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By David Sedaris and Amy Sedaris
A zany tale about high-quality cheeseballs and making your way in the world.

Directed by David Knezz

THE STORY: Sister Elizabeth Donderstock is Squeamish, has been her whole life. She makes cheese balls (traditional and smoky) that sustain the existence of her entire religious community, Clusterhaven. However, she feels unappreciated among her Squeamish brethren, and she decides to try her luck in the outside world. Along the way, she meets a Cockney-speaking Ukrainian immigrant couple who find her a job waiting tables at Plymouth Crock, a family restaurant run almost entirely by recovering alcoholics. The alcoholics love her. The customers love her. Her Danderfrock fits right in. Things are going great for Liz, until she's offered a promotion to manager. Unfortunately, Liz has a sweating problem, and to get the job, she'll have to fix it. Meanwhile, back at Clusterhaven, Liz's compatriots just can't seem to duplicate her cheese ball recipe, and it's going to cost them their quaint, cloistered lifestyle. They are panic-stricken and desperate, and sure she sabotaged the recipe. Does Liz go through with the operation? Can the Squeamish be saved? Will the cheese balls ever taste good again? The answers to these and so many other questions can be found in the new comedy from the Talent Family, David and Amy Sedaris.

"…[a] delightfully off-key, off-color hymn to clichés we all live by, whether we know it or not." —NY Times.
"…[THE BOOK OF LIZ] may well be the world's first Amish picaresque…hilarious…" —Village Voice.
"…acidic laughs…linguistic delight…" —Variety.
"Good-natured, goofy and frequently hilarious…" —NY Newsday.
"…laugh-out-loud funny…" —Broadway.com.

Cast
Sister Elizabeth Donderstock: Liz Steele
Sister Constance Butterworth, Sophisticated Visitor, Dr. Barb Ginley: Katie McClatchey
Oxana, Cecily Cole, Ms. Yolanda Foxley, Brother Hesikiah: Tammy White
Reverend Tollhouse, Visil, & Duncan Trask: Bob Cappetta
Brother Nathaniel Brightbee, Yvone, Donny Polk, Rudy Bruton: Patrick Deering

Crew
Stage Manager: Cal Turner
Assistant Stage Manager: Sharon Sobotka and Angelee Johns
Set Design / Tech Director: Nick Schwartz
Set Construction Chair: Jon Mills
Paint Chairs: Tina Shelley and Suzy Krueckeberg
Lighting Chair: Kurt Lemke
Sound Chair: Jack Calvert
Props Chair: Mike Janke and Suzanne Nyhan
Costumes Chair: Colin Reed and Eddie Sugarman
Make-up Chair: Kerri Mummert
Dramaturg: Rick Pavia
Annual Prod Coordinator: Mary Maureen Gentile
Set Dressing Chair: Rob Cramer

FOUR PERFORMANCES - ONE WEEKEND ONLY!

Thursday August 23, 2018 at 8:00 pm
Friday, August 24, 2018 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 7:30 pm

A donation will be accepted at the door - No reservations are necessary
- General seating - Performance in the Cattell Wing

 

THE EVENING OF PLAYS:

The Wolf at the Library Door

by Margo Rife
“Who Inherits?”
Directed by Edward W. Wavak
Director’s Assistant: Carolyn Redding
Featuring: Jill Jackson, Jennifer Miller, Arlene Page, Janel Palm, Jeff Siddall

Welcome to possibly the last week of the last library in America. Shhh. Don’t tell the staff. They are carrying on business as usual. However, when Gabbi Brooks from the TV show The Gabbi Files knocks on their door, extinction events are set in motion. She plans to close this chapter of American history—the publicly funded social institution.

Gimme Some Lovin

by Joe Petrolis
Directed by Denny Wise
Director’s Assistants: Dennis Hudson, Cathy Van Horne
Featuring: Melody Jefferies, Danny Parrott, Kathy Racine

At a traditional Italian family Sunday dinner, topics of conversation can roam far and wide. But when a long‐buried secret is unexpectedly revealed, the struggle to comprehend it will either tear the family apart or bring mother, son and daughter to a deeper understanding of what love and forgiveness truly mean.

The Ghost Knows 

by James Bruce Smith
Directed by Daina Giesler
Featuring: Duncan Guild, Colleen Kelly Mertens, Brendan Mertens

Masquerading as a long lost Shakespeare scene, The Ghost Knows, is the story of two young lovers, Hamlet and Ophelia, shacking up in Elsenor Castle. Hamlet is late coming home. Ophelia questions the reasons. Hamlet explains that the ghost of his late father, the King, has spoken to him, urging Hamlet to avenge his murder by the new King. Ophelia challenges this view and eventually doubts Hamlet’s sanity.

Martin and a Cat

by Katarina Creedon
Directed by Terry Kozlowski
Featuring: Heatheranne Campbell, Tim Feeney, Tom Gess, Joby Kennedy

Martin, divorced and middle aged, finds himself sucked into a fast and furious long distance relationship of sorts. His friends miss him and attempt to help him in finding his way back. A heartwarming, action-filled spy/romance story. Driven by loneliness, can we find balance when we encounter love and romance?

 There will be a post‐show discussion with the playwrights and directors.

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Stage Manager: Maggie Opal
Lighting Design: Kurt Lemke
Sound Design: Joe Mills

The 2018‐19 Directors’ Workshop Season Generously
Sponsored by
The Hinsdale Food Mart
located at the corner of Ogden Avenue and York Road

 

The Theatre of Western Springs (708-246-4043) is located at the corner of Hampton
and Hillgrove in Western Springs, just north of the Burlington Railroad tracks and just east of the Tri-State Tollway.

Take the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) and exit Ogden
Avenue east. Turn south on the first street east of the tollway (Hampton). Continue down Hampton and turn right on the street just before the "T" intersection.

There is free parking across the street from the Theatre.

Map and Contact Information

Fall Class Registration Now Open!

Register now for Fall Classes at CTWS. The semester runs from August 27th to December 14th. Classes for all ages from K-12. Choose from musical theatre, acting, scriptwriting, singing, tech, improv, production and MUCH MUCH MORE!! Check out our complete list of classes and register online. Call 708.246.4043 for more information.
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3rd – 5th Specialty: Storytelling & Scriptwriting

Bring whole new worlds to life with ideas from your creativity. YOU could be the next JK Rowling. Learn to turn ideas for characters, stories, worlds into pages for actors and scripts. Students in this class will work to create new original stories, dramatize them and bring them to life. Special focus is given to group storytelling, collaboration, narration, plot structure with an end goal of performing their own original works.

Skills Focus:
• Basic scriptwriting including plot, structure and character
• Storytelling
• Creative idea generation
• Acting/creating characters
• Working with an ensemble to build ideas and story

Mondays 4:00-5:00 pm
The semester runs from Aug 27-Dec 14.
Teacher: Joe Savino

 

 

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