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Rooted in Greatness

TimeLine is proud to be part of a very special new public art project that launched this week: Rooted in Greatness—a first-of-its-kind video art exhibit showcasing and honoring noteworthy Illinoisans. Three trees ...
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A reminder of all that connects

I’m not a math guy. Never really have been and never really aspired to be. Like many “creative types,” the thought of math, equations or formulas makes my eyes glaze over and ...
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Interview with Lucy Kirkwood

During rehearsals, Associate Artistic Director and Chimerica director Nick Bowling (NB) caught up with British playwright Lucy Kirkwood (LK) to ask about the inspirations for the play, America’s blind spots, and the meaning of ...
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Interview with Dominique Morisseau

Back during rehearsals for Sunset Baby, Artistic Director PJ Powers (PJP) talked with playwright Dominique Morisseau (DM) about the inspiration of history, using her voice as an artist, plans for her Detroit Cycle, ...
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Revolution, reconciliation and hope

Tonight’s the night! We are thrilled to open the Chicago premiere of Sunset Baby by Dominique Morisseau tonight. Dominique is one of the most compelling and provocative writers to break out in the American theatre ...
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A conversation with Leigh Fondakowski

Writer/director Leigh Fondakowski (LF) shares reflections on the play and the process of creating it with Artistic Director PJ Powers (PJP). (PJP) What first drew you to the story of the Deepwater Horizon ...
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Happy 100th, Mr. Miller

Welcome to TimeLine’s 19th season! Today we open The Price, commemorating the 100th birthday of the celebrated playwright Arthur Miller this fall. This marks the third time that we’ve presented one of ...
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What would you fight to save?

In a time of crisis, what would you fight to save? An obvious first instinct is to protect yourself and your loved ones. But beyond that, what items are most valuable to ...
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In a room together

[These plays] are about the need to talk, the need to listen, the need for theatre, and the need to be in the same room together … It is also my hope ...
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What do you really want to know?

Welcome to the second play in TimeLine Theatre’s 18th season—the Chicago premiere and second-ever production of Danny Casolaro Died For You. Playwright Dominic Orlando approaches this story from a very personal perspective. ...
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Our all-new 18th season

Welcome to TimeLine’s 18th season! We’re thrilled to share a new collection of plays with you—all new to Chicago. Tonight we open the Chicago premiere of Aaron Posner’s adaptation of Chaim Potok’s ...
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Catching up with Marya Grandy

During rehearsals, Artistic Director PJ Powers (PJP) conducted this interview with Juno star Marya Grandy (MG), who portrays the title character in TimeLine’s production of the musical. An edited version of their conversation ...
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A conversation with Sarah Treem

During rehearsals, Artistic Director PJ Powers (PJP) conducted this interview with The How and the Why playwright Sarah Treem (ST). Spoiler alert: Some key plot and character details of the play are ...
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How and why, then and now

We laugh, we cry, we are born, we die, Who will riddle me the how and the why? How you are you? Why I am I? Who will riddle me the how ...
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A potent call to action

In 2010 TimeLine’s literary manager, Ben Thiem, encouraged me and my fellow Company Members to read Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart. Embarrassingly, initially I  made the mistake of assuming that it was ...
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A conversation about "The Normal Heart"

During rehearsals, Artistic Director PJ Powers (PJP) talked with director Nick Bowling (NB) and actor David Cromer (DC) about The Normal Heart. An edited version of their conversation appears in The Normal ...
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“This play is special”

During rehearsals for A Raisin in the Sun, TimeLine Artistic Director PJ Powers (PJP) talked with playwright Ron OJ Parson (ROJP) about his history with the play, his roots within Chicago theatre, ...
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Why this again

We are thrilled to launch TimeLine’s 17th season next week with Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. Since we announced this play I’ve been struck by the number of people who’ve ...
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A tangled web

I couldn’t be more excited to have J.T. Rogers’ Blood and Gifts on our stage right now to conclude TimeLine Theatre’s 16th season. The road to bring this dynamic play to TimeLine ...
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"Trust no one in this play"

During rehearsals for Blood and Gifts, TimeLine Artistic Director PJ Powers (PJP) talked with playwright J.T. Rogers (JTR) about his genesis as a playwright, the extensive research that informed the writing of ...
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Shedding light underground

A few weeks ago when Wasteland was still in its rehearsal process, TimeLine Artistic Director PJ Powers (PJP) talked with Chicago playwright Susan Felder (SF) about her life as an actor, director ...
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The beauty around us

TimeLine’s 16th season is underway! We are so excited to share this year’s collection of four plays with you—all brand new to Chicago—and to ignite new conversations about how these historical stories ...
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Conroy. Kogan. Conversation.

John Conroy (right) and Rick Kogan in conversation at the Chicago Cultural Center, June 25, 2012. We were so thrilled to welcome a nearly full house — about 200 people —  to ...
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No easy answers

Today is the official Opening Night for TimeLine’s 51st production — the world premiere of John Conroy’s My Kind of Town. In July 2009 I got an email from John, introducing himself ...
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Past, present, future

This week we’re taking a trip down memory lane with an extensive interview with five of TimeLine’s founding Company Members, commemorating the 15th Anniversary of the meeting that started TimeLine on April ...
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Auspicious craftsmanship

This week we’re taking a trip down memory lane with an extensive interview with five of TimeLine’s founding Company Members, commemorating the 15th Anniversary of the meeting that started TimeLine on April ...
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$50 in the hat

This week we’re taking a trip down memory lane with an extensive interview with five of TimeLine’s founding Company Members, commemorating the 15th Anniversary of the meeting that started TimeLine on April ...
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JUST history plays?!

This week we’re taking a trip down memory lane with an extensive interview with five of TimeLine’s founding Company Members, commemorating the 15th Anniversary of the meeting that started TimeLine on April ...
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On this day ...

This is it! April 9. It was on this day in 1997 that six artists — all graduates of The Theatre School at DePaul University — held the meeting that launched what ...
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What's in a name?

In early 1999, Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune covered TimeLine for the first time, reviewing our second production, No End Of Blame by Howard Barker. He led off his review with ...
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In your hands now

Clockwise from top left: Terry Hamilton as Ken Lay; Bret Tuomi as Jeffrey Skilling, Sean Fortunato as Andrew Fastow (with his “raptors,” portrayed by Benjamin Sprunger, Demetria Thomas and Matt Holzfeind); and ...
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Ask why.

Today marks the opening of TimeLine’s 50th production! I must say, this milestone is a bit astonishing. In many ways, it seems like just yesterday the six of us who founded TimeLine ...
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Remembering 9/11

The kick-off to TimeLine’s 2011-12 season has been busier than ever before, with two shows opening at two different venues, A Walk in the Woods at Theater Wit and The Pitmen Painters at ...
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Lee Blessing - An interview

I was fascinated by these nations putting some of their best people in critically sensitive jobs with the sole intention of letting them fail. It’s hard to find a more existential situation ...
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From theater to reality

A few years ago I was browsing in a bookstore when a book caught my eye—The Front Page: From Theater To Reality by George W. Hilton. As a longtime fan of Ben ...
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Our Julia story

I’m a foodie. Rivaled only by the theater, the kitchen is my chosen sanctuary and laboratory, and I gluttonously imbibe all things epicurean—magazines, websites, cookbooks, gadgetry, you name it. Like many of ...
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An ever-changing role

On Sunday I took part in the Company Member Discussion after the matinee performance of Frost/Nixon — a discussion that is always one of my favorite events during each production. It is when ...