Kristina Valada-Viers.
Here's how it's billed: "The divide between different cultures and ethnicities, between men and women, between straight and gay in America can be a great one. Using only two characters, Paul Oakley Stovall aims to present what seems to be a tiny little drama, set in a small city apartment and the empty flat across the hall. As Billie and Billy form an unexpected bond, their lives begin to intersect in strange ways. The audience is invited to explore with them: our need for companionship, our desire to solve the mysteries of existence and the ways in which we see ourselves in the eyes of others. Billie and Billy explores the similarities ignored, our common needs and desires and the mutual ground we walk upon."
Out Front will continue with The Good Private, by AFT artistic associate Tanya Saracho and featuring songs by Tamara Roberts, Dec. 14-15 at The National Pastime Theater in the Preston Bradley Center. Wendy C. Goldberg will direct.
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