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"Mementos Mori," created by Manual Cinema. (Photo by Nathan Keay / Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago)

Writers Theatre Announces 2019-20 Season

The Chicago theatre will program a Manual Cinema play about death and a new adaptation of ‘A Doll’s House.’

Glencoe Ill.: Writers Theatre has announced their 2019-20 season, featuring six works.

” With a refreshing mix of revitalized classics and exciting new voices, we have compiled a season that captures the essential conversations we are having as a nation right now,” said artistic director Michael Halberstam in a statement. “Art has the primary function of holding the mirror up to nature but, in doing so, it must also entertain and engage. The messages we share with you this coming season are essential and necessary.

The season will kick off with Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods (Aug.14-Sept. 22), a twist on classic fairy tales. Gary Griffon will direct.

Up next is A Doll’s House (Sept.25-Dec.15), by Ibsen and adapted by Sandra Delgado and Michael Halberstam. Lavina Jadhwani will direct.

Following is The Niceties (Nov. 6-Dec.15), by Eleanor Burgess, about an Ivy Leagues professor’s conversation with students about her controversial thesis. Marti Lyons will direct.

Next up is Stick Fly (Feb. 5-March 16, 2020) by Lydia R. Diamond. In this family dramedy, sibling rivalries and family woes are stirred up during a weekend away. Ron OJ Parson will direct.

After that will be The Last Match (Mar. 18-June 7 2020), by Annie Ziegler about a Russian tennis star and an American player duking it out on and off the courts. Keira Fromm  will direct.

The season will close with Mementos Mori (May 6-June 14, 2020), created by Manual Cinema. This performance piece quite literally brings the dead to life as “Death” is now a girl wondering Hollywood in the 21st century.

Writer’s Theatre has worked for over 25 years to deliver quality interpretations of classics and new plays.

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