Pine Box Theater returns from a three-year hiatus with the world premiere of A GIRL WITH SUN IN HER EYES by Chicago writer Joshua Rollins, directed by Matt Miller and featuring Pine Box company members Audrey Francis and Vince Teninty with Karen Aldridge, Sean Parris, Steve Pickering and Lucy Sandy. A GIRL WITH SUN IN HER EYES plays June 25 - August 7, 2011 at The Second Stage, 3408 N. Sheffield, in Chicago. Tickets are currently available for purchase at www.pineboxtheater.org.
A GIRL WITH SUN IN HER EYES is a riveting re-invention of the police procedural. It's 6 am and an undercover female police officer has been reported missing for several hours on Chicago's South Side. The last person to see her is now the primary suspect in her disappearance. Two veteran police officers with complex ties to the missing officer-and each other-lead the interrogation. How far would you go to protect the life you have? The Shield meets Memento in this world premiere thriller.
Joshua Rollins is an actor and writer living in Chicago and A GIRL WITH SUN IN HER EYES marks his first full length Chicago production. His short plays have been produced at The Artistic Home, American Blues Theatre and American Theatre Company. His play AMERICAN REX was a finalist for the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Center's Summer Conference, had a staged reading off-Broadway with Alchemy Theatre and will be workshopped later this year in Chicago. As an actor, he was last seen in the Gift Theatre's acclaimed run of SUICIDE, INCORPORATED originating the role of Jason. His film work includes roles in Warner Brothers' THE DARK KNIGHT, CONTAGION and THE LAKEHOUSE, The Weinstein Company's AWAKE, KILLSHOTand SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS and Odd Lot Entertainment's LIVING HELL.
Director Matt Miller returns to Pine Box where he last directed THIS IS OUR YOUTH in 2007. Recent credits include Profiles Theatre's critically-acclaimEd GraceLAND and the revival of THE WEIR for Seanachai Theatre this past fall. www.mattmillerdirect.com
The production team for A GIRL WITH SUN INHER EYES includes: Grant Sabin (scenic), Joshua Allard (costumes), Julian Pike (lighting), Joe Court (sound), Matt Hawkins (fights), Zach Stinnett (props), Susan Bowen (Dramaturg) and Amber Johnson (stage manager).
Title: A GIRL WITH SUN IN HER EYES
Playwright: Joshua Rollins
Director: Matt Miller
Featuring: Pine Box company members Audrey Francis (Lucy) and Vince Teninty (William) with Karen Aldridge (Goggins), Sean Parris (Darnel), Steve Pickering (Landy) and Lucy Sandy (Ana Marks, Waitress).
Location: The Second Stage, 3408 N. Sheffield, Chicago 60657
Dates: Previews: June 25 at 2 pm & June 26 at 7 pm
Press performances: Thursday, June 30 & Friday, July 1 at 8 pm.
Regular run: June 30 - August 7, 2011
Curtain Times: Thursdays & Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 5 pm & 8 pm, Sundays at 7 pm.
Tickets: $35. Available at www.pineboxtheater.org.
Pine Box Theater (Vincent Teninty, Artistic Director; Greg Rothman, Managing Director) has its genesis in a group of actors who all met and graduated from the School at Steppenwolf in 2004.Wanting to build upon this common experience and strengthen the relationships they had forged there, these twelve actors agreed to form a company with a commitment to producing challenging theatre with a focus on intense character and relationship driven stories. Seminal productions include Life and Limb by Keith Reddin, This is Our Youth by Kenneth Lonergan and Hot 'N' Throbbing by Paula Vogel. The company has been inactive for the past three years as many of its original members have moved on to othercities, but under the leadership of newly installed Artistic Director VinceTeninty, Pine Box is back with a bang.
Photos by Heather Stumpf.
Steve Pickering and Vince Teninty
Karen Aldridge and Steve Pickering
Audrey Francis and Vince Teninty