Remy Bumppo Theatre Company
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Remy Bumppo Theatre Company is an award-winning theater in Chicago known for literary-minded productions from playwrights such as George Bernard Shaw and Tom Stoppard. Their mission is "to delight and engage audiences with the emotional and ethical complexities of society through the provocative power of great theatrical language." Nick Sandys serves as the company's Artistic Director.
Remy Bumppo was founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Emeritus James Bohnen, Carol Loewenstern, and John Stoddard as Remy Bumppo LLC. The company was named after two of the founders' pets – Bohnen's dog Natty Bumppo (named after the James Fenimore Cooper character) and Loewenstern's cat Remy (named after Remy Martin cognac). In their first year, the company produced two plays, Night and Day by Tom Stoppard and The Seagull by Anton Chekhov.
On June 20, 2001, Remy Bumppo incorporated as a not-for-profit company under the name Remy Bumppo Theatre Company. At that time, they added five artistic associates: Annabel Armour, David Darlow, Shawn Douglass, Linda Gillum, and Nick Sandys. Artistic associates added since that time include Joe Van Slyke (added in 2005) and Gregory Anderson (2007). On August 13, 2007, at the age of 55, artistic associate Joe Van Slyke died after a lengthy struggle with cancer. Remy Bumppo dedicated their 2007/08 season to his memory.
In 2006, as part of the 10th year, Remy Bumppo was named a resident theatre company at the Tony Award winning Victory Gardens Theater. The space is now under different ownership and is known as the Greenhouse Theater Center.
In April 2009, founder and artistic director James Bohnen announced his retirement from the company, to be effective at the end of the 2010/11 Season.
In October 2010, the company announced that Timothy Douglas would take over the artistic directorship beginning with the 2011/2012 Season. Douglas resigned as artistic director effective January 31, 2012.
On February 1, 2012, Remy Bumppo's board of directors appointed artistic associate Nick Sandys as artistic director.
Remy Bumppo has won numerous theater awards in its history, including two Joseph Jefferson Awards, thirty Joseph Jefferson Award Nominations, and seven After Dark Awards.
2011/12 Season: The American Evolution:
2010/11 Season: Secret Lives, Public Lies:
2009/10 Season: Friendships Tested:
2008/09 Season: The Perils of Possession:
The Voysey Inheritance by Harley Granville-Barker, adapted by David Mamet; The Marriage of Figaro by Beaumarchais, adapted by Ranjit Bolt; thinkTank: American Ethnic by Usman Ally, Idris Goodwin, and Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai; Old Times by Harold Pinter
2007/08 Season: Life, Love & Other Inventions:
Fiction by Steven Dietz; The Philadelphia Story by Philip Barry; Bronte by Polly Teale; On the Verge or the Geography of Yearning by Eric Overmyer; Remy Bumppo's thinkTank; Dickens in America by James DeVita
2006/07 Season: Lost Innocence:
2005/06 Season: Temptation:
2004/05 Season: Chaos Theory... and Other Family Gatherings:
Major Barbara by George Bernard Shaw; Some Americans Abroad by Richard Nelson; Hidden Laughter by Simon Grey
The Secret Rapture by David Hare; Holiday by Philip Barry; Money by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Man and Superman by George Bernard Shaw; Hapgood by Tom Stoppard
Road to Mecca by Athol Fugard
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett; Rockabye by Samuel Beckett; Heartbreak House by George Bernard Shaw
Night and Day by Tom Stoppard; The Seagull by Anton Chekhov