At Elastic Arts (2830 N. Milwaukee, 2nd flr)
With a ghostly narrator, an orchestral score, three clowns (one of whom sings arias) and a variety of storytelling conceits, New Beast Theatre Works presents their third semi-opera, a looks back on twentieth century America.
Directed, written and created by David Amaral
Composed and created by Joshua Dumas
Starring Lucy Carapetyan, Jason Economus, Carla Kessler, Ian McCabe, Shaw Nigro, Nicole Ripley, James Whittington
Production Assistance by Isaac Fosl-van Wyke, Katy Collins
Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/239508 -- $12, general admission. All shows at 7:30pm. Approximately 80 minutes, no intermission.
About the play:
In June 1968, a young salesman returns home to Chicago to care for his mother who is suffering from dementia. As she drifts between confusion and clarity, we see glimpses of her past, her son’s future, and the social change sweeping Chicago and the nation in the late 60s. Our guide on this journey is the man’s father, killed in WWII, but whose ghost is shunted through time and space whenever a story is told. He tumbles through the twentieth century, witness to wars, counter culture, corruption, and the mundane.
This production is supported by High Concept Laboratories and Elastic Arts Foundation.