Writers' Theatre continues its season with the Midwest premiere of The Letters by John W. Lowell, directed by Kimberly Senior. The production runs November 13, 2012 – March 3, 2013 and will be performed at Books on Vernon – 664 Vernon Ave, Glencoe. Press Openings are Wednesday, November 28 and Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 7:30pm.
When Anna is called in for a meeting with her superior, everything seems to be going well. But nothing is quite as it seems in this thriller of politics and disinformation set in 1930s Russia. An informal interview quickly turns into a game of cat and mouse in which the roles of hunter and hunted shift without warning, and being the last to flinch may mean the difference between life and death. Who will claim the upper hand: those who suppress the truth, or those who will risk everything to liberate it?
Director Kimberly Senior's intimate bookstore production, featuring Kate Fry and Mark L. Montgomery, will captivate audiences as the stakes are raised in this taut political thriller.
"Kimberly Senior has proven herself as a fine director of contemporary and new plays time and time again and over the past few seasons she has become a good friend to our process at Writers' Theatre," says Artistic Director Michael Halberstam. "The Letters came to us highly recommended by two authors whose work we have previously produced and seemed a natural fit for Kimberly, given her considerable gifts in working with new plays. The excellent taste and judgment she has shown in putting together the cast and design team along with the collaborative and professional joy she brings to the rehearsal room has already more than justified the engagement. We look forward to a long and fulfilling relationship."
Writers' is committed to producing not only premieres of new plays, but also giving vital second productions to plays still in process. Writers' has collaborated with John W. Lowell and Kimberly Senior this past year on an intensive workshop process to give Lowell the time and resources to expand, deepen, and refine his work.
The designers are Jack Magaw (scenic), Rachel Anne Healy (costumes), Christine Binder (lights), Christopher Kriz (sound) and Nick Heggestad (props). The stage manager is Rebecca Pechter.