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The Chicago Cowboy



West Side Chicago, 1940. A pianist plays jazz in a hotel lobby.

A personal and political story told through the lens of one family, The Chicago Cowboy explores the close and fraught relationship between the black and Jewish communities in the 30s and 40s.

Sam is a hotel owner, and part-time cowboy who rides in rodeos with the Kosher Cowboys. The only thing he loves more than a good steak is his wife and daughter.

Earl arrived from the South as a young man looking for a better life, and found his way to being manager of the Regency, Rush St.

Infused with live jazz, this is an upbeat and insightful tale.


Photos from our premiere





The Chicago Cowboy premiered at the Rosemary Branch in May 2013.
We were thrilled to be able to put together a fantastic team to make it happen.

Creatives:
Director & Co-producerLeah Townley
Musical Director & Co-producerPeter Michaels
WriterKatty Pearce
DesignerEle Slade
Lighting DesignerChristopher Nairne
Lighting OperatorCeri Benjamin
Co-producerDaniel Ball
 
Cast:
AliceElisa King
DorisJodyanne Richardson
EarlMarcus Adolphy
SamLloyd Morris
Joe / PianistAshley Henry



Read review of our premiere in the Hackney & Islington Gazette




R&D week, 6th - 10th August 2012


We recently conducted an R&D week for our new production, The Chicago Cowboy, rehearsing in an disused office in Southwark, made possible through charity Healthy Planet and theatre company Tangled Feet.

At the end of the week, we had a work-in-progress showing for a small audience of colleagues and friends at the Actor's Center, Covent Garden.

It was a wonderful opportunity to see great actors play out the scenes we had been imagining as well as working with them to develop the characters. We also had a chance to explore our storytelling style for this project, and particularly to see how we could weave live music into the story and bring the era to life.




Images from our work-in-progress showing:

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Chicago Cowboy R&D, work in progress showing Chicago Cowboy R&D, work in progress showing

Chicago Cowboy R&D, work in progress showing Chicago Cowboy R&D, work in progress showing

Chicago Cowboy R&D, work in progress showing Chicago Cowboy R&D, work in progress showing

Chicago Cowboy R&D, work in progress showing Chicago Cowboy R&D, work in progress showing

Chicago Cowboy R&D, work in progress showing Chicago Cowboy R&D, work in progress showing



Some photos of rehearsals:

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Chicago Cowboy R&D, in Rehearsal Chicago Cowboy R&D, in Rehearsal Chicago Cowboy R&D, in Rehearsal


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