Season 33

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For Immediate Release
Stage Left Theatre Company ● 1541 W Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657
773.883.8830 ●
Press Contact: Vance Smith, 773-883-8830,

Stage Left Theatre presents

All’s Well That Ends Well

by William Shakespeare
April 18 –May 24, 2015

Chicago, February 26th, 2015 – Stage Left Theatre announces their upcoming production of All’s Well That Ends Well written by William Shakespeare and directed by ensemble member Drew Martin. All’s Well That Ends Well is the third and final production of Stage Left’s 33rd season. Press opening is Thursday, April 23rd at 7:30 PM at Theater Wit, 1229 W Belmont. The show runs through May 24th.


When you’re an orphaned woman in a man’s world, there aren’t too many options. But Helena won’t be held back by expectations, and her beloved won’t know what hit him. This mafia-set production of one of Shakespeare’s prickliest comedies asks the question: how far is too far to get what we want?

This production will be set in the world of the American mafia in the late 1950s. Director Drew Martin says, “All’s Well is all about power, dominance and gender dynamics – who’s in charge, who’s on top – and what happens when that turns upside down. It struck me that envisioning the characters as mobsters would immediately make those power structures clear – and exciting – for our audience. Setting it in the late fifties is a natural fit for shifting sex-power relations, while also being a perfect setting for the battle between old and young generations that also underscores the story.” Artistic Director Vance Smith says, “I am always wary of gimmicky settings for Shakespeare, but reading this play with Drew’s vision in mind, I felt that the mafia setting not only illuminates the script, but clarifies some of the infamous ‘problem’ elements.”


In line with our mission to raise social and political debate, Stage Left offers patrons a Symposium Series for every production. Immediately following each Sunday matinee, we will invite the audience to stay for a discussion centered on questions raised by the performance. Admission to the Symposium Series is free, but it is recommended that attendees have seen the production in order to fully appreciate and participate in the discussion. All’s Well That Ends Well raises debate about gender parity, and the consequences of male pride.


All’s Well That Ends Well runs Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm, and Sundays at 3:00pm through 5/24/15. Tickets are $20-30 and will be available through the Theater Wit box office either online at or by calling 773-975-8150. Press Opening is Thursday, April23rd at 7:30pm. Previews are Saturday, April 18th at 7:30pm; Sunday, April 19th at 7:00pm; Tuesday, April 21st at 7:30pm; and Wednesday, April 22nd at 7:30pm. Preview tickets are $20.  All’s Well That Ends Well will be performed at Theater Wit at 1229 W. Belmont in Chicago. The theater is handicapped and CTA accessible via the Belmont El (Red & Brown).

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Drew Martin (Director), known mostly for directing new plays, has never kicked the love of Shakespeare first seduced him into theatre. Drew’s training at Dartmouth and with the Royal Shakespeare Company has brought an exciting balance of language-clarity and fun to Julius Caesar (Stage Left), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Talisman Theatre) and Twelfth Night (Northeastern Illinois University). Eleven shows he directed have been nominated and six honored with Jeff Awards, including a Directing Jeff (Leander Stillwell) and Jeff nomination (Police Deaf Near Far). Other credits include The Fisherman, The Day of Knowledge, One Fine DayPrairie LightsSing For Your SupperDapples and Grays, Out Of Spite: Tales of Survival in Sarajevo, Escape From Happiness, and In White America. Drew has worked for over 25 years in Chicago theatre as a director, producer, manager, designer, technician and educator. He is an Ensemble Member and Casting Director for Stage Left, was Artistic Director in the 1990s, and Interim Co-Artistic Director 2008-9. Drew produces/directs corporate events nationwide through his company, Polaris Productions.

The cast features Stage Left ensemble member Melanie Derleth (Helena), artistic associates Sandy Elias (Lafew), Kimberly Logan (Widow), and Sean Sinitski (Lavatch), with guest artists Luke Daigle (Bertram), Jeremy Trager (Parolles), Susie Griffith (Countess), Rich Logan (King), Matt Pierce (First Lord), Nick Mikula (Second Lord), Heather Chrisler (Diana), Michael Reyes (Duke), Rinska Carrasco (Rinalda/ Marianna), and Madison Niederhauser (First Soldier).

The staff includes SLT company members Jason Crutchfield (stage manager), Emmaline Keddy Hector (production management), Theresa Ham, (costume designer), Joe Schermoly (technical director), Annaliese McSweeney (dramaturg), and Jason A. Fleece (dialect coach), with guest artists Alan Donahue (scenic designer), Maya Michele Fein (lighting designer), Jeffrey Levin, (sound designer), Scott Dickens (properties master), Tom Wells (vocal coach), Conner Wilson (assistant director), Krista Mickelson (associate production manager), Adam Greye (stage management intern), and Jesse Itskowitz (assistant lighting designer). 


Founded in 1982, Stage Left Theatre is committed to developing and producing plays that raise debate and challenge perspectives on political and social issues. Through a full subscription season and our new play development program Downstage Left, Stage Left strives to ask provocative social and political questions by producing a mix of new works, regional premieres and timeless classics.  


LeapFest XIISee what’s next in Chicago theatre – LeapFest’s first eleven years have so far graduated twenty plays to world premiere productions in Chicago and beyond, with three of these receiving the Jeff Award for Best New Work. Join us for a 12th smash year, when four new plays “take the leap” in development in this three week festival of politically-minded new work.
Run dates: July, 2015


For questions or info, please contact:

Vance Smith, Artistic Director, Stage Left Theatre at 773-883-8830