Announcing Our 2017–18 Production
The Addams Family
March 21–24, 2018 at Theater Wit
A NEW MUSICAL
Book by MARSHALL BRICKMAN and RICK ELICE
Music and Lyrics by ANDREW LIPPA
Based on Characters Created by Charles Addams
The weird and wonderful family comes to devilishly delightful life in THE ADDAMS FAMILY, the magnificently macabre musical comedy created by Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice and Drama Desk Award winner Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party).
THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.
A portion of proceeds from the CASTING PARTY and public performances of THE ADDAMS FAMILY will benefit Kokandy Productions, supporting not-for-profit theatre programming in Chicago.
Meet Our Partner Theater
Kokandy Productions seeks to leverage the heightened reality of musical theater to tell complex and challenging stories with a focus on contributing to the development of Chicago-based musical theater works while raising the profile of Chicago’s storefront musical theater community. In its relatively brief history, Kokandy has received high critical acclaim and has been nominated for 36 Joseph Jefferson Awards, winning one for Sweet Smell of Success in 2014 and two for Heathers in 2016.
Allison Hendrix – Producing Artistic Director
ALLISON HENDRIX (Producing Artistic Director): Kokandy credits include Little Fish (Direction) Loving Repeating (Jeff Nomination – Direction), Assassins (“Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme” – Jeff Nomination – Ensemble), The Last Five Years (“Cathy,” Jeff Nomination – Principal Actress in a Musical), and The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Music Director). Other credits include: “Amy” in Company (Writers Theatre), “The Baker’s Wife” in Into the Woods (The Hypocrites), “Jimmi” and Music Director in Cities of Light (Piven Theatre Workshop), Associate Music Director/Conductor for Floyd Collins (Boho Theatre), Music Director for Zanna, Don’t (Bailiwick), and Music Director and recipient of NIETF Award for Best Vocal Direction for Floyd Collins (Towle Theatre). Allison also works with the Chicago Academy for the Arts, as a Teaching Artist with Broadway in Chicago, and as a vocal coach and accompanist for the Music Theatre program at Northwestern University.
John D. Glover – Artistic Producer
JOHN D. GLOVER (ARTISTIC PRODUCER) most recently directed Kokandy’s Tomorrow Morning. For six years, John was responsible for the artistic and fiscal direction of the Theater Company of Purdue University and has directed regionally in Ohio and Indiana, including directing the grand opening production of the Theatre at the Center in Munster. John is the recipient of several Northern Indiana Excellence in Theater Foundation awards (NIETF), including Best Direction of a Musical for Pump Boys and Dinettes at Purdue Theater Company and Best Direction of a Musical for Floyd Collins at the Towle Theater. He was also the recipient of the NIETF Award for Lifetime Achievement in Regional Theater. In the “real world,” John is the Chief Operations Officer of a not-for-profit, faith-based senior living ministry.
Scot T. Kokandy – Executive Producer
SCOT T. KOKANDY (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER) was one of the “People of Godspell” who produced Godspell on Broadway in 2011. Scot began his theater career as an actor while earning a BS from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MBA from Purdue University. In 2010, Scot fused his business acumen and love for the theater to create Kokandy Productions, which has gone on to mount 12 mainstage productions and garner 36 Jeff Nominations and three wins. Scot also co-produced 2011’s Good Boys and True with Hammond Indiana’s Towle Theater, and 2013’s Musical of Musicals: The Musical with Zachary Gipson at the 4th Street Theater in Chesterton, Indiana.