Sugarward, Sean Graney's new play about the governor of the British Leeward Islands circa 1706, will receive its world premiere January 5, 2013, at 7:30 pm at The Side Project. Sugarward will then run Thursday through Saturday nights at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3 p.m. through February 10.
Directed by Geoff Button and featuring Joel Ewing (Livewire) and John Henry Roberts (Strawdog), the play concerns the "somewhat true and yet entirely implausible" story of Colonel Daniel Parke as he arrives for his first day as Governor. In his usual style, Graney plays fast and loose with anachronisms, according to Dramaturg Michael Manocchio, but has based the show on the historical figures and realities of the time.
The following week, the company will make its first foray into Shakespeare with a new cutting of "Macbeth" titled lady M., with the text re-focused to amplify Lady Macbeth's perspective and psychological torment. Adapted and directed by Laley Lippard, lady M. will open January 16 and run Sunday through Wednesday nights at 7:30pm and Saturdays at 4 pm through February 6.
The two plays, running in rep, are linked by their exploration of personal and politcal ambition, and how human nature will always get in the way, according to Artistic Director Adam Webster.
Tickets for each show are $20 general; $15 senior/students, and can be made through www.thesideproject.net. More information can be obtained online or by calling the theatre's new phone number: 773-340-0140. Press comps or interview requests can be arranged through Artistic Director Adam Webster at 773-600-1117.