KAI’s newest initiative

By on December 5, 2013

by Maria Dripps-Paulson
Executive director, Kaneland Arts Initiative

Rehearsals are about to begin on the Kaneland Arts Initiative’s newest project: the Winter Theatre Production.

As the Kaneland Arts Initiative (formerly known as the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival) strives to promote professional quality arts in Kaneland, it is pleased to launch its inaugural performance of the Winter Theatre Production, “The Laramie Project,” presented by KAI in partnership with the Kindness Campaign. Performed in the Kaneland Black Box Theatre on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 24-26, “The Laramie Project” is a drama that depicts a pivotal event in our nation’s history.

According to www.tectonictheaterproject.org, “in October 1998, Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die, tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, Wy. Five weeks later, Moises Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie, and over the course of the next year, conducted more than 200 interviews with people of the town. From these interviews they wrote the play ‘The Laramie Project,’ a chronicle of the life of the town of Laramie in the year after the murder. ‘The Laramie Project’ is one of the most performed plays in America today.”

Casting auditions took place in the middle of November, and KAI and the dynamic production team of director Diane McFarlin, technical theatre director Chad Carlson and scene designer Emily VanDelinder-Birchfield, are pleased to announce the cast of The Laramie Project: Pamela Gianakakos, Trisha Mills Rebecca Hof, Ben Mitchinson, Peter Lopatin, Patrick Murphy Sabrina Massa, Doug Orlyk, Caitrin Mills, Laszlo Reed and Justin Schaller.

Tickets are available for purchase by calling (630) 365-5100, ext. 180. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens. Seating is very limited in the Black Box Theatre at Kaneland High School; KAI recommends advance ticket purchases. KAI is pleased to be producing its first event in the Black Box Theatre, a space that is both versatile and intimate. Tickets will be for general admission seating.

Please note that subject matter in “The Laramie Project” is sensitive, and appropriate age recommendations are for middle-school-aged students or older. The Kaneland Arts Initiative and the Kindness Campaign will lead a discussion after each performance for interested audience members. More information can be found at www.kanelandartsiniative.org. Kaneland Black Box Theatre is located on the campus of Kaneland High School, 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park. Enter through Door 32 on the north side of building.

Prior to The Laramie Project, KAI is thrilled to produce Lee Murdock’s annual Hometown Concert, featuring guest artists Joe Filisko and Eric Noden. Murdock’s concert will take place on Saturday, Jan. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kaneland Auditorium. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students ages 8 and up. Anyone under the age of 8 will be admitted free of charge. More information on Lee’s performance and his guest artists can be found on www.leemurdock.com and www.rootsduo.com.

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