Season 34

Warped

a world premiere
by Barbara Lhota
directed by Jason A. Fleece

August 31 –October 6, 2013

Previews: 8/31, 9/4 and 9/5 @ 8pm
9/1 @ 3pm
Opening
: Friday, September 6 @ 8pm
Regular Run:Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm
Sundays at 3:00pm  

 

   

 

 

Two Chicago police officers give a ride home to a young, drunk twenty-something. Several hours later, the young woman emerges from her apartment screaming rape. Influenced by the film Rashomon, Warped presents the contradictory stories from each character’s perspective and asks the question: Is the truth constant, or is it as malleable as our own perceptions?

Please note that this production contains explicit and disturbing material regarding sexual violence. Discretion is advised.

Cast:

Jules: Lisa Herceg*
Kim: Victoria Caciopoli
Hope
:
Kate Black-Spence*
Hal:
Mark Pracht*
Alex: Nick Mikula
Josh: Max Ganet

 

                                                  

 

Production Team:

Stage Manager: Jason Crutchfield
Production Manager: Kristin Steele♦
Scenic Designer: Stephen Carmody
Lighting Designer: John Kohn III*
Costume Designer: Theresa Ham
Props Designer:  Joshua Hurley
Sound Designer: Adam Smith*
Graphic Design: Seam Studios
Dramaturg: Zev Valancy*
Assistant Director: Katie Horwitz †
Fight Choreographer: Brian Plocharcyzk*
Photographer: Johnny Knight         

*Stage Left Ensemble Member    ♦Stage Left Staff     †Stage Left Artistic Associate

Press

“The play’s structure – incidents of the fateful night told in flashback to the detectives, with the occasional scene in the present – carries through the entire two hours, and works well to build and sustain suspense. There wasn’t a time when I wasn’t completely invested in the story… Lhota’s fantastic script and the truly talented ensemble make this premiere hard to watch, and impossible to shake.  3 -1/2 stars”  –Lauren Whalen, Chicago Theater Beat

“Director Jason A. Fleece expertly shepherds his cast through a series of ever-shifting locations” –Justin Hayford, Chicago Reader

“Director Jason A. Fleece’s staging makes the story shifts crystal clear; his use of Stephen H. Carmody’s functional set keeps the story fabric from unraveling… Lhota’s ear for dialogue is sharp and the characters are well-drawn…” –Lisa Buscani, NewCity

“the intricate and intriguing new play from Stage Left Theatre Company… it’s a testament to the actors, to playwright Barbara Lhota, and to director Jason A. Fleece that we are treated to an experience that is not only challenging and absorbing, but fluid, precise, and occasionally profound.” –Peter Thomas Ricci, Chicago Theatre Review 

“as ripped from the headlines as any episode from the Law & Order franchise” –Kris Vire, TimeOut Chicago

“Herceg is the epitome of tough-talking, yet vulnerable detective – she could slip into caricature territory but instead is utterly natural. Caciopoli’s more easygoing mannerisms provide an excellent foil to Herceg, and the two have an excellent rapport. With his handlebar mustache and imposing stature, Pracht resembles many real-life Chicago cops, and slips in and out of flashbacks with ease. Max Ganet is stuttering perfection as a Jesse Eisenberg-esque neighbor/witness, and Mikula gives Alex likability with an edge. Black-Spence gives the strongest performance: her Hope is a study in contradictions, in control one moment and dangerously unstable the next, but at all times a damaged woman who may or may not be all she seems.” –Lauren WhalenChicago Theater Beat

Two Chicago police officers give a ride home to a young, drunk twenty-something. Several hours later, the young woman emerges from her apartment screaming rape. Influenced by the film Rashomon, Warped presents the contradictory stories from each character’s perspective and asks the question: Is the truth constant, or is it as malleable as our own perceptions? – See more at: http://stagelefttheatre.com/home/season-32/#sthash.sPLa2W4F.dpuf

Two Chicago police officers give a ride home to a young, drunk twenty-something. Several hours later, the young woman emerges from her apartment screaming rape. Influenced by the film Rashomon, Warped presents the contradictory stories from each character’s perspective and asks the question: Is the truth constant, or is it as malleable as our own perceptions? – See more at: http://stagelefttheatre.com/home/season-32/#sthash.sPLa2W4F.dpuf