Brown Paper Box Co. is excited to announce their second main stage production of their 2016/2017 season – The Baltimore Waltz by Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel. The show opensSaturday, January 21, 2017 and runs Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2:30 PM through February 19, 2017 at The Frontier in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood (1106 W. Thorndale Avenue). A preview is scheduled for Friday, January 20, along with special Monday night performances on January 23 and February 6, both of which begin at 7:30 PM. Information about upcoming tickets, casting, and more can be found at www.BrownPaperBox.org.
When she is diagnosed with a fatal illness, Anna decides to accompany her brother Carl on a whirlwind tour of Europe. Not everything is as it seems as spies in trench coats, crazy doctors, and an ever-present stuffed rabbit begin to intrude into the narrative. Will Anna and Carl’s adventure be Anna’s salvation, or end in tragedy?
“I’m tremendously pleased to help Brown Paper Box realize Paula Vogel’s beautiful Baltimore Waltz,” says BPBCo. guest director Ed Rutherford (Amour and Coraline with Black Button Eyes Productions). “I admire the way it invokes fantasy as a way to soften the blow of harsh realities, and believe the play remains just as relevant today as when it first premiered.” Rutherford is BPBCo.’s second guest director following the company’s Director Proposal Initiative which featured Lavina Jadhwani’s color-and-gender conscious Julius Caesar last season.
The current production team includes Ed Rutherford (Director), Margaret Baughman (Stage Manager), M. William Panek* (Casting Associate), Anna Schutz* (Production Manager),Charlie Sheets* (Graphic Designer), Matt Sergot* (Box Office Manager), and Eric Vigo (Lighting Designer). Full production staff and cast will be announced shortly!
*Denotes Brown Paper Box Co. members
Name: Nick Shoda
Position in Now. Here. This.: Man 1
1) What is your spirit animal and why?
I don't have a spirit animal, but you know the trust fall scene in Mean Girls where the one girl says she has a lot of feelings? I relate to her on MANY levels.
2) What is your favorite section of a museum and why?
I usually enjoy anything that has an interesting audiovisual component. Or anything involving fancy gowns that famous women wore at some point in history.
3) What does the phrase "more life" mean to you?
I've been very fortunate to have seen some excellent live music and theatre this year, and those experiences have felt very life-affirming, so I'd have to say that "more life" feels synonymous with "more art" for me (at least right now).
4) What is your most embarrassing middle school memory?
My journals from that time know all, and they're not telling.
5) If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Give me an ocean, some sun, and a room by the beach, and I'm good to go.
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