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Rivendell Theatre Ensemble announces 2016 lineup

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble announces 2016 lineup
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Rivendell Theatre

Edgewater's women-focused Rivendell Theatre Ensemble has announced a slate of three plays for its 2016 slate, including two Chicago premieres and one brand-new work.

Megan Carney will helm the world premiere of Body/Courage (January 28–February 28), a solo piece written and performed by Danielle Pinnock. The interview-based script uses the real stories of more than 300 people to explore the topic of body acceptance. It's a co-production with documentary theater company Waltzing Mechanics.

Hallie Gordon, a new addition to Rivendell's ensemble, will helm Dry Land (April 22–May 28), a drama about teenage girls and abortion by Ruby Rae Spiegel, who was a 21-year-old Yale undergrad when the play had its New York premiere; it was a finalist this year for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

And intentionally timed to the U.S. election, Grizzly Mama (September 2–October 8), a comedy by George Brant about a mother who becomes determined to stop a Sarah Palin-esque presidential candidate by any means necessary, will star Rivendell artistic director Tara Mallen, with direction by Rachel Walshe.

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