Any Other Name
Williams Street Repertory is a non-profit theatre company now in its sixth season in residence at Raue Center For The Arts in downtown Crystal Lake, Ill. Over the past six years, WSR has built a reputation as one of Illinois’ leading producing theatres and has become a unique and valuable asset to the McHenry County community.
At its foundation, WSR is dedicated to its mission of producing diverse and emotionally charged stories that deepen the cultural richness of the community and region. Since opening, WSR has presented more than 25 productions featuring a wide range of appeal, from holiday favorites to international debuts and Chicago premieres.
WSR’s next production is the Chicago premiere of “Any Other Name.” This darky funny psychological thriller by award-winning playwright George Brant opens March 17, 2017 at Raue Center and runs select dates through April 2, 2017. In addition to performances in downtown Crystal Lake, “Any Other Name” transfers to Chicago’s Theater Wit on April 21, 2017 and runs select dates through April 30, 2017.
“Any Other Name” is a wry psychological thriller about poetry, madness and identity theft in Victorian England. Edward Ballard, a poetry critic, and his formerly well-to-do American wife, Margaret, are on the brink of poverty, surviving on Edward’s aspirations of becoming a famous poet. Lofty dreams soon give way to reality, and Edward hatches a plan to save them from ruin by enlisting the aid of celebrated poet turned madman, John Clark. Desire, envy and deception build to the play’s surprising conclusion in this Chicago premiere.
In 2016, “Any Other Name” was named the winner of Best Original Play at the New Hampshire Theatre Awards and the show was also named the winner of the New Play Festival at New York City’s Premiere Stages in 2009. “Any Other Name” appeared as a 2015 WSR LAB Series selection and has been workshopped at Trinity Repertory Company, WordBRIDGE Playwrights Lab and Shakespeare at Clark Park.
Over the past six years, WSR has earned a reputation for artistic excellence by working with the industry’s best to produce award-winning theatre. In March 2016, WSR entered into a contract with the Actors’ Equity Association. In doing so, the company was made a member of the most distinguished body of actors and stage managers in the United States and earned the distinction of being the only professional theatre company in McHenry County.
In October 2016, WSR became a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the American theatre. TCG has existed to strengthen, nurture and promote the professional not-for-profit American theatre for over 50 years. WSR is also a proud member of the League of Chicago Theatres. TLC is an alliance of more than 200 Chicago area theatres that leverages its collective strength to support, promote and advocate for Chicago’s theatre industry locally, nationally and internationally.
March 24 - March 26 from 8 pm to 10 pm
Raue Center For The Arts, North Williams Street, Crystal Lake, IL, United States