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SEVEN, a documentary play: from the desk of the Executive Director

I am so excited for this year of work produced by the Kaneland Arts Initiative, celebrating 20 years of the Arts.  Already we started our year with the most fantastic concert by Lee Murdock in his annual Hometown Concert, this year featuring special guest, Tim Grimm.  That concert always brings a sense of peace in me that at the same time energizes me into action for the year ahead.


Now we move on to our winter show, in it’s 6th year, opening on Friday (January 18th) in the intimate Kaneland High School black box theatre.  Simply described, SEVEN is a documentary play about seven women in seven different countries who have different stories about the same message.  These women are strong women who rose to make astounding changes in their countries despite the atrocities and adversity that they each endured, but ultimately shaped their lives.  Seven different playwrights interview each woman and wrote their story into this play, all real women and all real stories.  The stories are intertwined as the audience hears similar threads of adversity, realization, and amazing change.  I am so proud that KAI is producing this production, under the outstanding direction of our artistic director, Diane McFarlin.

seven poster

The company of our production is both new and seasoned to KAI staged readings.  The seven women are portrayed by Katherine Bettinghaus, Maria Dripps-Paulson, Rachel Giles, Laura Lagreid, Diane McFarlin, Brianna Silva and Trisha Mills.  The rest of the company is made up of Zack Eckhardt, Emily Murphy, Patrick Murphy, and Abbie Cormier.  The company is small, but the message is huge.

In addition, we are thrilled to present the artwork of 8th grade Kaneland Harter Middle School art student,  Amelia Van Niekerk.  She will be presenting her personal sketchbooks. The artist will be present at the opening night performance for anyone who would like to meet her.

Please join us for this riveting production of SEVEN, the KAI 6th Annual Winter Show, and Amelia’s artwork, on January 18, 19, & 20 in the Kaneland High School Black Box Theatre (enter door 32), 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park, IL 60151.

Performance Dates & Times:
Saturday, January 19th at 7pm
Sunday, January 20th at 2pm                                                                                                Saturday, January 26th at 7pm

Ticket prices ONLINE (click here to purchase your tickets now):
Adults = $10
Seniors = $8
Students = $5

Ticket prices AT THE DOOR:
Adults = $12
Seniors = $10
Students = $7

This production is approximately 90 minutes and is appropriate for very mature middle school students and older (recommended for 8th grade and up). SEVEN will be performed without an intermission. All are invited to stay after the production for a talk back discussion.

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