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2008-2009 Season

Winesburg, Ohio

Mar 13th - Apr 5th, 2009

Spencer Theatre

Based on the Novel by Sherwood Anderson Book and Lyrics by Eric Rosen With Music and Additional Lyrics by Andre Pluess and Ben Sussman Directed and Developed in Collaboration with Jessica Thebus Directed by Eric Rosen An award-winning new musical by KC Rep’s new Artistic Director Eric Rosen and three of Chicago’s most talented theatre artists. Based on Sherwood Anderson’s classic stories of life in a small Midwestern town at the turn of the 19th century, Winesburg is a passionate ode to expressing the secret passions that lie beneath the quiet surface of everyday life. George Willard is just 18 when the musical begins, full of hopes of a great life as an artist, but because of his ailing mother, he can only dream of escaping Winesburg for the big city. One by one, George encounters the citizens of Winesburg, and begins to learn that secret histories and deep hidden passions are lurking just beneath the surface. At once hilarious, heartbreaking, and triumphant, Winesburg, Ohio is one of the most original new musicals to come along this decade, and an homage to one of the greatest works of 20th century literature. Winesburg won the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work and the Barrymore Award for Best Musical.

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