Clifford Odets said that he hoped people would see his play and “be glad they are alive.” Rousing, hilarious, devastating, and ultimately full of hope, The Agency’s modern take squeezes every drop of humanity from this masterpiece.
Written by Clifford Odets
Directed By Andrew Gallant & Lisa Konoplisky
T.J. Anderson (Felix), Sommer Austin (Libby Michaels), Patrick Burch (Pike), Iymen Chehade (Paul), Adam Claus (Ben Gordon), Mike Dobbyn (Post), David Falk (Sam Katz), Danny Glenn (Gus Michaels), Shannon Huneryager (Clara Gordon), Edward Karch (Julie Gordon), Kadie Lee (Mr. May), Michael Maggio (Policeman), James Mahon (Cameraman), Janet Magnuson (Bertha Katz), Michael Menconi (Detective), Charles Newson (Milton), Molly O’Grady (Pearl Gordon), Alia Peck (Kewpie), Nelson Rodriguez (Rogo), Greg Seidler (Williams), Kyle Sing (Schnabel), James Sparling (Leo Gordon), Brittany Steiger (Lucy), Tim Touhy (Phil Foley)
Ryan Brankin (Piano Player), Chris Barker (Lighting Design), Megan Donahue (Assistant Stage Manager), Kate Jacobsen (Costume Designer), Alyssa Jaksa (Stage Manager), DeChantel Kosmatka (Costume Designer), Tierra G. Novy (Set Designer), and Brittany Steiger (Production Manager).
Praise for Paradise Lost:
“Legend has it that in the 1930s, Clifford Odets’ social dramas would cause people to go out to the streets and riot. It’s not hard to see why when watching the Agency Theater Collective’s production of his 1936 Paradise Lost…The show boasts very strong performances that make the seventy five year old dialogue crackle, and the hype that the subject matter is more relevant than ever is for once entirely accurate.” — Rory Leahy, Centerstage Chicago
“New companies like The Agency have the ambition and the drive to stage difficult large-cast works that have fallen off some larger theaters’ radar screens, and the energy to create a new theater space called The Charnel House out of an old funeral parlor at Fullerton and Kimball, in a neighborhood whose name I don’t even know, literally stretching the boundaries of Chicago theater. Where would we be without them?” — Kelly Kleiman, WBEZ
photos by Jordan Voskuil