Windfall Theatre’s ‘Sunday in the Park’
Plus: ‘Heart of a Dog’ at Moct
The first act of the
musical concerns itself with the creation of Seurat’s famous work. Members of
the ensemble will portray the people in the painting that Seurat so
meticulously rendered. The online photo came from a trip to the Art Institute
of Chicago that Birkett took to “re-connect” with the work that inspired the
musical. It’s nice to see Birkett, a talented actor in and out of musical
theater, holding down the central role in a show about the nature of art and
the people who sacrifice for it. Birkett is joined by a number of notable
musical talents, including Bryce Lord, Karl Miller and Kristin Pagenkopf. The
production will be directed by Carol Zippel, who helmed Sondheim’s Anyone Can Whistle for Windfall.
production of Sunday in the Park With
George runs May 7-22 at Village Church Arts (130 E. Juneau Ave.).
The arts collective Bad Soviet Habits is tapping into the
unique creative energies of Kurt Hartwig and Andy North in order to bring Heart of a Dog to Moct (240 E. Pittsburgh Ave.)
this week. The play is a loose, visceral adaptation of the 1925 Mikhail
Bulgakov novel of the same name. The novel tells the story of a doctor who
transplants human organs into a stray dog. This political satire finds Hartwig
and North playing multiple roles in a play featuring minimal set, props and
costuming. Judging from videos posted online, Hartwig and North share a very
interesting dynamic. They plan to take the show to fringe festivals in Minnesota and the Czech Republic
in the near future.
Bad Soviet Habits’ production of Heart of a Dog runs May 6-21 at Moct. There is no charge for admission.