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Griffin Theatre Continues 22nd Season with Simon Stephens' Port
Dec 20, 2010

Raven TheatreThe Griffin Theatre Company is pleased to continue its 22nd Season with the American premiere of British playwright Simon Stephens' working class drama, PORT. Press opening is Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 7:00pm. The production will be presented on the west stage of the Raven Theatre Complex, 6157 North Clark St. in Chicago.

The production directed by ensemble member Jonathan Berry continues their exploration of Simon Stephens' work having previously produced the American premiere of his Oliver Award-winning On the Shore of the Wide World. The Griffin is proud to have introduced American audiences to Stephens who is quickly becoming one of the most important contemporary British playwrights of his day. Hailing originally from Stockport, Cheshire his plays are often humane explorations of family life. Whilst his writing is frequently brutal, within lies an optimism and an authenticity that sets him apart from many of his American contemporaries.

PORT focuses specifically on Rachel Keats (aged 11 to 24) who hates her home of Stockport vehemently. As she puts it, "it's fucking cheap, grotty, shit buildings, stinks" and her dad's "dead mental". Her own life looks as if it could drift into pieces. But will it? Or will she have the strength and character to escape it. Stephens fills his play with harshness, hope and the triumphs and tragedies that can color so many children's lives, Stephens sensitivity and acute observation of the coded signals, language and mannerisms that young people adopt to survive are what make this play so perfect for the Griffin. The Griffin has a long history of exploring the lives of young people through plays such as Dead End, Be More Chill and Little Brother.

The Chicago cast is lead by Caroline Neff (Be More Chill, Stage Door) and she is joined by Cyd Blakewell, John Byrnes, Joey deBettencourt, Rob Fenton, Alex Knell, Ian Novak and Andrew Swanson.

The Technical and Design team for PORT includes: Melanie Berner (Costumes), Lee Fiskness (Lights), and Joe Schermoly (Set), Christian Gero (Sound), Jon Ravenscroft ( Stage Manager), Beau Forbes (Fight Choreography).

PORT begins preview performances Saturday, January 8, 2011. The Production will be presented on the west stage on the Raven Theatre complex, 6157 North Clark St. in Chicago. Previews continue January 8, 13, 14, 15, at 8:30pm and Sunday, January 9 at 3:30pm. Press opening is Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 7:00pm. Tickets to PORT range from $22-$32, and are on sale now. The regular run performances (January 16 - February 26, 2011) are Friday & Saturday at 8:30 pm. and Sunday at 3:30pm. The production will also have two regular run Thursday performances on February 17 & 24, 2011. Note there will be no matinee performance on Sunday, January 9, 2011. Preview tickets are priced at $22.00 each and regular run tickets are priced at $32.00 each. Tickets are on sale now at the Griffin Theatre Company box office, (800) 838-3006, or online at and at Senior and student discounts and group rates are available.

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