Clockwise Theatre's 2014-2015 Season
For the 2014-2015 season, Clockwise is increasing mainstage productions from three to four, as well as launching a new partnership with Piven Theatre Workshop, and continuing with the monthly Great New Play Reading Series.
Impenetrable by Chicago playwright Mia McCullough, directed by Judy Blue
A drama about how body image and societal and cultural pressures affect both men and women’s perceptions of themselves and of each other.
Captain Superlative by Chicago playwright Jessica Puller, directed by Madeline Franklin
Our first-ever holiday show will be Captain Superlative by Jessica Puller of Highland Park, which is also Clockwise’s first mainstage production for young audiences. Following a middle schooler who discovers the joys of swooping in to the rescue, Captain Superlative is a play for the entire family about choosing to be the good guy.
Mr. Benny by Mark Humphrey
A one man show about the life and times of Jack Benny, starring Tim Newell. This play has been performed to great acclaim on the east coast and we are very happy to be bringing Mr. Benny home to Waukegan! Mr. Benny dramatizes Jack Benny’s family life, his roots in show business: his days in vaudeville, then radio, some movies, and finally, the ultimate challenge, television. This is obviously a perfect show for Waukegan, Jack Benny’s hometown.
Constant State of Panic by Patrick Gabridge, directed by Richard Shavzin
A dark comedy about threat levels, secret surveillance, and holding a marriage together.
Clockwise Theatre & Piven Theatre Workshop
Beginning in Fall 2014, Clockwise Theatre will be partnering with Piven Theatre Workshop to bring their theatrical education programming to Waukegan, where Clockwise Theatre will be home to after-school classes provided by Piven. This pilot program will begin with two sessions offered one afternoon, with plans to expand as need and demand requires. This partnership will serve current Piven students and their families who live in northern Illinois and Wisconsin by reducing their current commute to Piven’s Evanston location, allow these same families to visit and experience all that Waukegan has to offer, and also provide Lake County and southern Wisconsin families’ easier access to this acclaimed training. Clockwise and Piven will work closely together to make scholarships available, a part of both organization’s missions make top-notch theatrical experiences and education available to everyone.
For the past 40 years, Piven has run the training center for children and adults, annually serving 1,000 students with mentorship opportunities for emerging theatre artists and educators, offer extensive scholarship and community outreach programs, and their professional Equity theatre is committed to new works and literary adaptations. Not only does Piven support a Resident Ensemble of actors, it has also proven valuable as a training ground for directors such as Eric Simonson, Jennifer Green, Robin Chaplik and Jessica Thebus and award-winning playwrights such as Sarah Ruhl, Jennifer Barclay and Michael Stock. Other Piven alumni include Jeremy Piven, Rosanna Arquette, Joan Cusack, John Cusack, Hope Davis, Lara Flynn Boyle, Aimee Garcia, Jeff Garlin, Harry Lennix, Aiden Quinn, and Kate Walsh
A few items on the Clockwise wish list:
- A new coffee maker. Ours sputtered out the LAST performance of A Fine Line. Talk about excellent timing...
- A new or refurbished box office laptop (which can take the new Windows OS)
- $13,000 donation so we can double our performers' salaries
- Tools, especially drills
- Someone who can shore up our famous and much-loved yellow vintage couch in the lobby. The springs are doing really funny stuff
- Large sheets of drywall so we can improve our lobby and theatre walls
E-mail managing director Pat Kerr via the contact form or call 847-775-1500 for more information.