Company

COMPANY

November 3 – 19, 2017
Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth
Directed by William Brown

From musical theatre's most renowned composer, COMPANY is largely regarded as a trailblazer of the dark-comedy, modern-musical genre and the winner of seven Tony Awards. Jeff Award-winning director and TimeLIne Theatre Associate Artist Bill Brown directs this classic musical featuring a brilliantly brisk and energetic score with many of Stephen Sondheim's best known songs.

Stephen Sondheim (Music & Lyrics) contributed the lyrics to two classic collaborations with the playwright Arthur Laurents and the director-choreographer Jerome Robbins, WEST SIDE STORY (1957; music by Leonard Bernstein) and GYPSY (1959; music by Jule Styne). His first produced Broadway show as both composer and lyricist, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (1962), had an even longer Broadway run than its predecessors. His next musical, ANYONE CAN WHISTLE (1964), an experimental piece that lasted only a week on Broadway, lives on through its inventive songs, some of which have since become staples in the American pop and cabaret repertoire. He next collaborated with Richard Rodgers on DO I HEAR A WALTZ? (1965). In 1966, Sondheim wrote a made-for-TV musical, EVENING PRIMROSE, for the ABC network. With such collaborators as playwrights Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart, George Furth, James  Goldman, Hugh Wheeler, John Weidman and James Lapine, Sondheim would go on to create a remarkable succession of groundbreaking musicals: COMPANY (1970), FOLLIES (1971), A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (1973),THE FROGS (1974), PACIFIC OVERTURES (1976), SWEENEY TODD (1979), MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (1981), SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE (1984), INTO THE WOODS (1987), ASSASSINS (1991), and PASSION (1994). His show, BOUNCE (2003), was produced in a revised version, titled ROAD SHOW, at the New York Shakespeare Festival in late 2008.  Sondheim’s first musical for Broadway, SATURDAY NIGHT, written in 1954, remained unproduced until a successful off-Broadway premiere in 1997. He also wrote the scores for the Alain Resnais film STAVISKY (1974) and Warren Beatty’s REDS (1981) as well as songs for Beatty’s DICK TRACY (1990), among other movies.

George Furth (Book, 1932-2008) G has worked extensively as an actor, appearing in many feature films, INCLUDING THE BEST MAN, OH GOD!, DOCTOR DETROIT, YOUNG DOCTORS IN LOVE, THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS, CANNONBALL RUN, HOOPER, BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, BLAZING SADDLES, SHAMPOO, SLEEPER, THE NEW INTERNS and MYRA BRECKINRIDGE; he has also acted in many major television shows. In addition to COMPANY, he has written the Broadway shows: THE ACT, TWIGS, THE SUPPORTING CAST, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, PRECIOUS SONs and GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER. George Furth was born in Chicago and graduated from Northwestern University; he did postgraduate work at Columbia University.

William Brown (Director) returns to Northwestern, where he previously directed YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU. He is a Resident Director at Writers’ Theatre in Chicago where he has directed productions of COMPANY, DOUBT, PORT AUTHORITY, THE LIAR, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, HEARTBREAK HOUSE, AS YOU LIKE IT, ANOTHER PART OF THE FOREST, ARMS AND THE MAN, OUR TOWN, ROCKET TO THE MOON, MISALLIANCE, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, INCIDENT AT VICHY and the world premieres of Brett Neveu’s OLD GLORY and DO THE HUSTLE. He directed and wrote (with Doug Frew) TO MASTER THE ART about Julia and Paul Child for TimeLine Theatre, where he is an Artistic Associate and most recently directed the world premiere of WASTELAND by Susan Felder. He has directed four plays at Northlight, including  his own adaptation with music of SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER.  He directed A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Goodman Theatre, SKYLIGHT at Court, AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS and FALLEN ANGELS at Indiana Rep.  He has directed eighteen productions at American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wisconsin, including THREE SISTERS, KING LEAR,  A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, TRAVESTIES, ALL MY SONS, TROILUS AND CRESSIDA, THE CRITIC, HAY FEVER, ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, NIGHT OF THE IGUANA, and THE MATCHMAKER.  Bill recently spent two residencies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, teaching and directing ‘TIS PITY SHE’S A WHORE and THE GRAPES OF WRATH. This past winter, he directed ANIMAL FARM at the University of Houston. He is Associate Artistic Director at Montana Shakespeare in the Parks where he most recently directed YOU NEVER CAN TELL, HAMLET, and THE RECRUITING OFFICER. Brown received a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Director for The Liar and for Best Actor for his portrayal of Henry Kissinger in Writers’ Theatre’s NIXON’S NIXON. He received a 2010 Spirit of Diversity Award from Actors’ Equity and the Chicago Tribune named him Chicagoan of the Year for Theatre in 2003. His website is williambrowndirector.com.

Scenic Designer: Scott Penner
Costume Designer: Amanda Rabito
Lighting Designer: Matthew Sharp
Sound Designer: Stephen Ptacek
Assistant Directors: Hassan Al Rawas, Noah Watkins & Eli Cohen
Music Director: Noah Landis
Choreographer: William Angulo
Stage Manager: Dana Sussman

Performance Schedule
Friday, November 3 at 7:30PM
Saturday, November 4 at 7:30PM
Sunday, November 5 at 2:00PM
Friday, November 10 at 7:30PM
Saturday, November 11 at 7:30PM
Sunday, November 12 at 2:00PM
Thursday, November 16 at 7:30PM
Friday, November 17 at 7:30PM
Saturday, November 18 at 7:30PM
Sunday, November 19 at 2:00PM

Ticket Pricing
Adult $30
Seniors (62+) $27
Area Educator $25
NU Faculty/Staff $20
Full-Time Student $10
NU Student $6/Adv. $10/Door