Lifeline Theatre presents a world premiere adaptation of China Miéville's The City & The City, by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Christopher M. Walsh, and directed by Lifeline Theatre Artistic Director Dorothy Milne (Non-Equity Jeff Award and After Dark Award winner).
Inspector Tyador Borlú of the Extreme Crime Squad is assigned to a seemingly open-and-shut case: an American student found dead in the gutters of the city of Beszel. But soon this deceptively simple crime reveals ties to powerful political and corporate factions at the heart of both Beszel and its twin city, Ul Qoma. Forced to cross the divide between two city-states coexisting in the same geographical space yet separated by irreconcilable cultural differences, Borlú must bring to justice the mastermind of the most unusual and dangerous case of his career. A thrilling crime story set in a location both fantastical and eerily real, in a world premiere adaptation. A cast of ten actors brings more than twenty characters to life, led by Steve Schine as Inspector Borlú, along with Lifeline Theatre ensemble members Patrick Blashill and Chris Hainsworth.
NEW: Lifeline Theatre welcomes China Miéville, author of The City & The City, on March 16. Miéville will participate in a book signing event in the theatre's lobby at 7 p.m. (this is a free event and copies of The City & The City will be on sale). Following the 8 p.m. performance of The City & The City, Miéville will join the cast and crew of Lifeline Theatre's production for an audience talkback. China Miéville is the author of several books, including Railsea, Un Lun Dun, Perdido Street Station, The City & The City, Kraken, and Embassytown. His works have won the Hugo, the British Science Fiction Award (twice), the Arthur C. Clarke Award (three times), and the World Fantasy Award. He recently moved from London to Chicago.
The City & The City runs February 15-April 7at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. (free parking and shuttle; see below). Press opening is Sunday, February 24 at 4 p.m. Opening night is Monday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m. (Previews are Fridays, February 15 and 22 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, February 16 and 23 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, February 17 at 4 p.m.)
Regular performance times (February 28-April 7) are Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 4 p.m. Ticket prices are $40 for regular single tickets, $30 for seniors, $20 for students (with I.D.), $20 for rush tickets (available half hour before show time, subject to availability), and $20 for previews. Group rate for 12 or more is available upon request. Tickets may be purchased at the Lifeline Theatre Box Office, 773.761.4477, or bywww.lifelinetheatre.com. The production runs approximately two hours and fifteen minutes with one intermission. The book will be on sale in the lobby.