Execution of Justice. Photo by Michael Brosilow.
About Face Theatre is continuing its season with a reconceived production of Emily Mann's Execution of Justice, directed by Chicago's Gary Griffin. The show is running at the Victory Gardens Greenhouse Theatre, 2257 N. Lincoln.
The troupe is presenting the play about the 1978 assassinations of San Franciso officials Harvey Milk and mayor George Moscone, as well as the aftermath. Since its Broadway run in 1986, there had been no major professional production of the show until Griffin ( Broadway's The Apple Tree; and The Color Purple ) approached About Face and Mann to consider a new approach to the work.
'I am so proud to be working with Emily and About Face Theatre as we launch this project,' Griffin said in a statement. 'About Face has created a body of work that I have long admired for its integrity and level of excellence. And I believe it is most vital at this moment that we present this show. As we try to understand and heal the great divide that pervades our country we must discover the roots of that divide and open the conversation that can reach across and 'love, understand, and forgive.''
'It is a real honor and a privilege to have Execution of Justice produced by About Face Theatre and directed by Gary Griffin,' says Emily Mann, who is the Artistic Director of Princeton's McCarter Theatre, one of the nation's most important regional theatres.
An all-star cast of actors is taking part in the production, including Sean Fortunato, John Judd, Steve Key, LaShawn Banks, Ora Jones, Keith Kupferer, Amy Matheny, Larry Neumann, Jr., Mark Richard, Elaine Rivkin, Kelli Simpkins and Freddie Sulit.
The production is made possible with support from Newsweb Corporation, LaSalle Bank and The National Endowment for the Arts.
Performances run through Feb. 18, and run Wed.-Fri. at 8:00 p.m.; Sat. at 5:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; and Sun. at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20-$45. Call 773-871-3000 or visit www.AboutFaceTheatre.com .