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June 11,2010

Dog & Pony Theatre Co. proudly announces the World Premiere of Dead Letter Office

by Philip Dawkins, Conceived by Ben Vicellio Directed by Dieterich Gray June 9 - July 18, 2010 at the Storefront Theatre in association with Chicago DCA Theater

Following the success of The Twins Would Like to Say, we to take you next into the world of the Dead Letter Office: a place where mishandled mail and people end up.

Christian has long sorted the backlog of the U.S. postal system.  But when a new employee shows up for work, the office's long-buried secrets start to surface in surprising ways.  

Previews start Wednesday, June 9! All previews are Pay-What-You-Can. Go here to purchase tickets or call the box office at 312-742-TIXS(8497).

And check out Time Out's preview article about Dead Letter Office!

Dead Letter Office
June 9 - July 18, 2010
Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 3pm*
Storefront Theatre, 66 E. Randolph St.


Tickets are $22
$17 Students & Seniors, $15 Groups (10+)
Previews: 6/9-10 are pay-what-you-can
*No show on 7/4
www.dcatheater.org





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June 11,2010

My Notes on David's Notes on My Notes.


Pictures of the Bible: In the script, Christian reads a letter from the Civil War. As it turns out, I have a Civil War Era Armed Forces Issue Bible (Why? I don't know. Ask my grandpa, the hoarder.). At least, I'm pretty sure it's Civil War Era. Anyway, I looked to the Bible for inspiration, and stole some of the handwritten marginalia for Christian's treasured Civil War letter. Also, pictures of some script edits on my first draft based on sitting in on rehearsals. I was running low on recycled paper, so I printed the entire first draft on the backsides of rejection letters.



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June 11,2010

3D Rendering of Dead Letter Office


Check out the 3D renderings of the yet-to-be-built set for Dog & Pony's, Dead Letter Office.




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March 1,2010

Talking Without Words


(Seth Bockley is co-director and co-deviser with Devon de Mayo on The Twins Would Like To Say, part of the Visiting Company Initiative Garage Rep)

Ashleigh and Paige are flapping their hands - they seem to be saying 'ta-ta for now', or maybe they are pretending to pat the shoulder of someone in front of them, or maybe bouncing a ball, or flicking water off of their hands.

It just looks like two girls flapping their hands.  But it's a coded language.

We are rehearsing for The Twins Would Like To Say, a world premiere play produced by Dog & Pony Theater Co., devised and directed by Devon de Mayo and myself (alongside an army of extraordinary artists), and opening at the Steppenwolf Garage in February 2010.

Our show tells the story of June and Jennifer, a true-life set of identical twin girls who made a pact of silence at a young age, refusing to speak to anyone except one another.

Ashleigh Lathrop and Paige Collins
One of our primary ...continue reading

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March 1,2010

From Monochrome to Color



(Aaron is the Lighting Designer of The Twins Would Like to Say, part of the Visiting Company Initiative Garage Rep)In designing the lights for The Twins Would Like to Say, the co-directors and I focused on the two worlds where the play takes place. The voluntarily mute twin girls, June and Jennifer Gibbons, grew up in Wales, in the 1960s and '70s, isolated from everyone but each other. But they were also prolific writers, creating vast stories and novels set in an idealized United States. From the twins' perspective, Wales was sleepy and drab, it's always fall, always chilly, always boring. Contrast this with their vivid imagination, vibrant and colorful, their dreams of a California life full of energy and excitement.

For the first half of the play, we remain almost exclusively in Wales, and the color palette of the lights reflects this. With stark greys and bleached out blues, I want the audience to see Wales the way the twins see it, to feel the suffocation that sparked them to start writing.

In the latter half ...continue reading

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