Lillian Hellman’s Classic Play of Loves and Lies,
The Children’s Hour
Directed by Derek Bertelsen
January 9 – February 9, 2014 at Collaboraction
Pride Films and Plays continues its 2013-14 season with Lillian Hellman’s classic story of love and lies, The Children’s Hour. Directed by PFP Ensemble Member Derek Bertelsen, the production will run January 9 to February 9 at Collaboraction’s Pentagon Theater, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets, 1 800 838 3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com. The press opening is Saturday, January 11 at 7:30pm. Press tickets are also available for Sunday, January 12 at 3:00 pm.
When asked about producing this play now, Bertelsen said, “In an era when a simple phrase on social media can have immediate and sometimes tragic consequences, the danger of a rumor has never been more present. Pride Films and Plays is a champion of new LGBT scripts and screenplays, but as a company we have to know where we come from to move forward. The Children’s Hour, to me, is the original ‘gay play.’”
Written in 1934, The Children’s Hour is based on a true story, and was originally banned in Chicago and not seen here until the 1950s. Karen and Martha are two school teachers who are on the verge of personal and professional success. Karen is engaged to be married to Joe, and the small boarding school she and Martha founded is on the verge of financial stability. However, when one student is disciplined, she makes a statement which is repeated endlessly, and everything changes.
Title: The Children’s Hour
Playwright: Lillian Hellman
Director: Derek Bertelsen
Britni Tozzi plays Karen Wright, and Whitney Morse is Martha Dobie. PFP Ensemble Members in the cast are Nelson Rodriguez as Dr. Joseph Cardin, Michelle McKenzie-Voigt as Mrs. Lily Mortar, and Joan McGrath as Mrs. Amelia Tilford.
Others in the cast are Nathalie Mendez (Rosalie), Zoquera Milburn (Peggy), Brittany Bookbinder (Catherine), Tasheena Migayi (Evelyn), Katrina Kiss (Helen), Ashley Darger (Lois), Ella Mouria Seet (Agatha), Bryan Renaud (Grocery Boy) and Nora Elise Ulrey as Mary Tilford.
The production features designs by Kassie Davis (set), Alberto Ruiz (lights), Chrystle Morman (costumes), and Patrick Bley (sound). Assistant Director is Kathryn Olsen.
Location: Collaboraction (Pentagon Theater), 1579 N. Milwaukee, Chicago
Please note the theater is on the third floor. There is an elevator if you use the entrance on Milwaukee with the red awning and follow the signs to Collaboraction. You can also walk up two flights by using the stairs at the Collaboraction entrance 2 doors south.
Previews: Thursday and Friday, January 9 and 10 at 7:30pm
Regular run: Thursday through Sunday, January 9 through February 9, 2014
Curtain Times: Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 3 pm
Tickets are available for all performances!
Tickets: Previews $15. Opening $30. Regular Run: Thursdays $25; Friday, Saturdays, and Sundays $30. Students and seniors: $5 off all performances. Industry: $10 during previews. (The senior discount is for those 62 and older.)
Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com, in person one hour prior to show times (availability permitting) or by calling 1 800 838 3006.
Collaboraction is easy to get to using public transportation.
Hop on the CTA’s Blue Line, and get off at Damen. The Fine Arts Building is directly across the street from the station on the southeast Corner of North Avenue, Damen, and Milwaukee. METRA, the regional rail system, also serves our area on both the Union Pacific North and Union Pacific Northwest lines, which stop at the Clybourn Station, at 2001 N Ashland.
The theater is also served by the following CTA bus lines:
North-South bus lines:
- #50 Damen Avenue
East-West bus lines:
- #72 North Avenue
Street parking is available, with metered spots close by and unpaid parking a little further south on Damen, near the park.
Valet parking is available on Friday and Saturday nights. The valet parking is not specific to the theatre. It’s at various restaurants in the neighborhood. We generally recommend Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave – Chicago IL 60647 and Forno (the restaurant on the corner opposite us). I believe the Valet parking is $10.
There is parking in the ally that runs on the east side the el tracks south of North, and again where the tracks go underground. You might want to check out those areas as well. This is paid, metered parking.
Pride Films and Plays’ production of Under a Rainbow Flag, a finalist in last year’s Great Gay Play Contest, won 2013 Non-Equity Jeff Awards for Best New Work and Best Musical Production. For detailed information on PFP’s contests and play development initiatives, visit www.pridefilmsandplays.com.
About the Playwright
About the Director
About Pride Films and Plays
PFP’s contests – the Great Gay Play Contest, Women’s Work (for works by women with lesbian characters or themes) and the Great Gay Screenplay Contest – reach their conclusion during Festival Weekends of readings and workshops sponsored by Center on Halsted. Writers from around the world have worked with PFP’s Artistic Ensemble in extensive rehearsals and performances of “enhanced staged readings” which include movement, blocking, and technical elements.
PFP’s fully staged productions include reinvigorated classics, Chicago premieres, and world premieres of scripts that have been developed in the contests. The 2011 Great Gay Play Contest winner, Learn To Be Latina by Enrique Urueta, has had multiple regional productions, and the 2012 winner At The Flash by Sean Chandler and David Leeper was Jeff-recommended in Chicago and recently concluded a successful run in Los Angeles. Under A Rainbow Flag by Leo Schwartz, a finalist in last year’s contest, had its premiere this spring and won the Jeff Award for Best New Work and Best Musical Production, and Directions for Restoring the Apparently Dead by Martin Casella recently concluded its world premiere run in the 150-seat Thrust Theater at Stage 773.
PFP’s previous classical productions have included 20th anniversary productions of David Drake’s The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me and Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing.