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"Nobody in Chicago does adolescent angst quite like the Side Project... the intimate Rogers Park company treats young-adult characters as if they’re no less complicated than those in Ibsen."

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50-somethings Sam and Deena are the seemingly perfect couple, while Ray and the considerably younger Jena are high-drama. But when Deena is diagnosed with cancer, it brings all the tensions to the surface in this world premiere directed by Adam Webster.

Lynne McMahon (Playwright) is the recipient of the 2003 Award in Literature from the American Academy of the Arts and Letters, has received a Guggenheim Foundation Grant and an Ingram Merrill Award. Her play Half Irish was a finalist for the Heideman Award (Actors Theatre of Louisville); The Bird Sanctuary was a finalist for the Tennessee Williams One-Act Play Competition; her full-length plays Anonymity and Admit Impediment were semi-finalists for the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference. McMahon's play The Party was produced by the Manhattan Theatre Source Estrogenius Festival in October, 2006.

J. Kingsford Goode, Amy Johnston, Steve Ratcliff and Fred Wellisch

The Bird Sanctuary

by Lynne McMahon
directed by Adam Webster

April 12 - May 17, 2009

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 1:00 PM
Sunday, May 17 ONLY at 2:30 PM