Hickorydickory: Chicago Dramatists Presents the World Premiere of Marisa Wegrzyn's Latest
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“The best work of Wegrzyn’s career, Hickorydickory does not get trapped in some kind of trippy sci-fi gestalt … but remains human, sweet, compassionate and honest.” —_Chicago Tribune _
“Director Russ Tutterow has gathered a superb ensemble of five actors to play complex, compelling, generation-shifting roles, and they are ideal.” —Chicago Sun-Times
“Wegrzyn raises powerful themes here of mortality, responsibility and parental sacrifice.” —Time Out Chicago
Chicago Dramatists, known for producing award-winning work, is proud to present Hickorydickory by 2009 Wendy Wasserstein Prize-winning Resident Playwright Marisa Wegrzyn.
What would happen if we all had an internal clock telling us the precise time of our death? Hickorydickory, complete with both gore and love scenes, explores the weight involved with the intriguing idea of a mortal clock embedded in the bodies of all humans. A dark comedy set in a watch and clock repair shop in the suburbs of Chicago, Wegrzyn’s Hickorydickory winds extraordinary elements around an unusual family story. Someone has tinkered with Cari Lee’s mortal clock and she’s stuck at 17 for eternity, the same age as her daughter Dale. Yet Dale’s worried about her own mortal clock; the one that tells her the day and time she’ll die. Dad’s an expert clock-smith, but some timepieces are not meant to be tampered with.
Wegrzyn’s play _Ten Cent Night had its world premiere at Chicago Dramatists in 2008 and was produced at Victory Theatre Center in Burbank, Calif., in 2009. Her play_The Butcher of Baraboo was produced by Steppenwolf and Off-Broadway at Second Stage, and published in the Smith & Kraus anthology, New Playwrights: The Best Plays of 2008. Other theatres that have presented her work include Theatre Seven, Moxie Theatre in San Diego, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Chicago’s Rivendell Theatre, Geva Theatre Center of Rochester, NY, Lucid by Proxy in LA, Washington University and HotCity Theatre in St. Louis, Nice People Theatre Company in Philadelphia, The Hourglass Group in NYC, Baltimore Centerstage, and The Magic Theatre in San Francisco. She is currently working on commissions from Steppenwolf and Yale Rep, in addition to a screenplay adaptation of her play Diversey Harbor for the film production company Briar Street Productions. Her writing was cited in the Chicago Reader’s list, Best of Chicago 2008. Wegryzn is also a founding member of Theatre Seven of Chicago.
Russ Tutterow, celebrating his 25th year as the Artistic Director at Chicago Dramatists, has directed countless new play readings, and nurtured the art and careers of hundreds of playwrights. In 2005, he received the Artistic Leadership Award from the League of Chicago Theatres for his “outstanding achievement in developing new plays and his long time contribution to Chicago theatre.” Most recently, Tutterow directed Chicago Dramatists’ hit production of A Steady Rain by Keith Huff which was produced on Broadway in 2009. He also directed recent Chicago Dramatists productions of Water by Alice Austen, Voyeurs de Venus by Lydia R. Diamond, Heat by Marsha Estell, and The Prophet of Bishop Hill by David Rush. He served on the 2006 First Look Council at Steppenwolf Theatre and directed Prop Thtr’s acclaimed production of Rosemary by Jim O’Connor. He has directed, managed or taught for such Chicago theatres as Goodman, Victory Gardens, Royal George, Mercury, Briar Street, Prop, Zebra Crossing, Igloo, and Cullen, Henaghan & Platt Productions.
Hickorydickory stars Joanne Dubach, Thomas Gebbia, Cathlyn Melvin, Gail Rastorfer, and Tyler Ross. The design team features Barry Bennett (Sound Designer), Simon Lashford (Set Designer), Samantha C. Jones (Costume Designer), Jeff Pines (Lighting Designer), Jenniffer J. Thusing (Props Designer), and Ryan Oliver (Special Effects Designer). Hickorydickory’s artistic team also includes Emmi Hilger (Assistant Director) and Robert Koon (Dramaturg). The production of Hickorydickory is funded in part through a generous grant from the Elizabeth F. Cheney