Remy Bumppo Theatre Company

Remy Bumppo Theatre Company is an award-winning theater in Chicago known for literary-minded productions from playwrights such as George Bernard Shaw and Tom Stoppard. Their mission is “to delight and engage audiences with the emotional and ethical complexities of society through the provocative power of great theatrical language.” [cite web | title = Remy Bumppo Theatre Company Mission | url = http://remybumppo.org/pages/mission/30.php | accessdate = 2007-08-14 ]

History

Remy Bumppo was founded in 1996 by current Artistic Director James Bohnen, Carol Loewenstern, and John Stoddard as Remy Bumppo LLC. The company was named after 2 of the founders' pets – Bohnen’s dog Natty Bumppo (named after the James Fenimore Cooper character) and Loewenstern’s cat Remy (named after Remy Martin cognac). In their first year, the company produced 2 plays, "Night and Day" by Tom Stoppard and "The Seagull" by Anton Chekhov.

On June 20, 2001, Remy Bumppo incorporated as a not-for-profit company under the name Remy Bumppo Theatre Company. At that time, they added 4 Artistic Associates: Annabel Armour, David Darlow, Shawn Douglass, Linda Gillum, and Nick Sandys. Artistic Associates added since that time include Joe Van Slyke (added in 2005) and Gregory Anderson (2007). On August 13, 2007, at the age of 55, Artistic Associate Joe Van Slyke died after a lengthy struggle with cancer. Remy Bumppo dedicated their 2007/08 season to his memory.

In 2006, as part of the 10th year, Remy Bumppo was named a resident theatre company at the Tony Award winning Victory Gardens Theater.

Remy Bumppo has won numerous theater awards in its history including 12 Joseph Jefferson Award Nominations and Seven After Dark Awards.

Production History

2007/08 Season: "Fiction" by Steven Dietz; "The Philadelphia Story" by Philip Barry; "Bronte" by Polly Teale; "On the Verge or the Geography of Yearning" by Eric Overmyer; "Remy Bumppo's thinkTank"; "Dickens in America" by James DeVita

2006/07 Season: "The Best Man" by Gore Vidal; "The Real Thing" by Tom Stoppard; "Mrs. Warren's Profession" by George Bernard Shaw; "A Child's Christmas in Wales" by Dylan Thomas; "Remy Bumppo's thinkTank"

2005/06 Season: "Aren't We All" by Frederick Lonsdale; "Tartuffe" by Moliere; "Power" by Nick Dear

2004/05 Season: "A Delicate Balance" by Edward Albee; "Arcadia" by Tom Stoppard; "Humble Boy" by Charlotte Jones

2003/04 Season: "Major Barbara" by George Bernard Shaw; "Some Americans Abroad" by Richard Nelson; "Hidden Laughter" by Simon Grey

2002/03 Season: "The Secret Rapture" by David Hare; "Holiday" by Philip Barry; "Money" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

2001/02 Season: "No Man's Land" by Harold Pinter; "Top Girls" by Caryl Churchill

2000/01 Season: "Man and Superman" by George Bernard Shaw; "Hapgood" by Tom Stoppard

1999: "Road to Mecca" by Athol Fugard

1998: "Waiting for Godot" by Samuel Beckett; "Rockabye" by Samuel Beckett; "Heartbreak House" by George Bernard Shaw

1996: "Night and Day" by Tom Stoppard; "The Seagull" by Anton Chekhov

Notes

External links

* [http://www.remybumppo.org Official website]


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