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Rivendell Theatre Ensemble (RTE), Chicago’s only Equity theatre dedicated to producing new work with women at the core, announces the world premiere of Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood, adapted for the stage by Jennifer Blackmer, and directed by RTE Co-Founder Karen Kessler. Alias Grace runs September 1 – October 14, 2017, at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Avenue in Chicago. The press opening is Wednesday, September 13 at 7:00pm.


This production of Alias Grace replaces the previously announced Cal in Camo, which will now be presented in January 2018 as the final production in the RTE Season 17: The Mind/Body Connection.


A world premiere adaptation of Atwood's acclaimed novel, Alias Grace takes a look at one of Canada's most notorious murderers. In 1843, 16-year-old Grace Marks was accused of brutally murdering her employer and his housekeeper. Imprisoned for years, Grace still swears she has no memory of the killings. A doctor in the emerging field of mental health arrives to try to find out the truth of the matter. Alias Grace is a fascinating study of memory, culpability, and the shadowy spaces within the human mind.    


This play was originally developed in collaboration with the Department of Theatre and Dance at Ball State University (http://cms.bsu.edu)


Title: Alias Grace

By: Margaret Atwood

Adapted for the stage by: Jennifer Blackmer

Directed by: RTE Co-Founder Karen Kessler


Previews:  September 1 – 9, 2017

                 Friday, September 1 at 8:00pm

                 Saturday, September 2 at 8:00pm

                 Wednesday September 6 at 8:00PM

                 Thursday, September 7 at 8:00pm

                  Friday, September 8 at 8:00pm

                  Saturday, September 9 at 8:00pm

VIP Opening: Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 6:00pm


Regular run: September 14 – October 14, 2017


Schedule: Thursdays-Saturdays at 8:00pm

                 Saturdays at 4:00pm (select performances)

Town Hall Discussions will follow the Saturday matinees


Location: Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Avenue in Chicago

Tickets: General Admission

Previews: $25

Regular: $38

Student, Senior, Active Military, Veteran

Previews: $15

Regular: $28


Pay What You Can: Five seats (10% of the house) are available for each performance. Reservations are made on a first come first served basis.

Subscriptions: $59-$80 for 3-plays 


Box Office: (773) 334-7728 or www.RivendellTheatre.org


Parking and Transportation: Free parking is available in the Senn High School parking lot (located a block and a half from the theatre behind the school off Thorndale Avenue). There is limited paid and free street parking in the area and the theatre is easily accessible via the Clark (#22) or Broadway (#36) bus and is a short walk from the Bryn Mawr Red Line El station.


About Rivendell Theatre Ensemble

Founded in 1994, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble advances women’s lives through the power of theatre. Rivendell cultivates the talents of women artists -- writers, actors, directors, designers and technicians – by seeking out innovative plays that explore unique female experiences and producing them in intimate, salon environments.


Rivendell fills an important role in the Chicago region as the only Equity theatre dedicated to producing artistically challenging and original plays created by and about women. After years of being an itinerant company, we moved into our own theater space in 2010 in Edgewater. As new members of the neighborhood, we are focused on becoming an integral community partner and serving as a catalyst to engage our audiences in a discussion of local social issues.


For more information about Rivendell Theater Ensemble, http://rivendelltheatre.org. Follow RTE on Facebook at Facebook.com/rivendelltheatre and on Twitter @RivendellThtr.


Rivendell Theatre Ensemble is supported by generous grants from Allstate Insurance Company; The Alphawood Foundation; The Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development; The Chicago Community Trust; The Chicago Foundation for Women; The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation; The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; The Reva and David Logan Foundation; The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust; SIF Fund at The Chicago Community Trust; The University of Illinois at Chicago Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement; Cultural Outreach Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events; and the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Rivendell Theatre Ensemble is also very grateful for the support received from 100 Women Who Care.


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