Schedule - Past

Palmer House Hilton
Chicago, Illinois
Thursday, 5 July 2018 - 7:30 PM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Roles of Ruth Brown, Lavern Baker, Mary Reed & Others

HEARTBREAK HOTEL follows the tender story of Elvis Presley in the early years of his burgeoning career as he and Sam Phillips create the music that will forever change their lives. As Elvis’s career skyrockets, both lifting and shattering the lives of those he loves, a secret love story is revealed, a betrayal is discovered, and “Colonel” Tom Parker changes the course of history, all in just 18 short months during 1954 to 1956.

This brand new musical features hit songs from the King himself as well as the legends who influenced his iconic music.

CAST
Eddie Clendening: Elvis Presley
Katherine Lee Bourné: Rosetta Tharpe & Others
Erin Burniston: Dixie Locke
Matt Codina: Scotty Moore
Andrea Collier: Sally Willbourn & Others
Geno Henderson: BB King & Others
Colte Julian: Dewey Phillips
Jerry Kernion: Colonel Tom Parker
Zach Lentino: Bill Black
Alicia McCrackren Morgan: Gladys Presley & Others
Matt McKenzie: Sam Phillips
Jamie Pittle: DJ Fontana
Darcy Jo Wood: Marion Keisker & Others
Understudies/Swings: Chuckie Benson, Briana Bower, Tommy Malouf

CREATIVE TEAM
Author, Director, Producer: Floyd Mutrux
Executive Producer: Scott Prisand
Music Supervisor: Keith Harrison
Music Director: Tom Vendafreddo
Choreographer: Birgitte Bjorum
Production Stage Manager: Lucia Lombardi
Assistant Stage Manager: Angie Adams
Production Assistant: Joaquín Gomez
Presenter: Broadway In Chicago
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Palmer House Hilton
Chicago, Illinois
Tuesday, 3 July 2018 - 7:30 PM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Roles of Ruth Brown, Lavern Baker, Mary Reed & Others

HEARTBREAK HOTEL follows the tender story of Elvis Presley in the early years of his burgeoning career as he and Sam Phillips create the music that will forever change their lives. As Elvis’s career skyrockets, both lifting and shattering the lives of those he loves, a secret love story is revealed, a betrayal is discovered, and “Colonel” Tom Parker changes the course of history, all in just 18 short months during 1954 to 1956.

This brand new musical features hit songs from the King himself as well as the legends who influenced his iconic music.

CAST
Eddie Clendening: Elvis Presley
Katherine Lee Bourné: Rosetta Tharpe & Others
Erin Burniston: Dixie Locke
Matt Codina: Scotty Moore
Andrea Collier: Sally Willbourn & Others
Geno Henderson: BB King & Others
Colte Julian: Dewey Phillips
Jerry Kernion: Colonel Tom Parker
Zach Lentino: Bill Black
Alicia McCrackren Morgan: Gladys Presley & Others
Matt McKenzie: Sam Phillips
Jamie Pittle: DJ Fontana
Darcy Jo Wood: Marion Keisker & Others
Understudies/Swings: Chuckie Benson, Briana Bower, Tommy Malouf

CREATIVE TEAM
Author, Director, Producer: Floyd Mutrux
Executive Producer: Scott Prisand
Music Supervisor: Keith Harrison
Music Director: Tom Vendafreddo
Choreographer: Birgitte Bjorum
Production Stage Manager: Lucia Lombardi
Assistant Stage Manager: Angie Adams
Production Assistant: Joaquín Gomez
Presenter: Broadway In Chicago
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place
Chicago, Illinois
Monday, 2 July 2018 - 7:30 PM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Roles of Ruth Brown, Lavern Baker, Mary Reed & Others

HEARTBREAK HOTEL follows the tender story of Elvis Presley in the early years of his burgeoning career as he and Sam Phillips create the music that will forever change their lives. As Elvis’s career skyrockets, both lifting and shattering the lives of those he loves, a secret love story is revealed, a betrayal is discovered, and “Colonel” Tom Parker changes the course of history, all in just 18 short months during 1954 to 1956.

This brand new musical features hit songs from the King himself as well as the legends who influenced his iconic music.

CAST
Eddie Clendening: Elvis Presley
Katherine Lee Bourné: Rosetta Tharpe & Others
Erin Burniston: Dixie Locke
Matt Codina: Scotty Moore
Andrea Collier: Sally Willbourn & Others
Geno Henderson: BB King & Others
Colte Julian: Dewey Phillips
Jerry Kernion: Colonel Tom Parker
Zach Lentino: Bill Black
Alicia McCrackren Morgan: Gladys Presley & Others
Matt McKenzie: Sam Phillips
Jamie Pittle: DJ Fontana
Darcy Jo Wood: Marion Keisker & Others
Understudies/Swings: Chuckie Benson, Briana Bower, Tommy Malouf

CREATIVE TEAM
Author, Director, Producer: Floyd Mutrux
Executive Producer: Scott Prisand
Music Supervisor: Keith Harrison
Music Director: Tom Vendafreddo
Choreographer: Birgitte Bjorum
Production Stage Manager: Lucia Lombardi
Assistant Stage Manager: Angie Adams
Production Assistant: Joaquín Gomez
Presenter: Broadway In Chicago
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Palmer House Hilton: Grand Ballroom, Fourth Floor
Chicago, Illinois
Friday, 15 June 2018 - 1:30 PM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears as Soprano Soloist

Closing Session: Why Culture Matters — A Conversation with Yo-Yo Ma

The League of American Orchestras honors cellist Yo-Yo Ma with its highest award, the Gold Baton. The Gold Baton is given annually for distinguished service to America’s orchestras. Since 1948, the Gold Baton has recognized individuals and institutions whose far-reaching contributions to the field serve to champion and advance the cause of orchestras and symphonic music throughout the country.

Ma’s multi-faceted career represents his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences and his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Whether performing as soloist with orchestras throughout the world, working with a wide circle of collaborators and institutions, or exploring cultures and musical forms outside the Western classical tradition, Ma strives to find connections that stimulate the imagination.

Through his work as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant, and as a trusted leader, advisor, and ambassador for a variety of institutions including Silkroad, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the United Nations, Ma creates programs that transcend boundaries of genre and tradition, and explores music-making not only as a way to share and express meaning, but also as a model for the cultural collaboration he considers essential to a strong society

In the closing session of the 2018 Conference, Ma examines why arts and culture matter now more than ever before. As technological advancements and complex societal issues challenge our values, beliefs, and traditions, what role does culture have in our communities? How can artists, arts-lovers, and orchestras help us to find solutions to society’s biggest challenges and help us build the world we need in the 21st century?

The session will open with a special performance by Chicago Sinfonietta’s Project Inclusion Ensemble, conducted by Music Director Mei-Ann Chen. Project Inclusion is a talent development program, dedicated to changing the face of classical music, which identifies and trains diverse musicians, conductors, and administrative leaders of color.

Project Inclusion Ensemble Fellows and Alumni
Mei-Ann Chen, conductor

Jennifer Higdon – Movements from Dance Card
I. Raucous Rumpus
V. Machina Rockus

Vivian Fung – Pizzicato for Strings Orchestra
Presenter: League of American Orchestras
Program TBA
Artists: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
The Faith Community of Saint Sabina
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, 10 June 2018 - 4:00 PM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears as Soprano Soloist

Featured Artists for this Performance:
Yo-Yo Ma, cello and CSO Judson & Joyce Green Creative Consultant
Takesha Meshé Kizart, soprano
Sarah Ponder, mezzo-soprano
Musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Musicians from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago
Chicago Children's Choir
St. Sabina Band

The program features classical chamber music, as well as songs written by (with guidance from Sarah Lee & Rex Horan of the Irene Taylor Trust, and composer Josh Fink) the families of Purpose Over Pain whose loved ones were lost to gun violence. ALL DONATIONS AND NET TICKET PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT THE STRONG FUTURES PROGRAM AT ST. SABINA.

On August 1, 2016, St. Sabina began a pilot program called "Strong Futures" with a grant from the City of Chicago. The program engaged 50 at-risk youth between the ages of 17-28, providing them with support, life skills, mentoring, job preparation and employment opportunities, while helping them to sustain a stable living situation. Currently, the program has expanded to 95 young people. Fifty-one of these young people are employed full time, 24 are in permanent part time positions, and the other 20 are pending employment.

The Concert for Peace is produced by the Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and marks an ongoing effort to deepen the CSOA's presence in and support of communities across the South Side of Chicago. The Institute's partnership with St. Sabina Church has resulted in projects that support people whose lives are affected by gun violence while advocating for a more peaceful city. Across Chicago and around the world, the CSO's Negaunee Music Institute connects individuals and communities to transformative musical experiences. Under the visionary leadership of the CSO's Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti and Judson & Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma, the Institute's programs focus on education, training, accessibility and service. The Concert for Peace, which was developed with guidance from Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Church, builds on the belief of Muti and Ma that art and music play a vital role in not only addressing, but helping to solve the serious issues that confront our society. In partnership with the CSOA, St. Sabina Church will provide complimentary concert tickets to more than 100 members of its community.

Under the unique leadership of Rev. Pfleger, St. Sabina has become a progressive force in the city of Chicago and has served as an example of active faith for the entire nation. Giving witness to the Christian doctrines of love, peace, and justice, Rev. Pfleger has used his spiritual gifts of faith and vision to fight the sins of injustice in every form: racism, the retail sale of drug paraphernalia and grain alcohol, and the proliferation of alcohol and tobacco billboards in the African-American community.

St. Sabina has received both national and international attention for its spirit-filled worship and impact on social justice issues. St. Sabina has been the host to numerous national and international leaders who have come to experience the vibrant church with a liturgy rich in African tradition. St. Sabina is recognized in the community as a beacon of hope and an outpost of love. St. Sabina is a meeting place where God inhabits the praise of His people and where His people embrace the wonder of His awesome presence. It is Holy Ground.
Presenter: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Program TBA
Artists: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano); Sarah Ponder (Mezzo Soprano); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Smart Museum of Art
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, 3 June 2018 - 2:30 PM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears as The Soprano

Following its premiere at 6018|North this spring, Soundscapes of Color comes to the Smart Museum in a new iteration: an opera within a museum, using as its stage the exhibition Expanding Narratives: The Figure and the Ground. The performance will be followed by reception and a discussion with the composer, the conductor, and musicians, moderated by Seth Brodsky, Associate Professor of Music and the Humanities.

In his work as an experimental composer Dzitko questions the very principles of musical staging. He believes that the frontier of artistic performance is to create an immersive experience in which audiences move through the space, musicians’ positions are exploded, and the conductor may be viewed by some only through mirrors. Earlier renditions of the work experimented with “remote conducting,” a technique that puts the conductor in an isolated space, and asks them to conduct to cameras which were then live-streamed onto screens in front of live musicians.

At the Smart Museum, performers will be positions around the galleries and may have to peek around artworks and walls, or use carefully positioned mirrors to see the conductor and play in sync. By distributing musicians across The Figure and the Ground, the space of the exhibition now becomes performance space for sound. The audience is free and encouraged to roam and explore this space, guided by the sounds and sights that captivate them most. Thus, the audience is the figure, the museum the ground, and the musicians the sound.

Originally commissioned by author Esther K. Smith and fine-print publisher Purgatory Pie Press, the opera is based on a libretto of an 1874 typography and ink catalog, Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type. Since the words of the libretto do not describe a story or plot, but rather constitute brilliantly-illustrated poetry, the music itself becomes the only plot an audience member can follow. The pervasive subjectivity of the musical experience is thus brought to the surface.

Dzitko is also collaborating with lighting and stage designers to create a subtle light show that highlights his music, and will serve to heighten the immersive quality of the experience.

PROGRAM

2:30 PM
Doors
Explore the museum, enjoy a coffee or tea before the performance.

2:50 PM
Introduction
Erik L. Peterson, Manager of Student Engagement at the Smart Museum

3 PM
Performance
MVT. I - OFF-WHITE
Tuning in…

MVT. II - BURNT VIOLET
Listen for the solos…

MVT. III - BLUE & YELLOW
Or Pink & White...?

MVT. IV - DEEP BLUE
Slow down and think...

MVT. V - VERMILION
Whisper…

MVT. VI - MOSS GREEN
Up & Down…

3:30 PM
Discussion & Reception
A moderated discussion between and Michal Dzitko and Seth Brodsky, Associate Professor of Music and the Humanities. Learn more about the piece and hear from the artist and his musicians while enjoying light snacks and sparkling beverages.
Presenter: Smart Museum of Art
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
The Faith Community of Saint Sabina
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, 20 May 2018 - 4:00 PM
Presenters: Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Negaunee Music Institute; The Faith Community of Saint Sabina
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
Los Angeles, California
Thursday, 10 May 2018 - 7:30 PM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Role of Jette
Victim of brutalities and atrocities. We experience her life, love, and triumph over the ongoing civil war of the Congo.

Written by Stephanie Liss
Original Musical Score by RebbeSoul
Rabbi: Todd Weeks
Miriam: Christine Lahti
Amani: Leon Morenzie
Cesar: Christopher McClellan

SISTER AFRICA, focuses on the story of the women and children of the Congo, brutalized by the world's deadliest conflict since World War II, and the work of Jewish World Watch to help survivors rebuild their lives.

Based on the playwright's own experiences of traveling to the Democratic Republic of the Congo along with hundreds of hours of interviews - not only with the victims of rape and torture, but with child soldiers, the staff of Jewish World Watch (an activist organization dedicated to ending genocide and mass atrocities worldwide and to providing support and building resilience to those living in conflict-affected communities), and its co-founder and president, Janice Kamenir Reznik.
Presenter: Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Annenberg Space for Photography
Los Angeles, California
Tuesday, 8 May 2018 - 6:00 PM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Role of Jette
Victim of brutalities and atrocities. We experience her life, love, and triumph over the ongoing civil war of the Congo.

Written by Stephanie Liss
Original Musical Score by RebbeSoul
Cesar: Christopher McClellan

SISTER AFRICA, focuses on the story of the women and children of the Congo, brutalized by the world's deadliest conflict since World War II, and the work of Jewish World Watch to help survivors rebuild their lives.

Based on the playwright's own experiences of traveling to the Democratic Republic of the Congo along with hundreds of hours of interviews - not only with the victims of rape and torture, but with child soldiers, the staff of Jewish World Watch (an activist organization dedicated to ending genocide and mass atrocities worldwide and to providing support and building resilience to those living in conflict-affected communities), and its co-founder and president, Janice Kamenir Reznik.
Presenter: Jewish World Watch
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
6018|North
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, 22 April 2018 - 6:00 PM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears as The Soprano

Soundscapes of Color is an opera and installation by Michal Dzitko. After two successful pre-shows in New York City, Soundscapes of Color will premiere in art space 6018|North in Chicago on April 22nd.

Dzitko believes that the next frontier of artistic performance is an immersive, virtual reality experience. This has led him to question the principles of operatic staging. The resulting innovation is the idea of remote conducting, a technique which puts the conductor in an isolated space, and asks of them to conduct to cameras instead of live performers. The live stream from the cameras then gets transmitted through a wire onto tablets in front of live musicians. Performers see the conductor on their respective screens and are able to play in sync, regardless of whether they see or hear each other. Distributing musicians uniformly across a performance space now results in creating an art gallery, for sound. The audience is free to roam and explore this space guided only by the sounds and sights that captivate them.

PERFORMERS
Floor One:
Marysa Abbas, Alto
Keanon Kyles, Baritone
Jennifer Darwell, Flute
Megan Robbins, Oboe
Josh Goo, Clarinet (Bb)
Stephanie Lebens, Trombone
Floor Two:
Takesha Meshé Kizart, Soprano
Dan Grambow, Bass
Janis Sakai, Violin 1
Hannah Bureau, Violin 2
Hannah Samson, Viola
Andrew Bukowinski, Violoncello
Basement:
Will Myers, Conductor
Caroline Gully Brown, Stage Manager
David GoodmanEdberg, Light Designer

Commissioned by author Esther K Smith and fine-print publisher Purgatory Pie Press, the opera is based on a libretto of an 1874 typography and ink catalog, Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type. Since the words of the libretto do not describe a story, but rather constitute brilliantly-illustrated poetry, the music itself becomes the only plot that can be followed. The pervasive subjectivity of the musical experience is thus brought to the surface. Dzitko is collaborating with lighting and stage designers to create a light show emulating his music, which will serve to heighten the immersive quality of the experience.

A reception, as well as an artist’s talk and Q&A moderated by Steven Rings, will start at 6PM. Refreshments will be provided. The performance time is 7PM. Free transportation is available for University of Chicago students and will depart from Reynold’s Club at 5PM. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP using the following link: https://llsherfick.wufoo.com/forms/q1eesmd51ihg2ie/
Presenter: 6018|North
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Park Community Church: Near North
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, 1 April 2018 - 11:00 AM
Worship Soloist
Presenter: Park Community Church
Program TBA
Artists: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano); Chad Watson (Keyboard)
Park Community Church: Near North
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, 1 April 2018 - 9:00 AM
Worship Soloist
Presenter: Park Community Church
Program TBA
Artists: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano); Chad Watson (Keyboard)
Park Community Church: Near North
Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, 31 March 2018 - 5:00 PM
Worship Soloist
Presenter: Park Community Church
Program TBA
Artists: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano); Chad Watson (Keyboard)
The Den Theatre : Mainstage
Chicago, Illinois
Wednesday, 21 March 2018 - 7:30 PM
TAKESHA MESHÉ KIZART appears in the Role of Phaedra

When the state of Florida legalizes same sex marriage, Arthur and Henry (his partner of fifty years) come to terms with their differing opinions on the necessity of becoming husbands, even as their son Alexander and niece Phaedra find themselves wading through some rough new waters of his own. KINGDOM is the story of an entirely-LGBTQ African American family that lives in the near-literal shadow of Orlando’s magical kingdom, as they struggle to create a life together that captures a little bit of that same magic.

BEN LOCKE | Alexander
MICHAEL MEJIA-BEAL | Arthur
LARRY TRICE | Henry
JAMES MERCER | Malik

MICHAEL ALLEN HARRIS+ | Playwright
KANOMÉ JONES | Director
ECHAKA AGBA | Assistant Director
NIKKI MARQUARDT | Stage Manager
JULIA FARRELL | Assistant Stage Manager
ROSE HAMILL | Production Manager
DEVON GREEN | Props Designer, Co-Scenic Designer
CASWELL JAMES | Technical Designer, Co-Scenic Designer
MARCI RODRIGUEZ | Costume Designer
MICHAEL JOSEPH | Lighting Designer
GROVER HOLLWAY | Sound Designer
RYLEE FREEMAN | Hair & Make-Up Designer
CHLOE BALDWIN | Fight Director
ELIZABETH GOMEZ | Master Electrician
Presenter: Broken Nose Theatre
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
The Faith Community of Saint Sabina
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, 18 March 2018 - 3:00 PM
Presenters: Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Negaunee Music Institute; The Faith Community of Saint Sabina
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Park Community Church: Near North
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, 25 February 2018 - 11:00 AM
Worship Soloist
Presenter: Park Community Church
Dorsey: Precious Lord, Take My Hand
Artists: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano); Chad Watson (Keyboard)
Park Community Church: Near North
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, 25 February 2018 - 9:00 AM
Worship Soloist
Presenter: Park Community Church
Dorsey: Precious Lord, Take My Hand
Artists: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano); Chad Watson (Keyboard)
Northbrook Theatre
Northbrook, Illinois
Saturday, 24 February 2018 - 1:00 PM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Roles of
The Singer, The Puppeteer, Mother Bat, and Pip

Based on the popular book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, Stellaluna tells the tale of a baby bat. Stellaluna’s life is flitting along right on schedule–until an owl attacks her mother one night, knocking the bewildered batlet out of her mother’s loving grasp. The tiny bat is lucky enough to land in a nest of baby birds, but her whole world has just turned upside down. Literally. Stellaluna’s adoptive bird mom accepts her into her nest, but only on the condition that Stellaluna will act like a bird, not a bat. Anyone who has ever been asked to be someone they’re not will understand the conflicts–and possibilities–Stellaluna faces. This theatrical production features live music, puppetry, and tap dance. All while being beautifully interpreted in American Sign Language!

CAST
Stellaluna: Megan Leigh
Tapper: Nathan Mittleman
Pianist: Molly Bunder
Interpreter: Beth Ann Barbieri
Male Understudy: Shea Pender
Female Understudy: Sarah Bartley

CREATORS
Author: Janell Cannon
Playwright: Saskia Janse
Composer: Guys Ponsioen

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director: Lydia Milman Schmidt
Music Director: David Zizic
Choreographer: Annie Snow
Set Designer: Caitlin McLeod
Puppet Designer: Kat Pleviak
Properties Designer: Dave Wisniewski
Costume Designer: Jessica Fialko
Lighting & Sound Designer: Kurt Ottinger
Production Stage Manager: Denise Savas
Presenter: Northbrook Theatre
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Northbrook Theatre
Northbrook, Illinois
Saturday, 24 February 2018 - 10:00 AM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Roles of
The Singer, The Puppeteer, Mother Bat, and Pip

Based on the popular book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, Stellaluna tells the tale of a baby bat. Stellaluna’s life is flitting along right on schedule–until an owl attacks her mother one night, knocking the bewildered batlet out of her mother’s loving grasp. The tiny bat is lucky enough to land in a nest of baby birds, but her whole world has just turned upside down. Literally. Stellaluna’s adoptive bird mom accepts her into her nest, but only on the condition that Stellaluna will act like a bird, not a bat. Anyone who has ever been asked to be someone they’re not will understand the conflicts–and possibilities–Stellaluna faces. This theatrical production features live music, puppetry, and tap dance. All while being beautifully interpreted in American Sign Language!

CAST
Stellaluna: Megan Leigh
Tapper: Nathan Mittleman
Pianist: Molly Bunder
Interpreter: Beth Ann Barbieri
Male Understudy: Shea Pender
Female Understudy: Sarah Bartley

CREATORS
Author: Janell Cannon
Playwright: Saskia Janse
Composer: Guys Ponsioen

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director: Lydia Milman Schmidt
Music Director: David Zizic
Choreographer: Annie Snow
Set Designer: Caitlin McLeod
Puppet Designer: Kat Pleviak
Properties Designer: Dave Wisniewski
Costume Designer: Jessica Fialko
Lighting & Sound Designer: Kurt Ottinger
Production Stage Manager: Denise Savas
Presenter: Northbrook Theatre
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Prop Thtr: Front Space 3504
Chicago, Illinois
Thursday, 22 February 2018 - 9:00 PM
Featuring the Vocal Talents of Takesha Meshé Kizart

A play that brings not only the objectivity of beauty into question, but the objectivity of objectivity...
A former beauty finds herself trapped in a non-dimensional world where beauty is irrelevant, with a shockingly (but irrelevantly) hideous non-dimensional being who forces her to reach the ultimate, dimension-less goal. There’s a lot to be learned: #1. Everything you’ve always known to be true is false. #2. Trust us now as the all-knowing ones to never deceive you and tell you what you need to know. #3: There are only two steps in the learning process. #4: There are only three steps in the learning process.

Paul William Brennan's (Playwright & Composer) second play for the Rhinofest is a semi-comic, mostly tragic tale of people trapped in a non-dimensional plane of existence, forced to prepare themselves for an undisclosed ultimate truth, decided by an undisclosed method, leading to a hilarious fate.

What can we know besides what we know we cannot know? What happens when we try to answer questions that can't be answered? What are the dangers of saying one thing is subjective and another isn't? The answers are all here, or maybe they're not.

CAST
Beauty: Leslie Keller
Anomaly: Hannah Williams

PRODUCTION TEAM
Co-Director: Taryn Smith
Co-Director: Lauren Katz
Stage Manager: Charlotte Lastra
Presenter: Prop Thtr
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
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TAKESHA MESHÉ KIZART



is worthy of all superlatives. With a breathtaking mastery and unflinching portrayals... a vocal flexibility that enables her to acutely pass from a tearful murmur to a firm luminosity. And her dramatic intelligence is worthy of the great "lionesses" of the lyric theater. An artist whose international career is still at its dawning, this young and beautiful American should reach the summit quickly. Provided, of course, that she preserves the incandescent glow that currently emanates from her every word and gesture. 
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