One year from right now, Congress solves the homelessness problem. The newly passed Rectification Act gives disenfranchised citizens new lives as trained workers in the homes of the wealthy. But they are also forbidden from leaving the program to find a better future. Twenty years later, Leon and Regina are hired to work for well-meaning philanthropist Martin, who has become interested in new fields of psychiatric research and invites his workers to participate. But a simple gift begins a powerful series of events that will test the principles of the entire household. Searing questions of morality, possession and the crimes of the well-intentioned boil to the surface in the tense and provocative world premiere of Tyrant, by Sideshow artistic associate Kathleen Akerley (Theories of the Sun). Society has changed for the better, but how has it changed all of us?
Kathleen Akerley is a playwright, director, actor and teacher whose Theories of the Sun had its Midwest premiere with Sideshow. Other produced work as a playwright includes Something Past in Front of the Light (considered for the Steinberg ATCA Award), The Oogatz Man, 1,952 Miles, Feet, Out of Line, Maintenance is Death and Banquo’s Dead, Jim. Kathleen also adapted Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle for Longacre Lea in Washington, DC, where she is the Artistic Director. Kathleen has acted and/or directed with Studio Theatre, WSC Avant Bard (formerly known as Washington Shakespeare Company), Catalyst Theatre, Theater Alliance, Rorschach Theatre, Scena Theatre, Forum Theatre, Washington Stage Guild and the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, and has taught acting and directing at The Shakespeare Theatre (DC), Catholic University of America, Round House Theatre and Educational Theatre Company. Kathleen is on the Advisory Board of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, and a 2006 recipient of the Theater Lobby Mary Goldwater Award for acting and directing.
Recommended for mature audiences.
Approximate run time: 2 hours, 15 minutes incuding one intermission.
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.