Our 2012-13 season

Breaking news today! We’ve announced TimeLine’s 2012-2013 season — an incredible collection of plays that are all new to Chicago, including one world premiere!

With a stunning new script by local playwright Susan Felder and Chicago premieres by a trio of the country’s most provocative writers — Moisés Kaufman, Naomi Iizuka and J.T. Rogers — TimeLine’s upcoming season explores eras, cultures, points of view and areas of the world that we’ve never tackled before in our previous 15 seasons. Each of the four plays TimeLine’s Company Members have selected will challenge us and, we hope, ignite fresh and timely discussion with you, our audience.

Plus once again, one production will be presented at an alternate location to accommodate TimeLine’s ever-growing audience. The opening production will be presented at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Avenue (next door to Theatre Wit, where we presented A Walk in the Woods last fall), with the remaining three productions taking place at our home on Wellington Avenue.

So what are the shows, you ask?

Without further ado, here’s the season! We’d love to hear what you think about the new line-up in the comments below.

by Moisés Kaufman
Chicago Premiere
directed by TimeLine Associate Artistic Director Nick Bowling
August 23 – October 21, 2012
Presented at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago

In a journey spanning 200 years, 33 Variations is a waltz between past and present, fact and speculation, a mother and daughter, and art and life. One of classical music’s enduring riddles is why Ludwig van Beethoven devoted four years of his diminishing life writing 33 variations of a mediocre waltz, all for little financial reward. Playwright Moisés Kaufman (The Laramie Project) tracks a modern-day music scholar driven to solve the mystery even as her own life and relationship with her daughter crumbles, elegantly juxtaposing her obsession with the composer’s creative struggles. The result is an extraordinary new American play about passion, parenthood and the moments of beauty that can transform a life.

Janet Ulrich Brooks, Terry Hamilton and Juliet Hart.

33 Variations will feature TimeLine Company Member Janet Ulrich Brooks as the music scholar Katherine Brandt (a role played on Broadway and in the play’s Los Angeles premiere by Jane Fonda) and TimeLine Company Member Juliet Hart as Dr. Gertrude Ladenburger, with TimeLine Associate Artist Terry Hamilton as Ludwig van Beethoven. The play will also feature a live pianist sharing the stage and underscoring the action.

by Susan Felder
World Premiere
directed by TimeLine Associate Artist William Brown
October 12 – December 30, 2012
Presented at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave.

Two soldiers — both named Joe but distinct in most other ways — are thrust into each other’s lives after being captured by the enemy in Vietnam. Held in underground cells with a barred ceiling grate as their only access to the outside world, the two are separated by a solid wall as well as divergent backgrounds, politics, world views and opinions about the war they’ve fought. But over two years of captivity and with little expectation of rescue, the two are drawn together as they battle dire conditions, loneliness, loss of faith, and each other. This emotionally stirring new play affirms the extraordinary power of human connection to forge hope in even the darkest hours.

Wasteland marks the return of William Brown (To Master the Art, Not About Nightingales) as a director at TimeLine. The cast will feature Nate Burger (TimeLine’s ‘Master Harold’ … and the Boys) and Steve Haggard (Writers’ Theatre’s Old Glory).

by Naomi Iizuka
Chicago Premiere
directed by Lisa Portes
January 15 – April 14, 2013
Presented at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave.

During the 1880s, an unprecedented new invention changed the world. The camera allowed people to see images of distant lands they never dreamed they would be able to see. Images of geishas, monks and shrines were transmitted far from their origin, where foreigners sought meaning in them through the filter of exoticism and xenophobia. Shifting between 19th Century Japan and present-day United States, Naomi Iizuka’s highly original triptych of a play provides philosophical, cultural and historical themes to ponder in both epic scope and human scale. It’s a sexy, multi-faceted puzzle that explores the intersection of art and authenticity, where things are never quite as they appear to be.

Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West marks the TimeLine debut of director Lisa Portes, whose recent credits include directing the world premieres of Naomi Iizuka’s Ghostwritten at the Goodman Theatre and After A Hundred Years at Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theatre.

by J.T. Rogers
Chicago Premiere
directed by TimeLine Associate Artistic Director Nick Bowling
April 30 – July 28, 2013
Presented at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave.

Heralded as one of The New York Times’ Top 10 plays of 2011, Blood and Gifts takes you inside the secret spy war behind the official Soviet-Afghan War of the 1980s. Spanning a decade and playing out in Washington, D.C., Pakistan and Afghanistan, the play follows a CIA operative as he struggles to stop the Soviet Army’s destruction of Afghanistan. The ground constantly shifts for him and his counterparts in the KGB and British and Pakistani secret service as political and personal alliances keep changing. And as the outcome of the entire Cold War comes into play, he and an Afghan warlord find that the only one they can trust is each other. This bold and provocative new play tells the story of the unknown men behind one of the greatest historical events of recent history, the repercussions of which continue to shape our world.

J.T. Rogers is also the author of the plays The Overwhelming and Madagascar, seen in Chicago at Next Theatre, and White People, seen at Gift Theater.

So, that’s the line-up! What are you most excited to see? Do you have any questions about the plays? You can chime in with your thoughts in the comment section below.

Plus, you don’t have to wait to secure your FlexPass Subscription for TimeLine’s 2012-13 season. They are on sale starting today! Call the Box Office at 773.281.8463 x6 or visit our website for all the details and to purchase.

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  1. Cindy Giacchetti

    Thanks to the TimeLine Company members for selecting four dynamic and exciting plays for Season 2012-2013. Impossible to pick the one I’m most excited to see. Each one looks both entertaining and thought provoking and they cover so many different times and places.I can’t wait to see how TimeLine’s unique perspective and talented artists make each play an amazing night at the theater.