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Raven Theatre expands to five-play season for 2015–16

Written by
Kris Vire

Edgewater's Raven Theatre will expand its next subscription season to five productions, featuring works by Horton Foote, William Inge and John Guare.

The season opens with a play with music about the Scottsboro Boys—though not the 2010 Kander and Ebb musical, which is yet to have a Chicago production despite receiving a dozen Tony nominations for its brief Broadway run. Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys (An Evening of Vaudeville and Sorrow) (September 16–November 14), by Mark Stein with music by Harley White Jr., is actually an earlier work about the nine black boys falsely accused of raping two white women in Alabama in 1931, first produced in Los Angeles in 2002. Michael Menendian, Raven's artistic director, will stage the Midwest premiere.

Marti Lyons will make her Raven directing debut with The Play About My Dad (October 21–November 28), actor-playwright Boo Killebrew's 2011 metatheatrical piece about Hurricane Katrina and her own relationship with her father, a Gulfport, Mississippi doctor who stayed behind to help the storm's victims rather than evacuate.

Raven's previously announced production of The Old Friends (January 27–March 26), a comedy about wealthy and warring Texas families by the late Foote, will be directed by Menendian. Associate artistic director Cody Estle will direct Inge's rarely staged Depression-era drama A Loss of Roses (February 17–April 2). Finally, co-artistic director JoAnn Montemurro will helm Guare's 1971 comedy The House of Blue Leaves (April 20–June 4).

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