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NIHIL ET AMPLIUS
Pop Magic Productions in association with The Runaways Lab is proud to present The Portrait of Dorian Gray, an adaptation of the famous novella by Oscar Wilde created by Olivia Lilley and The Ensemble. This production, spearheaded by Lilley, is a devised and completely collaborative experience rooted in Wilde’s text and based on improvisation. Featuring an all female and gender non-conforming cast, the ensemble includes: Peter Wilde, as “Lord” Henry; Jojo Brown, as Ivy; Kat Christensen, as Alice, the Alchemist and Jeff, the trust fund kid; Mary Kate Young, as Sybil Vane; and introducing Dorothy Humphrey as Dorian Gray. The production will run Friday and Saturday nights at 10pm from June 30th to July 29th, 2017 at Compass Creative Dramatics: 4001 N. Ravenswood, Unit B3, Chicago, IL, 60613.
In our reworking of the classic, Dorian Gray is a young woman from a wealthy suburban family, who is discovered while riding the Pink Line by Ivy, an SAIC drop out & tattoo artist. When Ivy’s trust fund party boi / aspiring art dealer ex, “Lord” Henry sees Ivy’s sketch of Dorian’s face, Henry knows that the piece could make both his and Ivy’s names. With Ivy’s panicked refusal to part with the picture, Henry sets his sights on a new protege: Dorian herself. On Henry’s insistence that she has the face of a model, Dorian enters the elusive world of social media and self-promotion. Soon, Dorian falls for Sybil Vane, a beautiful Instagram star. When Dorian discovers not everything is as it seems, she learns that wearing a mask can be a powerful tool for manipulating others, which becomes the key to living the life that she wants. As her personal philosophy turns magical and the sketch takes on a life of its own, The Portrait of Dorian Gray brings you on a wild ride through violence, empathy, and the lack thereof.
The Creative team for The Portrait of Dorian Gray includes: Katie Friedman (Costumes), Devonte Washington (Stage Manager), Sarah Patin (Movement/Acting Coach), Kellen Robinson (Violence Choreographer) Ariana Silvan-Grau (Marketing), Caitlin Joy Shantz (Assistant Producer), and Jay Van Ort (Assistant Director).
Contact email@example.com for more information or to schedule your tickets. Press is invited to attend Opening Weekend performances, June 30th and July 1st, with a guest. Tickets can be found at http://runawayslab.org/ .