New Meetup: Networking Event & Play about the Ad World!

From: Joe O.
Sent on: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 1:51 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Chicago Media-Marketing & Advertising Meetup Group!

What: Networking Event & play about the Ad World!

When: Thursday, May 27,[masked]:45 PM

Price: $12.50 per person

Theater Wit
1229 W Belmont,
Chicago, IL 60640


plus a special, after-theater networking event!
A Special Ticket price $12.50 for CMM&A Members!

Modern-day farce set in the world of advertising is a whirlwind opener for Chicago?s newest live theater space

Chicago?s Theater Wit inaugurated its brand new, $1.3 million venue at 1229 W. Belmont Avenue with the world premiere of Spin, a smart, funny new comedy by Jeff Award-winning playwright Penny Penniston.
With Spin, Penniston, whose last comedy now then again ran for 17 weeks at the Ivanhoe Theatre, challenges us to consider what happens when consumerism ends and we need to rediscover ourselves.

Spin begins its wild rotation with Brent who has lost his high powered job in advertising, his wife and his direction. Luckily, he hated all of them. Armed with a host of good intentions and self-help books about Buddhism, he decides to fall back on his Plan B, and resolves to remake himself into a better man. But when an old ad buddy pulls him into a big project, Brent can?t help but seize the success and the spotlight. There, at the height of ambition, at the center of attention, everything else spins out of control in this sharp and biting comedy of marketing and manners.
As a CMM&A member you will be invited to a Q&A with Penny Penniston the playwright along with an after-part networking event sponsored by Be Found Online.

For this performance only tickets are $12.50 for CMM&A Members!
For further ticket information, call the Theater Wit box office,[masked], or visit

True to the company?s mission - exploring contemporary issues with wit and wisdom through new works and Chicago premieres ? Theater Wit?s first production in its new space is a whip-smart, modern-day farce that questions our own identity in the middle of today?s consumerist culture.

Jeremy Wechsler, artistic director of Theater Wit and director of Spin, has assembled a top-notch Chicago cast for the first production in his new venue: Lance Baker, Joe Foust, Coburn Goss, Michael Kessler, Austin Talley and Alice Wedoff. Designers include Jack Magaw (set), Laura Brookshire Kollar (costumes), Jessica Harpenau (lights), Christopher Kriz (sound) and Sarah Ross (props). Production stage manager is Katie Klemme.

Penny Penniston is a Chicago-area playwright. Her stage play now then again premiered at Chicago?s Ivanhoe Theatre in 2000, ran for 17 weeks, won a Joseph Jefferson Citation for "Best New Work" and was published by Broadway Play Publishing in the Fall of 2001. A screenplay adaptation of this play was selected for the 2005 Tribeca Film Institute/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation development program. As part of this program, Penny rewrote the script under the mentorship of director/screenwriter Nora Ephron and physicist Brian Greene. Previously, Penniston co-authored The Roaring Girl with director Jeremy Wechsler. This adaptation of the 1611 comedy by Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker had its world premiere in Chicago with Shakespeare's Motley Crew in the fall of 1999 and received a Joseph Jefferson nomination for "Best Adaptation." She is a former Adjunct Professor of Playwriting at Northwestern University. Her book Talk the Talk: A Dialogue Workshop was recently published by Michael Wiese Productions.

Jeremy Wechsler, director of Spin, is also the artistic director of Theater Wit. Directing credits at his home theater include Feydeau-Si-Deau (Georges Feydeau), Men of Steel (Qui Nguyen), Thom Pain (Based on Nothing) (Will Eno), Two for the Show (James Fitzpatrick and Will Clinger) and six seasons of The Santaland Diaries (David Sedaris and Joe Mantello). He has directed more than 40 shows in the last 15 years at various theatres, most recently There Was So Much We Were Going To Do (Itamar Moses) as part of American Theater Company?s Silver Project. Other directing credits include A Taste of Honey (Shelagh Delaney), The Play About the Squirrel (Mia McCullough), The White Devil (John Webster), The Real Thing (Tom Stoppard), Szinhaz (Itamar Moses), The Duchess of Malfi (John Webster), Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare), The Roaring Girl (Thomas Middleton), Flight (Mikhail Bulgakov), The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told (Paul Rudnick), This is the Rill Speaking (Lanford Wilson), Hay Fever (Noel Coward) now then again (Penny Penniston), A Month in the Country (Brian Friel), Europe (David Grieg), Henry VI: Blood of a Nation (Shakespeare), The Promise (Jose Rivera), Un Robot (Laura Jacqmin), The Coarse Acting Show (Michael Green) Life is a Dream (Calderon), The Prisoner?s Dilemma (David Edgar), Cabaret (Kander/Ebb) and The Threepenny Opera (Brecht). Wechsler?s productions have been nominated for and won multiple awards for design, performance, adaptation and best new work. He has taught at several universities, is an artistic associate at Collaboraction and currently serves on the board of the League of Chicago Theatres.

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