New American Folk Theatre’s new musical MY LIFE IS A COUNTRY SONG is part of the 2016 Chicago Musical Theater Festival

New American Folk Theatre’s new musical MY LIFE IS A COUNTRY SONG is part of the 2016 Chicago Musical Theater Festival

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“My Life Is a Country Song” is a new musical by Anthony Whitaker being premiered at Underscore Theatre Company‘s Chicago Musical Theatre Festival at Victory Gardens Theater.

Set in a textile mill village in South Carolina in 1980, “My Life Is a Country Song” is the story of Donna, starting over after a marriage marred by domestic abuse, told with a country music score, the perfect medium to tell the story.  It becomes of a story of forgiveness: forgiving herself for allowing herself to be victimized, her family for turning their heads and even her ex-husband.  Playwright Anthony Whitaker’s own South Carolina upbringing inspired the setting for this play.

“My Life is a Country Song”:
Writer and Musical Director:  Anthony Whitaker, Co-Artistic Director, Co-Founder, New American Folk Theatre.

Director:  Jamal Howard, Co-Artistic Director/Marketing, Co-Founder, New American Folk Theatre

Arrangements:  Derek Fawcett
Featuring:  Suzanne BrackenKelly CombsDerek FawcettJenna Leigh Fawcett, Charlie Irving and Kirk Jackson
Performance Dates:
Saturday, August 13 — 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 21 – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 27 – 5:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 28 – 12:00 p.m.

New American Folk Theatre’s Mission is “dedicated to folk theatre, music, education, and stories that shine new light on the American tale. We strive to educate the public on works worthy of inclusion to the American theatrical canon. Through utilitarian efforts of using the resources around us, we will produce impactful theatre and other artistic projects that help us learn and grow as a society.”

VICTORY GARDENS THEATER is located in the heart of Chicago’s North side Lincoln Park neighborhood at 2433 North Lincoln Avenue in the historic Biograph Theater

The 2016 Chicago Musical Theatre Festival will run August 9 – 28, with each selected production running for 4 performances. Presented in partnership with the best musical theatre companies in Chicago, now in its third year, is a new-works festival produced by Underscore Theatre Company. “We created CMTF for one reason: there’s a wealth of musical theatre creators and performers in Chicago, but the high risks of producing new musicals means that few companies are willing to take a chance, especially on new authors. CMTF is designed from the ground up to keep costs low by sharing resources, return half of all ticket proceeds to producers, and to showcase emerging authors from Chicago and beyond.”

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