Timeline Theatre Company adds three performances to schedule for World Premiere of To Master The Art

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Extra performances added Due to popular demand


To Master The Art By William Brown and Doug
Frew must close on December 19


 TimeLine Theatre Company announces that due to popular demand, three additional performances have been added to the schedule for the world premiere of To Master the Art by William Brown and Doug Frew, directed by William Brown, now playing through December 19, 2010 at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago.

Additional performances are:

  • Tuesday, November 16 at 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday, November 30 at 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday, December 7 at 7:30 pm

To purchase tickets or for more information, call the TimeLine Theatre Box Office at 773.281.8463 x6.

To Master the Art opened on October 30, 2010, to audience and critical acclaim and sold out its entire eight-week run within days. The only tickets currently available for sale are the newly added performances; all other performances are now only available to TimeLine FlexPass subscribers. The general public is invited to call the Box Office to check availability, as seats may be released by subscribers, and to take advantage of TimeLine’s Wait List Policy, which allows patrons to wait in person starting one hour before a performance in the hopes of claiming tickets made available due to last-minute cancellations or no-shows. Further details about tickets at timelinetheatre.com/tickets.

To Master the Art must close on December 19, 2010.
This world premiere play recalls the adventure and romance of Julia and Paul Child’s journey of discovery to Paris during the 1950s. From the bistro where Julia fell in love with food, to the kitchen table where she recreated everything learned during cooking class, to a room where Paul was grilled by U.S. agents about alleged Communist contact, this is the story of a larger-than-life culinary icon and her remarkable husband as they struggle to find themselves as Americans abroad.


To Master the Art marks the first full production of a play TimeLine Theatre has commissioned. The initial idea was hatched by TimeLine Company members during an artistic retreat in the summer of 2006. An official commission in 2008 with William Brown and Doug Frew culminated in a developmental workshop and private play reading early in 2010. The development of To Master the Art has been partially supported by The Dramatists Guild Fund.

“Bill and Doug have crafted a love story for the ages. Inspired to re-define herself in mid-life, Julia was on a path to shatter the perceived role of the American housewife, while Paul toiled in the bureaucracy of the state department,” TimeLine Artistic Director PJ Powers said. “They were two frustrated artists charting very different courses, working to master the arts of marriage, communication, cooking and personal fulfillment — a struggle that would ultimately impact legions of followers and ignite a nation of food enthusiasts.”

The cast of To Master the Art features Karen Janes Woditsch as Julia Child and Craig Spidle as Paul Child, with Jeannie Affelder, Ian Paul Custer, Amy Dunlap, TimeLine Associate Artist Terry Hamilton, TimeLine Company Member Juliet Hart, Joel Gross, Ethan Saks and Ann Wakefield.

Performance Schedule/Events

The performance schedule for To Master the Art is:

  • Tuesdays at 7:30 pm (11/16, 11/30 and 12/7 only)
  • Wednesdays at 7:30 pm
  • Thursdays at 7:30 pm (except 11/25)
  • Fridays at 8 pm (also 4 pm on 11/26)
  • Saturdays at 4 pm and 8 pm
  • Sundays at 2 pm
POST-SHOW DISCUSSIONS: Free post-show discussions led by a TimeLine Company Member and featuring the production dramaturg and members of the cast on Thursdays, November 11 and 18 and December 2; Sundays November 21 and 28 and Wednesday, December 1.
SUNDAY SCHOLARS SERIES: A free hour-long post-show panel discussion with experts on the themes and issues of the play on Sunday, November 14.
DISCUSSION WITH TIMELINE COMPANY MEMBERS: Free post-show discussion with TimeLine Company members on Sunday, December 5.



Buying Tickets

Tickets are $28 (Wednesday – Friday) or $38 (Saturday & Sunday). Student discount is $10 off the regular ticket price with valid ID. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the TimeLine Theatre Box Office at 773.281.8463 or buy online via timelinetheatre.com.


TimeLine Theatre is located at 615 W. Wellington Ave., inside the Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ building, near the corner of Wellington and Broadway in Chicago’s Lakeview East neighborhood. CTA El stops at Wellington (Brown/Purple lines) and Belmont (Red/Brown/Purple lines) are nearby. CTA busses #36-Broadway, #76-Diversey, #77-Belmont, #22-Clark and #8-Halsted stop nearby. TimeLine offers parking for $8 with validation at the Standard Parking garages at Broadway Center (2846 N. Broadway, at Surf) or the Century Mall (2836 N. Clark), both within two blocks of TimeLine. There is also limited street parking and other paid parking lots nearby. Visit timelinetheatre.com for complete directions and parking information. There are two flights of stairs totaling 18 steps between the street and the theater space, with no elevator.


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