Corazón de Manzana

Corazón de Manzana Poster

Mortar Theatre presents in association with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs the World Premiere of:
CORAZÓN DE MANZANA
by Dana Lynn Formby
Directed by Jason Boat
Aug 21 – Sept. 25, 2011

Storefront Theater
66 E. Randolph, Chicago, IL

Mixing realism, fantasy and stylized choreography, Corazón de Manzana intertwines the lives of three mother/daughter pairs living in Canada, the United States and Mexico to the tragic femicide occurring in Juárez, Mexico. A desperate cry for help reaches across borders to begin an investigation into a mother’s plea to find her missing daughter. As the discovery into the child’s disappearance unfolds, the connections between suffering and privilege in the three countries come into dramatic and heart-wrenching clarity.

Calendar Performance DatesPerformance Dates:

Previews: Sunday, Aug. 21 at 3:00pm
and Thursday, Aug. 25 at 7:30pm
Opening Night: Friday, Aug. 26, at 7:30 p.m.
Performance Run: August 26 – September 25, 2011

Curtain Times:
Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m.

Running Time:
2 hours including a 10 minute intermission.

Ticket info:

By phone: 312.742.TIXS (8497)
Online: DCATheater.org
Chicago Cultural Center Ticket Office: 78 E. Washington
in the Chicago Cultural Center at 78 E. Washington Street, open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. When available, tickets go on sale one hour before each performance at the DCA Storefront Theater.

$20 – General Admission
$15 – Seniors and Students
$15 – Previews (8/21 & 8/25)
$15 – Thursday Nights

Location info:

DCA Theater offers audiences the best off-Loop theater experience. Featuring a state-of-the-art and easily accessible theater, located just steps away from Millennium Park, audiences enjoy high quality work from Chicago’s most dynamic theater companies at an affordable ticket price.

Parking: Discounted parking is available at Wabash Randolph Self Park at 20 E. Randolph. Patrons can receive the $10 rate by validating their ticket at the Storefront Theater ticket office.

About the Creative Team:

Dana Lynn Formby (Playwright) is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists and a founding member of Mortar Theatre Company. Her play “American Beauty Shop” will be read at the Illinois Shakespeare Fest in Bloomington this July and at Steep Theatre in October. Her plays have been read around the country at such places as New York Theatre Workshop, PICT, Victory Gardens, WordBRIDGE, Premiere Stages, Alliance Theatre of Atlanta and Steep Theatre. Dana is the 2008 recipient of the Scott McPherson Playwriting Award. She teaches playwriting at Chicago Dramatists and for the DCA’s Vet Art Project at the Chicago Cultural Center. Formby describes herself as “a blue-collar playwright whose attitude was carved by the relentless Wyoming wind— lips tight, eyes squinted, legs crossed because god knows what could blow in.” She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Ohio University.

Jason Boat (Director) is a founding member of Mortar Theatre Company. Boat has directed two world premiere plays for Mortar Theatre: “Mother Bear” by Jayme McGhan and “Inherit the Whole” by Dana Lynn Formby. His interests in new play development have led him to direct the readings of “Armed with Peanut Butter” with The Vet Art Project and “Mr. Welfare” withGraphite Series. As an actor, Jason was last seen in “Ivanov”, directed by Sheldon Patinkin. He received his BFA in Acting from the University of Wyoming and a MFA in Acting from Penn State University.

The cast includes Mortar Theater Company member Stephanie Stroud (Callie) along with Yadira Correa (Denise), Ethan Weiss (Jake), Ilyssa Fradin (Mom), Cruz Gonzalez (Mazi), Katie Herbert (Sara), Erica Hernandez (Abby), Morgan McNaught (Arianna) and Josh Volkers (Ferdy).

The production and artistic team includes Kristin Toerpe (Production Manager), Erin Hoban (Stage Manager), Mary Siegel (Assistant Stage Manager), Benjamin Brownson (Dramaturg), Robert S. Kuhn (Costume Design), Nick Rastenis (Set Design), Kent Cubbage (Lighting Design), Jeff Shields (Properties Design), Heath Hays (Sound Design), Michelle Underwood (Projection Design) and Douglas Tyler (Projection Design).

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