Laura and the Sea
Rivendell Theatre Ensemble (RTE), Chicago’s only Equity theatre dedicated to producing new work with women at the core, presents the world premiere of Laura and the Sea by Kate Tarker, directed by Devon de Mayo. Laura and the Sea, an unhappy comedy, runs October 25 –December 8, 2019 at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Avenue in Chicago. It’s company outing day, and Laura, one of the top travel agents of her generation, is having the best /worst day of her life. So much so that she decides to end it all. Afterward, her colleagues try to piece
things together on a memorial blog, but how do you mourn someone you didn’t know that well? A comedy about depression, or: a treatise on travel agents who don’t travel.
“Laura and the Sea is truly one of the funniest and yet quietly devastating plays I have ever read. I fell in love with the flawed and totally relatable characters that Kate has drawn, and so enjoy how the play delves into our rarely-examined relationships at our jobs, the people we work with every day, spend so much of our time with, yet sometimes don't really know at all.
The cast includes RTE members Tara Mallen (Laura), Mark Ulrich (Jack), and Paula Ramirez (Mary), with Jordan Arredondo (Joe), Adithi Chandrashekar (Annie), and Alex Gillmor (Stan).
The creative team includes Devon de Mayo (director and movement director) Heather Sparling (lighting design), Tony Churchill (projections), Courtney O’Neill (scenic), Hannah Foerschler (sound design), Clare McKellaston (costume design), Jonathan Berg-Einhorn (assistant scenic and properties design), Gaby Sant’Anna (dramaturg and assistant director) and Catherine Allen (production manager).
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