Sunset Baby is written by Dominique Morisseau and already hit in New York and London, is directed by Associate Artist Ron OJ Parson
CHICAGO, IL — As the Midwest premiere of Leigh Fondakowski’s SPILL continues its acclaimed run at Stage 773 through December 19, TimeLine Theatre Company announces the next highly anticipated production of its 19th season: The Chicago premiere of SUNSET BABY, a powerful and timely drama about family, survival and the nature of liberation.
Written by Dominique Morisseau (the acclaimed and fast-rising playwright of DETROIT ’67, PARADISE BLUE and SKELETON CREW, and a 2015 recipient of the Steinberg Playwright Award) and directed by Ron OJ Parson (the Associate Artist behind TimeLine’s sold-out 2013 production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN) comes this smart, entertaining and moving story that has already been a hit in New York and London. The New York Times says SUNSET BABY is “not only dynamic, it’s dynamite,” and wrote about Morisseau, one of the country’s most exciting playwrights, that “[she] knows the code for getting under our skins.”
The three-person cast will feature Chicago theatre veteran Phillip Edward Van Lear (FOX’s PRISON BREAK and roles at the Goodman, Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare and others) in his TimeLine Theatre debut; Anji White (RENT and THE PROJECT(S) at American Theater Company) returning to TimeLine after understudying A RAISIN IN THE SUN; and Kelvin Roston Jr. (Paramount, Court and Northlight, including Morisseau’s DETROIT ’67), making his TimeLine debut.
SUNSET BABY explores a woman’s journey from a brutal existence to her own liberation. Her father, a former revolutionary in the Black Power movement, has finally come to Brooklyn to mend their relationship. But he is totally unprepared for the hardened, modern woman he finds and is forced to confront his most challenging revolution of all: fatherhood. As father and daughter circle one another, old wounds are revealed, generational differences exposed, and blazing truths laid bare. The Guardian raved that SUNSET BABY is “a play that—like its flawed, complex characters—has a fiercely beating, damaged heart.”
SUNSET BABY received its world premiere at New York’s LAByrinth Theatre Company in 2013 and was subsequently presented at London’s Gate Theater. TimeLine’s production is its Chicago premiere.
Press Night is Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. (NOTE: TimeLine requests that reviews be embargoed until after curtain time on Opening Night, Thursday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m.).
Production staff includes Regina Garcia (Scenic Design), Jared Gooding (Lighting Design), Christine Pascual (Costume Design), Christopher Kriz (Sound Design), Vivian Knouse (Properties Design), Jared Bellot (Dramaturgy) and Richard Lundy (Stage Management).
PREVIEWS: Wednesday, January 13 through Saturday, January 16 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, January 17 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Tuesday, January 19 at 8 p.m. and Wednesday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m.
OPENING NIGHT: Thursday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m.
REGULAR RUN: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m., through April 10, 2016. EXCEPTIONS: Wednesday, February 10 at 8:30 p.m. and Thursday, March 24 at 8:30 p.m. No shows on Saturday, January 23 at 4 p.m. and Friday, March 18. Additional performance on Sunday, March 20 at 6 p.m.
• 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, January 27; Sunday, January 31; Thursday, February 4; Thursday, February 25; Sunday, February 28; and Wednesday, March 2.
• 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 Wednesday, February 17 and Sunday, March 6.
• Sunday Scholars Panel Discussion: A one-hour post-show discussion featuring experts on the themes and issues of the play on Sunday, February 21.
• 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, April 3.
All discussions are free and open to the public. For further details about all planned discussions and events, visit timelinetheatre.com/sunset_baby/events.htm