Raggedy And – a world premiere by David Valdes Greenwood

RA29In Raggedy And, a fast-paced ultramodern comedy of manners, the perfect poet is needed for the impending inauguration of America’s first female president. When Ondi Rivers, a trans woman, is selected, her wife hits the roof and her son is torn. Imagining the glare of the media spotlight on her family’s private life, will she take the stage?

Arveris Anderson, Delia Kropp, Katurah Nelson, and Manny Ortiz

The cast includes (L to R) Averis I. Anderson as Ben, Delia Kropp as Ondi, Katurah Nelson as Clem, and Manuel Ortiz as Jayden. Designs are by Rebecca Hamlin (set), Raquel Adorno (costumes), Kalie Rollison (sound) and Cat Wilson (lights).

Raggedy And by David Valdes Greenwood and directed by Cecilie D. Keenan, has previews on Thursday and Friday, March 10 and 11 at 7:30 ($15). Regular performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 3:30pm through April 10. Tickets are $22 Thursdays, and $27 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. There is a special industry night performance on Monday, March 21, 7:30 with tickets $22. Discounts are available for students and seniors. The performance is at Rivendell Theater, 5779 N Ridge, and tickets can be purchased at 1-800-737-0984 or

Pride Films and Plays has begun an Indiegogo campaign in support of this productions, and you can find that information here.

David Valdes Greenwood (author) is the author of plays which have been staged across the US and in the UK. His work has been produced and workshopped by the Humana Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, Huntington Theatre Company, Portland Stage, and more. Raggedy And was workshopped in the 2014 Stage Left LeapFest, is a finalist for the Giant Cherries LGBT Playwriting Prize, and was a finalist for the ATHE Excellence in Playwriting Prize. He is a Huntington Theatre Company Playwriting Fellow, a three-time Sloan Commission recipient at Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York, and the winner of a Brother Thomas Artist Fellowship. His published plays include Brave Navigator (Samuel French) and the forthcoming Bully Dance (Adirondack Press). Upcoming work includes the world premiere of Full Code with Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company and development of Vow Keepers in the 2016 Cimientos with IATI Theater Todo Vanguardia.

Cecilie Keenan (director) is a freelance director, producer and writer who has been active in the Chicago Theater Community for over 20 years. She has directed on many stages including The Goodman Theater with El Nogalar, and Collaboraction with the The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow. Keenan has been a frequent director at American Blues Theater, where she has directed Tobacco Road, Living Out (co-pro with Teatro Vista), Toys in the Attic and Bus Stop. She also served a stint as Artistic Director at Bailiwick Repertory where she started the Director’s Festival, 11 Minutes Max and directed Our Town (a deaf/hearing/movement version), Nagasaki Dust, Shanghai Gesture, Dark of the Moon and Prometheus Bound/UnBound. Cecilie held the position of Producing Director at Chicago’s Apple Tree Theater and directed Anna Christie, The Birthday Party and Private Eyes and the same post at Teatro Vista where she directed Living Out, Dreamlandia and Another Part of the House.

David Valdes Greenwood and Cecilie D. Keenan
David Valdes Greenwood and Cecilie D. Keenan