CHICAGO — The Theatre School at DePaul University will
present Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “Wig Out!” with director Nathan Singh on the
Fullerton Stage, 2350 N. Racine Ave. The production opens April 14 and runs
through April 23. Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
and Sundays at 2 p.m. Previews are April 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m.
“Wig Out!” welcomes audience members to the underground drag
scene, a place where many gay men create families for themselves. The legendary
House of Lights is one such family. As they prepare for a competitive ball with
a rival house, each member confronts their identity within the family. “Wig
Out!” is an electrifying tale of community, queer sub-culture and sexuality by The
Theatre School alumnus McCraney. This play is recommended for mature audiences.
The cast features Sola Thompson (Fay), Tia Jemison (Fate),
Kayla Forde (Faith), Matthew Elam (Wilson/Nina), Isaiah Rush (Eric), Michael
Morrow (Rey-Rey), Skylar Okerstrom-Lang (Loki), Michael Cohen (Lucien), Vincent
Banks (Venus), Keith Illidge (Deity) and Nick Trengove (Serena).
The production team includes Nathan Singh (director), Lila
Gilbert (technical director), Maggie Armendariz (scenic designer), Hailey
Rakowiecki (costume designer), Emmaleigh Pepe-Winshell (lighting designer),
Connor Ciesel (sound designer), Trisha Mahoney (dramaturg) and Ben Gates-Utter
Singh is a third year MFA student at The Theatre School at
DePaul University, where he recently directed “The Children's Hour,” “Next Fall,”
“The Great God Pan,” “Women” and “In The Blood.” His previous work includes
theatre, opera and site-specific performance. Singh has worked at various
theatres around Los Angeles, including: East West Players, Playwrights' Arena,
The Theatre at Boston Court and Son of Semele. He directed the opera “America
Tropical” for the Autry National Center and University of Southern California Vision
Singh also directed “A Shipwreck Opera” for the Definiens
Project and USC Spectrum. He spent two seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare
Festival serving as the FAIR assistant director on “Willful” in 2011 and “The
Tenth Muse” in 2013. Last fall he was the assistant director on “Electra” at
The Court Theatre. He is a graduate of the USC School of Dramatic Arts. Singh is
a recipient of the 2016 SDCF Sir John Gielgud fellowship in Directing.
For patrons who are blind or have low vision, the 2 p.m.
performance April 23 will include audio description services, as well as a
pre-performance touch tour. Call the box office at 312-922-1999 for more
information. The performance on April 23 will be interpreted in American Sign
Language. Call TTY: 773-325-7975.
April 19 is USO of Illinois Night. U.S. Armed Forces
personnel and their families may attend the performance for free. Visit www.tixfortroops.org to
reserve tickets, or call the box office for more information. Additional
special events include an opening night reception following the performance on
April 14, and post-show discussions on April 15 and 20.
Tickets are $15, preview tickets are $10, and student
tickets are $5. All tickets are reserved seating. Subscriptions and group rates
for six or more people are available. Tickets are available by calling the box office
or visiting http://theatre.depaul.edu.
The Theatre School at DePaul University is located at 2350
N. Racine Ave. The school is easily accessible via the Fullerton CTA Station
and the Fullerton 74 bus. Visitors and audience members can park in DePaul
University's Clifton Parking Deck, located at 2330 N. Clifton Ave.