Summer Rep 2011 coming in August

Janus Theatre presents its first Summer Rep 2011 series featuring…

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde and Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. The Summer Rep 2011 series will open August 4 and run through August 28 and is sponsored in part by the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission and the Palmer Foundation.

Both plays will be presented in rotating repertory, featuring The Importance of Being Earnest on August 4,5,6,7,18,20,26,28 and Twelfth Night on August 11,12,13,14,19,21,25,27 at the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division Street, on the eighth floor of the Professional Building.

These two classic comedies get new, intimate productions for this summer’s theatrical season. We’ve produced many classical plays in the last few years and what we learned was that the Elgin Art Showcase adds a great deal of understanding and fun to the works of Shakespeare and other classic writers.

Presenting The Importance of Being Earnest and Twelfth Night in rotating repertory was a natural fit considering both plays deal with mistaken identity that leads to some exciting comedy. For many years, we wanted to see how two plays being performed on alternating nights might complement each other. With these two plays, the characters and the language are wonderful – it should be an excellent series.

THE CAST & CREW
The Importance of Being Earnest features Dennis Edwards (West Chicago) as Jack, Corey Noble (Chicago), Lucy Zukaitis (Chicago) as Gwendolen, Jocelyn Adamski (Oak Park) as Cecily, Brain  Rabinowitz (Oak Park) as Lady Bracknell, Patricia True (Chicago) as Miss Prism, Brad Davdison (Mount Prospect). The production will be directed by Terry Domschke (Elgin), stage-managed by Kate Collins (Elgin) with light design by Kelly Herz (Wayne).

Twelfth Night features Ross Frawley (Elgin) as Orsino, Liz Vanderhoof (Chicago) as Viola, Kathleen Donoghue (Chicago) as Oliva, Joe Hoover (Chicago) as Malvolio, Chris Bibby (Hoffman Estates) as Sir Toby, Justin Schaller (Hoffman Estates) as Sir Andrew, Sarafina Vecchio (Elgin) as Maria, Tyler Thompson (Elgin) as Feste, Luke Donia (St. Charles) as Fabian, Corey Noble (Chicago) as Sebastian, Brad Davidson (Mount Prospect) as Antonio, Stetson Cross (Elgin) as Sailor/company, Bradley Brankemper (Naperville) as Valentine/company. The production is directed by Sean Hargadon (Elgin), stage-managed by Kate Collins (Elgin) with light design by Kelly Herz (Wayne).

THE TICKETS
The Janus Theatre Summer Rep 2011 will be performed at the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division Street, 8th Floor of the Professional Building in downtown Elgin on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays 3pm. Tickets are $15 – paid by cash or check at the door. Reservations can be made by calling 847-841-1713. For more information, go to WWW.JANUSTHEATRE.WORDPRESS.COM. Look for Janus Theatre Summer Rep 2011 on Facebook.

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