This is the second show of our season.
In 4000 DAYS, Michael awakens from a three week long coma that has affected his memory. Michael struggles to find the way back to his true self as a tug of war ensues between his pragmatic partner, Paul and over bearing mother Carol. 4000 DAYS was written by British playwright Peter Quilter, whose Judy Garland play END OF THE RAINBOW was adapted as the Academy Award winning film JUDY.
The 4000 Days cast includes (upper row, left – right): Carolyn Nelson, Michael Penick, Marc Prince; and (lower row left – right) Charlee Amacher, Jenna Rose-Drea, Joselle Reyes
CHICAGO – PrideArts’ production of 4000 DAYS, will now open Thursday, October 7 at 7:30 pm, rather than the previously announced opening date of Monday, October 4. Previews are now Friday, October 1, Saturday, October 2, and Wednesday, October 6 at 7:30 pm each night.
Casting has been announced for PrideArts’ production of 4000 DAYS, opening to the press Thursday, October 7 at 7:30 pm, following previews on October 1, 2, and 6. Jay Españo will direct this comedy-drama by the author of the Judy Garland bio-play END OF THE RAINBOW, which was adapted as the Academy Award-winning film JUDY. In 4000 DAYS,
Michael awakens from a three week-long coma that has affected his memory. He struggles to find the way back to his true self as a tug of war ensues between his pragmatic partner Paul and overbearing mother Carol. 4000 DAYS will play Thursdays through Sundays from October 1 -31, with an additional, pay-what-you-can, performance on Wednesday, October 27. There is no show on October 3. Additional, pay-what-you-can, performances are on Wednesdays, October 20 and 27.
Marc Prince, who appeared in PrideArts’ AFTERGLOW, Gosz and Fotos’ TRU: A MUSICAL FOR MENTAL HEALTH, and Theo Ubique’s THE FULL MONTY, will play Michael. Michael’s mother Carol will be played by Carolyn Nelson, a veteran of Chicago stages who has appeared in HELA and TRUTH AND RECONCILATION with Sideshow Theatre Company, THE LITTLE FOXES with Shattered Globe, and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at Writers Theatre and many other productions. Appearing as Paul will be Michael Penick, a newcomer to Chicago whose most recent credits include playing Charlie in KINKY BOOTS, understudying Jack Kelly in NEWSIES, and SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN at Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse in Rock Island, IL. The nurses will be played by Jenna Rose-Drea, Joselle Reyes, and an additional actor to be named.
The production team also includes Cindy Moon (Costume Designer), Foiles (Set Designer), Brady Comenduley (Lighting Designer), Hannah Morris (Projection Design), Adam Halliwell (Properties Designer), Indigo Coar (Technical Director), Jake Ganzer (Movement Director), Stefan Brun (Master Electrician), Samantha Salmi (Assistant Director), and Madeline Switzer (they/them, Stage Manager).
4000 DAYS had its World Premiere at London’s Park Theatre in 2016 starring the BAFTA winning actor Alistair McGowan. The show has since celebrated new productions in Prague, Sao Paulo, Philadelphia and Hamburg. THE TELEGRAPH of London called it “A script that abounds with wintry wit and emotional intensity” The FINANCIAL TIMES said it was “Full of sharp one-liners, interesting questions and stimulating ideas,” while THE TIMES praised its “Solid and satisfying characters” and found it “genuinely moving.”
Tickets are $15.00 for the previews on October 1 and 2, and $30.00 for the regular performances October 4 – 31. The Wednesday, October 27 performance at 7:30 pm will be pay-what-you-can. Tickets are on sale now at www.pridearts.com.
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PrideArts will ensure the health and safety of our artists and audiences by following current state and city guidelines, along with those of the Broadway League and League of Chicago Theaters for indoor performances. All customers must show proof of vaccination when entering the theater. Masks must be worn for the entire performance. Programs will be digital, and hand sanitizer and masks will be available. All of our artists, crew, and volunteers have been fully vaccinated.