Firebrand Theatre Presents
QUEEN OF THE MIST
Book, Music & Lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa
Directed by Elizabeth Margolius
Music Direction by Charlotte Rivard-Hoster
May 25 – July 6, 2019 at The Den Theatre
CHICAGO (February 25, 2019) – Firebrand Theatre is pleased to present the Chicago premiere of QUEEN OF THE MIST, based on the sensational true story of Anna (Annie) Edson Taylor, the first woman to go over Niagara Falls. Featuring book, music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa (The Wild Party, Marie Christine), direction by Elizabeth Margolius and music direction by Charlotte Rivard-Hoster, QUEEN OF THE MIST will play May 25 – July 6, 2019 at The Den Theatre’s Janet Bookspan Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago.
QUEEN OF THE MIST will feature Barbara E. Robertson as Anna (Annie) Edson Taylor with Maryam Abdi, Neala Barron, Brianna Buckley, Max Cervantes, Liz Chidester and Hannah Starr. Understudies/swings include: Liz Bollar, Billy Dawson, Adelina Feldman-Schultz, Cari Meixner
QUEEN OF THE MIST is based on the astounding and outrageous true story of Anna (Annie) Edson Taylor, who in 1901 set out to be the first person to go over the Niagara Falls in a barrel of her own design. Navigating both the treacherous Falls and a fickle public with a ravenous appetite for sensationalism, this unconventional heroine vies for her legacy in a world clamoring with swindling managers, assassins, revolutionaries, moralizing family, anarchists and activists. With a soaring score that incorporates turn of the century themes with LaChiusa’s signature complexity and insight, QUEEN OF THE MIST is the story of a single great fall, and how one woman risked death so that she could live.
Firebrand is the first musical theatre company committed to employing and empowering women by expanding opportunities on and off the stage.
The production team for QUEEN OF THE MIST includes: Rose Hamill (production manager), Lauren Nichols (scenic design), Brenda Winstead (costume design), Cat Wilson (lighting design), Wendy Huber (props deign), Giselle Castro (sound operator), Daren Leonard (assistant director) and JC Widman (stage manager).
Title: QUEEN OF THE MIST
Book, Music and Lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa
Director: Elizabeth Margolius
Music Director: Charlotte Rivard-Hoster
Cast (in alphabetical order): Maryam Abdi (Barker, others), Neala Barron (Jane, others, Anna u/s), Brianna Buckley (New Manager, others), Max Cervantes (Frank Russell), Liz Chidester (Carrie, others), Barbara E. Robertson (Anna Edson Taylor) and Hannah Starr (Young Soldier, others).
Understudies/swings: Billy Dawson, Adelina Feldman-Schultz, Cari Meixner and Sarah Ohlson,
Location: The Den Theatre’s Janet Bookspan Theatre 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Dates: Previews: Saturday, May 25 at 3 pm and Sunday, May 26 at 3 pm
Regular run: Thursday, May 30 – Saturday, July 6, 2019
Curtain Times: Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 3 pm
Tickets: Previews $25. Regular run $55. $20 students/industry rush tickets available at the box office.