Signal Ensemble Theatre opens the new year with the second production in their Tenth Anniversary 2012-2013 season, the world premiere of Successors, January 26 – March 2, 2013 at Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 West Berenice Ave. Successors is written by Signal Ensemble member Jon Steinhagen and is directed by Signal Ensemble member and Co-Artistic Director Ronan Marra. Performances will regularly run Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Preview performances are on Thursday, Jan. 24 and Friday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m., followed by opening/press night on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. Regular ticket prices are $20 for single tickets, $15 for industry/students/seniors/groups and $10 for previews. Tickets may be purchased by calling 773.698.7389 or by visiting www.signalensemble.com.
NOTE SPECIAL PERFORMANCES: There is no scheduled performance for Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. There is an added evening performance on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 at 7:30pm.
From Jon Steinhagen, the author of ACES and Blizzard '67, comes this fable of a political family thrown for a loop when its patriarch - a third generation mayor of a big city - decides to retire without endorsing any of his politically hungry children as his successor. The tar and feathers fly as the family tries to find a way to stay in power - and united.
The cast and production team for Successors includes:
CAST: MerEdith Bell Alvarez*, Ariel Begley, Mary O'Dowd^, Barbara Roeder Harris, Vincent L. Lonergan*, Danny Mulae, Simone Roos*, Colby Sellers, Anne Sheridan Smith, Joseph Stearns*, Jon Steinhagen*, and Bries Vannon*. *Indicates Signal Ensemble Theatre Member, ^Indicates Signal Ensemble Artistic Associate
CREW: Ronan Marra*(director/co-artistic director), Jon Steinhagen* (playwright), Stephanie Ingram* (stage manager), Melania Lancy* (set designer), Mary O'Dowd^ (properties designer), Julie E. Ballard^ (lighting designer), Anthony Ingram* (sound designer), and Elsa Hiltner^ (costume designer). *Indicates Signal Ensemble Theatre Member, ^Indicates Signal Ensemble Artistic Associate
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Jon Steinhagen has been a Signal Ensemble member since 2009, where he has appeared in 1776, Six Degrees of Separation, The Real Inspector Hound, and ACES; he recently was the musical director of Hostage Song and authored ACES. Steinhagen is also a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, a past winner of the Julie Harris Playwriting Award, a finalist for the first Noël Coward Award, and has received four Jeff Awards and five nominations. Recent productions of his plays and musicals include Blizzard '67 (Chicago Dramatists), Dating Walter Dante (Raven Theatre), The Analytical Engine (Circle Theatre), Something More Comfortable (Syracuse University), andThe Teapot Scandals (Porchlight).