THE PITCHFORK DISNEY

BY: Philip Ridley
DIRECTED BY: Dado

Opened May 2000

Jeff Recommended

“Their ferocious portrayal of Riddley’s dark, eerie script is riveting. 
-Jenn Goddu, The Chicago Reader

 

CAST: Shannon O’ Neill, Eric Johnson, Mike Gilio, Tom Meier
LIGHTING DESIGN: Richard Norwood
SOUND DESIGN: Bob Rokos
COSTUME DESIGN: Imma Curl
SET DESIGN: Michael Pieper
STAGE MANAGER: Michael Quinn
GRAPHIC DESIGN: Alex Present

The Pitchfork Disney
-The nightmare lingers after the make-believe.

– An act of kindness can turn into a nightmare.

-A harrowing and cruel spirited tale about prepubescent life from a child’s perspective.

-Twins struggle to overcome the horrors of their abusive childhood by coming face to face with their fears.

– A set of twins are taken through a night of terror by two side-show performers.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:

Philip Ridley studied painting at St. Martin’s School of Art, London and his work has been widely exhibited throughout Europe. As a writer his credits include novellas, a collection of short stories, a novel, three novels for children, plays for BBC radio, two short films, soon followed by his highly acclaimed screenplay for The Krays (1990) and his feature film debut as both writer and director for the controversial, The Reflecting Skin, which has won eleven international awards. In 1991 he was awarded the Most Promising Newcomer to British Film at the Evening Standard Film Awards. The Pitchfork Disney is his first stage play.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Dado directs and acts throughout the city of Chicago. She most recently directed The Wizard of Oz for Emerald City Theater and Hellcab for Famous Door. Other directing credits include Thanatos and Michael Hannen’s world premiere adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Possessed for Prop/National Pastime Productions, Tracers for Mary-Archie Theater (Jeff Citation for direction). In 2006 she was the recipient of an After Dark Award for Best Director with Huddersfield and recipient of The Goodman Theatre’s Michael Maggio Directing Fellowship