Satire and Scandal Highlight Blagojevich, Blagojevich!
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The boundary-breaking company LEVELdance has come up with a cool new way to create their striking theatrical pieces. Instead of starting with the music and choreography as is the custom, co-directors Eddy Ocampo and Joshua Paul Weckesser begin with the lighting design and theatrical elements. Along with their troupe of talented dancers, they're then able to build a site-specific performance unlike any other. They premiered their work one in 2013 at the Athenaeum Theatre and are back with the appropriately titled next. Learn More
Since receiving an autographed copy of Governor Blagojevich’s autobiography, playwright Michael K. Feinstein has been hooked on the larger than life story of Rod; and now, after years of following this story, Michael’s interest has come to fruition with Blagojevich, Blagojevich!.Feinstein graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with degrees in Dramatic Writing and History. He wrote and directed his first short film, _Shlomo Pussycat, _in the summer of 2011, which was one of three short films worldwide to win the Award of Excellence at IndieFest and was also invited to screen at the 2012 Palm Springs ShortFest, Rhode Island International Film Festival and eight other festivals around the country.
Native Chicagoan Clayton Fox (Director) is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Atlantic Theatre Company Acting School; at the conclusion of his study he was awarded the Tisch Outstanding Achievement in Studio Award. He has directed Adam Bock’s Swimming in the Shallows at Theatre for the New City (Adam and Cole Productions) and Terrorism by the Presnyakov Brothers at Atlantic Stage 2 (Subject to Change Theater Co.). In 2008 Clayton founded ensemble113 in Chicago and has produced four productions with them (including 2010’s Reefer Madness: The Musical, which garnered the Highly Recommended rating from the Chicago Sun-Times).
The cast will be anchored around Darren Stephens (Second City’s The People V. Friar Lawrence) as Rod, Franette Liebow (Steppenwolf’s To Kill a Mockingbird) as Patti, and Eric Roach (Factory Theater Ensemble) as Elvis and Nixon; with supporting performances from Tony Papaleo as Rod’s lawyer Sam and Melanie Loren as Nancy, a young reporter from the Tribune. Designers include Team Starkid’s Corey Lubowich (Scenic); Yonit Olshan (Costumes); and Mitch Ost (Lighting).