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Sunday, April 03, 2005

Make Plans For Your First "Picnic" of the Year with the Beverly Theatre Guild at the End of April!


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If you go back to my
first post you will notice my mentioning that I have a few plays under my belt. More than 40 in fact.

Over the course of time, you get to know who is who, and such has been the case with me.

Frankly, I've had less time to go to shows these days and have unwillingly had to become a bit picky about what I can manage to go see myself, let alone encourage someone else to see,
but, I have to say that I am excited about an upcoming production of William Inge's Picnic that will be produced the last two weekends in April and on May 1st, 2005 by the Beverly Theatre Guild in Chicago, and performed at the new state of the art Beverly Art Center (2407 W 111th Street in Chicago).


I am excited about the production in part because the Beverly Theater Guild 2004 -2005 season has already had two spectacular hits with
Man of La Mancha and Da, the depth and experience of their membership and production staff making itself apparent in every aspect of both productions.

BTG has been producing plays on Chicago's South Side since 1963, giving its membership multigenerational experience and depth. Their set design and technical skills have matured to match Chicago's most professional organizations, and their history of quality productions draws the finest in local talent.

Much more important to me than the niceness of the new working space, although the new seats are cushy, the new lighting and sound are much higher tech, and for an actor the backstage area is, well, much, much improved. But, I digress. I am known for my tendency to digress. Well, well, known.

Very important to me is that the director of the play is veteran Chicago Actress and Director Carol Kearney who has given blistering, heartwarming and astounding performances in many shows over the years. Her involvement in the production assures a high level of quality for this production, then again, she has a lot to work with. The cast includes some of the most talented people I have ever seen or worked with on stage: Ed Fudacz, Justin Haak, Laurie Videka Krizka, Anne T. McGowan, Ellen Micotto, Patricia S. Moy, Breanna C. Smitko and Julie L. Zebleckis (don't recognize the others - sorry, its probably the pain meds, or it could be BTG's very healthy casting practices which allow newcomers a chance at any part.)

The combination of script, director, cast and stage, look to make for an exciting 5 nights of theatre. One note, of the three shows a season that BTG produces, the Drama is the most likely to sell out. So, if you do have interest in attending, I recommend ordering tickets in advance through these links:

Beverly Theatre Guild Presents: Picnic - TOP

Saturday April 23-8:00 pm
Sunday April 24-2:00 pm
Friday April 29-8:00 pm
Saturday April 30-8:00 pm
Sunday May 1-2:00 pm

Picnic is the dramatic tale of a stranger who comes to a small Kansas town in the 1950's. Flo, a middle-aged widow, along with her two daughters and their spinster boarder have their lives disrupted and transformed by the charismatic drifter Hal Cater, who arrives in time for the town's Labor Day celebration.

The price shown does not include the ticket handling fee of approximately $1.50. Seniors/Students with ID get a $1 Discount. For more information or to order tickets by phone you can call Beverly Art Center at 773-445-3838.

Both Beverly Theatre Guild and The Beverly Art Center are not-for-profit organizations.

So, with Spring in the air, I hope you will plan your Picnic excursion with some friends soon!

'Till the next post,

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