Monday, July 28, 2014

BOHO THEATRE ANNOUNCES LINEUP FOR 11TH SEASON

Following up the success of its landmark 10th anniversary season, BoHo Theatre is excited to announce its lineup for its 11th Season. BoHo has gained widespread acclaim for the quality and range of its programming, including leading Chicago with the most non-Equity Jeff Award nominations for the past two years. In choosing its next  season, BoHo continues its commitment to celebrating the Bohemian Pillars of Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Love and exploring them through the lens of human relationships.

Beginning with its 11th Season, BoHo will begin presenting each of its seasons in a single calendar year, bucking the current theatrical trend of presenting season programming from fall to spring. The upcoming 2015 Season will explore Beauty with Adam Gwon’s Ordinary Days, Truth with Jeffrey Hatcher’s Scotland Road, Love Dogfight by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, and Peter Duchan, and Freedom with a special benefit gala.

THE SEASON IN DEPTH

ORDINARY DAYS
Music and lyrics by Adam Gwon
February 13 – March 15, 2015 at the Heartland Studio
Representing the Bohemian Pillar of Beauty

From one of musical theatre's most exciting new composers comes Ordinary Days, a refreshingly honest and funny musical about making real connections in the city that never sleeps.  In the bustle and routine of New York, Ordinary Days tells the story of four everyday people discovering that their dreams, their passions, and their struggles are anything but ordinary. True to BoHo’s Bohemian ideals, this intimate musical is about finding the beauty and the extraordinary in the everyday. The LA Times calls Ordinary Days "arrestingly poetic", and the New York Times says this is "a quietly affecting show."



SCOTLAND ROAD
By  Jeffrey Hatcher
May 15 – June 14, 2015 at the Heartland Studio
Representing the Bohemian Pillar of Truth

A  young woman in 19th century clothing is found floating on an iceberg in the middle of the North Atlantic. When rescued, she speaks only one word—“Titanic” –before falling into a frustrating silence. Using his wealth to bend the rules, an obsessed aristocrat brings her to an isolated facility on the coast of Maine with the sole purpose of getting her to talk, and to admit that the idea that she is a survivor of the famed sunken ship somehow transported through time is a fraud. But nobody here is truly who they appear to be, and with revelations come both transcendent and dire consequences. After finding success with last fall’s Veronica’s Room, BoHo brings to the stage another suspenseful mystery, one that begins as an investigation into the true identity of one woman and ends as a journey of understanding identity for all involved.


DOGFIGHT
Music and Lyrics by  Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Book by Peter Duchan
October – November (dates TBD) at Theater Wit
Representing the Bohemian Pillar of Love

November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of partying, debauchery, and maybe a little trouble. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion. With some of the best new music on the current musical stage, Dogfight begins as a rousing song and dance adventure and ends as an intimate story about finding the beauty and comfort of love in the most unsuspecting places. BoHo is thrilled to present this new musical based on the Warner Brothers film. Time Out New York calls Dogfight “easily the most delicate, surprising, musically satisfying score since Spring Awakening.”


TICKETS ON SALE SOON
BoHo Memberships are unique subscription packages that allow for flexibility in choosing productions and dates, as well reserved seating and invitations to exclusive events. Membership packages for BoHo’s 11th season will go on sale in September online at www.BoHoTheatre.com


SEASON 10 CONCLUDES THIS FALL

BoHo’s 10th Season isn’t quite done yet! The 2013-2014 Season will come to a close with Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown’s sweeping musical Parade, opening October 16th at Theater Wit. Look for more information on this exciting production soon!







Friday, May 16, 2014

From the Desk of the Executive Director - Kaela Altman - May 2014

Hello and Welcome to May

MYTHS & HYMNS


On Tuesday, May 6, BoHo Theatre officially kicked off rehearsals for our summer production of MYTHS & HYMNS by Adam Guettel. Representing the Bohemian Pillar of Freedom, this song cycle tells the story of a young couple, recently married and with very different outlooks on the world. When they find they must grapple with the sudden changes in their lives, the young man finds meaning in his accomplishments, while the young woman sees the world through her Christian faith. Together, they must confront their own strengths and limitations.

BoHo Theatre is no stranger to Adam Guettel's work, having produced Jeff nominated FLOYD COLLINS in 2012. We cordially invite you to join us June 13-July 13 at the Heartland Studio for this challenging and original work unlike any version you have ever seen.

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ARTS & BUSINESS COUNCIL -
BUSINESS VOLUNTEERS FOR THE ARTS



On Friday, May 16, BoHo wrapped up our Strategic Planning Initiative as part of A&BC - Business Volunteers for the Arts program. Our dedicated team of volunteer consultants donated a total of 236.75 hours to guiding our project. As a result, the project is valued at $28,410.00 in pro bono consulting received.

Personally, I found the entire process to be a fun and engaging team building exercise, and one that helped BoHo's board and company members come together to successfully plan the future of our organization.

Special thanks to Katie Kurcz of the Arts & Business Council of Chicago and of course BVA's: Sara Coffou, Maggie Baranski, Amanda Daniels, and Kate Sheey. Thank you for your guidance, your insight, your friendship, and most of all your commitment to helping BoHo grow to our next level!

2015 SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT


BoHo's Artistic Advisory Committee has been hard at work the past 5 months carefully reading and selecting scripts for our 11th Season. The wait is officially over! The season is decided...

But I can't tell you just yet!

You'll have to wait for our Season Reveal Party scheduled for later this summer. While you wait, though, I encourage you to venture a guess on what BoHo's next feat will be!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

From the Desk of the Executive Director - April 2014

CONGRATULATIONS to all the 2014 Jeff Nominees. Your hard work and passionate commitment to Chicago Theatre is one of Chicago's biggest treasures. I am so proud to work with you, and so happy to be a part of such an extraordinary community of artists.

Welcome to April - Welcome to Spring

After surviving a record-setting winter in Chicago, I am so relieved to finally celebrate Spring. BoHo Theatre Company Members have been a flutter with activity! Sean Thomas has just recently closed Sandalwood with Tympanic Theatre while our fabulous Casting Associate, Stephanie Sullivan has been hard at work with Fox Valley Rep working on Cheaper By The Dozen. Greg Foster, who recently garnered a Jeff Nomination for his role in Spamalot, is also  heading towards his opening of Kokandy Production's Assassins, playing Charles Guiteau. Meanwhile,and our own Peter Robel will be starting rehearsals for our summer musical of Myths & Hymns in just a few short weeks.

Announcement: BoHo Theatre Welcomes New Company Member 

Eleanor Katz

I'm pleased to announce that BoHo recently on-boarded a new company member. Many of you may remember Eleanor Katz from her role as Anna Hauptmann in our production of Hauptmann in 2013. Eli will be working along side our Space Coordinator, Greg Foster, to assist our renters at the Heartland Studio. Look for Eli around the city - she'll be seen with the Signal Ensemble Theatre in the premier of The Next Thing, "a new musical spanning six years, five movies, four deals, three significant others, two Oscars, and one combustible relationship".
We are so happy to welcome Eli on board!

Arts & Business Council - Business Volunteers for the Arts

As you may recall, last Fall BoHo partnered with the Arts & Business Council - Chicago to participate in their Business Volunteers for the Arts program (BVA). The company and board has worked diligently alongside our fantastic BVA's to craft a three year strategic plan. As part of this initiative, we have identified and explored how to help on-board new faces to help us with this ambitious plan. Keep your eyes on our website for information on open positions, and how to get involved.

Upcoming Events:

Myths & Hymns
June 13 – July 13, 2014
presented at Heartland Studio
Directed by Peter Robel
Music Direction by Nick Sula

Parade
Oct 18 – Nov 16, 2014
presented at Theater Wit
Directed by Linda Fortunado
Music Direction by Matthew Deitchmann
(look for information on auditions in the coming weeks!)

2015 Season Reveal Party - Coming Summer, 2014!