by Jeanette Winterson
adapted by Georgette Kelly
New Leaf Theatre | Spring 2011
“... an imaginative adaptation by Georgette Kelly and ambitious, soulful direction by Jessica Hutchinson ... incredibly thoughtful use of space to signify vast swaths of space and time, overlapping stories, and a lighthouse beacon at its center."
Monica Westin | Flavorpill Chicago
“…Hutchinson’s staging is elegant, evenhanded and clear… The show is a beautiful call for unabashed, wide-eyed optimism in the face of darkness.”
Neal Ryan Shaw | New City
About This Production
Adapting a book for the stage is always a challenge; adapting one that plays fast and loose with structure and time can be even trickier. Georgette Kelly came to us with this gorgeous, sweeping adaptation of Jeanette Winterson's epic novel and after hearing it aloud as part of our Treehouse Reading series, I knew we had to produce it.
We applied for and earned a spot in the city of Chicago's Storefront Theatre season (luckily and coincidentally while our Lincoln Park Cultural Center home was being renovated and so was unavailable to us). The larger, taller venue allowed us to create a container to match the scope of the story.
photos by Tom McGrath
Scott Ray Merchant
Stage Manager: Amanda Frechette
ASM: Mel Gill
Sound Designer: Nick Keenan
Production Manager: Marni Keenan
Lighting Designer: Jared Moore
Set Designer: Michelle Lilly
Assistant Set Designer: Alison Perrone
Props Designer: Jesse Gaffney
Costume Designer: Rachel Sypniewski
Technical Director: Caleb McAndrew