Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Adapting the Classics - The Mark of Zorro

Red Tape Theatre's panel Adapting the Classics will be presented on Saturday, October 11 at 4:30 p.m., between performances of Dog in a Manger.

Panelist Katie McLean is an Artistic Ensemble Member at Lifeline Theatre Company ( Her adaptation of The Mark of Zorro last summer was the smashhit of their 2007-2008 season. The production was transferred to the Theatre Building Chicago where it runs September 27-November 23, 2008.

Lifeline Theatre specializes in original literary adaptations, and McLean went back to Zorro's original adventures bypassing an origin story and dropping the audience right in the middle of the action. I was particularly impressed by her handling of his alter ego, a cowardly fop who can't approach a lover without the black mask. McLean, and actor James Elly, explored the delicious ambiguity between the two roles, suggesting that the "real Zorro" lay somewhere in between.

Gay Chicago Magazine put it best when they presented an After Dark Award for Best Production. "This show had everything going for it, both creatively and technically. This magnificently lovable ensemble’s depiction of Katie McLean’s thrilling adaptation, polished off with Dorothy Milne’s brilliantly ingenious direction, created an all ages laugh festival extravaganza that was CRAZY FUN!"

Other panelists include:
  • Libby Ford, Associate Artistic Director of Greasy Joan & Co.
  • Tony Lewis, Artistic Director of MidTangeant Productions
  • Blake Montgomery, Artistic Director of The Building Stage
Paul G. Miller
Season Dramaturge

Dog in a Manger opens October 6.
Visit for details and to purchase tickets online!

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