Chicago's Ruckus Will Present New Boys Choir Musical in 2011

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The Ruckus Theater's second season in Chicago will include the world-premiere musical, Escape from the Haltsburg Boys Choir, by Aaron Dean (book) and Jason Rico (music and lyrics, shared with Dean).

The show will play Jan. 6-30, 2011. The troupe's first musical "sends you tumbling through the Austrian woods with four desperate boys on the cusp of adulthood," according to the company's recent season announcement. "Theirs is a world of witches, wolves, vindictive worms and malevolent choirmasters, but the most terrifying creatures of all may be the boy with the squeak in his voice and the girl with the golden hair. To get out, my friends, you'll need to use 'em...or lose 'em."

Dan Caffrey will direct. The season will be presented at The Side Project Theatre in Rogers Park (1439 W Jarvis Ave).

Artistic director Allison Shoemaker, associate artistic director Joshua Davis and managing director Jeffrey Fauver also announced the following titles:

All Saints' Day aka 44 Poems About Jeffrey Jones
By Ron Riekki
Directed by Brian Ruby
Sept. 2-26

"On one side of the door, the Trick or Treater knocks. On the other, someone waits. Someone answers, or doesn't. Someone holds all the candy. Someone else takes it. All Saints' Day dissects this simplest of relationships and sends it through the American centrifuge of war, death, love, loss, sex, drugs, and rock and roll."

Su Sessiz (Calm Water)
By Timo Aker
A workshop
March 2011

"Istanbul, 2006. In a city centuries old, a young man grapples with what it means to be American, and to be other." 15 Minutes
Developed by the Company
By Mitch Vermeersch and Aaron Dean
Directed by Allison Shoemaker
May/June 2011

"In 15 Minutes, there are the Knowns and the Not-Knowns, and there is everyone in between. In a city built of glass and steel, cables and cameras, six people are about to meet a very strange man with some very strange ideas. There are rules, and there are risks, and there is something very strange about this World's Fair — but if you listen to him you could become one of the six most famous people alive."

Further details regarding the 2010-11 season, including casting, ticket information and additional dates will be announced in the coming weeks. Visit for more information.


Made up of an industrious group of Michigan ex-pats, The Ruckus is composed of actors, directors, playwrights, musicians, casting directors, publicity managers, grant writers and more who aim to create a new kind of company — a casteless theatre that blends the lines between playwright and actor, audience and company member.

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