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October 19 - December 9, 2018

This glorious, raw, and bittersweet look at one of opera’s most formidable talents was the Tony Award winner for Best Play in 1996.

Witness a master class conducted by legendary opera diva Maria Callas. Glamorous and demanding, Callas critiques and regales a new crop of opera’s finest. Both frustrated and amazed by the students thrust before her, she escapes into recollections of the glories and failures of her past, remembering her rise as one of opera’s biggest underdogs. This authentic and musically rich MASTER CLASS presents a portrait of a fading star who refuses to be anything but unapologetically herself.

TimeLine’s production will star Company Member Janet Ulrich Brooks, a six-time Jeff Award nominee for roles at TimeLine (including 33 VARIATIONS, A WALK IN THE WOODS and ALL MY SONS), where she mostly recently appeared as Queen Elizabeth II in the company’s extended run of Peter Morgan’s THE AUDIENCE, also directed by Nick Bowling. Other recent credits include VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE (Jeff Award nomination) at the Goodman Theatre, WOMEN LAUGHING ALONE WITH SALAD (Helen Hayes Award nomination) at Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C., and the short film FOR A GOOD TIME. And the production will be music directed by six-time Jeff Award recipient Doug Peckwho previously music directed FIORELLO! and JUNO at TimeLine. Peck’s extensive credits include work around Chicago at Court Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and many others, as well as regionally at theatres across the United States.

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Production Team

* Member of Actors Equity Association

# Member of United Scenic Artists

~ Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

+ TimeLine Company Member

^ TimeLine Associate Artist

§ TimeLine Playwrights Collective

Discussions & Events

  • MyLine Preview Pizza Party: MASTER CLASS
    Friday, October 19 at 6:45 pm

    Pizza, drinks and a special pre-show discussion before MASTER CLASS.

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  • Opening Night Celebration: MASTER CLASS
    October 25, 2018 at 7:30pm

    Opening Night for this acclaimed hit, the second production of our 2018-19 Season.

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  • Cabaret Connexion: An Evening with Faith Prince
    Tuesday, October 30 at 7:30 pm

    A cabaret on the set of TimeLine’s production of MASTER CLASS with Broadway star Faith Prince.

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  • MASTER CLASS: Post-Show Discussion
    Various dates

    Join us for informal post-show discussions with members of the production team and cast.

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  • MASTER CLASS: PRE-Show Discussion
    Various dates

    Join us for an informal sneak peek into MASTER CLASS with members of the production team.

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  • Open Captioned Performance of MASTER CLASS
    Saturday, November 10 at 4:00 pm

    Featuring a text display of words and sounds heard during the performance.

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  • MASTER CLASS: Company Member Discussion
    Sunday, November 18

    Join us for an informal chat with TimeLine’s Company Members after today’s performance.

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  • MASTER CLASS: Sunday Scholars Series
    Sunday, December 2

    This one-hour post-show panel discussion features experts on the themes of the play.

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  • MASTER CLASS Closing Night
    Sunday, December 9

    Closing night for the second production in TimeLine’s 2018-19 season.

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