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Kokandy Productions 2015 Season Announcement
April 18, 2014
KOKANDY PRODUCTIONS ANNOUNCES 2015 SEASON:
THE FULL MONTY AND LOVING REPEATING
Continuing their mission to produce high-stakes musical theater that authentically mines the emotional truth of the human experience and explores complex, challenging themes, Kokandy Productions announces their 2015 season: THE FULL MONTY (March 2 – April 12 2015), and LOVING REPEATING (July 20 – August 30, 2015), both at Theater Wit in Chicago.
Taking a sharp detour from the antisocial themes of the 2014 season (SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS, ASSASSINS), in 2015 Kokandy explores an alternate side of the human condition; shifting from a focus on individual ambition to the power of investment in our fellow man.
Based on the Fox movie of the same name, the Terrence McNally/David Yazbek hit THE FULL MONTY tells the story of a group of unemployed American male steel workers who venture into stripping to provide for their families. In the process, they learn to let go of prejudices, insecurities, and even their self-definitions – baring their hearts and souls as much as their skins. Directed by Kokandy Co-Artistic Director John Glover, THE FULL MONTY will run March 2nd to April 12th, 2015 in Theater 1 at Theater Wit in Chicago.
Using Gertrude Stein’s own words as lyrics, Kokandy’s summer offering LOVING REPEATING is an intimate exploration of the celebrated writer’s legacy that sets her unconventional passions and creative spirit against the backdrop of her lifelong relationship with Alice B. Toklas. Directed by Kokandy Co-Artistic Director Allison Hendrix, LOVING REPEATING will run July 20th to August 30th, 2015 in Theater 3 at Theater Wit in Chicago.
States Hendrix, “If 2014 is Kokandy’s ‘season of cynicism,’ an exploration of the human capacity for destruction, then 2015 will be our ‘season of hope,’ an exploration of the human capacity to create and redefine beauty. Although the characters in both seasons face questions about self-identity and success, in THE FULL MONTY and LOVING REPEATING we see them choosing community – learning to find inspiration in their relationships to each other. As a company, we’re excited to continue a dialogue with our audiences, returning and new, that moves through the difficulties of being human and into the joys of creation and beauty.”
In addition to the mainstage lineup, Kokandy Productions will continue their commitment to developing the careers of local musical theater artists by presenting the second season of their New Musical Staged Reading Series. The series will consist of two in-development musicals (titles TBA) composed by Chicago-based artists, to be presented on select Monday nights during the runs of the mainstage shows.