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Rivendell’​s “The Electric Baby” opens Monday

electricbabyRivendell Theatre Ensemble (RTE), Chicago’s only Equity theatre devoted to the work of women theatre artists, has announced Stefanie Zadravec’s The Electric Baby as the third and final production of its 2012–2013 Season of Reinvention.

In this thrilling new drama, a tragic car accident brings a group of fractured souls into the presence of a baby that glows with an unearthly light. Magic and folklore weave throughout Stefanie Zadravec’s beautiful, poignant tale of sad endings, fateful beginnings and the unlikely people that get you from one place to the next. Although she has only begun establishing a national presence, Zadravec is regarded by many as one of the American theatre’s most exciting new voices. The Rivendell production marks Stefanie Zadravec’s Chicago debut.

The Electric Baby was originally produced in 2012 at Pittsburgh’s Quantum Theatre and received the Women in the Arts and Media Coalition’s Collaboration Award in 2011. Zadravec’s account of writing The Electric Baby appeared in the March 2011 issue of American Theatre.

RTE Artistic Director and founder Tara Mallen directs the Chicago premiere, May 16 through June 22 at the new Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N. Ridge. Previews are Thursday, May 16, Friday, May 17 and Saturday May 18 at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15. The play runs Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; regular tickets are $30 and are available online at www.RivendellTheatre.org or by calling 773.334.7728.

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