Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) announced today the extension of its celebrated 25th Anniversary Season opening production of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's Follies, directed by CST Associate Artistic Director Gary Griffin, now playing through November 13, 2011, in CST's Courtyard Theater. The production features a company of more than 40 actors and musicians that includes Olivier Award nominees Brent Barrett as Benjamin Stone and Caroline O'Connor as Phyllis Rogers Stone, with Robert Petkoff as Buddy Plummer, Susan Moniz as Sally Durant Plummer and Chicago musical theater favorite Hollis Resnik as Carlotta Campion. Tickets for Chicago Shakespeare's limited engagement of Follies are $55-$75 with special discounts available for groups of 10 or more. Performances during the extension week will be as follows: Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 12 at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. All patrons receive a 40% discount on guaranteed parking in Navy Pier garages. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Box Office at 312.595.5600 or visit the Theater's website at www.chicagoshakes.com/follies.
CST Associate Artistic Director Gary Griffin is a prolific director of acclaimed productions, including the Tony Award-nominated The Color Purple and The Apple Tree. Griffin's decade-long exploration of the Sondheim canon at Chicago Shakespeare includes his celebrated production of Pacific Overtures which was subsequently mounted at the Donmar Warehouse in London's West End, where it garnered three Laurence Olivier Awards.
Additional cast members for Griffin's production of Follies include Chicago Shakespeare veteran actor Mike Nussbaum in the role of Dmitri Weismann, Nancy Voigts as Stella Deems, Marilynn Bogetich as Hattie Walker, Kathy Taylor as Solange LaFitte, Chicago husband and wife duo Dennis Kelly and Ami Silvestre as Theodore and Emily Whitman, Linda Stephens as Heidi Schiller, Adrian Aguilar as Young Ben, Bill Chamberlain as Roscoe, Rachel Cantor as Young Phyllis, L.R. Davidson as Young Sally, David Elliott as Max Deems, Andrew Keltz as Young Buddy, Amanda Kroiss as Young Solange, Christina Myers as Young Stella, Kari Sorenson as Young Heidi, Amanda Tanguay as Young Carlotta, showgirls Jen Donohoo and Jenny Guse, and ensemble members Devin Archer, Julius C. Carter, Rhett Guter, Nate Lewellyn and Tanner Smale.