Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Myths on Stage: Meet Panelist Thomas Murray

Myths on Stage
Sunday, May 16,

following the 3:00pm matinee of The Love of the Nightingale.

Paul G. Miller hosts a panel of Chicago directors and playwrights who discuss the process of adapting Greek myths to the modern stage.

Panelists include:
Marti Lyons - Dramaturge, The Love of the Nightingale at Red Tape

Jeremy Menekseoglu - Artistic Director, Dream Theatre Company

Cory Tamler – Playwright

Sarah Sapperstein - Dramaturge

Tim Speicher – Artistic Director, State Theatre

Thomas Murray. Thomas is a Chicago-based director and literary adaptor.
His directing has been featured at Strangeloop Theatre (Living Quarters, Welcome to the Moon, The El Stories), City Lit Theatre (The Wall-Reader), and the Minnetrista Cultural Center (Shedtown). He has assisted on productions with Next, Seanachai,The Gift, A Red Orchid, Noble Fool, and Steppenwolf.

Thomas has delivered research on the Emerging Scholars Panel at the Mid-America Theatre Conference and was selected by Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune to represent the Great Lakes region in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Critics’ Competition.
Original adaptations have included The El Stories, The Wall-Reader (finalist, Art of Adaptation Festival), Carpathia, and Cruel and Barbarous Treatment. His essays on theatre have been published by Steppenwolf Backstage magazine, Ball State Daily News, and the Kennedy Center-American College Theatre Festival.

Thomas will be discussing his work wiht Living Quarters after Hippolytus. First produced by Dublin's Abbey Theatre in 1977, Living Quarters recasts the mythology of Theseus, Hippolytus, and Phaedra into an isolated Donegal homestead. Commandant Frank Butler returns home to Ireland as a hero after saving nine United Nations peacekeepers from enemy fire during a siege in the Middle East. But the revelation of secrets kept while Frank was away threatens to divide the Butler house forever.

The Love of the Nightingale runs May 3-29.

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