By Tracy Letts
Superior DonutsJanuary 4, 2011 - February 12, 2011
Directed By Allen Nause
EXTENDED! For four more performances, Wednesday, Feb. 9 through Saturday, Feb. 12. All extension performance are at 7:30pm.
This production runs approximately 2 hours with one intermission.
Sprinkled with chuckles and glazed with connections, Superior Donuts tells the story of how friendship is not confectionary but a human treat that when established, satiates and fills the heart.
In Chicago’s diverse Uptown neighborhood, a downtrodden donut shop owner hires a street-savvy and aspiring young writer with hustle and bright ideas. Chock-full of belly laughs, dynamic interactions and compelling neighborhood characters found in everyday lives, Superior Donuts stirs up the challenges of embracing the past and the redemptive power of friendship.
Comparing the 2009 Broadway production of Superior Donuts to Letts’ hard-hitting dramas, the New York Times commented, “(it) is a warm bath of a play that will leave audiences with satisfied smiles rather than rattled nerves.” Artists Rep produced Tracy Letts’ earlier plays Bug and Killer Joe, and the World Premiere of his adaption of Chekhov’s Three Sisters. Letts won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for August: Osage County.
*Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
BEHIND THE SCENES
Portland Monthly Magazines Culturephile Anne Adams spoke with actor Vin Shambry, who plays Franco Wicks in Superior Donuts. Read the interview here.
The latest production photos are in. Check them out here!
Click here to see the set design by Scenic Designer Jeff Seats.
He has appeared at Steppenwolf in Betrayal, The Pillowman, Last of the Boys, The Pain and the Itch, The Dresser, Homebody/Kabul, The Dazzle, Glengarry Glen Ross (also in Dublin and Toronto), Three Days of Rain, Road to Nirvana, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and the Steppenwolf for Young Adults production of The Glass Menagerie. Other Chicago stage credits include The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (A Red Orchid Theatre), Conquest of the South Pole (Famous Door), Bouncers (the Next Lab) and his directorial debut at the Lookingglass Theatre with Great Men of Science Nos. 21 and 22. He also appeared in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, directed by ensemble member Amy Morton. Television credits include: The District, Profiler, Prison Break, The Drew Carey Show, Seinfeld and Home Improvement. Film appearances include Guinevere, U.S. Marshals and Chicago Cab.
COMMENTS FROM TRACY LETTS
PRESENTING SEASON SPONSOR:
“This show has it all – great script, amazing actors, great directing and great set and lights. It’s absolutely fantastic!” - Audience Member
“The actors are so engaging, I was totally swept up in their world.” - Audience Member
“That is the best play I have seen in a long time.” - Audience Member
“This was exceptional; they have a hit on their hands!” - Audience Member