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By Tom Stoppard

Directed by Nick Sandys

March 25 - May 3, 2015

Greenhouse Theater Center
Featuring Artistic Associate Greg Matthew Anderson
and Ensemble Member Kelsey Brennan

Stoppard takes you on a Wilde ride.

Toss together James Joyce, Vladimir Lenin, and Dadaist poet Tristan Tzara in Zurich in 1917 (where they really were), throw in limericks and lyrics and The Importance of Being Earnest, then shred the whole mélange through the mixed-up mind of an aging British civil servant (who has a big grudge against Joyce concerning a pair of trousers), and you’ve entered the Wilde-ly witty world of Travesties. Call it a madcap meditation on revolutions in art and politics, or call it The Importance of Being in The Importance of Being EarnestTravesties is a romp that will leave your brain whirling as only Stoppard’s brilliance can.


"Travesties" is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.


Get behind-the-scenes interviews, dramturgical details, and more on the Travesties Field Guide >





Four Stars

“scintillating, smart — and surprisingly touching”

“Sandys' production zigs and zags between well-placed shots to the brain and the funny bone like a pinball machine teetering at the top of the Matterhorn.”

 - Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune


“a spectacular Remy Bumppo production”

 “The actors are bedazzling, one and all”

“completely buoyant”

- Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times


“Fast and furious, it’s also fun.”

- Lawrence Bommer, Stage and Cinema


Greg Matthew Anderson headshot Kelsey Brennan Jeff Cummings James Houton

Greg Matthew Anderson

as Tristan Tzara

Kelsey Brennan

as Gwendolen

Jeff Cummings

as Henry Carr

James Houton

as James Joyce

Jodi Kingsley Keith Neagle Scott Olson Meg Warner

Jodi Kingsley

as Nadya

Keith Neagle

as Lenin

Scott Olson


Meg Warner

as Cecily




The 2014/2015 Season is generously underwritten by:

Terri Abruzzo Callahan and Dave Callahan
Brenda and James Grusecki

Travesties is underwritten, in part, by:


Costume Sponsor
Judy Johanson


Assistant Production Sponsors

Pauline and John Adams

Nancy and Gene DeSombre

Carrie and Duncan Healy

Mary and Mike Pavia


Genevieve Daniels

Diane M. Falk

Nancy A. McDaniel