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Greenhouse Theater Center
Formerly Victory Gardens Greenhouse Theater 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60614
773-404-7336
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This is a special benefit performance of ’Til The Fat Lady Sings in honor of the memory of playwright Scott McPherson. Proceeds benefit Season of Concern, the Chicagoland theater community’s fund-raising effort in the fight against AIDS. Ticket includes an after-party following the performance.

’Til the Fat Lady Sings is a satiric comedy that finds wit and humor in family traditions. Pat and her son Sean are descended upon by clueless but well-meaning loved ones who arrive to offer help and advice during the funeral of a family member. This includes a hyperventilating neighbor, a lonely divorcee, a failed milkman, two military police, and a camera-wielding uncle determined to take a family portrait.

Scott McPherson (playwright) was a renowned Chicago actor (The Normal Heart) and playwright, author of the critically acclaimed, award-winning play Marvin’s Room. He was one of the first openly gay, HIV-positive American artists, and was regarded as one of Chicago’s most vital artistic and creative forces. Until his death in 1992, he spoke eloquently, both in his writing and in interviews, of the personal and familial ravages of chronic illness and the need for loving support and connection with lovers, family and friends. His first full-length play,_ ‘Till The Fat Lady Sings,_ was directed by Eric Simonson (Steppenwolf) at Chicago’s Lifeline Theatre in 1987 and received a Joseph Jefferson Citation for Best New Work. His one-act play, Scraped, premiered in a Chicago New Plays production at the Organic Theatre. McPherson achieved tremendous acclaim for his only other full-length play, Marvin’s Room, which has been performed throughout the United States and around the world. Marvin’s Room premiered at the Goodman Theatre Studio in February 1990 and went on to the Hartford Stage, Playwrights Horizons and Minetta Lane in New York, London’s West End and the Tiffany Theatre in Los Angeles. For his work on Marvin’s Room, McPherson received the 1990 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Play, the 1991 Whiting Writer’s Award and, posthumously, the 1992 George Oppenheimer Award, 1993 Robby Award. McPherson wrote the film adaptation of Marvin’s Room, a Miramax release, produced by Scott Rudin and starring Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwen Verdon and Hume Cronyn. but never got to see it on the big screen. McPherson died of AIDS on November 7, 1992.