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News Thu Aug 28 2014

Seanachai Theatre to Become Irish Theatre of Chicago

Seanachai Theatre Company, one of Chicago's acclaimed small Equity theaters, is changing its name to Irish Theatre of Chicago for its 20th anniversary season.

The current name -- Seanachai -- means "storyteller" in Gaelic. Co-Artistic Directors Michael Grant and Ira Amyx said that they've been considering changing the name for several years. "While our name is changing, our mission remains the same, and (telling stories) is still at the heart of what we do. It is our hope that our new name and logo will support our future plans and make it easier for our current and future patrons to find and follow us."

The Irish Theatre of Chicago's 2014-15 season will include two shows: Shining City by Conor McPherson, one of Ireland's celebrated contemporary playwrights, opening Nov. 26, and the world premiere of The White Road by founding ensemble member Karen Tarian, opening April 30. The plays will be presented at the Irish Theatre's home, The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave., where Seanachai has staged its recent plays.

In Shining City, an ex-priest turned therapist takes on his first patient, a man who claims to have seen the ghost of his recently deceased wife. It's a contemporary ghost story. Last season's production of McPherson's The Seafarer earned the company five 2013-14 Equity Joseph Jefferson Award nominations including Best Play, Best Ensemble, Best Director (Matt Miller), Best Actor (ensemble member Brad Armacost) and Best Supporting Actor (ensemble member Ira Amyx).

The White Road is the story of Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated attempt to cross Antarctica from sea to sea via the South Pole. The crew is forced to abandon their ship, The Endurance, having been crushed by pack ice. They have one path ahead -- The White Road.

Season tickets for the Irish Theatre of Chicago are on sale now and single tickets will go on sale Sept. 15. For more information, visit the website or call 773-878-3727.


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