“Any Other Name” is a wry psychological thriller about poetry, madness, and identity theft in Victorian England. Edward Ballard, a poetry critic, and his formerly well-to-do American wife, Margaret, are on the brink of poverty, surviving on Edward’s aspirations of becoming a famous poet. Lofty dreams soon give way to reality and Edward hatches a plan to satisfy his ambition and save them from ruin by enlisting the aid of celebrated poet turned madman, John Clark. Desire, envy, and deception build to the play’s surprising conclusion in this Chicago premiere by WSRep, McHenry County’s only professional regional theatre company.
“O. Henry noir…rings with relevance…highly charged…intelligent…easy for 21st-century theatergoers to relate to…nearly flawless.” – The New York Times
“There hasn’t been a melodrama in quite a spell as amusingly macabre or as preposterously affable as Any Other Name.” —Curtain Up
“Juicy melodrama…clever and entertaining.” – Talkin’ Broadway
“Any Other Name” was the winner of Best Original Play in 2016 at the New Hampshire Theatre Awards and winner of the New Play Festival at Premiere Stages in NYC in 2009. “Any Other Name” has been workshopped at Trinity Repertory Company, WordBRIDGE Playwrights Lab and Shakespeare at Clark Park.
March 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 | April 1 @ 8pm
March 19, 25, 26 | April 2 @ 3pm
General Admission: $35.50
RaueNOW Member Price (30% OFF!): $24.85
(fees may apply)
Please Note: There will be No Late Seating for this production due to the configuration of the stage. So, please be on time. Seating is limited…so get your tickets early! (And say goodbye to folding chairs! Raue Center promises an intimate and comfortable theatregoing experience with new cushioned onstage seating!)
Approx. Running Time: 90 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.
Content Advisory: PG-13 for some adult situations and mild sexual content.
George Brant is originally from Park Ridge, IL. His plays include Grounded, Elephant’s Graveyard, Marie and Rosetta, The Mourners’ Bench, Any Other Name, Salvage, Grizzly Mama, and Three Voyages of the Lobotomobile. An Affiliate Writer at the Playwrights’ Center, his scripts have been produced internationally by the Public Theater, the Atlantic Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, the Studio Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Alley Theatre, Gate Theatre, Page 73, and the Traverse Theatre, among others. His plays have received a Lucille Lortel Award, an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, the Smith Prize, a Fringe First Award, a Creative Workforce Fellowship, an Off-West End Theatre Award, an NNPN Rolling World Premiere, the Teatro Netto Festival Grand Prize, an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, and the Keene Prize for Literature. George received his MFA in Writing from the Michener Center at UT-Austin and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. He is published by Samuel French, Oberon Books and Smith & Kraus.
Brad Raimondo is a director living in New York City. Recent NYC directing projects include Ricardo Pérez González’ World War I Christmas Truce drama In Fields Where They Lay (The Dreamscape Theatre/The New Ohio Theater) which played three sold-out weeks in December 2014, along with the world premieres of The Improbable Fall, Rise & Fall of John Law (part 1) by Matt Herzfeld (The IRT Theater/Dreamscape), The Tale of Jamie Freel (NY Children’s Theater Festival, 2013) and Claire Kiechel’s plays Whale Song or Learning to Live With Mobyphobia (Dreamscape/FringeNYC 2011) and Some Dark Places of the Earth (The New School for Drama 2013).
Brad’s previous directorial experience in the state of Illinois includes three summers directing at Festival 56, a summer theatre located in Princeton, IL. Brad’s work there included a critically acclaimed revival of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None(2012), Lanford Wilson’s Talley’s Folly, Ruth & Augustus Goetz’ The Heiress and the world premiere of “Hometown” – Anonymous, a new college play inspired by true stories submitted by community residents (all in 2013), and A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia (2014). In January 2016, Brad was named the Associate Artistic Director of the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY. In his first summer with the Hangar, Brad summer with the Hangar, Brad recruited and mentored the Hangar’s renowned summer training program, The Hangar Theatre Lab Company, including producing the Hangar’s KIDDSTUFF season of plays for young audiences and Wedge second stage season. He also directed the Hangar’s Next Generation musical, Disney’s My Son Pinnochio by David Stern & Stephen Schwartz, which featured 51 young actors ages 8-14.
Brad has worked extensively as a director of college and youth theater (recent credits include Edwin Sanchez’ Icarus with the Yale Drama and A Streetcar Named Desire with the Mimes & Mummers at Fordham University). He is a proud member of The New Victory Theater’s Teaching Artist Ensemble and has taught more than 500 theatrical workshops for K-12 students in classrooms throughout New York City and in a dozen states.
Brad is a proud member of SDC, a Drama League Classical Directing Fellow, and holds a BFA in Theater from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, an MA in Educational Theater from NYU’s Steinhardt School, and an MFA in Directing from the New School for Drama.
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