"...tightly wound with tension that's inevitably bound to release in explosive fashion."
"It’s a heartfelt, humorous and beautifully written drama by a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright that dances into our memory and remains until the last waltz."
"The three person cast create a passionate show of madness and mystery."
"Thanks to Rutherford’s direction, stellar production values and a gifted cast, this Baltimore Waltz is one for the books."
"People who would like this show are people who like close siblings, slipper-clogs, and smuggle bunnies. I thought this was a great show. It is a very complicated puzzle but it is a lot of fun to watch. I think people should go see this show. It is funny, heartbreaking, and weird in the best way. I really loved it."
"It pops in and out of direct address at a moment’s notice and bounces around from raunchy comedy to self-discovery journey, dips a toe in some shady dealings, and tops it all off with a hint of absurdity to keep the audience a little bit off. Director Ed Rutherford clearly understood exactly what each of those styles meant and how to get each to play well with his actors."
"I was feverishly swept into the heart of the play. This is one of those occasions when you are glad that you live in Chicago where there are so many talented theatre companies and this is one to watch."
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
What was your role on the staff of The Baltimore Waltz?
I directed! I'm excited at the chance to collaborate with so many fantastic people on this project.
Have you worked on a play by Paula Vogel before?
I am a huge fan of Paula Vogel, and have read many of her works, from How I Learned to Drive and The Mineola Twins to some of the more obscure works like And Baby Makes Seven and The Oldest Profession. The Baltimore Waltz is my favorite play of Vogel's because it's so funny and touching and such a personal work of hers. I also have directed it before -- over a decade ago -- and am delighted to have the chance to revisit the piece with a more mature point of view.
How many languages do you speak?
One well -- English. One poorly -- Spanish. And the barest minimum of a third -- Russian.
Tell us about your siblings.
I have a twin brother and a younger sister. I adore them both, but we also squabble a lot. The best thing I've done with my sister is every time we hang out on the couch in PJs and watch reality TV or goofy internet videos.
Have you ever been to Baltimore, Europe, or the hospital?
I have been to all three. I remember the hospital most clearly because I almost died. When I was little, I had a case of chicken pox that developed major complications due to some medicine I was taking.
See Ed Rutherford's direction of The Baltimore Waltz, through February 19th at The Frontier.
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