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Amadeus In his twilight years, the composer Antonio Salieri explores his tempestuous rivalry with the boorish but brilliant Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Written by Peter Shaffer. Directed by Peter Marston Sullivan. Casting: Stephanie Sullivan, Casting Associate, Bohemian Theatre Ensemble, P.O. Box 409267, Chicago, IL 60640. Runs Feb. 14–March 16, 2014 at Theater Wit.
Antony and Cleopatra Drunk with passion, the Roman war hero and leader chooses to focus on Egypt and its beautiful ruler while the Roman Empire hangs in the balance. Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Kevin Rich. Casting: Leah Cassella, Casting Associate, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Campus Box 5700, Normal, IL 61790. Runs July 18–Aug. 9, 2014.
Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Musical revue) This show gives the audience a tour through the legendary Fats Waller songbook. Conceived by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby Jr. Musical adaptations by Luther Henderson. Vocal and musical concepts by Jeffrey Gutcheon. Vocal arrangements by Jeffrey Gutcheon and William Elliot. Directed and choreographed by Brenda Didier. Casting: Michael Weber, Managing Artistic Director, Porchlight Music Theatre, 4200 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago, IL 60639. Runs Feb. 1–March 9, 2014, at Stage 773.
Annie Get Your Gun (Evanston) (Musical) This show follows Annie Oakley’s rise from rural ragamuffin to world-famous sharpshooter in Buffalo Bill‘s Wild West Show. Book by Herbert and Dorothy Fields. Music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. Casting: Kyle Dougan, Casting Director, Light Opera Works, 516 Fourth St., Wilmette, IL 60091. Runs Dec. 21–31 in the Cahn Auditorium.
Brigadoon (Musical) When American tourists Tommy and Jeff get lost on vacation in Scotland, they stumble into Brigadoon, a mythical village that appears for only one day every 100 years. Book and lyrics by Alan J Lerner. Music by Frederick Loewe. Directed and choreographed by Rachel Rockwell. New York Casting: Rachel Hoffman, Telsey + Company, 311 W. 43rd St., 10th Fl., New York, NY 10036. Chicago Casting: Adam Belcuore, Director of Casting, Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60601. Previews June 27, 2014, prior to a July 7 opening. Closes Aug. 3 with a possible extension through Aug. 17, 2014.
Cabaret (Musical) A young, naive American writer arrives in 1930s Berlin and is seduced by the pleasures of the sexy, seedy Cabaret. Book by Joe Masteroff. Music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb. New York Casting: Tara Rubin, 570 Seventh Ave., Ste. 401, New York, NY 10018. Local Casting: Peter Sullivan, The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire, IL 60069. Runs Jan. 15–March 16, 2014 at the Marriott Theatre.
Carrie: The Musical (Musical) Carrie is an outcast at school and at the mercy of her over-protective mother while at home, but she’s just discovered a special power that might solve everything. Book by Lawrence D. Cohen. Lyrics by Dean Pitchford. Music by Michael Gore. Adapted from the novel by Stephen King. Directed by Christopher Pazdernik. Musical direction by Aaron Benham. With Katherine Condit and Kate Garassino. Casting: Harmony France, Bailiwick Chicago, P.O. Box 13468, Chicago, IL. 60613. Runs May 29–July 12, 2014, at Victory Gardens’ Richard Christiansen Theatre.
Cheaper By the Dozen The Gilbreth’s inventive father, who is well-known for bringing better efficiency to factories, keeps his family of twelve children running just as efficiently. Adapted by Christopher Sergel. Original book by Frank Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey. Casting: Fox Valley Repertory, 4052 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174. Runs April 5–May 18, 2014 at Pheasant Run Resort.
Darlin’ In the middle of the night at a no name motel in Iowa, Clementine meets a mixed bag of regulars who all want to know what she’s running from and why there are two child seats in the back of her car. Written by Joshua Rollins. Casting: Tara Branham, Step Up Productions, 40 E. Chicago Ave., Ste. 121, Chicago, IL 60611. Previews March 7, 2014 prior to a March 11 opening. Closes April 13, 2014.
DORIAN Dorian Gray’s ill-fated portrait is a character who comes vividly to life, only to encourage his wicked and sexually irreverent indulgences. Written by Ben Lobpries and Tommy Rapley. Directed and choreographed by Tommy Rapley. Based on the novel “A Picture of Dorian Gray,” by Oscar Wilde. Casting: the House Theatre of Chicago, 4611 N. Ravenswood Ave., #206, Chicago, IL 60640. Runs April 4–May 18, 2014.
Ephebophilia In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, a young couple dreams up an innovative way to raise the money to stop the foreclosure of their home. They plan to lure unsuspecting sexual predators to their home and blackmail them. Written by Dusty Wilson. Casting: Danielle Stack, Casting Director, Coriolis Theater Company, 1431 W. Argyle #2, Chicago, IL 60640. Previews Jan. 16, 2014, prior to a Jan. 18 opening in Room 300 of Collaboraction in Wicker Park. Closes Feb. 9, 2014.
A Fine Line While dancing the fine line between man and woman, joy and sorrow, and acceptance and rejection, D. Garfinkel is a hermaphrodite on an urgent quest for forgiveness and love. A world-premiere written by Rob Winn Anderson. Directed by Andrea J. Dymond. Casting: Madelyn Sergel, Artistic Director, Clockwise Theatre, P.O. Box 223, Gurnee, IL 60031. Next audition: Dec. 9. Runs April 11–May 4th, 2014.
42nd Street (Aurora) (Musical) A small town girl leaves the safety of her family to pursue her dreams in New York. Book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble. Music by Harry Warren. Lyrics by Al Dubin. Directed by Rachel Rockwell. Casting: Jennette Birch, Company Manager, Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, IL 60506. Runs Jan. 15–Feb. 9, 2014.
From White Plains When a filmmaker calls out a bully from high school as the cause of his friend’s suicide during his Academy Award acceptance speech, he begins a worldwide anti-bullying campaign that quickly spirals out of control, changing not only his own life but also those of the now-grown bully and the people closest to both men. Written by Michael Perlman. Casting: Leslie Ruettiger, Casting Director [no office info available]. Runs Jan. 24–Feb. 25, 2014, at Broken Nose Theatre.
Frost/Nixon This play is about a series of televised interviews that former U.S. President Richard Nixon granted David Frost in 1977 that touched on Nixon’s administration and inquired about his role in the Watergate scandal. Written by Peter Morgan. Directed by Michael J. Renzi. Casting: The Drama Group, 330 W. 202nd St., Chicago Heights, IL 60411. Next auditions: Dec. 10 and 11. Runs Feb. 7–16, 2014.
The Game of Love and Chance A classic French Farce performed in English contemporary vernacular complete with door slamming, mistaken identities, secret trysts, and a war between the sexes. Written by Marivaux. Adapted by Wadsworth. Casting: Mary Pat Sieck, Artistic/Managing Director, Open Door Repertory Company, 902 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park, IL 60304. Runs Jan. 16–Feb. 22, 2014 at Open Door Theater.
Ghost Bike Two best friends fall in love with Chicago on their bikes, but when one is hit by a car and killed, the other refuses to let him go and rides beneath the city to have one last conversation with him. Written by Laura Jacqmin. Directed by Sara Sawicki. Casting: Ellie Reed, Casting Director, Buzz22 Chicago, Attn: Philip de Guzman, 216 N. May St., #102, Chicago, IL 60607. Runs Feb. 28–March 30, 2014.
Gidion’s Knot During a parent/teacher conference, a grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed elementary school teacher have a fraught conversation about the tragic suicide of Gidion, the mother's son and the teacher's student. Written by Johnna Adams. Directed by Joe Jahraus. Casting: Two Birds Casting, [no office info available]. Previews Jan. 17, 2014, prior to a Jan. 23 opening at Profiles Theatre. Closes March 9, 2014.
Good Boys and True A popular and charming prep school boy’s life is threatened when a disturbing videotape is found on campus. Written by Roberto-Aguirre Sacasa. Casting: Michael Menendian, Producing Artistic Director, Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60660. Runs March 11–May 3, 2014.
Gypsy (Musical) Loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, this show focuses on her mother, Rose, and her efforts to raise her daughters to perform onstage. Book by Arthur Laurents. Music by Jule Styne. Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Directed by Gary Griffin. With Louise Pitre. Casting: Bob Mason, Casting Director, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 E. Grand Ave. on Navy Pier, Chicago, IL 60611. Runs Feb. 6–March 23, 2014 at the Courtyard Theater.
The Half-Life of Memory When Salek, a scientist who helped construct the atom bomb used in Hiroshima, recovers in an old folks home, he is confronted and coerced by his former, now deceased colleagues to do one more dangerous task. Written by Jason Linder. Casting: Liz Siedt, 1436 W. Thorndale, Apt. 1B, Chicago, IL 60660. Runs June 1–29, 2014, at the Storefront Theater.
Hamlet A young prince plans revenge against the uncle who murdered his father. Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Lavina Jadhwani. Casting: Lucy Carr, Oak Park Festival Theatre, P.O. Box 4114, Oak Park, IL 60303. Runs June 12–July 19, 2014, in the Austin Gardens.
Happy Things get out of whack when Alfred arrives at the home of his best friend and is greeted by a gorgeous goth chick who proceeds to unmask his travails with the precision of a sniper. Written by Robert Caisley. Directed by Elly Green. Casting: Jessie Chappie, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr, Chicago, IL 60660. Runs Feb. 15–March 16, 2014, at the Redtwist Theatre, with a possible extension through April 6.
Henry V A charismatic young monarch is confronted by the ferocity of war and is forced to prove his worth as a man and king. Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Christopher Luscombe. Casting: Bob Mason, Casting Director, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 E. Grand Ave., Navy Pier, Chicago, IL 60611. Runs April 29–June 15, 2014, at the Courtyard Theater.
Hey! Dancin'! Hey! Musical! (Musical) Set in Chicago in 1986, teenagers Halle and Trisha finagle their way into the final taping of the hippest cable access dance show in the Chicagoland area in the hopes of finding true love. Written by Kirk Pynchon and Mike Beyer. Music and lyrics by Laura McKenzie. Additional lyrics by Kirk Pynchon. Directed by Matthew Gunnels. Casting: The Factory Theater, 3504 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618. Next EPA: Jan, 13–14, 2014. Previews April 18, 2014, prior to an April 25. Closes May 31.
How Can You Run With A Shell On Your Back? (Musical) The enduring power of Aesop's most beloved fables is showcased in this musical in which six students, from widely different backgrounds, bond together in after-school detention. Casting: Melanie Lamoureux, The Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, 3801 S. Central Ave., Cicero, IL 60804. Runs April 24–26, 2014.
The Importance of Being Earnest Two young gentlemen use the same pseudonym to bend the truth, which works until they both fall in love with women using that name, resulting in a comedy of mistaken identities. Written by Oscar Wilde. Directed by Kevin Theis. Casting: Lucy Carr, Oak Park Festival Theatre, P.O. Box 4114 Oak Park, IL 60303. Runs July 24–Aug. 23, 2014, in the Austin Gardens.
In the Garden: A Darwinian Love Story Long before “The Origin of Species” will forever change the world, Charles Darwin meets Emma Wedgwood, and they forever change each other. Written by Sara Gmitter. Directed by Jessica Thebus. Casting: Phillip R. Smith, Producing Artistic Director, Lookingglass Theatre Company, John Hancock Center, 875 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 1430, Chicago, IL 60611. Runs April 16–June 15, 2014, at the Water Tower Water Works.
In the Matter of J Robert Oppenheimer This play recreates the hearings held to revoke the security clearance of Dr. Oppenheimer, a man dubbed “the father of the Atom Bomb,” because of his Communist connections. Written by Heinar Kipphardt. Casting: Saint Sebastian Players, St. Bonaventure Church, 1625 W. Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614. Runs Feb. 14–March 10, 2014.
The Jewels This world-premiere portrays a mysterious love story that is misunderstood through manipulation, distrust, and deception. Based on the short story by Guy de Maupassant. Adapted and directed by Kirk Anderson. With Sean Ewert, Max Lotspeich, and Carolyn Molloy. Casting: TUTA Theatre Chicago, 5315 N. Clark Street, Ste. 171, Chicago, IL 60640. Previews March 25, 2014, prior to a March 28 opening at the Storefront Theatre. Closes April 27, 2014.
The Language Archive (Evanston) George is a man consumed with preserving and documenting the dying languages of far-flung cultures, but closer to home, his own language is failing him. Written by Julia Cho. Directed by Polly Noonan. Casting: Two Birds Casting [no office info available]. Previews Feb. 20, 2014, prior to a Feb. 22 opening. Closes March 23 with a possible extension through March 30, 2014.
Lost in Yonkers Left by their father while he pays off his debts, two boys contend with ill-tempered Grandma, the sweet but damaged Aunt Bella, and Uncle Louis, a small-time hoodlum in a strange new world called Yonkers. Written by Neil Simon. Directed by Devon de Mayo. Casting: Lynn Baber, Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL 60077. Runs May 2–June 8, 2014.
Love Story (Musical) Oliver Barrett IV and Jenny Cavilleri came from different worlds. He was rich and went to Harvard, while she was poor and attended Radcliffe. Through it all, they fell in love. Book by Stephen Clark. Music by Howard Goodall. Lyrics by Stephen Clark and Howard Goodall. Directed by Melanie Lamoureux. Casting: Melanie Lamoureux, The Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, 3801 S. Central Ave., Cicero, IL 60804. Runs Feb. 14–March 1, 2014.
Luna Gale A veteran social worker thinks she has a typical case on her hands when she meets two teenage drug addicts accused of neglecting their baby. Written by Rebecca Gilman. Directed by Robert Falls. Local casting: Adam Belcuore, Director of Casting/Producing Associate, Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60601. New York casting: Will Cantler and Karyn Casi, Telsey + Company, 311 W. 43rd St., 10th Fl., New York, NY 10036. Previews Jan. 18, 2014, prior to a Jan. 27 opening on the Albert Stage. Closes Feb. 23, 2014.
Mud Blue Sky A high school pot dealer abandons his prom night to crash the hotel-room reunion between three flight attendants who are all old enough to be his mother. Written by Marisa Wegrzyn. Casting: Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL 60610-7752. Runs April 9–May 25, 2014.
Nunsense (St. Charles) (Musical) This show follows the Little Sisters of Hoboken, who find themselves in a financial panic when the convent cook inadvertently poisons 52 sisters. To raise the funds for their internment, the remaining sisters put on a variety show. Book, music, and lyrics by Dan Goggin. Casting: Fox Valley Repertory, 4052 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174. Runs Jan. 16–March 9, 2014.
Passion (Musical) In 19th century Italy, a young soldier is changed by the obsessive love he has for his Colonel’s homely, ailing cousin. Book by James Lapine. Music by Stephen Sondheim. Directed by Fred Anzevino. Casting: Fred Anzevino, Artistic Director, Theo Ubique , 1751D W. Howard, #294, Chicago, IL 60626. Previews March 7, 2014, prior to a March 10 opening. Closes April 27, 2014.
NEW Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers This visceral new adaptation works from the original source material to create a darker, scarier, and more dimensional version of Peter Pan for a modern audience. Written by Michael Lluberes. Casting: Stage B Theatre, 719 W. Clay St., Richmond, VA 23220. Auditions in Chicago on Dec. 16-17. Opens Jan. 24.
The Qualms A group of friends gather for their regular evening of food, drink, drugs, and partner-swapping, but when Chris and Kristy attempt to become the newest members, the evening does not go as planned. Written by Bruce Norris. Directed by Pam MacKinnon. Casting: Erica Daniels, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 758 W. North Ave., Fourth Fl., Chicago, IL 60610. Runs July 3–Aug. 31, 2014, in the Downstairs Theatre of Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
Ragtime (Musical) Based on the 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow, this show tells the story of three groups in America during the early 20th century: African Americans, upper-class suburbanites, and Eastern European immigrants. Book by Terrence McNally. Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Music by Stephen Flaherty. Directed by Stacey Flaster. Casting: Daiva Paulis, c/o Marsha Rutenberg, Big Noise Theatre Company, 1895 Clavey Rd., Highland Park, IL 60035. Next auditions: Dec. 16–17. Runs April 25–May 11, 2014.
The Reckoning of Kit and Little Boots While dying, Elizabethan playwright Christopher “Kit” Marlowe is visited by an apparition, the ghost of the insane Roman Emperor Caligula. Written by Nat Cassidy. Directed by Gus Menary. Casting: First Floor Theater Casting, [no office info available]. Runs Feb. 7–March 2, 2014, at the Den Theatre.
NEW Return of Neverland This show is a sequel to the childhood story of Peter Pan and centers on Wendy’s daughter Jane, now a teenager, as she encounters the unforgettable inhabitants of Neverland. Book and lyrics by Andrew Park. Music by Scott C. Lamps. Casting: Jason Bowen, Production Manager, Quest Theatre Ensemble , c/o St. Gregory the Great , 5545 N. Paulina, Chicago, IL 60650. Runs February 21–March 30, 2014, at the Blue Theatre.
Rites and Sacrifices This world premiere explores the human cost associated with the rituals of war in a sharp new adaptation inspired by Euripides’ original text, “The Suppliant Women.” Written by Jennifer Mickelson. Directed by Evan Jackson. Casting: Evan Jackson, Artistic Director, Idle Muse Theatre Company [no office info available]. Previews Feb. 20–21 prior to a Feb. 22 opening at Collaboration’s Pentagon Theatre in the Flat Iron Arts Building.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Two minor characters from the play “Hamlet” stumble around unaware of their scripted lives and unable to deviate from them. Written by Tom Stoppard. Directed by Beth Wolf. Casting: Promethean Theatre Ensemble, 3580 W. Belden, Ste. 3, Chicago, IL 60647. Runs April 18–May 24, 2014.
Salome An atmospheric piece that seethes with a dangerous, erotic charge, culminating in a biblical act of violence. Written by Oscar Wilde. Directed by Nathan Robbel. Casting: the Right Brain Project, 4001 N. Ravenswood, Chicago, IL. Runs March 13–April 12, 2014.
Schoolhouse Rock Live Too (Highland Park) (Musical) This energetic, colorful, fast-paced musical draws its inspiration from the Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning cartoon series, popular in the 1970's. Directed by Bradley Lee Kisner. Casting: Jacob Cohen, Associate Producer, Highland Park Players, 1991 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park, IL 60035. Runs Feb. 8–16, 2014, at the Edgewood Middle School Auditorium.
Solstice This play explores terrorism and a family attempting to keep ahold of its faith in a world torn apart by violence and inequality. A U.S. premiere written by Zinnie Harris. Casting: Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL 60610-7752. Runs Jan. 9–Feb. 23, 2014.
Sweet Phoebe Helen and Frazer are working towards the perfect life, but when friends pressure them into looking after their pampered dog Phoebe, their plans quickly change. Written by Michael Gow. Directed by Andrew Root. Casting: Andrew Root, Executive Director, Runcible Theatre Company, [no office info available]. Runs Feb. 13–March 8, 2014, at the Frontier Theater.
Venus in Fur When Vanda arrives several hours late to her audition for a seductive play, she surprises the director with a masterful performance and turns the session into a cat–and–mouse game of dominance. Written by David Ives. Directed by Joanie Schultz. Local casting: Adam Belcuore, Director of Casting/Producing Associate, Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60601. New York casting: David Caparelliotis, 260 W. 44th St., Third Fl., New York, NY 10036. Previews March 8, 2014, prior to a March 18 opening on the Albert Stage. Closes April 13.
A View From the Bridge A longshoreman’s niece falls in love with a Sicilian, and his affection for her turns into obsession. Written by Arthur Miller. Directed by Ricardo Gutierrez. Casting: Teatro Vista, 2936 N. Southport, Ste. 210, Chicago, IL 60657. Runs April 11–May 18, 2014, at the Victory Gardens Theater.
What to Listen For A play about cultural history and the challenge of modern music, interwoven with encounters with famous musical figures and renegades. A world premiere written by Kathleen Tolan. Directed by Adam Goldstein. Casting: Elliott Friedman, the side project, 1439 W. Jarvis, Chicago, IL 60626. Runs June 1–July 6, 2014.