Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Raven Theatre will present the world premiere of the heartwarming, family-friendly comedy Cold Town/Hotline: A Chicago Holiday Story, written and directed by Eli Newell, playing through December 22, 2019 on Raven’s 85-seat East Stage, 6157 N. Clark St. (at Granville) in Chicago.
The cast for this production includes Jeanne T. Arrigo, Caroline Chu, Dennis Garcia, Jonah Kaufman, Sam Linda and Robin Margolis.
December, 1983. Five volunteers have come together to answer calls for a hotline created to help fellow Chicagoans cope with the holiday blues. But with a record-breaking cold front sweeping across Chicago, these good Samaritans are forced to hunker down for a long night together. When an unexpected visitor bursts through the doors, everyone must work to embody the season’s most valuable lessons and transform their humble hotline into a home for the holidays. The show is recommended for ages 7+.
Comments writer/director Eli Newell, “Culturally speaking, the holidays are a time of joy. But, for many, they can be really difficult. For me, this reality of contrasting holiday experiences has inspired conversation, humor and complication around the idea that ‘it’s better to give than to receive.’ It takes a lot of courage to ask for help, especially during a season of giving. I’m excited to present this little world of a hotline in 1983 Chicago, which is very much a character unto itself, and to expand that world into something broader, funnier and more adventurous than it might seem on first glance. And I'm thrilled to partner with Raven Theatre to bring a different sort of holiday play to the Edgewater community.”
(L-R) Jeanne T. Arrigo, Caroline Chu and Sam Linda in Raven Theatre’s world premiere of Cold Town/Hotline: A Chicago Holiday Story (photo by Michael Brosilow).
Raven Theatre to Present World Premiere of Heartwarming Comedy Cold Town/Hotline