Rivendell Theatre Ensemble ( RTE ), Chicago's only Equity theatre dedicated to producing new work with women at the core,announces the Midwest premiere of Grizzly Mama. The production, directed by RTE member Megan Carney, runs September 10 — October 15, 2016, at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Avenue in Chicago. The press opening is Sunday, September 11 at 6 pm.
Deb is a divorced suburban mom who re-imagines herself as a righteous, liberal avenger following the death of her activist mother. Her daughter, Hannah, is a typical texting teenager — that is, until she discovers the real reason why mom moved them next door to a certain Alaskan presidential candidate. A dark comedy about motherhood, murder and moose.
The design team includes Megan Wilkerson ( set ), Janice Pytel ( costumes ), Diane Fairchild ( lights ), Sarah Putts ( sound ) and Jamie Karas( props ).
Title: Grizzly Mama
Written by: George Brandt
Directed by: RTE Member Megan Carney
Featuring: RTE Artistic Director Tara Mallen, additional cast TBA
And Creative class: For an additional $5 Rivendell teaching artists will provide a creative dramatics class during the show for ages 6-12. This will take place next door in the rehearsal/reception space at 5775 N. Ridge. The class is open to families with an adult watching that performance of Dry Land.
Town Hall Discussions will follow the Saturday matinees on September 24 and October 1
Location: Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Avenue in Chicago
Pay What You Can: Five seats ( 10% of the house ) are available for each performance. Reservations are made on a first come first served basis.
Flex Pass: $110 ( $80 for Student/ Senior/ Active Military/ Veteran )
Includes four tickets to use in any combination for the season.
Box Office: 773 ) 334-7728 or www.RivendellTheatre.org
Parking and Transportation: Free parking is available in the Senn High School parking lot ( located a block and a half from the theatre behind the school off Thorndale Avenue ). There is limited paid and free street parking in the area and the theatre is easily accessible via the Clark ( #22 ) or Broadway ( #36 ) bus and is a short walk from the Bryn Mawr Red Line El station.
About Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
Founded in 1994, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble advances women's lives through the power of theatre. Rivendell cultivates the talents of women artists — writers, actors, directors, designers and technicians — by seeking out innovative plays that explore unique female experiences and producing them in intimate, salon environments.
Rivendell fills an important role in the Chicago region as the only Equity theatre dedicated to producing artistically challenging and original plays created by and about women. After years of being an itinerant company, we moved into our own theater space in 2010 in Edgewater. As new members of the neighborhood, we are focused on becoming an integral community partner and serving as a catalyst to engage our audiences in a discussion of local social issues.
For more information about Rivendell Theater Ensemble, rivendelltheatre.org . Follow RTE on Facebook at Facebook.com/rivendelltheatreand on Twitter @RivendellThtr
Rivendell Theatre Ensemble is supported by generous grants from The Alphawood Foundation; The Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development; The Chicago Community Trust; The Chicago Foundation for Women; The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation; The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; The Reva and David Logan Foundation; The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust; Cultural Outreach Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events; and the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Rivendell Theatre Ensemble is also very grateful for the support received from 100 Women Who Care.