A new season at American Blues

American Blues Theater has announced an intriguing new season. The 2012-13 slate of plays at the Biograph Theatre begins with the world premiere of a new James Still work called "Illegal Use of Hands," to be directed by Victory Gardens associate artistic director Sandy Shinner (Shinner is not directing during the Victory Gardens season).

The cast of this small-town drama will, intriguingly, include Dennis Zacek, the former artistic director of Victory Gardens Theater, and Steve Key. It's a production that would seem to appeal to many longtime subscribers of the Victory Gardens, where the programming has changed considerably.

American Blues will move its annual radio-style holiday production of "It's a Wonderful Life," to be called "It's a Wonderful Life: Live on State Street!", to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, with opening night slated for November. In January, the mother-and-daughter team of Mary Ann and Jessica Thebus will co-direct Donald Margulies' "Collected Stories" back at the Biograph Theatre, featuring Carmen Roman and Gwendolyn Whiteside.

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