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Stage 773
Formerly Theatre Building Chicago 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Chicago, IL 60657
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Bohemian Theatre Ensemble’s Love’s Fire heralds the triumphs and tragedies of the heart. Using a variety of moods, settings and stories, seven of America’s best contemporary playwrights pay tribute in a rich and marvelously entertaining celebration of The Bard—each offers an original and contemporary perspective on a single Shakespearean sonnet.

The production is a benefit for Bohemian Theatre Ensemble and Season of Concern.

Playwrights: William Finn, John Guare, Tony Kushner, Marsha Norman, Ntozake Shange, Wendy Wasserstein, Eric Bogosian, Mark Lamos; all inspired by the sonnets of William Shakespeare


Directors: Chuck Smith—resident director at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, an artist-in-residence at Columbia College Chicago, recipient of League of Chicago Theaters Lifetime Achievement Award, and winner of a Chicago Emmy Award as associate producer/theatrical director for the NBC teleplay Crime of Innocence, and theatrical director for the Emmy award-winning Fast Break to Glory; Nic Dimond—Artistic Director at Strawdog Theatre Company, director of the Jeff Recommended The Green Bird, Measure for Measure, and Interrogating the Nude; Stephen Rader—three-time After Dark Award winner, 2001 Outstanding Direction Award for Corpus Christi at Bailiwick Repertory, 1999 Outstanding Cabaret Performer Award for his debut cabaret show Mama’s Boy, and a 2000 Outstanding Performance Award for his work in Pegasus Players’ Side by Side by Sondheim, and directing credits include Ulysses Theatre’s The Normal Heart, the 2001 production Hans Brinker for Theatre Building Chicago, and Alexandra Billings’ live concert CD The Story Goes On. Other directors are: Kate Garassino, Kathleen Maki, Peter Robel, Michael Ryczek, Kimberly Senior, and Brooke Sherrod. 


Actors: Anne Adams, Brian Amidei, Anthony Apodaca, Steve Best, Julie Burt, Alanda Coon, Michelle Courvais, Esteban Cruz, Brannen Daugherty, Brandon Dahlquist, Coco Elysse-Hevia, John Ferrick, Ricardo Gamboa, Kate Garassino, Steve Genovese, Sarah Gitenstein, Jess Godwin, Jonathan Goodman, Chris Hainsworth, Kristin Hanson, Annie Joseph, Jody Kingsley, Kelly Leaman, Brandon Miller, Mike Nichols, Vanessa Panerosa, Dan Riley, Blair Robertson, Tom Samorian, Justin Sample, Robin Senchak, Brooke Sherrod,  Danni Smith, and Nico Tricoci.

About the Ticket Supplier: Bohemian Theatre Ensemble

Creating theatre that incorporates the arts as a whole -- Art for art's sake.

To challenge convention through literary originality and eclectic expression while fostering an ever-evolving artistic environment in which people are inspired to learn, think, dream, and feel. To teach others and ourselves how to expand, create, and present art through theatre while reveling not only in the process, but also in the journey.

Being "Bohemian":
Bohemia is not so much a place on a map but a timeless concept that knows no geographic boundaries. The Bohemian recognizes that cherishing all aspects of art is tantamount to progression of mankind as more than just a living being.

The Four Basic Principles of the Bohemian represent their core values:

Truth -- That which is at the core of all things good and soulful
Beauty -- The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. -Aristotle
Freedom -- Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others. -Camus
Love -- Life in abundance comes only through great love.