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Only @KCPA: Tony Award-winning director and Pulitzer Prize-winning author hold summer production

Last week, Donald Margulies presented a Q&A after his film The End of the Tour screened at Spurlock Museum. What we didn’t know was that he was in town for the rehearsals of his work-in-progress Long Lost, across the street at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. 

Daniel Sullivan holds an endowed Swanlund chair (that’s a BFD) and theatre professorship here at the University of Illinois, and is the man behind “The Sullivan Project”, an initiative that creates full productions for leading playwrights while their work is still in early stages. He will be directing the production of Marguiles’ work-in-progress.

The plot is as old as time: two brothers are brothers — complicated, volatile, and family. That is all I know so far, but keep an eye out for more details to come. Still, sometimes the oldest stories are best, and truths today are different on the surface while universal at their core. 

The brothers themselves are to be played by Kelly AuCoin (as David) and David Alford (as Billy), both gaining national attention from big-name television roles (Blacklist and Nashville respectively). Kelly McAndrew will play David’s wife, and Michael Goldsmith their son. 

When I wrote my summer preview, I had an inkling there was something in the works from Illinois Theatre, but I had no idea it was going to be this amazing, of this stature. Take my word for it and order tickets now, for performances beginning Wednesday, June 8th, through Sunday, June 12th. 

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