(Chicago, IL) Three Cat Productions presents the world premiere of the The Holiday Radio Show: 1944 at the Chicago Park District’s Berger Park Coach House Theater at 6205 N. Sheridan Road (Edgewater by Granville el stop on Red Line).
The Holiday Radio Show: 1944 features adaptions of classic works written by Gabriella Bonamici, André Richardson Hogan II, Laura Scruggs, Rolfe Sick and Jason Paul Smith. The piece is directed by Jason Paul Smith, Three Cat Productions, Artistic Director and stars Emily Brown, Lauren Miller, Beverly Munro, Dorothy Owens, Maiko Terazawa, and Sarah Seidler.
The production team included musical director and arranger Roy A. Freeman, lighting designer by Pat Henderson, costume and set design by Jason Paul Smith, and stage management by Emily Nelson.
Three Cat Production is thrilled to bring back the hit show The Holiday Radio Show: 1944 for the final show in The Holiday Radio Show Triliogy. The Holiday Radio Show:1944 takes us back to Christmas 1944 and the final year Christmas of World War II. Featuring an all new set of stories including pieces by Hans Christian Anderson, Charles Dickens, Augustus M Hodges, Clement C. Moore and more. Join us for drama, wacky humor, adorable actors, and some truly transcendent three-part holiday harmony that will chase away your “I Can’t Believe It’s the Holidays Again” blues.
“The Holiday Radio Show: 1944 celebrates the 75th anniversary of World War II,” states Jason Paul Smith, Three Cat Productions Artistic Director. “This feel good holiday show pays tribute to the great Holiday traditions of the past and celebrates the servicemen and women who made up the ‘Greatest Generation’.”
Previews begin December 4, 2019. The show runs from December 4, 2019 – January 4, 2020. Performances are Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 4:00pm and 7:30pm at the Berger Park Coach House Theater at 6205 N. Sheridan in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago. Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain. No late seating.
Currently running at Three Cat Productions is Perjured Love by David Finney which runs through November 9, 2019. The Holiday Radio Show: 1944, Featured later in the season is a remount of the hit show Diamond Lil and the Pansy Craze. Tickets range from $15-25 each for all performances. Tickets can be purchased on our website at threecatproductions.com or via phone at 312.970.9840.
Street parking (paybox until 9pm) is available on Granville, side streets, and Broadway (Handicapped and limited parking is available. Please call the box office for special parking arrangements).
About Three Cat Productions
As Chicago’s artist incubator, Three Cat Production’s mission is to nurture artists. We provide opportunities, facilities, experiences, and creative relationships that foster their growth. Three Cat strives to reach diverse artists from as many disciplines as possible, under the umbrella of a producing theater. We believe every artist has a voice and every voice deserves a chance to come into its own, regardless of social connections, experience, education, or income level.
About the Playwrights
Gabriella Bonamici is a Chicago-based playwright and a proud member of the Chicago Dramatist Network. Gabriella earned her BA in English-Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where her 10-minute play, Ascension, was featured during the Marcia Legere Play Festival. Her short play, Jokes About Ted Bundy, was read as part of the Chicago Dramatists’ 2016 Ten-Minute Play Festival . Her one-act play, The Passing, was read as part of Three Cat Productions’ 2018 Next Draft series. Gabriella is excited to participate once more in this year’s Holiday Radio Show.
André Richardson Hogan II is a playwright, screenwriter, poet, essayist, visual artist, and theater critic. His plays have received stage readings and productions in numerous theaters which include the American Theater Company, Black Ensemble Theater, Black Diamond Productions, Blackboard Reading Series, Chicago Dramatists, Dramatists Personae, the Field Museum of Natural History, MPAACT, Magnified Gift Theater and Dance Company, Negro Ensemble Company, Nommo PlayLab, Prop Thtr, The Reading Series, Red Harlem Readers, and Three Cat Productions. He was a resident playwright at Magnified Gift Theater and Dance Company and Timber Lake Playhouse Playwrights Colony in Mt. Carroll, IL., a Literary Manager for Sankofa Theater Company, and is currently an Associate Artist of the Black Lives/Black Lives International Project. He resides at Hyde Park in Chicago.
Laura Force Scruggs is thrilled to be produced by Three Cat and is very thankful to have Three Cat as an artistic home, a safe place where she feels like her voice is understood and her fairy wings are encouraged. She recently created a documentary, “Uncle Fun: You’re The One,” about the late Chicago toy store, Uncle Fun and its creator, Ted Frankel. It premiered at Chicago Filmmakers and will also be screened this year at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, the Intuit in Chicago and The Nest in Michigan City, Indiana. She is the Curator/Creative Producer of the Three Cat Cabaret on the Lake, co-hosts Do Not Submit West Loop and co-hosts and produces the “Are You Famous, Yet?” podcast with her husband in which they interview artists of all kinds. She works as a Tour Guide for Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Bus Company and as a respite worker for a young lady with autism. She taught theatre for about ten years in a variety of environments. Laura has her B.S. in Elementary Education, with a Jr. High/Middle School Theatre endorsement and an M.A. in Communication, Media and Theatre. She has performed her one woman show, “Punk Grandpa,” around the country. She is so excited to now have had it performed as a multiple character play (at the FRIGID Festival in NYC and at Three Brothers Theatre) and it was published by Chicago Dramaworks. Laura was also commissioned by Three Brothers Theatre to write the story of Macbeth from Lady Macbeth’s perspective, set in the context of the American government; this script was performed at both Three Cat and Three Brothers. Laura’s short play, “Bossy,” about her time as a drama instructor was produced by Unity Players in Chicago. She also enjoys faeries, puppets, festivals, hiking, thrift shopping and social justice!
Rolfe Sick is a Chicago writer, member of the Chicago Dramatist’s, and Network playwright, currently active with Three Cat Productions. Plays include BELMONT and WESTERN(Riverview, 1955), AN INCONVENIENT SITUATION(The trials of an aging Woman), and a latest work, BACKDRAFT(The realities of social inequity).
Jason Paul Smith is a Chicago-based theater artist specializing in new play development and revitalization of classic works. As a freelance director and as artistic director of Three Cat Productions, Smith is committed to fostering the growth of artists of all backgrounds and perspectives. In 2007, Smith founded Three Cat Productions with the mission of fostering artists, initially through storytelling and cabaret and subsequently theater education. In 2013, he expanded Three Cat’s commitment to its mission with three major development-oriented programs, the annual Chicago New Work Festival for full-length plays and musicals, the annual SOLO Chicago festival for storytelling, and the Cabaret on the Lake series. Three Cat will hold its first full production season in 2013-14 with three new works by Chicago-based playwrights, all directed by Smith. In 2014, he collaborated with Gary Gimmestad on two projects the musical Hang Your Hat at Mister Kelly’s and the play Scarlet Sisters Everleigh. Recent directing credits include Joint Attention by Pat Curtis, Tell Me When It Hurts by Lisa Scott, and Holiday Stories a collection of eight holiday plays. A University of Minnesota graduate, Smith has directed theater, cabaret and concerts across the country, including musicals The Stops, Hello Dolly! and Sunday in the Park with George, and well-known plays such as The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. Smith also is an award-winning storyteller and solo performer. He received a Ragdale Residency in 2008 for playwrighting.