Exploring Cocteau’s World

This Saturday we’ll be checking in with another one of our past featured playwrights; Jean Cocteau, who kicked this party off back in 1997/98. That was the first season of Eclipse’s “One Playwright – One Season” mission statement, and the beginning of a new direction for us.

I first worked with Eclipse as the lighting designer for The Infernal Machine, the final production of the Cocteau season (and the last show in the old Bucktown theater, which was destroyed in a fire after the first weekend of performances, but more on that later).

Exploring Cocteaus World

As part of our two-year celebration of the first ten playwrights we’ve featured, ensemble members and guest artists will be reading scenes from Cocteau’s plays, discussing his novels and films, and playing some music. In this picture, Cheri Chenoweth and Nina O’Keefe rehearse a scene from The Holy Terrors as Josh Venditti and Kevin Scott look on.

The event – Exploring’s Cocteau’s World – will be this Saturday at 2pm at the Victory Gardens Greenhouse Theater at 2257 N Lincoln in Chicago. It’s a free event for Eclipse subscribers ($5 suggested donation for everyone else); call us at 312-738-0704 to reserve a seat.

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