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Opening Night is Tonight

Talking with My Dad opens tonight, Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Piven Theatre Workshop in Evanston. If you still don't have tickets, click here now and buy them before we're sold out at all our six performances Nov. 15, 16, 22 an 23rd. Tonight's shows are at 7:30 and 9 p.m. Each performance will be ...

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Watch for us in the Evanston Review

You can read more about our production of Talking with My Dad today in the Evanston Review, our hometown suburban Chicago newspaper. The reporter involved interviewed me, our director Molly, and star Chris. We're all wondering what she'll put in the final story. As a journalist myself, I'm more accustomed to asking the questions than ...

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Talking with My Dad: Meet Chris

Chris is another Actors Training Center alum who last year brought an uncle of mine back to live in New Year's Eve at Grandma's House. When cousins saw his performance, they said to me, "oh yeah, that's Uncle Weeddie," (called Sonny in the play). But while New Year's Eve was very much an ensemble production, ...

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Talking with MY Dad: Meet Loren

Loren and I also met at an Actors Training Center class in Wilmette. We did a scene together in our second class and bonded as actors do in such situations. Loren took on the tricky assignment of playing a character based on my father in New Year's Eve at Grandma's House, the Evanston 2nd Act ...

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Talking with My Dad: Meet Janice

Janice and I first met at an Actors Training Center class in Wilmette and have been friends ever since. I always enjoy watching her perform, such as in her turn as the cop in a female Odd Couple. So we were very excited when she agreed to play the female lead in our story. Come ...

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Talking with My Dad: Meet Randy

Randy is another alum of my Piven Theatre workshop voice class. He revealed himself as a king of improv in that class as well and I was excited when he said he would be available to do Talking with My Dad. His character, Nurse James, is perhaps the most ethereal of us all, working many ...

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Talking with My Dad: Meet Amanda

Amanda and I met at a Piven Theatre Workshop class dealing with an actor's use of voice and bodily movement. It was a fantastic class and it was there Amanda's love of Shakespeare revealed itself to us all, as she did a Shakespearean monologue, a massive challenge for any actor. I have since seen the ...

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Talking with My Dad: Meet the cast

All this week we'll be featuring profiles of our amazing cast coupled with my personal stories of how I met these fantastic actors. Bringing you Talking with my Dad started months ago in workshop sessions during which we read through my first draft and then my second draft of our script. Rehearsals began in September ...

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Where “Talking with my Dad” will come to life: Piven Theatre

Talking wiht my Dad is a one-act play set in a fictional hospital in the present day. But to bring you to that time and place, we're renting the famed Piven Theater in Evanston for our six shows Nov. 15-16 and Nov. 22-23. Here's what the empty stage looks like. As you can see, audience ...

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“Talking with my Dad” the play’s setting

Talking with My Dad, a one-act play, takes place entirely in a hospital room at our fictional St. Francis Hospital. A hospital room can be one of the coldest, loneliest places on earth, especially for a patient wondering if he will live to see the next morning , as is our main character Frankie Casafranc. ...

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