Sharr White's Annapurna Begins Chicago Run Tonight

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13 Jun 2014

Chicago's Profiles Theatre stages Sharr White's Annapurna, the final production of its 2013-14 season, beginning June 13.

The two-hander about an estranged husband and wife replaces the previously scheduled production of Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's Hunter Gatherers.

Eric Burgher directs Annapurna, which runs through July 20. The cast features Darrell W. Cox as Ulysses and Lia D. Mortensen as Emma. 

Annapurna recently received a high-profile Off-Broadway premiere starring Emmy winner Megan Mullally and her husband Nick Offerman. White is the playwright of The Snow Geese and The Other Place.

Here's how the play is billed: "Twenty years ago, Emma walked out on her husband, cowboy-poet Ulysses, in the middle of the night. Now, hearing he's in dire straits, she tracks him down in the wilds of Colorado to find him living in a grungy trailer, working on his magnum opus, hooked to an oxygen tank, and cooking in the buff. Their reunion, charged by rage and compassion, brings back the worst and best of their former bond."



"We are so excited to be introducing playwright Sharr White to Chicago audiences," director Burgher said in a statement. "This is a play that immediately appealed to me because of its heart, its relentlessness and its unapologetic sense of humor. His characters share both a rugged emotional honesty and a tender poetic beauty that make for the kind of visceral experience that draws us to the theatre. Filled with all the joy, pain, regret and hope that makes the exhilarating view worth the often terrifying climb."

The design team includes Katie-Bell Springmann (set), Mike Durst, Claire Chrzan (lights), Jeffrey Levin (sound and original music) and Raquel Adorno (costumes).

Visit profilestheatre.org.