UPDATE: FACING ANGELA closed on July 28. Thank you to everyone who made it such an excellent production! More updates soon on upcoming projects, including THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH.
The Ruckus production of FACING ANGELA is running now and is getting some great notices. The production has been Jeff Recommended, and is listed as one of “14 plays worth catching in July” by Chicago Magazine.
“Highly Recommended. [A] harrowing dose of identity panic…It is a testament to all five actresses portraying the tortured Angela that in the midst of this metaphysical whirlwind they broadcast her profound vulnerability so well that we never lose our sense of empathy for her.” ~ Chicago Theatre Review, Eric Tengler (full review)
★★★ “Both engaging and visually fascinating. Special credit goes to the makeup team of Aly Renee Amidei and Sarah Scanlon for their wonderfully specific and detailed work…” ~ Chicago Theater Beat, Patrick Dyer (full review)
“[A] harrowing exploration of identity…Barsotti’s horror influences are evident, and the actors, like pallbearers, carry the play’s grueling heaviness with grace. Neal Starbird’s Wes is endearing while betraying an underlying desperation…Angela X (Casey Cunningham), the relative original, is especially compelling as our connection to the world before, the pain of watching the ensuing destruction always visible on her face.” ~ TimeOut Chicago, Aeneas Sagar Hemphill (full review)
by Scott T. Barsotti
directed by Kyra Lewandowski
presented by The Ruckus
June 28 – July 28
@ The Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport (TICKETS)
Thursdays-Saturdays 8:00pm, Sundays 2:00pm
Featuring Moira Begale, Julie Cowden, Casey Cunningham, Susan Myburgh, Christine Vrem-Ydstie, and Neal Starbird
Angela has lost her face. Acquiring a new face alters more than skin and tissue, cutting into Angela’s relationship with her husband, Wes, and mutating her sense of self. As Angela re-constructs, re-invents, and re-defines her identity, Wes ceases to recognize the woman he loves, and doubts whether he really knows himself either. This re-imagining of my 2003 play (my first ever professionally produced), challenges how we recognize ourselves and those we go to bed with, and the collateral damage of transformative change.
(Photos by Gerard Van Halsema)