Chicago's Red Orchid Will Premiere Bret Neveu's Megacosm; Season Announced

News   Chicago's Red Orchid Will Premiere Bret Neveu's Megacosm; Season Announced
A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago will present Marisa Wegrzyn's The Butcher of Baraboo, the Windy City premiere of Gina Gionfriddo's Becky Shaw and the world premiere of Brett Neveu's Megacosm in 2011-12.

A fourth production, planned for summer 2012 and to be performed by AROT's Youth Ensemble, is yet to be announced.

The season's three shows will include work by 12 of the company's 17 Ensemble Members.

Here's the season at a glance:

Becky Shaw
By Gina Gionfriddo
Directed by Damon Kiely
Featuring Ensemble Members Lance Baker, Jennifer Engstrom and Mierka Girten
Sept. 23-Nov. 6

"Sharp wit and shifting moral ground play out with the taut suspense of a psychological thriller. This Pulitzer Prize finalist and comedy of bad manners, tangled love and sex had its debut at the Humana Festival. When Suzanna decides to set her best friend Max up on a blind date with her husband's mysterious co-worker, Becky Shaw, she sets into motion a series of cataclysmic events forever transforming each of their lives."

By Brett Neveu
Directed by Dado
Featuring Ensemble Members Larry Grimm and Danny McCarthy
Jan. 13-Feb. 19, 2012

"With existential terror, Megacosm presents us with a world full of revolt and chaos both inside and out. An industrialist in the near future utilizes every means possible to get an inventor to sign over his revolutionary creation that will inevitably change the world. Corporate greed never met creative angst with such dramatic and hilarious results." The Butcher of Baraboo
By Marisa Wegrzyn
Directed by Shade Murray
Featuring Ensemble Members Kirsten Fitzgerald and Natalie West
March 29-May 13, 2012

"Skewed family values and the deep and dark secrets they create become a life force for Valerie, the infamous butcher of Baraboo, Wisconsin. Once her husband has gone missing everyone suspects she played a hand, especially her nosy sister-in-law who just happens to be the town sheriff. Enter the drug-pushing pharmacist daughter who just might hold the key to the ultimate unanswered questions."



Founded in 1993, A Red Orchid Theatre is known for its intimate productions, and "maintains the conviction that passionately committed theatre will draw passionately committed audiences."

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