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2010 Non-Equity Jeff Nominations

Bilal Dardai
Best New Adaptation

Jared B. Moore
Best Lighting Design


"TOP TEN PLAYS OF 2009 ... New Leaf’s new adaptation of G.K. Chesterton’s 1908 satire about a man who finds himself tapped by Scotland Yard to infiltrate a council of anarchists was blessed by playwright Bilal Dardai’s deft touch and the shrewd, apparently endless inventiveness of director Jessica Hutchinson and the company’s resident designers. New Leaf has often found innovative ways of looking at its unique space; here the troupe did it several times in the same night. Add an ensemble equally adroit with the urbane and the farcical, and this theater experience is one we’d like to revisit every day of the week."

- Kris Vire
TimeOut Chicago

"RECOMMENDED ... a whip-smart adaptation ... Jessica Hutchinson's inventive staging and an agile ensemble find the right balance between the ridiculous masquerades of the anarchists (one in full Cyrano regalia) and the chilling realization that, once unmasked by the world, none of us knows what our next step should be."

- Kerry Reid
Chicago Reader

"FOUR STARS ... a piece that flirts with the spectacular ... Dardai has structured his tale deftly ... the director and her designers ... compel us onto our toes"

- Christopher Shea
TimeOut Chicago

"HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ... a smorgasbord of theatrical delights: from intelligent, often hilarious acting from the entire ensemble to director Jessica Hutchinson's delightful, innovative staging and Nick Keenan's ingenious sound design ... Dan Granata's delivery and timing are a marvel ... a beautifully coordinated, versatile and very talented cast ... Bilal Dardai has wisely retained the complexity and richness of Chesterton's literary prose."

- Laura Kolb

"Unbelievably contemporary ... what an original way to approach a halloween production ... quite spooky and quite interesting"

- Kelly Kleiman
Dueling Critics, 848 on WBEZ Chicago Public Radio

"There’s no doubt about the determination of New Leaf’s promenade production. A lot of loving ardor went into every aspect of this disciplined deception... [Dan Granata as Syme] takes us through this warren of a plot with the same precision that Chesterton showed his readers 101 years ago. Let’s hear it for thinking theater!"

- Lawrence Bommer
Chicago Free Press

"RECOMMENDED ... Jessica Hutchinson’s directing is hip, astute and responsive, with a semi-promenade that makes brilliant use of space and has actors circulating amongst the audience without any sense of clumsy attempts at “interactivity.” Acting is deft across the board ... along with gorgeous technical theater"

- Monica Westin
New City

"I don’t think that I’ve seen a play as amusing, witty, clever, intelligent, engaging, moving and intense as New Leaf Theatre’s The Man Who Was Thursday."

- Monica Reida
Fragments [blog]

by Bilal Dardai
based on the novel by G. K. Chesterton
directed by Jessica Hutchinson
A World Premiere

Nate Burger
Ted Evans
Joel Ewing
Sean Patrick Fawcett
Dan Granata
Andy Hager
Patrick Halley
Nick Mikula
Austin Oie
Brian Rooney


Amanda Frechette
Stage Mgr.

Michelle Lilly O'Brien
Set Design

Jared Moore
Lighting Design

Nick Keenan
Production Manager & Sound Design

Marni Keenan
Production Coordinator

Rachel Sypniewski
Costume Design

Jacob Juntunen

Greg Poljacik
Fight Director

Lindsay Bartlett
Dialect Coach

Signpost Chicago
Video Trailer
The Man Who Was Thursday
by Bilal Dardai
based on the novel by G. K. Chesterton
directed by Jessica Hutchinson


Photography by Marni Keenan

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