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CHICAGO, IL — While its critically acclaimed production of MY NAME IS ASHER LEV continues at Stage 773 through October 18, TimeLine Theatre Company continues the 2014-15 season with its second production, this one presented at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago.

The Chicago premiere of DANNY CASOLARO DIED FOR YOU, written by Dominic Orlando and directed by TimeLine Associate Artistic Director Nick Bowling, runs October 2 – December 21, 2014 (previews September 23 through October 1). Press opening is Wednesday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m.

This political conspiracy thriller is based on the true story of Danny Casolaro, a freelance reporter investigating high-level corruption in the Reagan/Bush Justice Department. A year into uncovering information, Casolaro was found dead in a Virginia motel room, his arms slashed more than a dozen times. The authorities called it suicide, but a host of conspiracy theorists—and the House Judiciary Committee—disagreed. Casolaro’s recovered notes detailed his plan to expose several major players behind numerous clandestine activities, including the Iran hostage situation, Nicaragua arms-for-drugs deals, and much more. Playwright Dominic Orlando—a cousin of Casolaro—pulls the curtain back on Danny’s journey and the ultimate price he paid trying to find the truth.

DANNY CASOLARO DIED FOR YOU received its world premiere at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre in Massachusetts in 2010 and is being adapted into a feature film scheduled to begin production in 2014. For TimeLine’s production, which is the play’s second production and its Chicago premiere, Orlando has participated during the rehearsal process, including making new changes to the script.

DANNY CASOLARO DIED FOR YOU features a six-person cast led by Kyle Hatley playing the title role (in his return to the Chicago stage after several years in Kansas City, notably performing and directing at Kansas City Repertory), with Philip Earl Johnson, TimeLine Associate Artist Mark Richard, Demetrios Troy, Dennis William Grimes and Jamie Vann.

Production staff includes Collette Pollard (Scenic Design), Jesse Klug (Lighting Design), Austin Pettinger (Costume Design), Josh Horvath (Sound Design), Vivian Knouse (Properties Design), Megan Geigner (Dramaturgy), Dina Spoerl (Lobby Display Graphic Design), Lauren Sheely (Assistant Director), Eva Breneman (Dialect Coach), Jinni Pike (Stage Manager) and Cordie Nelson (Production Assistant).

For more information and to purchase tickets, call the TimeLine Theatre Box Office at (773) 281-TIME (8463) or visit timelinetheatre.com.

Performance Schedule/Events

PREVIEWS: Tuesday, September 23 at 8 p.m.; Wednesday September 24 at 8 p.m.; Friday, September 26 at 8 p.m.; Saturday September 27 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday September 28 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

OPENINGS: Press Opening on Wednesday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m.; Opening Night on Thursday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m.

REGULAR RUN: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m (except no performance on 11/27), Fridays at 8 p.m. (also 4 p.m. on 11/28), Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through December 21, 2014.


  • Post-Show Discussions: A brief, informal post-show discussion hosted by a TimeLine Company Member and featuring the production dramaturg and members of the cast on Wednesday, October 8; Thursday, October 16; Sunday, October 19; Thursday, October 23; Wednesday, October 29; and Sunday, November 16.
  • Pre-Show Discussions: Starting one hour before these performances, a 30-minute introductory conversation hosted by a TimeLine Company Member and the production dramaturg with members of the production team on Sunday, October 26 and Wednesday, November 5.
  • Sunday Scholars Panel Discussion: A one-hour post-show discussion featuring experts on the themes and issues of the play on Sunday, November 9.
  • Company Member Discussion: A post-show discussion with the collaborative team of artists who choose TimeLine’s programming and guide the company’s mission on Sunday, November 2.

All discussions are free and open to the public. For further details about all planned discussions, visit timelinetheatre.com/danny_casolaro/events.htm.


Ticket prices (inclusive of all fees) are $39 (Wednesday through Friday), $49 (Saturday) and $52 (Sunday). Preview tickets are $25. Student discount is $10 off the regular ticket price with valid ID. Special rates for groups of 10 or more are available. Advance purchase is recommended as performances may sell out. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (773) 281-TIME (8463) or visit timelinetheatre.com.


DANNY CASOLARO DIED FOR YOU 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 for 1-5 hours. TimeLine also offers discounted parking at the Standard Parking garages at Broadway Center ($8 with validation; 2846 N. Broadway, at Surf) or the Century Mall ($9 with validation; 2836 N. Clark). There is also limited free and metered street parking.


TimeLine Theatre is now accessible to people with disabilities with the addition in November 2013 of two wheelchair lifts that provide access from street level to the theatre space and to lower-level restrooms. Audience members using wheelchairs or others with special seating needs should contact the TimeLine Theatre Box Office in advance to confirm arrangements.


Dominic Orlando (Playwright) is a playwright whose other works include an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s HAMMER AND SICKLE for ArtsEmerson; book and lyrics for THE WORKING BOYS BAND, premiering in spring 2014 at The History Theatre in St Paul, Minn.; and book and lyrics for THE BARBARY COAST for Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Orlando is a two-time Jerome Fellow and McKnight Fellow to the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, where he is a founding producer at The Workhaus Collective, the Center’s company-in-residence. With them he has co-produced 18 world premieres since 2007, including his SHORT PLAY ABOUT GLOBALIZATION, THE SENSE OF WHAT SHOULD BE and A SHORT PLAY ABOUT 9/11. Other fellowships include The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, The Edward Albee Foundation and The Atlantic Center for the Arts (with Paula Vogel). He is a co-creator of FISSURES (lost and found), which was commissioned by the Center and Actors Theatre of Louisville and had its world premiere at the 2010 Humana Festival of New American Plays. Other plays include JUAN GELION DANCES FOR THE SUN and REPARATIONS. DANNY CASOLARO DIED FOR YOU has been optioned by Caliber Media/Aviation Films, and Orlando is currently working on the screenplay.

Nick Bowling (Director) was the founding Artistic Director and is now Associate Artistic Director and a Company Member of TimeLine Theatre. He is the recipient of an Equity Jeff Award for Outstanding Direction (THE HISTORY BOYS at TimeLine) and four Non-Equity Jeff Awards for Outstanding Direction (FIORELLO!, THIS HAPPY BREED and THE CRUCIBLE at at TimeLine, ANOTHER PART OF THE FOREST at Eclipse Theatre) and also received Jeff Award nominations for BLOOD AND GIFTS, THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION, HAUPTMANN and THE LION IN WINTER at TimeLine and for CLOSER THAN EVER at Porchlight Music Theatre. Recent credits at TimeLine include JUNO, THE NORMAL HEAR, 33 VARIATIONS and MY KIND OF TOWN. Other Chicago credits include Northwestern University’s CABARET, Porchlight Music Theatre’s A CATERED AFFAIR, Writers Theatre’s BACH AT LEIPZIG, Shattered Globe Theatre’s TIME OF THE CUCKOO and FROZEN ASSETS and Rivendell Theatre’s FACTORY GIRLS, among others.


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 17 seasons, TimeLine has presented 59 productions, including nine world premieres and 20 Chicago premieres, and launched the Living History Education Program, which brings the company’s mission to life for students in Chicago Public Schools. 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 50 Jeff Awards, including an award for Outstanding Production 10 times over 14 seasons of eligibility.

Also now playing:

  • Chicago premiere of MY NAME IS ASHER LEV by Aaron Posner, adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok, directed by Kimberly Senior, now playing through October 18 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago

TimeLine is led by Artistic Director PJ Powers, Managing Director Elizabeth K. Auman and Board President John M. Sirek. 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.

Major supporters of TimeLine Theatre include Alphawood Foundation, The Crown Family, Forum Fund, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince, The Pauls Foundation, Polk Bros. Foundation and The Shubert Foundation.

TimeLine is a member of the League of Chicago Theatres, Theatre Communications Group, Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce and Chicago’s Belmont Theater District.

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