Kristen Martino
Scenic Designer

UPCOMING

Man of LaMancha
Aug
8
to Aug 18

Man of LaMancha

Music by Mitch Leigh, Lyrics by Joe Darion
Book by Dale Wasserman
Directed by Dan Barron

Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ seventeenth-century masterpiece Don Quixote, MAN OF LA MANCHA is one of the most successful musicals in Broadway history. Powerful, brutal, hilarious, and heartbreaking, MAN OF LA MANCHA celebrates the perseverance of a dying old man who refuses to relinquish his ideals or his passion. The celebrated score includes “The Impossible Dream,” “I, Don Quixote,” “Dulcinea,” “I Really Like Him,” “Little Bird,” and “To Each His Dulcinea.”

Miguel de Cervantes, aging and an utter failure in his varied careers as playwright, poet and tax collector, sits in a Seville dungeon with his manservant, awaiting trial by the Spanish Inquisition for an offense against the Church. The other prisoners set up a mock trial: if Cervantes is found guilty, he will hand over all his possessions. Cervantes agrees to do so, and offers his defense in the form of a play. Producing a makeup kit, he transforms himself into an old man who calls himself Don Quixote de La Mancha.

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The Great Gatsby
Sep
5
to Sep 22

The Great Gatsby

By Simon Levy
Based on the book by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Directed by: Kate Galvin

American Classic. Meet Jay Gatsby, literature’s man of mystery.

“A beautifully crafted interpretation of the 1925 novel…This is indeed a grand GATSBY.” – London Free Press

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By the Bog of Cats
Sep
27
to Oct 5

By the Bog of Cats

Directed by Ansley Valentine

Loosly based on Euripides' tragedy Medea, this provocative drama set on the bleak ghostly landscape of the Bog of Cats discloses one woman's courageous attempts to pay claim to that which is hers, as her world is torn in two. Hester Swane, an Irish Traveller, attempts to come to terms with a lifetime of abandonment in a furious uncompromising tale of greed and betrayal, memory and self-sacrifice.

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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Oct
3
to Oct 13

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Directed by Lawrence Lesher

Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share their childhood home and an inability to cope. Movie-star sister Masha supports them financially – but when she visits, bringing boy-toy Spike, old resentments flare up and she threatens to sell the house. The drama reaches a hysterical climax at a Snow-White- themed costume party. This absurd comedy about a bickering family puts the fun in dysfunctional!


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Machinal
Nov
7
to Nov 16

Machinal

  • Lake Forest College- Hixon Hall (map)
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Directed by Kristin Schoenback

Sophie Treadwell’s 1928 expressionist drama, inspired by the real-life case of accused criminal Ruth Snyder, tells the story of Young Woman who works as a stenographer in an industrial, male-dominated world. Societal, economic and domestic pressures seem to control her life. She must decide if she will accept her routine existence. Will she ever find human connection? To what lengths will she go to gain her freedom?

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It's a Wonderful Life
Dec
29
8:00 PM20:00

It's a Wonderful Life

Adapted by Joe Landry

No man is a failure who has friends.

You won’t want to miss this heartwarming American classic presented as a 1940’s radio show. This beloved story is enhanced with a lush soundscape performed by the actors live on stage. Bedford Falls and the Bailey Family have never sounded better than in this captivating retelling.  Bring your whole family to celebrate the holiday season.

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Prague Quadrennial- Emerging Artist Exhibit
Jun
6
to Jun 16

Prague Quadrennial- Emerging Artist Exhibit

  • Prague Exhibition Grounds (Výstaviště Praha) (map)
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USITT has been proud to sponsor the USA exhibition at the Prague Quadrennial for over 40 years.  This international exhibition of design and technology features the work of professional designers as well as students and theatre architects from around the world. 

The Prague Quadrennial (PQ) is the largest performance design event in the world; it is often described as the Olympics or World Fair for performance designers. In recent times, the PQ has served as a meeting point for artists from every continent, artists whose traditions and professional lives might not otherwise converge. By exhibiting thousands of designs from dozens of countries, and by bringing together designers, directors, students, as well as the general public, the PQ provides an unprecedented exchange of ideas that goes well beyond the narrow confines of theatrical design and style. With four major categories of exhibits; National, Thematic, Architectural, and Emerging Artist, the PQ has been a major factor in shaping the direction of world theatre and live performance for the past forty years.

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A Chorus Line
Apr
10
to May 26

A Chorus Line

  • Porchlight Music Theatre (map)
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Winner of nine Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize, this landmark work has electrified audiences around the world. In an empty theatre, on a bare stage, casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete. For seventeen dancers, this audition is the chance or a lifetime. It’s what they’ve worked for with every drop of sweat and every hour or training, putting their lives on the line for the opportunity to do what they’ve always dreamed of doing: to dance. Featuring an incomparable score including “What I Did for Love,” “One,” and “Dance Ten, Looks Three,” you won’t want to miss this singular sensation!

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