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Raven Theatre is set to conclude its 2018-19 season with the Chicago premiere of Laura Eason’s The Undeniable Sound of Right Now, a poignant and potent portrait of those who can change with the times and those who get left behind. Directed by BJ Jones, The Undeniable Sound of Right Now will play May 2 – June 16, 2019 on Raven’s 99-seat East Stage, 6157 N. Clark St. (at Granville) in Chicago.
The production features Christopher Acevedo, Dana Black, Henry Greenberg, Jeff Mills, Casey Morris and Lindsay Stock.
The work is set in 1992 Chicago. The city and its culture are changing, but a grungy gentleman by the name of Hank’s Bar isn’t. The “soulless” noise of electronic music is on the rise. Hank, proprietor of a legendary rock club, must battle the rising tide of The Next Big Thing as it threatens to destroy his legacy and fracture his family.
Notes Artistic Director Cody Estle, “The Undeniable Sound of Right Now is a Chicago story – set in Chicago and written by fourth generation Chicagoan Laura Eason. The play is a somewhat poignant look at the fall of rock music and the rise of house music in the early 1990s. This is a topic Laura knows well, as she was the singer, songwriter and bass player for the Chicago power pop band Tart. I am pleased to present this play about the inevitable changes which come with the passage of time and the coming of age of a new generation.”
The production team for the play includes: Jeffrey D. Kmiec (scenic design), Izumi Inaba (costume design), Heather Gilbert (lighting design), Lindsay Jones (sound design), Lacie Hexom (props design), Kanome Jones (casting director), Eli Newell (assistant director), and Eric Backus (assistant sound designer), among others.
Tickets are currently available at www.raventheatre.com or by calling (773) 338-2177.Russia’s most innovative ballet company, Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg, returns to the Auditorium Theatre this spring to give the North American premiere of company founder and artistic director Boris Eifman’s The Pygmalion Effect.
Inspired by the classic Greek myth in which a talented sculptor crafts his ideal woman out of marble, The Pygmalion Effect follows the story of a champion ballroom dancer who must turn a clumsy young woman into a graceful dancer. Set to a score by “the Waltz King” Johann Strauss, The Pygmalion Effect is a darkly comedic ballet that explores the psychological phenomenon in which expectations influence reality.
“It is always thrilling to glimpse into Boris Eifman’s mind through his ingenious, original ballets, which we have been presenting to the city since 2000 as Eifman Ballet’s Chicago home,” says C.J. Dillon, Auditorium Theatre Chief Programming Officer. “We are honored to be the first North American city to host The Pygmalion Effect, and we look forward to seeing what twists and turns Eifman has in store for us in this new ballet.”
Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg was established in 1977 by Boris Eifman as a company that would serve as “a ballet theatre” for his original works. Combining the rich traditions of Russian theater with an original ballet repertoire, Eifman is known for productions that explore the complicated and dramatic aspects of human life. “What we create is a new type of theatre: Russian psychological ballet theatre," Eifman said to the Los Angeles Times in 2015. “It’s very important, because we try always to pursue our own path artistically and to develop our own style of art — not similar to the Western companies. We try to be individual."
The company made its Auditorium debut in 2000 with Red Giselle, and has since performed other original works by Eifman on its historic stage, including Up & Down, Rodin, and The Seagull, among others. Eifman's creations have been lauded across the globe.
The performance takes place May 17-19, 2019. For more information or for tickets, visit auditoriumtheatre.org or call 312.341.2310.
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Jeff Mills and Dana Black will star in The Undeniable Sound of Right Now at Raven Theatre (photo courtesy of Raven Theatre).
Raven Theatre to Conclude 2018-2019 Season with Laura Eason's Moving Play, The Undeniable Sound of Right Now