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Writers' Theatre
In 1992, Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Artistic Associate Marilyn Campbell founded Writers' Theatre. The focus was immediately upon the written word and nurturing the artist. Productions had to take place in an intimate venue. They found the perfect location through a mutual friend who knew the owners of a newly opened bookstore in Glencoe who were looking to develop a theatre program in their store.

Through the generosity of these founding associates, inaugural productions were LOVE AND LUNACY by Nikolay Gogol and Anton Chekhov, an original adaptation of three short stories by Chekhov and DIARY OF A MADMAN by Gogol. A year later, Writers' became a professional Equity theatre. In 1994, Nicholas Pennell from the Stratford Festival in Canada joined Writers' and the company co-produced NOT ABOUT HEROES with The Apple Tree Theatre in Highland Park. The following season, subscribers totaled 245; they now total more than 5,275.

In the past decade, Writers' has offered more than 50 productions by or about literature's greatest creators or creations, including ten world premieres. Writers' Theatre has been nominated for 32 Joseph Jefferson Awards, including three consecutive nominations for Best Production and has garnered awards for THE GLASS MENAGERIE – Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Jennifer Friedmann; NIXON'S NIXON – Best Actor in a Principal Role - William Brown; MISALLIANCE – Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Guy Adkins; THE PRICE - Best Production; THE PRICE - Best Director of a Play - David Cromer; ROCKET TO THE MOON - Best Actress in a Principal Role - Kymberly Mellen; CRIME AND PUNISHMENT – Best New Adaptation - Curt Columbus and Marilyn Campbell. Other awards include nine After Dark Awards from Gay Chicago magazine; the Crystal Award in 2001 to Artistic Director Michael Halberstam for outstanding direction from the Chicago Drama League (Past winners of the award include Bob Falls, Mary Zimmerman, Frank Galati, and Barbara Gaines.); the 2003 ABBY award from the Arts & Business Council of Chicago for Arts Management Excellence; and the 2005 Distinguished Service Award from the Lawyers for the Creative Arts to Writers' Theatre & Michael Halberstam in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the arts.

Because of our audiences' spiritual and financial support, Writers' has evolved into a sophisticated two-venue organization with nationally acclaimed productions and a $3.2 million operating budget. Writers' Theatre opened a new theatre housed in the Woman's Library Club of Glencoe at 325 Tudor Court at the beginning of the 2003/04 season. This intimate 108-seat performance space offers a different level of intimacy and allows a new scale of production, while affording the company the opportunity to expand the audience. Programming at 664 Vernon Avenue continues as part of the subscription season and also for students in the Writers' Theatre Training Center.

 

A Minister's Wife:
Alan Schmuckler, Kate Fry

 

WRITERS' THEATRE TO PREMIERE A MINISTER'S WIFE, ADAPTED FROM SHAW'S CANDIDA BY AUSTIN PENDLETON WITH MUSIC BY JOSH SCHMIDT, LYRICS BY JAN TRANEN AND DIRECTED BY MICHAEL HALBERSTAM

WRITERS’ THEATRE ANNOUNCES CASTING FOR 2009/10 SEASON

 
 

+ Chicago Reader 12.07.07
+ Chicago Tribune 12.01.07
+ Chicago Sun Times 11.30.07
+ Chicago Tribune 11.04.07
+ Pioneer Press 08.30.07
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NorthShore May 2007

 
 

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