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It's time to see premieres on stage this April, no fooling

DESSA ROSE photo by Michael Brosilow.
DESSA ROSE photo by Michael Brosilow.DESSA ROSE photo by Michael Brosilow.

“We are very excited and I believe fortunate to be producing the American premiere of Conor McPherson’s adaptation of [August] Strindberg’s The Dance of Death,” boasts Writers Theatre Artistic Director Michael Halberstam of the company’s new production. “It continues a conversation we started this season with Hedda Gabler and Port Authority and brings many of the sensibilities that helped shape these two plays, while adding a dynamic perspective all its own.

“It’s truly a pleasure to be welcoming Henry Wishcamper to our team of directors. He has a quiet, steady and remarkable authority and a highly sophisticated sense of articulation. He has brought together a wonderful design team and a truly world-class cast. It is particularly profound to be producing work at this level in our bookstore venue as we prepare to make it our primary stage again during the construction of our new theatre center. It can remind us of our foundations as we lay brand new foundations for the adventures that lie ahead.”

The Dance of Death—featuring Shannon Cochran, Philip Earl Johnson and Larry Yando—runs from April 1 to July 20 on 325 Tudor Court in Glencoe. For tickets ($35-$70), call 847-242-6000 or visit www.writerstheatre.org.

Bailiwick Chicago launches its 2013-14 season with the Chicago premiere of the musical drama Dessa Rose by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the Tony Award-winning team behind Ragtime, Once on This Island and Seussical! at the Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater on 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago. Tickets are available at 773-871-3000 and at www.victorygardens.org through April 5.

Adventure Stage Chicago presents the world premiere of SPARK: Chapter One of The Prometheus Project, a re-imagining of the myths of Prometheus and Pandora, from April 5 to May 8. For tickets, call 773-342-4141 or visit www.adventurestage.org.

Profiles Theatre will extend its Midwest premiere of Cock by Mike Bartlett. The play directed by Artistic Director Darrell W. Cox will now run through May 25 at The Main Stage on 4139 N. Broadway in Chicago. For more information, visit www.profilestheatre.org.

In Skokie, Northlight Theatre is extending the world premiere of Christian O’ Reilly's Chapatti starring John Mahoney and Penny Slusher through April 19 on 9501 Skokie Boulevard. For tickets, visit www.northlight.org.