CHICAGO, IL â€” TimeLine Theatre Company concludes its 2013-14 season with the Chicago premiere of the musical JUNO, book by Joseph Stein, music and lyrics by Marc Blitzstein, based on the play JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK by Sean Oâ€™Casey, directed by TimeLine Associate Artistic Director Nick Bowling with music direction by Doug Peck and Elizabeth Doran. JUNO will run at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Avenue in Chicago, May 1 â€“ July 27, 2014 (previews April 23 â€“ 30). Press opening is Friday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m.
This timeless musical is set during the Irish Civil War in 1922, as the fearless matriarch of a destitute household holds her family together in the face of her husbandâ€™s carousing. With fortunes about to turn, the family struggles to rise above the political and social unrest around them. This epic, humorous and heartbreaking tale of survival is told through honest and powerful anthems such as â€œI Wish It So,â€ â€œWeâ€™re Aliveâ€ and â€œOn a Day Like This.â€
JUNO premiered on Broadway in 1959 starring Shirley Booth and Melvyn Douglas, playing for just 16 performances. It was subsequently produced Off Broadway in 1992 at the Vineyard Theatre, and was featured in City Centerâ€™s Encores! series in 2008. It has never been seen in Chicago, until now.
JUNO is just the second musical produced by TimeLine during the theatreâ€™s historyâ€”the first being the Jeff Award-winning FIORELLO!, presented in 2006 and remounted for a second sold-out run in 2008.
The cast of JUNO is led by Marya Grandy (Marriott Theatreâ€™s 9 TO 5, Mercury Theatreâ€™s A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING, Broadwayâ€™s LES MISÃ‰RABLES) in the title role of Juno Boyle and Ron Rains (Goodman Theatreâ€™s A CHRISTMAS CAROL) as her husband Captain Jack Boyle. The cast also features Emily Glick, Jordan Brown, Caron Buinis, Jim Deselm, Kathleen Gibson, Kelli Harrington, James Houton, Matthew Keffer, Peter Oyloe, Michael Reckling, Andy Robinson, Peter Sipla, Anne Sheridan and Jonathan Stein.
The production staff for JUNO includes John Culbert (Scenic Design), Alex Wren Meadows (Costume Design), Keith Parham (Lighting Design), Palmer Jankens (Sound Design), Emily Guthrie (Properties Design), Katie Spelman (Choreography), Eva Breneman (Dialect Coach), Maren Robinson (Dramaturgy), Dina Spoerl (Lobby Display Design), Cassie Slater (Assistant Director), Katrina Herrmann (Stage Manager) and Nora Mally (Assistant Stage Manager).
Tickets are now on sale. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (773) 281-TIME (8463) or visit timelinetheatre.com.
TimeLineâ€™s Chicago premiere of JUNO is supported in part by The Pauls Foundation. Additional support is provided by The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation.
PREVIEWS: Wednesday, April 23 at 8 p.m.; Friday, April 25 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 26 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Wednesday, April 30 at 8 p.m.
OPENINGS: Opening Night on Thursday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. Press Opening on Friday, May 2 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. (except no performance on 6/29), through July 27.
- Post-Show Discussions with the dramaturg and members of the cast on Wednesday, May 7; Sunday, May 11; Thursday, May 15; Thursday, May 29; Wednesday, June 11; and Thursday, June 19.
- Pre-Show Discussion with members of the production team on Wednesday, May 21.
- Sunday Scholars Panel Discussion, a one-hour post-show discussion with experts on the themes and issues of the play, on Sunday, June 1.
- Book Club Discussion, a one-hour pre-show discussion focusing on the play Juno and the Paycock by Sean Oâ€™Casey, on Sunday, June 8.
- Company Member Discussion, a post-show discussion with the collaborative team of artists who choose TimeLineâ€™s programming and guide the companyâ€™s mission, on Sunday, June 22.
All discussions are free and open to the public. For further details about all planned discussions, visit timelinetheatre.com/juno/events.htm.
Tickets are $35 (Wednesday through Friday), $45 (Saturday) and $48 (Sunday). Preview tickets are $22. 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.
JUNO 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 Chicagoâ€™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.