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Following extraordinary successes with new works like My Kind of Town, To Master the Art and Hannah and Martin, TimeLine Theatre Company is proud to present its next world premiere, Wasteland by Susan Felder, directed by TimeLine Associate Artist William Brown, October 18 – December 30, 2012 (previews October 12 – 17). Performances will be held 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 buy online at timelinetheatre.com.

Wasteland boasts the return of William Brown (To Master the Art, Not About Nightingales) as a director at TimeLine. The cast features Nate Burger (TimeLine’s ‘Master Harold’ … and the Boys) and Steve Haggard (Writers’ Theatre’s Old Glory). Haggard’s credits include roles at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Goodman Theatre and Northlight Theatre. Burger has appeared at the Goodman Theatre, Writers’ Theatre, New Leaf Theatre, and most recently American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wis., as Troilus in Troilus and Cressida.

An American soldier, captured by the enemy in Vietnam and isolated in an underground cell, hears a voice from the other side of the wall. Thrust into each other’s lives, the two men are divided by solid ground, different backgrounds and opposite worldviews. But over time, they are drawn together as they battle dire conditions, loss of faith, and each other. An apt reflection of today’s fractured, politicized climate, Wasteland is an emotionally stirring new play that affirms the power of human connection to unearth hope in even the darkest hours.

“Just six months ago, there was a powerful tension in the room as a reading of Wasteland had everyone on the edge of their seat. That same night, we found ourselves rethinking TimeLine’s 2012-13 season line-up,” said Artistic Director PJ Powers. “We decided to premiere Wasteland this fall in the midst of a polarized election cycle because the play is about finding a connection in the unlikeliest places, with the unlikeliest people. Two men on opposite sides, literally, recognize that they’re all they’ve got—somehow, some way, they must find common ground.”


Preview performances of Wasteland are Friday, October 12 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, October 13 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, October 14 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Wednesday, October 17 at 8 p.m. The play opens on Thursday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m. and then runs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. (except no performance on November 22), Fridays at 8 p.m. (also at 4 p.m. on November 23), Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. through December 30, 2012.

POST-SHOW DISCUSSIONS: Free post-show discussions led by a TimeLine Company Member and featuring the production dramaturg and members of the cast on Wednesday, October 24; Sunday, October 28; Thursday, November 1; Wednesday, November 7; Thursday, November 8; Wednesday, November 14; Thursday, November 29; Sunday, December 2; Wednesday, December 5; and Sunday, December 9.

SUNDAY SCHOLARS SERIES: A free hour-long post-show panel discussion with experts on the themes and issues of the play on Sunday, November 18.

COMPANY MEMBER DISCUSSION: Free post-show discussion with TimeLine Company Members on Sunday, November 4.


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. Advance purchase is recommended as performances may sell out. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the TimeLine Theatre Box Office at 773.281-8463 x6 or buy online at timelinetheatre.com.


Wasteland will take place at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago. TimeLine Theatre is located near the corner of Wellington and Broadway, inside the Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ building, in Chicago’s Lakeview East neighborhood. The location is served by multiple CTA trains and buses. 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. There are two flights of stairs (18 steps) between the street and the theater space, with no elevator.


The production staff for Wasteland includes Kevin Depinet (Scenic Design), Rachel Anne Healy (Costume Design), Jesse Klug (Lighting Design), Andrew Hansen (Sound Design), Dina Spoerl (Lobby Design), Maren Robinson (Dramaturg), Jinni Pike (Stage Manager) and John Kearns (Production Manager).


Susan Felder (Playwright) has been a professional actor, director and educator for more than 20 years. She has taught theatre at Montana State University, Northwestern University, Notre Dame, and Loyola University Chicago. She holds an MFA degree in Shakespeare studies and language from the Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University. Felder’s original play Temple Spirit was work-shopped by Chicago’s House Theatre. She wrote and directed the short play Jumping Mouse for Kids in Distress (an organization for homeless and at-risk foster kids). In 1999, Camp-Make-A-Dream (a summer program for children surviving cancer) adopted her short story Mooky the Flying Camel as a camp staple. She has written music for the Attic Theatre in Detroit, CT20 Ensemble, Barto Productions and Montana Shakespeare. Selections from her musical Waking Eden were chosen to be performed at the Royal George for Chicago Musical Theatre Works. Recent Chicago directing credits include The Quiet Man Tales (Chicago Theatre); the world premiere of A Love Lost Life – The Marlon Brando Story (Theatre Building Chicago); several one acts for the Steppenwolf One Act Festival in association with Northwestern University and Remy Bumppo; and several productions for Loyola University Chicago and Montana Shakespeare. As an actor, Felder has appeared around Chicago, including at the Goodman, Northlight, Next, Chicago Shakespeare, Court, Remy Bumppo and Writers’ theaters. Regionally she has appeared at Orlando Shakespeare, Boarshead Theatre (Mother’s Day, Thespie Award – Best Supporting Actress), Indiana Repertory, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Peninsula Players, Attic Theatre, and 15 seasons at Montana Shakespeare. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.

William Brown (Director) is an Associate Artist at TimeLine, where he previously co-wrote (with Doug Frew) and directed the world premiere of To Master the Art (Equity Jeff Award nomination – New Work) and directed the Midwest premiere of Not About Nightingales (Non-Equity Jeff Awards – Production and Direction) and the Chicago premieres of Halcyon Days and Paragon Springs. Recent credits include the world premieres of Brett Neveu’s Old Glory and Do the Hustle at Writers’ Theatre, where he has directed many other productions, including As You Like It, Another Part of the Forest and Our Town. At Northlight Theatre he directed his own adaptation with original music of She Stoops to Conquer (After Dark Award; also a partnership with Doug Frew). He has directed more than a dozen productions at American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wis., and is the Associate Artistic Director of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks. He has acted and directed at many theatres across the country, including the Goodman, Indiana Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Court, Cincinnati Playhouse, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Marriott Lincolnshire, La Jolla Playhouse, the Ahmanson, the Ordway, and New York’s Public Theatre. He received an Equity Jeff Award for Actor in a Principal Role for his portrayal of Henry Kissinger in Nixon’s Nixon, and the Chicago Tribune named him Chicagoan of the Year for Theatre.


TimeLine Theatre Company, named one of the nation’s top 10 emerging professional theatres (American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards®), Best Theatre in Chicago (Chicago magazine, 2011) and the nation’s theater “Company of the Year” (The Wall Street Journal, 2010), was founded in April 1997 with a mission to present stories inspired by history that connect with today’s social and political issues. Over its first 15 seasons, TimeLine has presented 51 productions, including eight world premieres and 16 Chicago premieres; launched the Living History Education Program, bringing the company’s mission to life for students in Chicago Public Schools; and completed each season operating in the black. Recipient of the Alford-Axelson Award for Nonprofit Managerial Excellence and the Richard Goodman Strategic Planning Award from the Association for Strategic Planning, TimeLine has received 46 Jeff Awards, including an award for Outstanding Production eight times.

Also upcoming in TimeLine’s 2012-13 Season:

  • Chicago premiere of Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West by Naomi Iizuka, directed by Lisa Portes, January 15 – April 14, 2013, presented at TimeLine Theatre, press opening performance Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 7:30 pm
  • Chicago premiere of Blood and Gifts by J.T. Rogers, directed by Nick Bowling, April 30 – July 28, 2013, presented at TimeLine Theatre, press opening performance Thursday, May 8, 2013 at 7:30 pm

TimeLine is led by Artistic Director PJ Powers and Managing Director Elizabeth K. Auman. Company members are Nick Bowling, Janet Ulrich Brooks, Lara Goetsch, Juliet Hart, Mildred Marie Langford, Mechelle Moe, David Parkes, PJ Powers, Maren Robinson and Benjamin Thiem. TimeLine is a member of the League of Chicago Theatres, Theatre Communications Group and the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce.

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