First Folio Theatre presents the World Premiere production The Gravedigger from October 1-November 2 at the historic Mayslake Peabody Estate (31st St. & Rt. 83 in Oak Brook).
The Tudor Revival style mansion, built in 1921, serves as the perfect backdrop for the chilling new play. This tale of Frankenstein’s Monster takes place in the 18th century in one of Bavaria’s forgotten cemeteries, where the original novel leaves off and a lone gravedigger finds a hideously scarred man hiding in a fresh grave. Told from the Monster’s perspective, both men soon realize how interconnected they are as their shared, gruesome pasts slowly unfold.
Porchlight Music Theater presents the Stephen Sondheim classic Sweeney Todd as the first production in their 20th Anniversary all-Sondheim season. An all-star cast has been brought together to tell this musical tale of the famous London barber and his bloody lust for revenge on those that have wronged him. With book by Hugh Wheeler, direction by familiar WTTW pledge drive host and award-winning theatrical director Michael Weber, music direction by the multi-talented Doug Peck, and starring music theater favorites David Girolmo as Sweeney Todd and Rebecca Finnegan as “Mrs. Lovett,” Sweeney Todd is a spine-chilling musical masterpiece of obsession, retribution and culinary curiosity.
The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago presents the Chicago debut of Rosy Simas Danse in a mixed-media solo dance work, We Wait In The Darkness. Simas examines her matrilineal Seneca heritage and the ways ancestry, homeland, culture, and history are stored in the body and expressed in movement. In collaboration with French composer Francois Richomme, Simas creates an environment of sound, photography, video imagery, and movement. Using personal metaphor and story, this new dance work engages past and future, DNA memory, and invisible presences to create a personal artwork about loss, family, perseverance, and home.