Chicago's 2012 theater season kicks-off with notable theatre artists at work on the city

Chicago’s 2012 theater season kicks-off with notable theatre artists at work on the city’s stages.

In a season where a Chicago production of Steppenwolf’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is playing in New York, and Chicago trained Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson and Cecily Strong have joined the cast of SNL, the 2012-13 season in Chicago is marked by a number of nationally noted artists working in its theaters. This fall Chicago theaters, always a place to find extraordinary talent, welcome performers Diane Lane, Jimmy Smits, George Wendt, and Tim Kazurinsky; writers Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein; and directors Gary Griffin, Mary Zimmerman and David Cromer.

“Chicago is a place where extraordinary talent thrives on our stages every month of the year. At a time when countless Chicago productions and artists are performing in other cities nationally and internationally, Chicago remains a place where top-notch productions can be seen on stages of all sizes and in every neighborhood,” says Deb Clapp, Executive Director of the League of Chicago Theatres. “It’s no coincidence that so many superb artists are coming to Chicago to work. The community is rich with talent, the audiences are sophisticated, the administrators are supportive and the level of production values is unparalleled.”

Notable productions include:
Goodman Theatre presents Tennessee Williams’ Sweet Bird of Youth, directed by David Cromer and starring Academy Award nominee Diane Lane September 14 – October 25.

10 years after its Tony Award-winning Broadway run Metamorphoses written and directed by Lookingglass ensemble member Mary Zimmerman, returns to Lookingglass Theatre to open its 25th Anniversary season, September 19- November 18.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents Sondheim’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical, Sunday in the Park with George, directed by CST Associate Artistic Director and notable director Gary Griffin, September 26- November 4.

Broadway in Chicago presents the World Premiere of Grammy Award winner Cyndi Lauper and Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein’s new musical Kinky Boots, October 2- November 4 at the Bank of America Theatre.

Northlight Theatre presents Neil Simon’s classic comedy The Odd Couple starring George Wendt and Tim Kazurinsky, reuniting them with fellow alumni of The Second City Danny Breen and Bruce Jarchow, November 2- December 9.

Jimmy Smits joins the cast Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Motherf**cker With a Hat, directed by Steppenwolf ensemble member and renowned director Anna D. Shapiro, December 27-March 3, 2012.

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