The Building Stage's Founder and Artistic Director Blake Montgomery announces that the world premiere of Dawn, Quixote, conceived and directed by Montgomery, at The Building Stage, 412 N. Carpenter Street in Chicago's West Loop, March 22 - April 27 will be the final production for The Building Stage. Previews are Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 24 at 4 p.m. Opening/press night is Monday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. The regular performance schedule is Thursday - Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Tickets for the previews are students/children: $5, adults: $15 and for the regular run, students/children: $15/$20 and adults: $25/$30. Tickets may be purchased at buildingstage.com or by calling The Building Stage box office at 312.491.1369.
After eight years of producing original, ensemble-based theater, The Building Stage is closing the doors of its industrial West Loop venue and ceasing operations at the end of April 2013. In celebration, the Jeff award-winning company is producing one final original show: Dawn, Quixote,
The Building Stage is known for adapting and reinventing classic tales, like their 2011 award-winning Moby-Dick. Following this tradition for their final production, the company puts its playful spin on Miguel de Cervantes' Spanish Golden Age masterpiece. In Dawn, Quixote, developed and performed by Gabriel Franken, Michael Hamilton, Chelsea Keenan, Kate Suffern, Anne Walaszek and Nathan Wonder, the misadventures of Don Quixote and his squire Sancho are transformed into a personal, poetic exploration of the cost of dreaming. This production is a playful adaptation of the Quixote myth for six actors with fake beards, imaginary horses and ukuleles. In this existential fantasy, inspired in equal parts by Cervantes, Samuel Beckett and Sergio Leone, the self-proclaimed knight returns home after years of struggle to face the dawn of his final day.
Montgomery, who is closing The Building Stage in order to follow new theatrical and educational pursuits, said, "We are sad to be closing but terribly proud of what we've created since 2005. Most importantly, the relationships we've developed with Chicago's theater community, both artists as well as patrons, has been incredibly rewarding. We want to thank everyone who has supported the company and venue with their time, money and attention. We couldn't have done it without them."