NOW PLAYING!

The U.S. Premiere of
LAY ME DOWN SOFTLY
By Billy Roche
Directed by Kevin Christopher Fox

Performed at The Den Theatre
1333 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
El Blue Line: Division or Damen

April 24 - May 25, 2014
Thursday-Saturdays @ 7:30pm
Sundays @ 3pm

 
Press Opening: April 24 at 7:30pm

Tickets: $26 Thu & Fri, $30 Sat & Sun
Student/Senior discounts available.
Group rates available for parties of 8 or more: call 773-878-3727

For tickets, call (866) 811-4111 or
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Early 1960s. Delaney’s Traveling Roadshow tours the Irish countryside with bumper cars, bearded ladies, rifle ranges and the main attraction: the boxing ring. The Roadshow invites all comers to fight them to win a prize. Theo, the iron fisted patriarch, struggles to keep his crew in line and when his long abandoned daughter arrives, the patchwork family is thrown against the ropes.

The production is directed by Kevin Christopher Fox, who returns to Seanachaí having previously directed Hughie. The show stars Seanachaí ensemble members Jeff Christian, Michael Grant, Carolyn Klein, and Dan Waller.

Photos by Emily Schwartz


THE CAST
Theo Jeff Christian*
Peadar Michael Grant*
Dean Matthew Isler
Lily Carolyn Klein
Junior Dan Waller*
Emer Jamie L. Young
Understudies Bridgette Hammond
Jill Oliver
PRODUCTION STAFF
Director Kevin Christopher Fox
Production Stage Manager Coburn Goss*
Stage Manager Jen Bukovsky
Dialect Design Eva Breneman
Makeup Designer Emylee Dahl
Properties Designer Nadia Garofalo
Costume Designer Beth Laske-Miller
Asst. Costume Designer Nora Lubitsch
Dramaturg Annaliese McSweeney
Lighting Designer Julian Pike
Sound Designer Stephen Ptacek
Scenic Designer Joe Schermoly
Fight Choreographer John Tovar
Boxing Coach Al Ortiz

*Member of Actor's Equity Association


About the Playwright
Billy Roche’s first novel, Tumbling Down, was published by Wolfhound Press in 1986 (revised version published by Tassel Publications in 2008). His first stage play, A Handful Of Stars, was staged at The Bush Theatre in 1988, followed by Poor Beast In the Rain in 1990. Belfry completed this powerful trilogy at the Bush Theatre. All three plays, directed by Robin LeFevre, became known as The Wexford Trilogy and were performed in their entirety at The Bush, the Peacock, and the Theatre Royal, Wexford. Later, The Wexford Trilogy was filmed for the BBC, directed by the late and great Stuart Burge. Roche’s fourth play, Amphibians, was commissioned by the RSC and performed at the Barbican, followed by The Cavalcaders at The Peacock and Royal Court, London. He wrote the screenplay for Trojan Eddie, which was directed by Gillies MacKinnon and starred Stephen Rea and Richard Harris. Trojan Eddie won the Best Film Award at The San Sebastian Film Festival in 1996. His sixth play, On Such As We, was performed at the Peacock in 2001, directed by Wilson Milam and starring Brendan Gleeson. Tales From Rainwater Pond, his collection of short stories, was published by Pillar Press in 2006. Lay Me Down Softly, his seventh play, was originally performed at the Peacock Theatre in 2008, directed by Wilson Milam. Billy has been Writer-In-Residence at the Bush and Writer-In-Association at Druid and the Abbey Theatre. The Eclipse, a film that was co-written with Conor McPherson, won IFTA awards for Best Screenplay and Best Film. In 2013, his short novella The Diary Of Maynard Perdu was published by Lantern.ie. Billy Roche is a member of Aosdana.

About the Director
Kevin Christopher Fox is an actor and director based in Chicago. With Seanachaí, he directed Hughie with Brad Armacost and Jeff Duhigg last season — and last century he played Manus in David Cromer's production of Translations. Chicago directing credits include Accidental Rapture and Pull of the Moon (16th Street Theater), Widowers' Houses and Androcles and the Lion (ShawChicago), St. Crispin's Day (Strawdog), Arms and the Man and Betrayal (Oak Park Festival), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Gift Theatre Company), Beggars in the House of Plenty (Mary-Arrchie), Widowers' Houses (TimeLine), Patient No. 1 (WNEP), and his debut Buicks (Precious Mettle). At TheatreSquared (Fayetteville, AK) he directed world premieres of Sundown Town by Kevin Cohea and, this past fall, The Spiritualist by Robert Ford, along with Fall of the House, and a youth production of Macbeth, as well as numerous development projects for Arkansas New Play Festival. Recently he adapted and directed Macbeth (Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, Shakespeare in the Schools), he served as co-director for the remount of Nick Sandys' Chamber Opera Chicago production of Persuasion, and toured with it to England, Chicago and New York. This last winter, he directed two projects for the William Inge Festival and Center for the Arts in Independence, KS. This coming summer, he will direct the world premiere of The Gun Show by EM Lewis for 16th Street Theater.


 
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