"Bright Half Life" by Tanya Barfield at the Women's Project Theatre in 2015. Pictured: Rebecca Henderson and Rachael Holmes (Photo by Joan Marcus)

About Face Theatre Announces 2016-17 Season

The season will feature the return of an audience favorite, and two additional plays about the LGBT experience.

CHICAGO: About Face Theatre has announced its 2016-17 season, featuring three productions.

The season will begin with Doug Wright’s I Am My Own Wife (Nov. 4-Dec. 10), about the true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, who hid from the Nazi and Communist regimes in East Berlin in plain sight dressed as a woman. Transgender actress Delia Kropp will star, and artistic director Andrew Volkoff will direct.

Next up will be the Chicago premiere of The Temperamentals (Jan. 13-Feb. 18, 2017), by Jon Maran, about the establishment of the first sustained LGBT rights organization in the U.S, and the love affair between two of its founding members.

Following will be the Chicago premiere of Tanya Barfield’s Bright Half Life (May 26-July 1, 2017), about two women’s romance over a four-decade period. The cast will feature artistic associate Elizabeth Ledo. Artistic associate Keira Fromm will direct.

The programming will also include the world premiere of a devised play by the About Face Youth Theatre.

About Face Theatre, founded in 1995, produces works about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender experience.

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