Take four chairs, four excellent actors, just the right lighting and sound, in a very small space, and what do you get? “Yellow Moon”, a wonderful theater adventure written by David Greig and directed by Associate Artistic Director Stuart Carden now playing at Writer’s Theatre, Books on Vernon location
Stuart Carden comments, “Playwright David Greig is an exuberant and masterful storyteller who articulates the twists and turns of his jaw-dropping narrative with some of the most inventive, muscular, and lyrical language I've read by a contemporary playwright. Little known in the U.S. but celebrated in the U.K. it is a distinct honor to be the first American company to produce Yellow Moon and introduce, within the intense intimacy of our bookstore space, this exciting playwright's inventive and energetic style of theatre to our audience.”
Leila and Lee are lost teens who are a seemingly unlikely pair. They set off on a wild ramble across the Scottish highlands in search of Lee’s father and we learn about this in a series of lyrical narratives that bring the audience into the action. Along the way some of the inner turmoil of each of the individuals is revealed. The four actors each play multiple roles seamlessly and expertly.
Having lived in Scotland for a year, I loved the sound of the Scottish accents (which I loved when I lived there) and recognized many of the locations mentioned, making the action quite real to me. The rhythm of the language and structure of the play kept me glued to my seat. The play was well suited to the small space and the intimacy gave a greater intensity to the performance. It is a great theater experience that you are sure to enjoy.
The cast includes: Ashleigh LaThrop (Leila), John Lister (Billy/Frank), Josh Salt (Lee) and Karen Janes Woditsch (Jenni/Holly).
The creative team includes: Kevin Depinet (Scenic Design), Rachel Anne Healy (Costumes), Nick Heggestad (Props), Lee Fiskness (Lighting), Christopher Kriz (Original Music and Sound) and Eva Breneman (Dialect Coach). Becky Pechter is the Stage Manager.
Performances are April 16, 2013 – August 4, 2013. Curtain times are Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:30pm (with select Wednesday 2pm matinees – May 22 & 29, June 5, and July 3 & 24); Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00pm; Saturdays at 4:00pm and 8:00 pm; Sundays at 2:00pm and 6:00pm. Tickets are $35-$60 and are available at the Box Office, 376 Park Avenue, Glencoe; 847-242-6000 or online at www.writerstheatre.org.
Writers’ Theatre is thrilled to announce the expansion of their post-show discussions. Throughout the season they will be offering post-show discussions on select Wednesday evenings following the performance in our Tudor Court space. In the Books on Vernon space they will be offering post-show discussions every other Wednesday evening.
Post-show discussions provide a forum for audience members to ask questions of the artists in the production and gain new insight into the work.
Post-show discussions for Yellow Moon are every Wednesday evening following the performance: May 8, 22; June 5, 19; and July 3, 17, 31.
Visit writerstheatre.org/enrichment for more information.
PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Brosilow