Sideshow Theatre Company announces 2013–14 season
Sideshow Theatre Company has announced three titles for its 2013–14 season of plays. The five-year-old company will mount Chicago premieres by Bill Cain and Roland Schimmelpfennig, as well as premiering a new work by D.C.-area playwright Kathleen Akerley.
The season opens next month with Cain's 9 Circles, a contemporary take on Dante's Inferno centered on an army private accused of a war crime. Marti Lyons will direct, with a cast that includes Andy Luther, Andrew Goetten, Amanda Powell and Jude Roche. It runs August 29–October 6 at the DCASE Storefront Theater.
Lyons and Sideshow artistic director Jonathan L. Green will share directing duties on Schimmelpfennig's The Golden Dragon, an urban fable set in and around an Asian-cuisine restaurant. Sideshow produced the U.S. premiere of Schimmelpfennig's Idomeneus in 2012, winning the Jeff Award for Best Ensemble (in addition to a spot on my year-end top ten list). The Golden Dragon will be produced upstairs at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, January 18–February 23, 2014.
In the spring, Sideshow will premiere Akerley's Tyrant, which imagines a future in which the U.S. Congress has "solved" homelessness by enacting indentured servitude. The company previously produced Akerley's Theories of the Sun, in 2010. A director has yet to be announced for Tyrant, which is set to run May 24–June 29, 2014 at Theater Wit. Sideshow's current production, The Burden of Not Having a Tail, continues through August 4 at Chicago Dramatists.