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January 2, 2010 / lotcchicago

Happy Birthday to us!

On December 27, 2008 Alex Kliner, Mary O’Connor and Emily Levin sat on lockdown for 2 days straight in Frederick Maryland and composed the first draft of Lights Out Theatre Company’s mission statement. A grueling but inspiring 2-day process. It was on this weekend that the ideas and concepts that were so vaguely running through our minds and conversations were finally put clearly on paper and the first time we really considered ourselves an organization. This weekend also finalized the name Lights Out and our first real ensemble, (which has now grown to include more members). 

In our first year we have successfully held a fundraiser at Friar Tuck (June) and opened our first  three shows: One Night Stand at Studio BE (July-August), Moosehumps: A Halloween Choose Your Own Adventure Play at The Holiday Club (October), and Poverty Christmas Pageant at The Artistic Home (December). We began our Pre-Game Play Series (PPS), a monthly staged reading of a new work by a new writer, a tradition that will continue into our 2010 Season. 

This week we begin our 2010 season with rehearsals for our fourth production and LOTC’s first full-length: Song For a Future Generation, a world premiere by Joe Tracz, directed by Mary Rose O’Connor at EP Theater (Feb 18-Mar 13).

We truly couldn’t have gotten this far without the support of our audiences, donors, advisors and of course ensemble and artistic associates. 

Thank you for a great first year! And stay tuned!

L to R: J. Crutchfield, M. O'Connor. R. A. Kliner, J. Neilson, M. Carothers, B. Burgess-Donaleski, B. Libby, H. Wineland, C. Moore, A. Lucero. Not pictured: Jaclyn Keough, Christina Dougherty



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