FAR AWAY

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BY CARYL CHURCHILL
DIRECTED BY JESSICA FISCH
SCENIC DESIGN BY SHAWN KETCHUM JOHNSON
COSTUME DESIGN BY STEPHANIE CLUGGISH
LIGHTING DESIGN BY MAYA FEIN

@ 727 Howard Street, Evanston | Map
Only street parking is available. On the north side of Howard St., metered parking is FREE after 6pm and on Sundays. Please follow the signs to enter at the rear of the building, through the alley.

Far Away thrills with a gripping story of a young girl who, waking to a strange noise, sneaks out to her aunt and uncle’s barn and witnesses something she was never meant to see. Discovering dark truths far beyond her years, nothing will ever be the same for her again. To take place in an abandoned space that has been a church, a storefront, and even a proposed theatre, Far Away and its design team will create a magical world just on the other side of the sidewalk from Evanston’s border with Chicago.

Special Thank You:
Alderwoman Ann Rainey and the City of Evanston’s Office of Economic Development

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Fri. May 23 at 8:00PM   SOLD OUT!
Sat. May 24, at 8:00PM  SOLD OUT!
Sun. May 25 at 2:00PM  SOLD OUT!
Fri. May 30 at 8:00PM  SOLD OUT!
Sun. June 1 at 2:00PM  SOLD OUT!
Fri. June 6 at 8:00PM  SOLD OUT!
Sat. June 7 at 8:00PM  SOLD OUT! 

ARRIVE EARLY, NO LATE SEATING!

 

ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES

JESSICA FISCH (Director), prior to moving to Chicago, lived in New York City where she was the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Down Payment Productions (DPP), a company committed to the development of new work.  During her tenure, DPP produced three world premieres, two New York premieres, and countless readings and workshops.  The Redheaded Man, which she directed, played the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival to rave reviews, and was one of only eight shows that extended Off-Broadway to the Barrow Street Theater as part of the FringeEncores Series.  The play Pink!, which Jessica produced, was nominated for seven Innovative Theater Awards and was optioned for a feature film.  She directed the New York premiere of The Realm, which enjoyed a successful three-week run at the curated Wild Project Theater in NYC.  Other Credits: Personal History (Ensemble Studio Theatre); strive/seek/find(Abingdon Theatre); 2009 Playwrights Horizon Stories on 5 Stories Benefit (play by Evan Smith); Dressed In Your Dreams (Public Theatre/Emerging Writers Group); Dark Shadows, her own adaptation of the cult 1960s gothic vampire soap opera (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Machinal (Northwestern University); Spike Heels (Northwestern University).  Jessica was a resident director at Ensemble Studio Theater, the 2008-2009 Playwrights Horizons Directing Resident, and a member of the Lincoln Directors Lab.  Jessica received her BA from Tufts University.

SHAWN KETCHUM JOHNSON (Scenic Designer) is a visual artist who was drawn to theater out of a fascination with the collaborative process and a commitment to community engagement.  While exhibiting nationally and abroad, he began working with theaters as a scenic designer, drawing intuitively on his experience in installation art and large-scale sculpture.  He has worked primarily in the Midwest, finding the deepest connection to socially-engaged ensembles such as Combined Efforts, a special-needs-inclusive theater company, and the community-based ethnographic devising company Working Group Theatre, where he remains an Artistic Associate.  Recent credits include Northwestern University productions of Nickel and DimedMachinal, and How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes, an original work devised by Michael Rohd of Sojourn Theatre.  Recent projects for Northwestern include Jessica Thebus’ Pride and Prejudice and David Catlin’s adaptation of Moby-Dick; and The Riot Ballet, a multi-year, multi-company, international collaboration on protest. www.shawnketchumjohnson.com

STEPHANIE CLUGGISH (Costume Designer) is excited to be invited back to collaborate with her Northwestern cohorts after finishing classwork in Spring 2013. Recent projects include the Next Up Series at the Steppenwolf Garage with The Internationalist (set design) and The Drunken City (costume design) in rep in June 2013; and a new production of The Magic Flute at the Music Academy of the West, directed by David Paul in August 2013, and The Wedding Singer with Haven Theater, directed by Jess McLeod, as well as assistant designing for Into the Woods (The Hypocrites), Water By The Spoonful (Court Theater), The Geller Girls (Alliance Theater), and the upcoming Brigadoon (Goodman Theater). Upcoming projects include a
new production of Carmen at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA summer of 2014. Stephanie has also worked for such companies as the Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Shakespeare Theater Company (Washington, DC), and the Blue
Man Group.  See more at stephanie-cluggish.squarespace.com.

MAYA FEIN (Lighting Designer) is originally from the Seattle area. Maya’s passion for theatre began at a young age and she’s thrilled to continue her theatrical journey at Northwestern University. She has a BFA in Theatre and a BS in Psychology from Southern Oregon University.  As an undergraduate, she received the Meritorious Achievement Award for her lighting design for A Streetcar Named Desire at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.  She has also worked at the Assistant Lighting Designer for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2011. Lighting credits at Northwestern include Bunbury, Cabaret, and Nickel and Dimed.