Oscar Nominee Shannon and Girten Cast in Wright's Mistakes Were Made | Playbill

News Oscar Nominee Shannon and Girten Cast in Wright's Mistakes Were Made
Chicago's A Red Orchid Theatre will kick off its 2009-10 season with the world premiere of Mistakes Were Made, which was penned by the Emmy-nominated writer of "Six Feet Under," Craig Wright.

Directed by Dexter Bullard, the production will run Sept. 8-Oct. 18 with an official opening scheduled for Sept. 10 at 8 PM.

The cast features founding ensemble member and 2009 Academy Award nominee for Best Supporting Actor Michael Shannon ("Revolutionary Road") with ensemble member Mierka Girten.

"Legendary producer Felix Artifex gets in way over his fast-talking head when he takes on 'Mistakes Were Made,' the first World Premiere of his long and chequered career," according to press notes. "Felix’s project is a gargantuan epic of the French Revolution, which he thinks is going to be his ticket to professional and personal redemption."

In a statement playwright Wright said, "It's about finding a balance between freedom and responsibility — in revolutionary France, in a post-Bush America, and in ourselves as individual human beings; and, given the fact that the production team includes Dexter Bullard, Michael Shannon, Mierka Girten and A Red Orchid Theatre, it's also about as cool a world premiere as a playwright could ever hope for."

The design team includes Tom Burch (scenic), Joseph Fosco (sound), Matt Gawryk (lights), Tiffany Bullard (costumes), Nan Zebriski (make-up) and Sam Deutsch (puppets). The stage manager is Tiff Wilson, and the assistant director is Duncan Riddell. Tickets are available by visiting the box office at 1531 North Wells Street, by calling (312) 943-8722 or by logging on to www.aredorchidtheatre.org.

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