Brown Paper Box Co. is thrilled to announce their upcoming 2017-2018 season, comprised of They’re Playing Our Song and Speech & Debate. This is the first occasion that the company has announced their season in full, and they are excited to do so. Both directors, Danny Spagnuolo and David Lipschutz, are Chicago-based theatre artists and company members of Brown Paper Box Co. that have worked with the company in several capacities.
This coming summer, They’re Playing Our Song will take on Danny Spagnuolo’s fresh choreography in his directorial debut; Ilana Atkins will serve as music director. EGOT-winner Marvin Hamlisch’s music will be heard from the Rivendell Theatre in July and August of 2017 in the autobiographical musical about the joy of falling in love and making art.
Next winter, three teenage misfits in Salem, Oregon will join David Lipschutz in Stephen Karam’s play that uses song to connect the difficulties of growing up. Speech & Debate’s playwright is also known for his play The Humans and Lipschutz for his work at Hell in a Handbag, Underscore Theatre, and Generic Theatre Company.
Additionally, the season will include two special events. The first of these events will be a cabaret titled Positively Present, directed and coordinated by Margaret Baughman* and Kristi Szczepanek* in the spring of 2017. Stay tuned for more information about the fall event. The Baltimore Waltz, directed by Ed Rutherford - the final show of their 2016-2017 season - continues until February 17, 2017 at The Frontier.
Audition information for They’re Playing Our Song will be announced shortly, and performers should reach out to Margaret Baughman if they wish to participate in Positively Present. More information about each of these productions can be found on their website, which will continue to be updated as details about these productions are finalized.
*Denotes Brown Paper Box Co. members
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