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2010/11 Season Salon: Secret Lives, Public Lies

Remy Bumppo's annual season kickoff event, the Season Salon, is a chance to meet and greet the artists behind Remy Bumppo as well as learn more about the upcoming season. Enjoy a lively, sometimes irreverent panel discussion and Q & A on the season theme of Secret Lives, Public Lies, then continue the conversation over coffee and desserts in the lobby.

This year's salon is moderated by Chicago Public Radio's Director of Content Steve Edwards. Panelists include veteran war correspondent Storer H. Rowley; fundraiser Bunky Cushing, dubbed Chicago's “Social Tugboat” by Vogue Magazine; actor Jeffrey Carlson, who originated the role of Billy in Edward Albee's The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? and Remy Bumppo Artistic Director James Bohnen.

Now in its seventh year, Remy Bumppo's Season Salon serves as a preview of the upcoming season and introduces the season theme. The 2010/11 season features three plays exploring the theme Secret Lives, Public Lies and includes Tom Stoppard's romantic drama about competing British war correspondents, Night and Day, Sept. 22 - Oct. 31, 2010; Oscar Wilde's comic masterpiece about social manners, identity and the customs of courtship, The Importance of Being Earnest, Nov. 24, 2010 through Jan. 9, 2011; and Edward Albee's family tragi-comedy, which won the 2002 Tony Award for Best Play, The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?, March 30 – May 8, 2011.

Artistic Director Bohnen explains the season theme Secret Lives, Public Lies: “These plays ask the questions ‘What are you willing to risk?' ‘How far will you go to find true love?' and ‘Where is your limit of forgiveness?' They delve into the tension between the deep truths we hide and the deceptions that help us get by. This year's panelists have uncanny connections to the play they have been assigned to introduce, which promises to make for an exceptionally memorable and entertaining evening.”

Panelist Bios

Steve Edwards (moderator) is Content Development Director for Chicago Public Media and the original host of the award-winning radio news magazine Eight-Forty-Eight on WBEZ. Edwards' reports and interviews have been honored by Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), The Chicago Headline Club, The Illinois Associated Press, United Press International (UPI), The Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI), and the Chicago Bar Association. He is the recipient of a Grand Prize Award from the National Headliner Club and a 2007/08 Knight-Wallace Fellowship for mid-career journalists at the University of Michigan.

James Bohnen (panelist) is artistic director and co-founder of Remy Bumppo Theatre Company where he has directed over two dozen productions. He will direct Remy Bumppo‘s upcoming productions of Night and Day and The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? James has also directed for many seasons at American Players Theatre (APT) in Spring Green, WI. This summer at APT he directs W. Somerset Maugham's The Circle.

Jeffrey Carlson (panelist) is a Broadway, film and TV actor and singer. His recent roles include Marilyn in the off-Broadway musical Taboo (for which he received a Drama Desk nomination), the transgender rock star Zarf/Zoe on “All My Children” (the first transgender character on U.S. daytime television), and Prince Hal in the 5 ½ hour Chicago Shakespeare Company production of Henry IV Parts 1& 2 directed by Barbara Gaines. Carlson also originated the role of Billy in Edward Albee's The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? on Broadway with Bill Pullman and Mercedes Ruehl.

Bunky Cushing (panelist), also known as “The Squire of Society” is a fundraiser, party-giver and man-about-town. He was dubbed “Chicago's Social Tugboat” by Vogue Magazine. His annual Valentine's Tea, now in its 16th year, has been called one of Chicago's most sought after social invitations by Harper's Bazaar. Cushing will lend his perspective to Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest.

Storer H. Rowley (panelist) is a veteran war correspondent, and is currently serving as the Executive Director of Government and Community Relations at Elmhurst College. He was a correspondent for the Chicago Tribune for 17 years, based in Washington D.C., Dallas, Mexico City, Toronto and Jerusalem, and served as its National Editor from 2002 to 2009. A 1997 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Rowley was part of the Chicago Tribune team awarded the Overseas Press Club's Madeline Dane Ross Award, and the Peter Lisagor Award from the Chicago Headline Club in 1996 for a series on why people have children they can't afford to raise. He will discuss Tom Stoppard's play Night and Day.


Recorded Monday, August 30, 2010 at The Greenhouse Theater

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