Chicago’s Griffin Theatre Company is set to mount a revival of Clifford Odets’ Tony Award-nominated drama of life, in and outside the boxing ring, Golden Boy, directed by ensemble member Jonathan Berry, playing February 15 – April 6, 2014 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago.
Featuring Nate Santana in the title role, Golden Boy's 15-member ensemble cast also includes Jerry Bloom, David Cady Jr., Johnny Moran, Nina O'Keefe, Paul Popp and Norm Woodel.
Clifford Odets’ masterpiece of American drama is set in the gritty world of prize fighting. Joe Bonaparte is a young, gifted violinist who defies his family and gives up a career as a classical musician for a chance at immortality in the boxing ring. Golden Boy offers a powerful look at fame and fortune corrupted and the seductive promise of the American dream.
The Lincoln Center’s 2012 revival of Golden Boy garnered eight Tony Award nominations, including Best Revival. Initially produced on Broadway in 1937, Odets’ hit was made into the 1939 film of the same name, starring William Holden in his breakout role. Golden Boy received its second Broadway revival in 1952.
The production team for the Griffin Theatre revival includes: Dan Stratton (set design), Mieka Van der Ploeg (costume design), Rebecca Barrett (lighting design) and Rick Sims (sound design). Tickets for Golden Boy are available at www.theaterwit.org, in person at the Theater Wit Box Office or by calling (773) 975-8150.
Established in 1988 and celebrating its 25th season, the Griffin Theatre Company promotes a mission to create extraordinary and meaningful theatrical experiences for both children and adults by building bridges of understanding between generations that instill in its audience an appreciation of the performing arts.
For additional information, visit www.griffintheatre.com.
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts