Red Cyrano: an ASL infused apocalyptic clown comedy
Location: 1802 W Berenice Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
Producer: Juan Bernal*
Co-Directors: Michael J Stark*, Aaron Sawyer
*indicates a person who identifies as Deaf
After the success of R+J: The Vineyard, workshops for a Deaf/Hearing production will begin on a production slated to open in 2017. McKenna Liesman (Juliet/ R+J: The Vineyard) returns in this combination of Cyrano de Bergerac and Little Red Riding Hood exploring their mutual themes of deception, as well as questions about ability, disability and whether inner-beauty can overcome a wolf-like exterior.
2016 Best Director, Time Out Chicago, Aaron Sawyer (runner-up)
2016 Best Director, Chicago Reader, Aaron Sawyer (runner-up)
Best New Work/New Adaptation (Resident, Nominated), Broadwayworld.com
“Excellence in Inclusion at the Storefront Level” Award in Time Out Chicago
Seven actors (3m, 4f) will inhabit the muddy industrial world of the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago. The plot will combine the exciting courtship elements of the first half of Cyrano de Bergerac with the violent collision that is associated with Red Riding Hood. Swashbuckling scenes of Red Cyrano will mix whip smart spoken dialogue with American Sign Language and cover issues of gender, ability/disability, and whether inner-goodness can overcome a “wolf-like exterior.”
Combining the exciting courtship elements of Cyrano de Bergerac with the violent collision of Red Riding Hood, Red Cyrano will mix whip smart spoken dialogue with American Sign Language and cover issues of gender, ability/disability, and whether inner-goodness can overcome a “wolf-like exterior.” Our scenic design will feature deaf painters who paint the set live before the audience’s eyes to create the look of the “Rainbow City” associated with the Fair.
Rehearsals: September 23rd-December 1st.
Performances: December 1, 2017 through January 7th, 2018
Location: Strawdog Theatre
1802 W Berenice Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
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