KATE’S DATES, THREE CAT PRODUCTIONS’ THIRD INSTALLMENT IN ITS CHICAGO NEW WORK FESTIVAL, BEGINS REHEARSALS

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KATE’S DATES, THREE CAT PRODUCTIONS’ THIRD INSTALLMENT IN ITS CHICAGO NEW WORK FESTIVAL, BEGINS REHEARSALS

The Ups and Downs of LA’s Dating Scene As Experienced By A Midwesterner

Chicago, IL – Rehearsals are beginning this week for Kate’s Dates, a new play by J.D. Ostergaard.  The third of seven plays being performed as part of Three Cat’s Chicago New Work Festival, Kate’s Dates will have a final reading at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 at the Berger Park Coach House Theater at 6205 N. Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660.  Tickets are available for $10.00.  Rehearsals will be open and the public is encouraged to attend for a suggestion donation of $5.00.

Playwright J.D. Ostergaard is also directing the play later this spring for Chicago theater company Waltzing Mechanics, of which he is the publicist.  Originally from Naperville, Ostergaard attended Ball State University and worked in television and movie production in LA before returning to the Midwest.  Kate’s Dates was adapted from the blog of Kate Loftus, a Midwestern transplant to LA who catalogued her dating experiences online.  Ostergaard reorganized the blog entries into vignettes exploring how to survive the learning curve of dating.

The Chicago New Work Festival, running through May 18, is part of Three Cat Productions’ efforts to showcase Chicago playwrights, foster relationships between Chicago playwrights and directors, and to bring new work programming to the Edgewater area.  It is also Three Cat’s first run of major programming since partnering with the Chicago Park District’s Berger Park Cultural Center in February.

The coming installments of the Chicago New Work Festival will be Investigate and Protect by Liz Ellison, Endangered by David Alex, The Newlyweds by Wendy Schmidt and Joint Attention by Pat Curtis.  Directors Jason Paul Smith, John Glover, Jacque Lueken, Jarrin Davis, Barbe Marshall and John Buranosky will partner with the playwrights to stage the performances.

Three Cat Productions’ 2013 season also includes Bab Fab, the 6th Annual Barbra Streisand Birthday Concert on April 20; Chicago SOLO, a showcase for individual performances running June 5 – 15; and Cabaret on the Lake, Fridays in June and July. Three Cat Education (the education arm of Three Cat Productions) will run a spring youth production The Magic Games and Other Storybook Stuff on May 18 and 19, as well as, summer theater camps from June 17 to August 16.

Tickets and more information are available online at www.threecatproductions.com, by emailing jsmith@threecatproductions.com or by calling Three Cat Productions at (312) 970-9840.

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Three Cat Productions was founded in 2007 with a mission to create connections between theater, music, audience and artists through the production of cabaret concerts, contemporary musicals and plays, the re-invention of classic work, the development of new works and new artists, and by creating educational and outreach opportunities for the Chicagoland community. Visit the web site at www.threecatproductions.com.