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Lifeline Theatre discloses 2014-15 season

The theater remounts Jane Eyre and adapts two recent novels, one as a musical


Lifeline Theatre today announced its next three-play mainstage season, to include two world-premiere literary adaptations.

The Rogers Park institution's season opens with ensemble member Christina Calvit's adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre (September 5–October 26). It's Lifeline's third go-round with the script, which it premiered in the 1990–91 season and produced again in its 2000–01 slate. Artistic director Dorothy Milne will direct.

Jessica Wright Buha adapts One Came Home, Chicago author Amy Timberlake's 2013 Newbery Honor young-adult novel about a girl in 1871 Wisconsin determined to solve the mystery of her missing sister; Elise Kauzlaric directs (February 13–April 5).

The season's third show is a musical adaptation of Soon I Will Be Invincible, the 2007 superhero novel by Austin Grossman that earned comparisons to Jonathan Lethem and Michael Chabon. Christopher M. Walsh will adapt the book, with music and lyrics by Christopher Kriz; Paul S. Holmquist will direct (May 29–July 19, 2015).

Lifeline also announced three titles for its KidSeries, including a new production of company member Elise Kauzlaric's adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit, first produced in 2006; Robert Kauzlaric's new Lions in Illyria, based on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night; and The One and Only Ivan, adapted by James E. Grote from the book by Katherine Applegate. The Fillet of Solo storytelling festival will return for its 18th year in January.

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