"FIVE Performances Of The Sebastian Studio Project" at Lakeview areas Saint Sebastian Players Theatre, during one evening, allows audiences to see talented Chicago actors, Angela Bullard and Ed McGuire, on 8/21 through 8/25.
As a pleasant late summer diversion, as both actor's fill a double bill of "Shower of Gold" from "The Golden Apples"by Eudora Welty and "An Evening with Percy" by Ed McGuire .These performances are a Sebastian Studio Project, a program of the Saint Sebastian Players (SSP).
In "Shower of Gold" Miss Katie played by Chicago actor Angela Bullard, recounts the bittersweet love story of Snowdie and King McClain-the mythical Danae and Zeus playing out their love story inside Welty's South at the turn of the century. Written by 1973 Pulitzer Prize Eudora Welty,who is the undisputed female literary voice of the American South. By weaving myth and poetry, as well as the sacred and the profane, Welty's words in "Shower of Gold" comes to life on the stage by Angela Bullard in her persona of the earthy Katie Rainey.
What Angela Bullard bears, is absolutely incandescent, leaving audiences wanting more. As she brings Eudora Welty's story of the south to the stage. Proving her acting skill as a longtime accomplished, well defined Chicago actress.
Then there's Ed McGuire's "An Evening with Percy," adapted from his award winning performance at the 19th Annual Monologue Match Up Competition, juried by theater professionals from all over Chicago theater. Based on the famous character Percy Kilbride is a real actor from the old studio days in Hollywood simply known as "Pa Kettle". This character along with his wife "Ma Kettle" became indistinguishable,in their movies from the '40s and '50s.
Ed who is a master of storytelling has created a story about his reminiscing about the times gone by and the modern ways that seem so foreign to him.Weaving through the past, present, and future together for an evening of joy & delight, giving todays audience a little something to think about.
McGuire has created a performance of Kilbride reminiscing about the times gone by and the modern ways that seem so foreign to him.Their "Ma and Pa Kettle movies which also featured their many children in their small home. Saved Universal Studios during that period from
bankruptcy. But sadly as life goes on, so did elderly Percy Kilbride who didn't finish his run as actor in the series, and was replaced.
Performances of "Shower of Gold" and "An Evening with Percy" take place August 21-25, Weds.-Sat at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., at St. Bonaventure, 1625 W. Diversey, at Marshfield just west of Ashland, in Chicago.