The Detective's Wife, From Steady Rain's Huff, Will Premiere in IL; Griffin to Direct

News   The Detective's Wife, From Steady Rain's Huff, Will Premiere in IL; Griffin to Direct
Writers' Theatre in Glencoe, IL, will present two world premieres, plus revivals of She Loves Me and Heartbreak House in 2010-11.

Keith Huff
Keith Huff

Artistic director Michael Halberstam and executive director Kathryn M. Lipuma announced the company's 19th season on March 18.

Halberstam will direct Joe Masteroff, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's romantic musical comedy She Loves Me, to feature Guy Adkins, Heidi Kettenring, Sean Krill, Ross Lehman and Rod Thomas, among others, in September.

William Brown will direct George Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House (April 19–June 26, 2011) and the world premiere of Brett Neveu's Do the Hustle, a commission (Jan. 25-March 20, 2011).

In Do the Hustle, according to Writers' Theatre, "Sam and Eddie Sisson are more than just father and son, they're a crack team of hustlers always looking for the next mark. Sam, just a teenager who has practically raised himself, now wants to distinguish himself from his father and strike out on his own. Eddie doesn't want to let his son go without one final hustle, which could bring in their biggest take yet, but could ultimately tear them apart."

Gary Griffin (Broadway's The Color Purple, The Apple Tree) will direct a limited engagement (currently available only to Writers' Theatre subscribers and members) of the world premiere of Keith Huff's The Detective's Wife, June 7-July 31, 2011. Barbara Robertson will be featured in The Detective's Wife, from the author of A Steady Rain. In it, "Alice Conroy is the mother of two grown children, owner of a frame shop and the long-time wife of a Chicago homicide detective, but when her husband is gunned down on the job, she sets out to find out who did it...and why."

There is one production still to be determined, but it will be directed by associate artistic director Stuart Carden.

Writers' Theatre performs in two performance spaces in Glencoe: a 50-seat venue at Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave., and its 108-seat theatre at 325 Tudor Court in the Woman's Library Club.

For information, call (847) 242-6000 or visit

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