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THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF PROVISION TH EATER

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Provision Theater Announces Fourth Season Old Classics ... Chicago Premieres

C h i c a g o , I L-- A r t i s t i c Director Tim Gregory has announced the lineup for Provision Theater Company's upcoming fourth season. Performing at the Royal George Theatre, Provision favorite Brad Armacost will star in the Chicago premiere of C.S. Lewis On Stage, a one-man show in which Brad will bring to life one of literature's most beloved figures. Preparing to give a speech, we find C.S. Lewis alone, and procrastinating. What is on his mind? And who is the man behind some of secular and sacred literature's most cherished works? An engaging and telling look at a man we've all read, but know almost nothing about. Next in the season, Provision Theatre presents The Time of Your Life. This wonderful three-act play by William Saroyan first opened on Broadway in 1939. It was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1940, but William Saroyan

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PROVISION THEATER P R O D UC T I O N HISTORY 2004-2005 · Cotton Patch Gospel · A Christmas Carol 2005-2006 · A Christmas Carol · The Boys Next Door · The Spitfire Grill

refused to accept the award, saying that "art could not be patronized by wealth." A morality play that is both gleeful and heartbreaking, the Provision production will star Artistic Director Tim Gregory in his first onstage appearance for the company since The Boys Next Door in 2006, and will play at the Viaduct Theatre. Concluding the season, Provision will proudly present, Smoke on the Mountain. Let us take you back to a simpler time, where you become the congregation of Mount Pleasant Church. You have been invited to their "first ever Saturday Night Sing". Pastor

Oglethorpe is determined to move his flock into the · A Christmas Carol "modern world", by inviting · The Gospel of John the Singing Sanders Family to join him. They will · Beast on the Moon delight you with some of the best old gospel tunes ever written, like "Church in the P RO V I S I O N T H E A T E R Wildwood", "Wonderful Time Up There", and "I'll A W A R D H IS T O R Y Fly Away". A mixture of song, stories, hilarity and · After Dark Award--Best Actor: Tim Gregory, Cotton honest emotion, this audience favorite will have Patch Gospel you tapping your toes and lifting your spirit. It will · Jeff Nomination--Best Actor in a Musical: Tim Gregory, play at the Viaduct Theatre. Cotton Patch Gospel

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From the Founder... a message

· Jeff Nomination--Best New Adaptation, by Tim Gregory and David H. Bell, A Turn to page 3 for a Season Christmas Carol at-a-glance Reference Card. · Jeff Nomination--Best Actor in a Musical: Bradley Armacost, A Christmas Carol from Tim Gregory

Provision Theater is where faith and theater live.

"Provision Theater is unique in providing a theater experience that is truthful AND uplifting. We believe that theater, as with all great works of art, can be a driving force behind how we shape our lives. Therefore, we are not afraid to explore the dialogue of the heart, the debate of the mind, and the mysteries of the soul. You'd be amazed at how a dynamic and entertaining theater experience can provide new perspectives and possibilities of hope.

· Jeff Nomination­ Best Supporting Actress in a Musical: Susan Moniz, The I want to see where we can go Spitfire Grill

with that. Don't you?" ______________________

· Jeff Nomination--Best Actress in a Principal Role: Tiffany Scott, Beast on the Moon

Tim Gregory founded Provision in 2003. He is also a Chicagobased actor and director.

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Provision Welcomes New Staff Members!

Joining us at the top of our 4th Season are new staff members David Marcotte and Becca McCoy. Provision audiences will remember David from A Christmas Carol, Cotton Patch Gospel and The Spitfire Grill. Joining Provision as Artistic Associate, David will assist Tim with talent scouting, play selections, and is responsible for the 3-show reading series Provision will launch this season. Becca McCoy has served Provision for the last two seasons as a volunteer and mailing list coordinator. She is a Chicago-based actor with theatre administration experience in upper management, stage and company management, and marketing for Equity theatres in Florida, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Illinois. She will serve as this season's Marketing Director.

Provision Programming Expands with 3-show Reading Series Led by David Marcotte, Provision's new Artistic Associate, we are thrilled to offer our audiences three readings in addition to our three full productions. The readings will be in keeping with the Provision Mission Statement, and will range from shows in active consideration for future productions to larger scale shows to world premieres. This gives our loyal audience base the first opportunity to experience new works, and allows us to expand our relationships with Chicago talent. One of the readings will be a new play commissioned by Provision and written by Richard Kalinoski, playwright of last season's Beast on the Moon.

Welcome to them both!

Introducing TEAM 200 - Are YOU Game?

Under the leadership of Board Member Steve Lavey, Provision Theater has a new level of giving for donors: TEAM 200.

SAVE THE DATE October 22nd is the Rehearsal Reception for C. S. Lewis on Stage. Open to Board, Staff and Team 200!

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200 people Pledge to give $1,000 a year Minimum of 3 years

TEAM 200 is the elite level of giving, whose members will enjoy season-long perks such as recognition and exclusive events.

donations will be a core of financial support to ensure Provision's future as Chicagoland's source of purpose-driven theatre. And as a TEAM 200 donor, every time you join us for a performance, you will bear witness to your funds at work. To join TEAM 200, or for more information, send in the donation slip from the back page of the this newsletter, or contact us at 773. 506. 4429 [email protected]

Monies earmarked for operational costs

The donations made by TEAM 200 are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law, and the monies are only used for the theatre's operational costs. These

Season Four Begins with C.S. Lewis On Stage

"If wit and wisdom, style and scholarship are requisites to passage through the pearly gates, Mr. Lewis will be among the angels" - The New Yorker

Provision Theatre is proud to present the Chicago Premiere of C.S. Lewis On Stage, starring Provision favorite and Jeff Award winner Bradley Armacost. This intimate one-man show captures the personality and fiction of the author we've all read, but know almost nothing about.

Provision Theater Staff

Tim Gregory--Artistic Director David Marcotte--Artistic Associate Becca McCoy--Marketing Director Vicki P. Klopsch--Director of Events and Corporate Affairs Katherine Roth--Office Manager

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Jeff Nomination Retrospective

Provision Theater has the honored distinction of receiving at least one Jeff Nomination each season of the theater's existence. That signifies Provision is founded in artistic excellence while successfully fulfilling its mission. Thank you for the support that makes it possible! Looking forward to seeing you in Season Four! Bradley Armacost, Nominated for Best Actor in a Musical for A Christmas Carol

The Wish List

Permanent home: if you have an available building or know of an available space, please call us. Board Members: motivated, enthusiastic people desiring to help propel the mission of Provision. Sponsorship / Group Sales. Grant Writer.

Tiffany Scott, Nominated for Best Actress in a Principal Role for Beast on the Moon A Christmas Carol, Nominated for Best New Adaptation Tim Gregory, Nominated for Best Actor in a Musical for Cotton Patch Gospel Susan Moniz, Nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for The Spitfire Grill

Call 773. 506. 4429 to grant our WISH!

2007-2008 Season At A Glance

C.S. Lewis on Stage--Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted Street Previews November 15-17 @ 8pm; Opens November 18 @ 3pm Performances Wed @ 2pm, Friday @ 8pm, Saturday @ 5pm & 8pm; Sunday @ 3pm Closes December 23 The Time of Your Life--Viaduct Theatre, 3111 N. Western Avenue Previews January 31-February 1 @ 8pm; Opens February 2 @ 8pm Performances Thursday­ Saturday @ 8pm, Sunday @ 3pm Closes March 2 Smoke on the Mountain--Viaduct Theatre, 3111 N. Western Avenue Previews May 8-9 @ 8pm; Opens May 10 @ 8pm Performances Thursday-Saturday @ 8pm, Sunday @ 3pm Closes June 8 Viaduct Theatre

Royal George Theatre

Be a part of Provision Theater's growth...

Provision Theater is proud to be the only theater company in Chicago solely dedicated to works that challenge us to explore a life of meaning and purpose. But we need your help to continue to flourish. Please visit our website or call 773. 506. 4429, or simply fill out the form below and mail in a contribution to join TEAM 200 or become a Friend of Provision. Support at any level is greatly appreciated.

Provision Theater is a 501(c) 3 organization, and all donations are tax deductible by law

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