Little Red Cyrano: an apocalyptic clown comedy for all audiences… featuring Deaf Talent
Performances: December 1, 2017 through January 7th, 2018
Location: Strawdog Theatre
1802 W Berenice Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
Times: Thurs-Sat @ 8pm, Sundays @ 4pm & 8pm
Combining the courtships in Cyrano de Bergerac with the violent ending of Red Riding Hood, Little Red Cyrano will mix whip smart spoken dialogue, swashbuckling, and romance. With a cast comprised of trained clowns and d/Deaf actors, Little Red Cyrano uniquely utilizes the visual vernacular of American Sign Language in a clown-based performance.
2013 Deaf Illinois Award Winner, Juan Bernal
“Excellence in Inclusion at the Storefront Level” Award in Time Out Chicago
“Louder than Words” documentary, Michael J. Stark
2016 Best Director, Time Out Chicago & Chicago Reader, Aaron Sawyer (runner-up)
Best New Work/New Adaptation (Resident, Nominated), Broadwayworld.com
*indicates a person who identifies as d/Deaf
^ indicates a Red Theater Board or Company member
Producer: ^Juan Bernal*
Co-Directors: Michael J Stark*, ^Aaron Sawyer
Assistant Director: Scott Merchant
Stage Manager: Mary Kate Ashe
Cyrano: Benjamin Ponce
Red: Dari Simone*
Christian: Dave Honigman
Poet /Christian US: Brendan Connelly*
Poet /Red US: ^McKenna Liesman
Poet: Michele Stine
Poet: Jenni Hadley
Poet: Les Rorick
Woodsman: ^Christopher Paul Mueller
Grandmother: Michael J. Stark*
Understudy: Jean Carlos Claudio
Understudy: Madeline McKelvey*
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.
Red Theater is supported by our Comrade Patron Program. For every $10 monthly donation we receive, Red Theater is able to provide three #FreeTheater seats to nontraditional audiences over the course of our season.
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