Announcing the 2018-2019 Season for Black Button Eyes Productions!

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Black Button Eyes Productions is pleased to announce its 2018-19 season, kicking off late this summer with the world premiere of NIGHTMARES AND NIGHTCAPS: The Stories of John Collier, a non-musical adaption of British author and screenwriter John Collier’s phantasmagoric short stories. Written and directed by Producing Artistic Director Ed Rutherford, the production will feature choreography by Derek Van Barham and star Kevin Webb with additional casting to be announced.

The season continues in winter 2019 with the Chicago storefront premiere of EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL, a parody of Sam Raimi's classic Evil Dead horror films. Directed by Producing Artistic Director Ed Rutherford with choreography by Derek Van Barham, this spooky send-up features book and lyrics by George Reinblatt with music by Christopher Bond, Frank Cipolla, Melissa Morris and George Reinblatt.

NIGHTMARES AND NIGHTCAPS: The Stories of John Collier will be staged at The Athenaeum Theatre (Studio Two), 2936 N. Southport Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at athenaeumtheatre.org, by calling (773) 935-6875 or in person at The Athenaeum Theatre Box Office. EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL will be staged at Pride Arts Center (The Broadway), 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago. Ticket will go on sale at a later date.

Black Button Eyes Productions’ 2018-19 Season:

August 17 – September 15, 2018 NIGHTMARES AND NIGHTCAPS: The Stories of John Collier – World Premiere! Adapted and directed by Producing Artistic Director Ed Rutherford Choreography by Derek Van Barham Featuring Kevin Webb at The Athenaeum Theatre (Studio Two), 2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Press opening: Saturday, August 18 at 7:30 pm

Before the Twilight Zone, there was British expatriate John Collier, writing humorous stories about the bizarre and fantastical for The New Yorker and sardonic screenplays in Hollywood throughout the first half of the 20th century. In this world premiere adaptation, an ominous host weaves together Collier's comic tales of love, loss and the mysterious for the audience's delight.

January 11 – February 16, 2019 EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL – Chicago Storefront Premiere! Book and Lyrics by George Reinblatt Music by Christopher Bond, Frank Cipolla, Melissa Morris and George Reinblatt Directed by Producing Artistic Director Ed Rutherford Choreography by Derek Van Barham at Pride Arts Center (The Broadway), 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago Press opening: Friday, January 18 at 7:30 pm

It just wouldn't stay dead. Black Button Eyes Productions brings this loving musical parody of Sam Raimi's classic Evil Dead films back to the city for its Chicago Storefront Premiere. When a group of fresh-faced college kids go to a cabin in the woods for spring break, it's only a matter of time before spells are spoken and demonic possession begins. Take in the horror and hilarity in the gritty storefront setting where this show belongs!

About the Artists: Ed Rutherford (Adapter, Director) For Black Button Eyes, Ed most recently directed the Jeff-Recommended production of Nevermore - The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe (Chicago premiere), preceded by Shockheaded Peter (Chicago storefront premiere), Amour (Chicago premiere), Goblin Market and Stephin Merrit's musical adaptation of Coraline (Midwest premiere). Recent directing credits elsewhere include the Jeff-Recommended productions of The Liar with Promethean Theatre Ensemble and Paula Vogel’s The Baltimore Waltz at Brown Paper Box Co. He is an artistic associate at Promethean, where he staged his own world premiere adaptation of the Peter S. Beagle fantasy novel The Last Unicorn, Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle and the company's inaugural production, Christopher Durang’s Beyond Therapy. As an actor, he has performed with Drury Lane Oakbrook, Porchlight, Theater Wit and many others. A graduate of Northwestern's theater program, he is currently completing his MBA at Kellogg.

About Black Button Eyes Productions

The 2018-19 season continues Black Button Eyes Productions' mission to bring to Chicago premieres and seldom-seen works containing elements of fantasy, in which the magical and surreal invade reality. The company was founded in 2014 with the acclaimed Midwest premiere of the musical Coraline, and continued in 2015 by producing the musical Goblin Market in its first Chicago production in over 15 years, attended by the author, Chicago native Polly Pen. In the past few seasons, the company has produced the Chicago premiere of the musical Amour, the Chicago storefront premiere of Shockheaded Peter, and the Chicago premiere of the musical Nevermore - The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe.

Nevermore Designer Profile: Beth Laske-Miller!

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  1. Where you were born/where were you raised: Born on the south side of Chicago, raised in small-town Northwest Indiana, Mexico City & South Bend, Indiana.
  2. Zodiac sign: Textbook Virgo, all the way.
  3. What are/were the careers of your parents: My dad was a purchasing manager for Bendix, now a history/genealogy buff. My mom is an artist and nanny.
  4. Do you have any Siblings?: My older brother introduced me to good music (Sex Pistols, the Doors, Dead Kennedys & Pink Floyd), now he's living the good life in Wilmette. But he's still a weirdo.
  5. Where were you trained?: Always been an artist, starting with my mom & grandparents, later studied sculpture at IU Bloomington, before I got sucked into costume and fashion design there, and eventually received my MFA in Costume Design from Calarts.
  6. Why did you want to be a part of Nevermore? I've always loved the spooky honesty of Poe. To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of poetry, but something about Poe's style makes it accessible and meaningful to me. I also love working with Ed Rutherford, he really lets me run wild and indulge my wacky ideas. Well, and his wacky ideas too.
  7. Current or recent show in Chicago (other than Nevermore) that you think is must-see: Marie Christine. Maybe someday I'll make it to see this 'Hamilton' show.
  8. Favorite Edgar Allan Poe poem or story? He'd hate me for it, but I love The Raven. Also Fall of the House of Usher.
  9. What's your favorite non-Poe scary art? (can be a movie, book, painting, song, etc.) Oh anything. I really love seeing anything new. Classically I love Edward Gorey. I've always been a fan of Stephen King & Neil Gaiman. Every year, I look forward to watching The Shining during the first major snowstorm. Preferably alone.
  10. Most played song in your music collection: Anything by Queen or Bowie. I will always stop for DJ Kool's 'Let Me Clear My Throat'. Really, there are only a couple genres I don't like, otherwise I've always got music playing.
  11. Worst onstage mishap: Mustaches falling off. Always.
  12. Worst job you ever had: In theatre? None were THAT bad. Otherwise? Yeah, I worked at Taco Bell. The one I worked at was shut down by the health department two years later. I'm convinced it gave me super-powers.