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Melancholy Play
a chamber musical (2015)

By Sarah Ruhl and Todd Almond
Directed by Polly Noonan
May 2-June 7, 2015

Midwest Premiere


Chris Ballou
Emily Grayson
Kelli Harrington
Lauren Paris
Ryan Lanning
Stephanie StockstillMusicians:
Yuriy Geyer
Jacob Grenz
Merrick Jones
Sara Morrow
Assistant Director:
Hannah Friedman
Musical Director:
Aaron Benham
Assistant Musical Director:
Kevin Reeks
Scenic Designer:
Jacob Watson
Master Carpenter:
Justin Longnecker
Lighting Designer:
Rachel Levy
Costume Designer:
Stephanie Cluggish
Sound Designer:
Alex Palma
Properties Designer:
Austin Kopsa
Violence Designer:
Victor Bayona
Dialect Coach:
Adam Goldstein
Stage Manager:
Jessica Forella
Assistant Stage Manager:
Sarah Bernstein

"Noonan, Ruhl's muse, has never disappointed when interpreting her friend's work. And so it goes here. This is a classy show at Piven, which a sparse elegance and a fleet of very solid performances, beginning with Stockstill and especially highlighting Paris."- Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

"So if whimsy isn't your thing, it might be best to keep away from the new musical version of Melancholy Play. But as a Piven homecoming for a Tony Award nominee and successful playwright like Ruhl, Melancholy Play serves as a marker to the importance of this Evanston-based company and its important impact on American theater." - Scott C. Morgan, Windy City Times