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Raven Theatre East Stage
6157 North Clark St. Chicago, IL 60660
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“Mr. Wilson’s cosmic consciousness, intense moral concern, sense of human redemption and romantic effusion have climed to a new peak.” —New York Times


Life in a small town begins to unravel as a woman explores a mysterious death, creating turmoil and disloyalty among the townspeople, the church, and the sheriff.  Was it an accident or was it murder?
p. Ruth Hoch is a respected member of the small town of Dublin, Missouri, a community anchored by a Christian fundamentalist church, a cheese plant, and a community theater.  It is 1999, on the cusp of a new millennium.  Ruth is well-integrated into the life of her town, working as a bookkeeper at the cheese plant and rehearsing the part of Joan of Arc in a local production of Shaw’s St. Joan.  When a pillar of the community mysteriously dies in a hunting accident, Ruth takes on qualities of her alter-ego and pursues the strength of her belief that it was no accident.  Her actions stir up a hornets’ nest of turmoil and uncover a dark underbelly of this seemingly idyllic and God-fearing community.

Lanford Wilson has been one of our country’s premiere playwrights for 40 years, with a rich and varied list of plays that include  BALM IN GILEAD (1964); THE RIMERS OF ELDRITCH (1965);THE HOT L BALTIMORE (1973); THE FIFTH OF JULY (1978); TALLEY’S FOLLY (1980); and BURN THIS (1987).  Writing in the New York Times, Frank Rich called him “a writer who illuminates the deepest dramas of American life with poetry and compassion.”

Book of Days is directed by Raven Theatre co-founder Michael Menendian and features a cast of 12, including company members JoAnn Montemurro and Liz Fletcher, Bill Mages, Tucker Curtis, Greg Caldwell, Melissa Nedell, Cora Vander Broek, Craig Degel, Tom Herman, Jonathan Nichols, Seth Remington and Maggie Cain.  Kate Miller serves as assistant director and production stage manager.  Lighting is by Christine Ferriter; set design by Leif Olsen and Michael Menendian; original score by Leif Olsen and sound design by Nick Keenan.

About the Ticket Supplier: Raven Theatre

Raven Theatre’s mission is to establish itself as an important voice in regional theater, focusing on American classics, as well as new and lesser-known projects that shed light on the “American Experience.” The company’s mission is realized by uniting an ensemble of Chicago-based theater artists from diverse disciplines who work together with the goal of maintaining a high standard of artistic excellence with programming easily accessible to patrons of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds, and thereby enriching our community’s cultural life. Vigorously fresh revivals of masterpieces by great playwrights such as Miller, Williams, Saroyan and Mamet introduce new audiences to established classics, while original and lesser-known works give voice to the next generation of playwrights. Through Raven’s Children’s Theatre Program, the company seeks to present a wide range of theatrical education and entertainment options applicable across a broad academic spectrum.