The House Theatre of Chicago, in residence at the Chopin Theatre in Wicker Park, will kick off its 2012-13 season with "The Iron Stag King: part one," the beginning of a new trilogy by Chris Matthews and Nathan Allen ("The Sparrow") wherein a "young man seeks to unite his realm in peace." Allen said that the new show is a fusion of Arthurian and Norse mythology with "uniquely American themes." Performances begin on Aug. 31.
Following the annual production of "The Nutcracker" (as previously reported, the show will be staged simultaneously in Chicago and Miami this year) House will re-stage its 2007 production of "The Magnificents," once again showcasing the magic of Dennis Watkins, the star of its current show, "Death and Harry Houdini." Performance begin in January.
Allen said that the new production would be far more expansive than the premiere.
In April, House will premiere "Ploughed Under: An American Songbook," a new song cycle created by composer Kevin O'Donnell that aims to pair new compositions with "Familiar folks tales and tall tales."
Watkins continues to appear in "The Magic Parlour,' the late-night magic show at the Palmer House Hotel that has been doing boffo business in an open-run. Additional 8 pm performances have been added.