American Blues Theater's 2012–13 season
American Blues Theater has set its slate for next season, joining this month's flood of season announcements. This fall the company will produce Illegal Use of Hands, a world premiere by James Still about three men trying to recall high school football glory in a dead-end small town. The production will star Steve Key, Dennis Zacek and Howie Johnson; Sandy Shinner directs at Victory Gardens' Richard Christiansen Studio Theater (August 31–September 30).
In the spring, ABT will produce Donald Margulies's Collected Stories, to be codirected by the mother-and-daughter team of Jessica Thebus and Mary Ann Thebus. American Blues ensemble members Carmen Roman and Gwendolyn Whiteside will star. Dates and venue remain to be announced.
ABT will also continue its annual radio-play production of It's a Wonderful Life, this year in a new venue, the Museum of Broadcast Communications (November 16–December 30). The company also announced it's developing a stage adaptation of Richard Wright's Native Son, scripted by ensemble member Nambi E. Kelley with the permission of Wright's estate; public workshops and staged readings will reportedly be held throughout the season.