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Night and Day


By Tom Stoppard

Directed by James Bohnen

Featuring Artistic Associates Greg Matthew Anderson, David Darlow, Shawn Douglass, and Linda Gillum

Presented September 22 - November 14, 2010


Set in a fictional African country that feels like a 1950s Hollywood romantic adventure, competing British war correspondents descend on the household of an expatriate and his wife, attempting to crack open a story on the country’s erupting civil war. Stoppard, with his usual comic seriousness, both attacks the triviality of the free press for exposing the personal lives of public figures to sell papers, and elevates its importance in uncovering political truth.

The show runs 2 hours 15 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission


Multimedia

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Reviews

"This Remy Bumppo Theatre season opener could not be more timely in its look at both the media and politics. [...] [This] multifaceted drama poses questions that easily might be asked at any point in the current 24/7 news cycle."
– Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

"Night and Day was always a romantic play. [This is a] most titillating production! [...] James Bohnen's Remy Bumppo Theatre Company production is not only shrewdly timed but very adroit, smart and accomplished. [...] There are a number of superb performances, including a blistering turn from Greg Matthew Anderson as an insouciant freelancer who threatens the territory of Douglass' Wagner (that intramural insecurity has not changed either), and a rich performance from Jeff Cummings, who plays the photographer George Guthrie, a man of film."
– Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

"This revival, directed by James Bohnen, the company's departing artistic director, is so good that it could be transplanted to Broadway exactly as is. The actors, many of whom have performed together in other Remy Bumppo productions, work in awe-inspiring concord—I've never seen a better ensemble cast, not even in Chicago, where such things are taken for granted."
– Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal

"You might not expect a play in which access to a Telex machine becomes a crucial plot point to feel particularly contemporary. But Remy Bumppo artistic director Bohnen’s choice of Stoppard’s 1978 comedy-drama about foreign correspondents proves remarkably timely. […] this witty and smartly executed production leaves your mind humming."
Time Out Chicago

"Stoppard’s absurdly gorgeous language seems so natural in the mouths of the strong ensemble cast. [...] These issues and questions of objectivity, truth and democracy are meaty ones, and this production does not shy away from them."
New City


Cast

Linda Gillum Ruth
David Darlow Carson
James Krag Carson (from Oct 20)
Jeff Cummings Guthrie
Greg Matthew Anderson Milne
Ernest Perry, Jr.
Mageeba
Shawn Douglass Wagner
Stephen Spencer Wagner (from Nov 3)
John Francis Babbo Alastair
Michael Pogue Francis
Rashaad Hall Francis (from Nov 3)
 

Creative/Production

James Bohnen Director
Baleigh Isaacs Production Stage Manager
Tim Morrison Scenic Designer
Samantha C. Jones Costume Designer
J.R. Lederle Lighting Designer
Jason Knox Sound Designer
Nick Heggestad Properties Designer
Doreen Feitelberg Dialect Coach
Gigi Buffington Additional Dialect Consultant
Kelli Marino Dramaturg
Alison Ramsey Production Manager


Special Events

August 30: Season Salon

Featuring speaker Storer Rowley discussing Night and Day

October 9: Between The Lines

Walter J. Podrazik, Communications and logistics consultant
Author of Watching TV: Six Decades of American Television

Mr. Podrazik will speak about the evolutions in reporting headline news both at home and abroad. How has broad access to innumerable media outlets changed our ideas of trustworthy sources? How has the 24-hour news cycle influenced reporting and viewership?

October 11: "Is the Truth Front Page News?" Journalist Panel

A free journalist panel hosted by WBEZ’s Richard Steele

Performance excerpts from Night and Day, highlighting the risks and responsibilities of foreign correspondents, will springboard a charged panel conversation on where readers now turn to get the truth.