TimeLine Theatre Company, named one of the nation’s top 10 emerging professional theatres by the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony AwardsÂ®, presents the world premiere of My Kind of Town by John Conroy, directed by Nick Bowling, May 11 – July 29, 2012 (previews May 1 – 10) at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago.
My Kind of Town puts a human face on the police torture scandal that has plagued Chicago for more than three decades. Veteran investigative journalist John Conroy covered the story, challenging public indifference to become one of the leading voices drawing attention to the charges. My Kind of Town is his passionate, groundbreaking new drama revolving around one imprisoned man’s fight for justice, inspired by the stories of numerous victims, police officers, prosecutors and families whose lives have been poisoned by the allegations. With interlocking storylines that humanize the play’s issues of corruption and responsibility, My Kind of Town sets the stage for a new conversation about today’s culture of law and order.
My Kind of Town is John Conroy’s first play. The script previously was developed with assistance from Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Northwestern University’s School of Law, 16th Street Theatre, Writer’s Bloc, and film and theatre director John Hancock. Early readings and development were reported on by the Chicago Reader, Time Out Chicago and The New York Times, which wrote: “In the tradition of history and morality plays … Mr. Conroy turned to theater as a means of provocation and catharsis.”
The cast of My Kind of Town features Ora Jones, A.C. Smith, Chris Boykin, Charles Gardner, Carolyn Hoerdemann, Maggie Kettering, Danica Monroe, Trinity P. Murdock and TimeLine Company Member David Parkes. Beginning June 22, TimeLine Associate Artist Mildred Marie Langford will replace Ora Jones.
“As a journalist, I’ve learned the hard way that what serves the page often doesn’t serve the stage,” Conroy said. “But I am pleased to have the opportunity to present this story in a new way, a way that might reach, provoke, and inspire audiences to examine their consciences and consider their responsibilities.”
“It has been an honor to collaborate with John Conroy over the last two years developing My Kind of Town,” Artistic Director PJ Powers said. “As a reporter John has uncovered so many painful truths about our beloved city, and he has beautifully used those stories as inspiration for a bold new play. What I admire most is that he has illuminated very complex issues of law enforcement in a way that should make every citizen question our beliefs, convictions and, ultimately, our complicity.”
My Kind of Town is supported in part by The Pauls Foundation. Additional support is provided by The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation.
To purchase tickets or for more information, call the TimeLine Theatre Box Office at 773.281.8463 x6 or visit timelinetheatre.com.