SEASON 24 at American Theater Company
FROM THE WRITERS OF URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL
YEAST NATION: THE TRIUMPH OF LIFE
Music and Lyrics by Mark Hollmann
Book and Lyrics by Greg Kotis
The Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway hit Urinetown
return home to Chicago to premiere the strangest story ever to be
musicalized. The year is 3,000,458,000 B.C., and the Earth's first
life forms, salt-eating yeasts (yes, yeasts), float in the brine of
the primordial soup, under the rule of a feeble but brutal tyrant. As
resources deplete and fear prevails, the faith of one single-celled
dreamer changes their society forever, and out of chaos and
destruction a new world emerges. Combining 80's rock with a touch of
disco, Yeast Nation can't help but be one of most non-political and
slightly amusing evenings of musical theater in America. Here come the
FROM THE WRITERS OF THE LARAMIE PROJECT
THE PEOPLE'S TEMPLE
Written by Leigh Fondakowski with Greg Pierotti, Stephen Wangh and Margo Hall
Directed by Leigh Fondakowski
1978. Jonestown, Guyana. An interracial religious group, led by their charismatic leader Jim Jones, move to the remote jungles of South America to build a utopian community. From the creators of The Laramie Project comes this premiere production combining actual interviews with survivors and family members and live gospel music to tell the untold stories of a community that dreamed of a better life, and its shocking demise. One of the largest Ensemble projects in American Theater Company history, The People’s Temple will premiere new material from recent interviews for its Chicago premiere during the 30th Anniversary of Jonestown.
AMERICAN THEATER COMPANY and CONGO SQUARE THEATRE COMPANY
Join together for the
AMERICAN CLASSIC REPERTORY
|PULITZER PRIZE WINNER
Written by Suzan-Lori Parks
|TONY AWARD NOMINATED
Written by Sam Shepard
6 actors. 4 brothers. 2 plays. In Rep. American Theater Company
and Congo Square Theatre team up to present one of Chicago's most
intriguing theatrical projects. Artistic Directors Derrick Sanders
and PJ Paparelli engage each other's Ensembles in two of America's
most visceral plays about sibling rivalry. In rotating rep on the same
set, the actors playing the brothers will alternate between the plays.
Audiences can see two versions of two plays on one set at ATC.
Round One: Sam Shepard's most produced play, True West, tells the
story about two brothers; Austin, an ambitious Hollywood screenwriter
working on a potential million-dollar deal and Lee, a vagabond thief
with a compulsion for six-packs and toasters, face off for control
while venting demons from their dysfunctional past.
Round Two: Suzan-Lori Parks' masterpiece, Topdog/Underdog explores two
brothers; Lincoln, ex-card player, now legitimate entertainer, and
Booth, a petty thief who wants to learn his brother's game, struggle to
make a new life that will finally lead them out of poverty.
Written by Itamar Moses
Directed by David Cromer
Fact: For a time in the late 1990's, Colorado Supermax, the most secure prison in America, housed in neighboring cells, Latin Kings Leader Luis Felipe, WTC Bomber Ramzi Yousef, Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, and Oklahoma City Bomber Timothy McVeigh.
Fiction: When a young lawyer defends the civil liberties of one of the country's most notorious criminals, her idealism stands face to face with a criminal genius who, along with his neighbors, has a plan of his own. Combining the suspense of Silence of the Lambs with the political savvy of Season 23's blockbuster, Speech & Debate, Itamar Moses, one of America's hottest playwrights, and David Cromer, critically acclaimed director of The Adding Machine (Next Theatre) and Our Town (The Hypocrites), explore issues of homeland security and individual freedoms in one of the most dazzling cliffhangers in modern drama.
And, of course, we couldn't leave out
THE CHICAGO HOLIDAY TRADITION
Back for a Sixth Smash Year
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: THE RADIO PLAY
Sponsored by Emerald Nuts from Diamond Foods Inc.
The Chicago Holiday tradition is back! The classic story based on the Frank Capra masterpiece is lovingly performed as a period radio play complete with commercial breaks and live Foley sound effects. ATC's celebrated Ensemble brings the town of Bedford Falls to life, with free milk and cookies after every performance! In addition to our mainstage production, a second company will tour the Chicago suburbs performing at schools!