BoHo Theatre announces 2015 season
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As it begins its 11th season, BoHo Theatre — which for the past two years has received the most non-Equity Jeff Award nominations — will continue its mix of musical and straight dramatic presentations. But it is switching from a fall-through-spring calendar to a January-through-December lineup.
Inspired by its mission to celebrate the “bohemian pillars” of truth, beauty, freedom and love, BoHo has selected the following shows for its 2015 season:
± To explore beauty, Adam Gwon’s “Ordinary Days” (Feb. 13-March 15, 2015 at the Heartland Studio, 7016 N. Glenwood in Rogers Park). With a score by Gwon, this poetic, intimate musical looks at making real connections in the city that never sleeps. It explores the lives of four everyday people who are caught up in the bustle and routine of New York and discover that their dreams, passions and struggles “are anything but ordinary” and that there is something extraordinary in the everyday.
± To explore truth, Jeffrey Hatcher’s “Scotland Road” (May 15 – June 14, 2015 at the Heartland Studio). A young woman in 19th century clothing is found floating on an iceberg in the middle of the North Atlantic. When rescued, she speaks only one word — “Titanic” – before falling into a frustrating silence. Using his wealth to bend the rules, an obsessed aristocrat brings her to an isolated facility on the coast of Maine with the sole purpose of getting her to talk, and to admit that the idea that she is a survivor of the famed sunken ship somehow transported through time is a fraud. But nobody here is truly who they appear to be, and with revelations come both transcendent and dire consequences. This suspenseful mystery follows on the heels of last fall’s hit production of Ira Levin’s “Veronica’s Room,” and again begins as an investigation into the true identity of one woman but ends as a journey of understanding for all involved.
± To explore love, “Dogfight,” by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, and Peter Duchan (Nov. 2015 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont). This acclaimed new musical (based on a Warner Brothers film) is set on Nov. 21, 1963, on the eve of three young Marines’ deployment to a still “foreign” war in Southeast Asia. While out for one final boys’ night of partying, debauchery, and maybe a little trouble, Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits. She rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion in this show that begins as a rousing song and dance adventure and ends as an intimate story about finding the beauty and comfort of love in the most unsuspecting places.
± To explore freedom, a special benefit gala with date to be announced.
BoHo Memberships, which offer subscription packages that allow for flexibility in choosing productions and dates, as well as reserved seating and invitations to exclusive events, will go on sale in September. For details, visit http://www.BoHoTheatre.com.
NOTE: BoHo’s current 10th season will conclude this fall with a production of “Parade,” the stirring musical by Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown. It will run Oct. 18 — Nov. 16 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont.