by Jeffrey Hatcher and Eric Simonson
directed by David Ira Goldstein
featuring BJ Jones and Tracy Michelle Arnold
This benefit reading is a part of Northlight’s Interplay New Play Development program, providing customized support for new work in the critical stages of early play development.
ABOUT THE PLAY: Frank Lloyd Wright and Ayn Rand were two iconoclastic artists that loomed large over the 20th century. After years of brush-offs from the already accomplished architect to the emerging author, they finally meet and, surprisingly, become friends. With witty badinage and delicious posturing we see the shared ideals and aspirations of these thorny giants over a twenty-year relationship, as well as the darker sides that plagued them both.
Join us for a reading of this new drama while still in the development process!
Frank Lloyd Wright
BJ JONES is in his 25th season as Artistic Director of Northlight. Mr. Jones is a two-time Joseph Jefferson Award Winning actor and a three-time nominated director. He’s directed the world premieres of Charm (Jeff Award Best New Play), The Outgoing Tide (Jeff Award Best New Play), White Guy on the Bus (Jeff Nominated Best New Play), Chapatti (Nominated Jeff Award Best New Play), Better Late, and Rounding Third. Notably, he has directed productions of Outside Mullingar, Grey Gardens, The Price, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and The Beauty Queen of Leenane. As a producer he has guided the three world premieres of The Christmas at Pemberley Trilogy (Jeff Award Best New Play), Shining Lives, The Last Five Years, and Studs Terkel’s ‘The Good War’. Additional directorial credits include Pitmen Painters (Timeline, Jeff Award Best Production); 100 Saints You Should Know (Steppenwolf); Glengarry Glen Ross (Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, Suzi Bass nomination Best Director); The Lady with All the Answers (Cherry Lane, New York); Animal Crackers (Baltimore Center Stage); Three Musketeers, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing (Utah Shakespeare Festival), and four productions at the Galway International Arts Festival. As a performer, he has appeared at Northlight, Goodman, Steppenwolf, Court, and other theatres throughout Chicago. Film/TV credits include The Fugitive, Body Double, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Early Edition, Cupid, and Turks, among others.
Tracy Michelle Arnold
Tracy makes her home in Spring Green, WI, (home of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin), where she is a member of American Players Theatre’s Core Acting Company. Since 1999, she has spent 21 seasons at APT, and is humble to have such an extraordinary artistic home. Credits with the company include Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, Kate in Taming of the Shrew, Cleopatra in Antony & Cleopatra, Julie in The Royal Family, and Linda Lohman in Death of a Salesman, among many others. Other Regional credits include Nora in Doll’s House, Part Two at Indiana Rep, Emily in The Lifespan of a Fact and Regina in The LIttle Foxes at Asolo Rep, Brook in Other Desert Cities at the Goodman, Amanda in Private Lives at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, and Miss Madrigal in The Chalk Garden at Northlight.