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Remy Bumppo announces ‘a season of enlightenment’

Nick Sandys, producing artistic director of Remy Bumppo theater company. (Photo courtesy of Remy Bumppo)

Remy Bumppo has dubbed its 2016-2017 lineup of three productions “a season of enlightenment.” And the theater company’s 2oth anniversary season might just turn out to be exactly what the doctor ordered given that it will coincide with the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath.

As producing artistic director Nick Sandys, explained: “Like the historical Age of Enlightenment, Remy Bumppo has always championed such principles as liberty, progress, reason, and the awakening of the mind. This season, we have chosen plays that celebrate those core values.”

“This season is part of a three year conversation. In our 2015-2016 season we’re asking whether or not to choose new knowledge when the opportunity arises. In our 2016-2017 season we are answering that question with a resounding ‘Yes!'”

All performances will be at the Greenhouse Theater Center located at 2257 N. Lincoln. Subscriptions are on sale now. Single tickets will go on sale in August. Call (773) 404- 7336 or visit http://www.RemyBumppo.org.

Here is a closer look at what will be on tap:

+ “Henry IV,” by Luigi Pirandello, in a version by Tom Stoppard, directed by Nick Sandys. Runs Oct. 5 – Nov. 13, 2016. Stoppard’s re-imagining of this European classic is “a gripping spiral of revelations that illuminate the distorted line between madness and sanity.”

+ “Pygmalion,” by George Bernard Shaw, directed by Shawn Douglass. Runs Nov. 23, 2016 – Jan. 8, 2017. Featuring artistic associates Annabel Armour, David Darlow, and Nick Sandys, and ensemble members Kelsey Brennan and Peter A. Davis, this holiday season production is “for language lovers who can rejoice at Shaw’s enduring and endearing critique of high society at the turn of the century” Sandys will play Henry Higgins and Kelsey Brennan will play Eliza Doolittle.

+ “Born Yesterday,” by Garson Kanin, directed by David Darlow. Runs March 22 – April 30, 2017. Featuring artistic associates Greg Matthew Anderson and Shawn Douglass, and ensemble member Eliza Stoughton. Following the intellectual awakening of classic American underdog Billie, Kanin’s delightful and dangerous comedy asks who will survive the Washington political machine – brains, beauty, or brawn?