TimeLine Theatre Company continues its 15th Anniversary Season

Theatre celebrates with the Chicago Premiere of Lucy Prebble’s Enron, directed by Rachel Rockwell, January 17 – April 15, 2012


TimeLine Theatre Company, recently named one of the nation’s top 10 emerging professional theatres by the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards®, presents the Chicago premiere of Enron by Lucy Prebble, directed by Rachel Rockwell, January 27 – April 15, 2012 (previews January 17 – 26) at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call the TimeLine Theatre Box Office at 773.281.8463 x6 or visit timelinetheatre.com.

One of the most infamous scandals in financial history becomes Chicago’s newest theatrical event. Crafted as sprawling tragedy mixed with savage comedy, Enron follows a group of ambitious men and women through the breathtaking rush of greed and fraud that led to a legendary financial collapse. Along the way we gain disturbing insight into the backroom secrets of big business and confront a world where appearance has little relation to reality. A sold-out sensation in London, The Telegraph raved that Enron is full of “superb clarity as well as high drama … it brings the mysterious world of high finance to vivid, comprehensible life.”

Enron marks the TimeLine debut of director Rachel Rockwell, who received the 2010 Equity Jeff Award for Outstanding Director (Musical) for her triumphant production of Ragtime at Drury Lane Oakbrook and was named Best Director of 2010 by Chicago Magazine.

“In a year when TimeLine is experiencing unprecedented growth and financial stability — subscriptions up 30%, 107 more performances and 10,000 more tickets available this year over last, and an annual budget surpassing $1 million for the first time — it’s fascinating to dive into this story of one corporation that sent itself wildly out of control,” said TimeLine Artistic Director PJ Powers. “This play — TimeLine’s milestone 50th production — asks us all to ponder who is complicit in whatever greed and fraud thrives in our society in the name of corporate profits and economic growth.”

The cast of Enron features Sean Fortunato as Andrew Fastow, Bret Tuomi as Jeff Skilling, TimeLine Associate Artist Terry Hamilton as Ken Lay and Amy Matheny as Claudia Rowe, with Christopher Allen, Jonathan Butler-Duplessis, Elizabeth Dowling, Sean Patrick Fawcett, Mark D. Hines, Matt Holzfeind, Barbara Roeder Harris, Benjamin Sprunger and Demetria Thomas playing multiple ensemble roles.

WHEN: January 27 – April 15, 2012 (previews 1/17 – 1/26)  PREVIEWS: Tuesday 1/17 at 8 p.m., Wednesday 1/18 at 8 p.m., Friday 1/20 at 8 p.m., Saturday 1/21 at 8 p.m., Sunday 1/22 at 2 p.m and 7 p.m., Wednesday 1/25 at 8 p.m. and Thursday 1/26 at 8 p.m. PRESS OPENINGS: Thursday 1/26 at 8 p.m. and Friday 1/27 at 7:30 p.m. REGULAR RUN: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. (except 8:30 p.m. on Thursday 4/5), Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
WHERE: TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago
Located near the corner of Wellington and Broadway, inside the Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ building, in Chicago’s Lakeview East neighborhood.
CTA El stops at Wellington (Brown/Purple lines) and Belmont (Red/Brown/Purple lines) are nearby. CTA busses #36-Broadway, #76-Diversey, #77-Belmont, #22-Clark and #8-Halsted stop nearby. The LAZ Parking Lot at 3012 N. Broadway is the closest parking and costs $6.25 for 3-5 hours. TimeLine also offers parking for $8 for up to 6 hours with validation at the Standard Parking garages at Broadway Center (2846 N. Broadway, at Surf) or the Century Mall (2836 N. Clark). There is also limited free and metered street parking and other paid parking lots nearby. Visit timelinetheatre.com for complete directions and parking information. There are two flights of stairs (18 steps) between the street and the theater space, with no elevator.
HOW MUCH: Tickets are $32 (Wednesday – Friday) or $42 (Saturday & Sunday). Preview tickets are $22. Student discount is $10 off the regular ticket price with valid ID. Group rates for groups of 10 or more are available. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the TimeLine Theatre Box Office at 773.281.8463 x6 or visit timelinetheatre.com.  
WHO: See cast list above. The production staff for Enron includes Kevin Depinet (Scenic Design), Nick Sieben (Co-Scenic Designer), Elizabeth Flauto (Costume Design), Jesse Klug (Lighting Design), Kevin O’Donnell (Sound Design), Mike Tutaj (Projections Design), Julia Eberhardt (Properties Design), Dina Spoerl (Lobby Design), Maren Robinson (Dramaturg), Eva Brenaman (Dialect Coach), Cheney Tardio (Stage Manager) and Zachary Roberts (Production Assistant).
EVENTS: POST-SHOW DISCUSSIONS: Free post-show discussions led by a TimeLine Company Member and featuring the production dramaturg and members of the cast on Sunday 1/29, Wednesday 2/1, Sunday 2/5, Thursday 2/9, Sunday 2/12, Wednesday 2/22, Thursday 3/1, Wednesday 3/7, Sunday 3/11 and Thursday 3/15. SUNDAY SCHOLARS SERIES: A free hour-long post-show panel discussion with experts on the themes and issues of the play on Sunday 3/4. COMPANY MEMBER DISCUSSION: Free post-show discussion with TimeLine Company Members on Sunday 3/18.