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CHICAGO, IL — Silk Road Rising Artistic Director Jamil Khoury and Executive Director Malik Gillani announce the World Premiere of The Lake Effect, written by Rajiv Joseph and directed by Timothy Douglas.

The Lake Effect runs April 23 – May 26, 2013, in Pierce Hall at The Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W. Washington St, Chicago. Press opening is Saturday, April 27 at 4:00 pm.

The Lake Effect is set in a depressed Cleveland neighborhood amidst a fierce winter storm, where an Indian American brother and sister, long estranged, are reunited by the sudden death of their father. Enter their late father’s African American confidante and gambling bookie, and a slew of family secrets get unearthed. The Lake Effect sets in motion a complicated web of relationships and conflicts that challenge our perceptions of race, gender, and success.

“With Rajiv Joseph and Timothy Douglas at the helm, you know something extraordinary is unfolding at Silk Road Rising,” boasts Artistic Director Jamil Khoury.  “The Lake Effect represents new American theatre at it’s craftiest.  Clever, funny, daring, and unafraid to probe it’s own discomfort zones.  Political correctness, ‘model minorities,’ and brown-black solidarity quickly unravel in this stunningly frank tale of dysfunctional families and the limits of individualism.” 

The Lake Effect was co-commissioned by Silk Road Rising and Crossroads Theatre (New Brunswick, New Jersey) with development support from The Lark Play Development Center (New York City).

The cast of The Lake Effect includes: Adam Poss, Minita Gandhi, and Mark Smith.

The design team includes: Dan Stratton (Set), Sarah Hughey (Lighting), Janice Pytel (Costumes), Rick Sims (Sound), Jesse Gaffney (Props), and Neal Ryan Shaw (Dramaturg). The stage manager is John G Phillips.  Assistant Director is Corey Pond.

Previews of The Lake Effect are Tuesday, April 23 at 7:30 pm, Wednesday, April 24 at 7:30 pm, Thursday, April 25 at 7:30 pm, and Friday, April 26 at 8:00 pm. The press opening is Saturday, April 27 at 4:00 pm. The production runs through Sunday, May 26. Curtain times are Thursdays at 7:30pm; Fridays at 8:00 pm; Saturdays at 4:00 pm, and Sundays at 4:00 pm. Tickets are $25.00 – $35.00.  Tickets for The Lake Effect ($25 for previews, $35 for regular run) are now on sale and can be purchased at www.silkroadrising.org or by phone: 312.857.1234 x 201.

About the Playwright, Director & Cast 

Rajiv Joseph (Playwright) wrote Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (a 2010 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), Huck and Holden, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Animals Out of Paper, The Monster at the Door, and The North Pool. He is the book-writer and co-lyricist for the upcoming musical, Fly, adapted from JM Barrie’s novel, Peter Pan. Rajiv Joseph received his BA in Creative Writing from Miami University and his MFA in Playwriting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He served for three years in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa.

Timothy Douglas (Director) has many credits to his name, including, in Chicago, Etiquette of Vigilance at Steppenwolf, and Mourning Becomes Electra and Changes of the Heart at Remy Bumppo. Off Broadway credits include Bronte and Rosmersholm. Regional credits include Radio Golf at Yale Rep, Trip to Bountiful at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, projects for Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, American Conservatory Theater, The Guthrie, Berkeley Rep, South Coast Rep, Woolly Mammoth, Indiana Rep, Mark Taper, Downstage (New Zealand), National Theatret (Norway), Milwaukee Rep, three Humana premieres, and many others. Timothy Poss holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

Minita Gandhi (Priya) just closed the national premiere of Disconnect at Victory Gardens. She has worked with Berkeley Rep, Arena Stage, and Lookingglass with Tony award winning director Mary Zimmerman. She travels with Wavelength’s corporate comedy improv, can be regularly seen as anchor Nina Shankar with The Onion News Network cast, and is represented by the Gray Talent Group.

Adam Poss (Vijay) returns to Silk Road Rising where he was last seen in Scorched. Chicago credits include work at the Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, and Steppenwolf Garage Theatre. Regional credits include The History Boys (The Studio Theatre, DC) and The North Pool (TheatreWorks, Silicon Valley.) Television work includes The Chicago Code, The Mob Doctor, Chicago Fire, and Shameless; he also will be seen in the upcoming film The Drunk. Adam Poss is a member of Erasing The Distance, which educates about mental illness through theatre.

Mark Smith (Bernard) was recently seen in How Long Will I Cry (Steppenwolf) and Katori Hall’s Hoodoo Love (The Collective Theater). Other credits include Dream Girls, The Color Purple, and All My Single Ladies (Theater 47). TV credits include Under Employed, Mob Doctor, and Boss.

The Lake Effect – Fact Sheet 

April 23 – May 26, 2013

Written by Rajiv Joseph
Directed by Timothy Douglas

Featuring:  Minita Gandhi*, Adam Poss*, and Mark Smith

* Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers.

Synopsis: From the playwright of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, comes the world premiere of The Lake Effect. In a depressed Cleveland neighborhood amidst a fierce winter storm, an Indian American brother and sister, long estranged, are reunited by the sudden death of their father. Enter their late father’s African American confidante and gambling bookie, and a slew of family secrets get unearthed. The Lake Effect sets in motion a complicated web of relationships and conflicts that challenge our perceptions of race, gender, and success.

The Lake Effect was co-commissioned by Silk Road Rising and Crossroads Theatre (New Brunswick, New Jersey) with development support from The Lark Play Development Center (New York City).  

Dates:
Previews:  April 23 – April 26, 2013

Press Opening: Saturday, April 27 at 4:00 pm
Regular Run: April 27 – May 26, 2013
 
Performance Schedule:
Tuesdays: 7:30pm+

Wednesdays: 7:30pm++

Thursdays: 7:30pm

Fridays: 8:00pm

Saturdays: 4:00pm

Sundays: 4:00pm

+ There will be one Tuesday performance on April 23, 2013.

++ There will be one Wednesday performance on April 24, 2013.

Location:          
Pierce Hall at The Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W. Washington St. (lower level) Chicago.

Tickets:
$25.00 preview performances; $35.00 regular performances.

Box Office:

To purchase tickets visit www.silkroadrising.org, or call 312.857.1234 x 201

For more information about The Lake Effect, visit www.silkroadrising.org

About Silk Road Rising

Silk Road Rising (formerly known as Silk Road Theatre Project) creates live theatre and online videos that tell stories through primarily Asian American and Middle Eastern American lenses. In representing communities that intersect and overlap, we advance a polycultural worldview.

For more information on Silk Road Rising, please contact Malik Gillani at (312) 857-1234 ext. 202, or email him at malik@silkroadrising.org

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