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posted: 3/31/2014 8:51 AM

Improv Playhouse to perform 'The Gathering'

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  • The 2013 cast of Improv Playhouse's production of "The Gathering."

    The 2013 cast of Improv Playhouse's production of "The Gathering."
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Improv Playhouse submission

The Improv Playhouse will produce "The Gathering," the late-Josephine Raciti Forsberg's contemporary adaptation of the last hour of the Last Supper, directed by David Brian Stuart.

"The Gathering" takes place during a Seder meal, which biblical scholars agree was the last earthly Passover led by Jesus.

The professional cast is comprised of several of the actors from the 2013 production (in different roles), as well as several who are new to the Improv Playhouse stable.

Several of the actors, including Stuart, are members of the AFTRA/SAG acting unions.

The cast of 13 is as follows: Shahab Astabraghpour, Waukegan (The Teacher); Mike Altschuler, Deerfield (Philip); Brian Delaney, Cary (Simon the Zealot); Joseph Fieger, Highland Park (Matthew); Matthew Flemming, Libertyville (James Minor); George Elliot, Hainesville (Jude); Chip Hoskin, Libertyville (James Major); Michael Scott Blackman, Whitewater (Andrew); Redelle Lawrence, McHenry (Thomas); Dale Leigh, Elgin (Peter); Terrell Pierce, Hazel Crest (John); Karl Newyear, Waukegan (Bartholomew); Romeo Sobrepena, Lindenhurst (Judas). The assistant director is Nora Broz of Grayslake.

There are four performances: 8 p.m. Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12; 2:30 p.m. Palm Sunday, April 13; and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 19. No performance Easter Sunday.

Tickets in advance cost $22.50 for adults, $17.50 for military/seniors ages 65 and older, and $10 for students. Tickets purchased at the door cost $25 for adults, $20 for military/seniors 65 and older, and $12.50 for students. Free for kids 3 and younger.

For information, call (847) 968-4529 or visit

The Improv Playhouse Theatre is at 735 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.

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