“The Dew Day”

Tuesday, November 19, 5:30-8:30pm

The Lounge at Iwan Ries
19 South Wabash

Cocktails at 5:30, performance 6:00-6:20,  followed by discussion and more cocktails.  $40 covers the cost of drinks, two cigars, and sandwiches. 
Reservations are required.

Terry Boyle, who spoke to the Cigar Society a couple of years ago about Growing up during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, returns to direct his version of a 14th-century "mystery play" about the Biblical story of the Slaughter of the Innocents, updated to a bar scene on the second floor of an old Louis Sullivan building. From Wikipedia: "Mystery plays (from the Latin "misterium" meaning "occupation") are among the earliest formally developed plays in medieval Europe. Medieval mystery plays focused on the representation of Bible stories in churches as tableaux with accompanying antiphonal song. They developed from the 10th to the 16th century, reaching the height of their popularity in the 15th century before being rendered obsolete by the rise of professional theatre. The name derives from mystery used in its sense of miracle, but an occasionally quoted derivation is from ministerium, meaning craft, and so the 'mysteries' or plays performed by the craft guilds."

Terry Boyle (author, director) teaches English at Loyola University and writes plays and books.  His plays include: Nothing is Going to Stop this Train (2013), Downhill Backward (2012), oh, what a bloody good Friday (2011), Hope (2009), Mourn those Angel Faces (2008), and Borderland (2008).  He is also an expert on the irish writer and playwright Denis Johnston. At Loyola, Dr. Boyle teaches Modern Irish Literature, 20th Century British Literature, Introduction to Fiction, Literature and Society, Exploring Drama, Introduction to Literature, and Composition. He also holds a fellowship at the Hank Center for Catholic Intellectual Heritage (Loyola). Terry Boyle has a BA, MA, and DPhil from Ulster University in Coleraine, Northern Ireland.  
Meg Elliott (Medea) is originally from Schoharie, New York. Recent Chicago credits include "Sarah/Sonja" in Speaking in Tongues (Interrobang Theatre Project), "Mafawnwy Price" in The Sea (Theatre Mir), "the Woman in Green" in Peer Gynt (Polarity Ensemble Theater), "the Host of the Garter" in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Arc Theatre), "Gertrude" in Hamlet (Dreamlogic Theatreworks), and "Beatrice" in Much Ado About Nothing (Chicago D’ell Arte). She is represented by Paonessa Talent Agency, LLC. You can see her next in Request Concert at The Side Project.
Jason Kellerman (Herod) is pleased to be performing for the first time at the Cigar Society in the third of Terry's wonderful plays. Other regional credits include "Hortensio" in Taming of the Shrew (Muse of Fire), "Don Jon" in Much Ado about Northing, "Damis" in Tartuffe (Michigan Shakespeare Festival), and "Macduff" in Macbeth (Candid Theater). A graduate of Northwestern University's theater performance program, Jason also co-manages a small film-production company, Skyfire Productions, which is why he currently sports a crazy hippie beard. For information about their current project, visit www.ihuntvampires.com.

About the Cigar Society of Chicago

ONE OF THE OLDEST AND greatest traditions of the city clubs of Chicago is the discussion of intellectual, social, legal, artistic, historical, scientific, musical, theatrical, and philosophical issues in the company of educated, bright, and appropriately provocative individuals, all under the beneficent influence of substantial amounts of tobacco and spirits.  The Cigar Society of Chicago embraces this tradition and extends it with its Informal Smokers, University Series lectures, and Cigar Society Dinners, in which cigars, and from time to time pipes and cigarettes, appear as an important component of our version of the classical symposium.  To be included in the Cigar Society's mailing list, write to the Secretary at curtis.tuckey@logicophilosophicus.org.