CHICAGO — The Theatre School at DePaul University presents “In the Blood” by Suzan-Lori Parks, directed by Nathan Singh, in the Sondra & Denis Healy Theatre at The Theatre School building on the Lincoln Park Campus. The production runs through Jan. 31. Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. A post-show discussion will be held Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
”In the Blood” tells the story of Hester la Negrita, a homeless single mother of five who dreams of finding beauty and love for her family despite her impoverished life. She struggles to defy the odds and runs into a series of harsh and unexpected obstacles. In this modern day riff on Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter” Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Parks asks who has the right to the American dream. The show is intended for mature audiences.
The cast features Samantha Newcomb (Hester La Negrita), Ayanna Bria Bakari (The Welfare Lady/Bully), Lily Rozenweig (Amiga Gringa/Beauty), Nosakhere Cash-O’Bannon (Chilli/Jabber), Jerome Beck (Reverend D./Baby) and Sam Kotansky (The Doctor/Trouble).
The production team includes Nathan Singh (director), Nick Sandys (fight director), Phil Timberlake (vocal coach), Christina Hubbard (scenic designer), Madison Briedé (costume designer), Emmaleigh Pepe-Winshell (lighting designer), David Samba (sound designer), Madeline Kranz (dramaturg) and Caroline D’Angelo (stage manager).
About the director: Nathan Singh is in his second year of The Theatre School’s MFA Directing program. His Theatre School directing credits include “The Children’s Hour” and “The Great God Pan.” He comes from Los Angeles where he directed new works, operas and site-specific happenings. Some of his favorite credits include “Scar Tissue” at Company of Angels, published in Best American Short Plays of 2010-2011 and “See What I Wanna See” at Musical Theatre Repertory. Site-specific works include “Flash Theatre: Go Thy Way With Joy” for Playwrights’ Arena and “Flash Theatre: A Call to Art” for a fundraiser at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. Opera works include “America Tropical” for the Autry National Center, La Plaza de Culturas y Artes on Olvera St, and USC Vision and Voices, and “Shipwreck” for the Definiens Project and USC Spectrum. He has assisted Michael Rohd on “Willfull” and Laurie Woolery on “The Tenth Muse” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Singh received a bachelor's degree in Theatre from the USC School of Dramatic Arts.
The Theatre School’s 2015-16 season in Lincoln Park is supported by presenting level sponsor PNC Bank. Tickets are $15. Tickets with a valid student ID are $5. Tickets are available online, or by calling the box office at 773-325-7900. Subscriptions and group rates are also available.
The Theatre School at DePaul University is located at 2350 N. Racine Ave. Visitors and audience members can receive discounted parking rates in DePaul University’s Clifton Parking Deck, located at 2330 N. Clifton Ave.
The performance will be audio described with a pre-performance touch tour for blind and low-vision patrons. If patrons require wheelchair accessible or companion seating please let the box office know.