10:51 AM CDT, March 20, 2012
Lifeline Theatre will stage a new adaptation of "The Woman in White," the 1899 English ghost story by Wilkie Collins that previously became the main source of an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, as the opening production of its fall season. Robert Kauzlaric's adaptation, which is not a musical, will open in September.
Lifeline, which specializes in original dramatic adaptations, will then present "The City & The City," based on the novel by China Mieville. Christopher M. Walsh's new stage version opens in February. Set in Eastern Europe, this science-based fantasy story draws on string theory and other metaphysical ideas.
Another world premiere, "Bridge of Birds: A Tale of Ancient China That Never Was," follows in May 2013. Adapted from the 1984 fantasy novel by Barry Hughart, this adaptation will be the work of ensemble member Chris Hainsworth.
Lifeline, which has a separate season for children, performs in its own theater at 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood. This is its 30th year.
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