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A Twist of Water is remounting for a New York Premiere!

Posted by A Twist of Water on October 17, 2012

Chris Jones of The Chicago Tribune originally broke the news on 12/4/2011:

“A Twist of Water,” the new play about the history and soul of Chicago by Caitlin Parrish, is headed to New York.
Route 66 Theatre Company artistic director Stef Tovar said that the entire original cast of Erica Weiss’ production, a hit in Chicago earlier this year, would reprise their roles next fall, Off-Broadway at the 59E59 theater in New York. The non-profit 59E59 (located at 59 E. 59th St.) has a history of supporting Chicago work in New York.
Originally staged at Theater Wit and later at the Mercury Theater, “A Twist of Water” was buoyed in Chicago by the attendance of then Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel, who attended the show just after winning the February election. He has mentioned the play in several speeches since then.

Then, from Broadwayworld.com:

59E59 Theaters (Elysabeth Kleinhans, Artistic Director; Peter Tear, Executive Producer) is thrilled to host the NY premiere of the critically acclaimed Chicago production A TWIST OF WATER, written by Caitlin Parrish, story by Caitlin Parish and Erica Weiss, and directed by Erica Weiss.

Produced by Chicago-based Route 66 Theatre Company in association with Laura Ramos Wilson, A TWIST OF WATER begins performances on Thursday, November 1 for a limited engagement through Sunday, November 25. Press opening is Wednesday, November 7 at 7:15 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday – Thursday at 7:15 PM; Friday at 8:15 PM; Saturday at 2:15 PM and 8:15 PM; and Sunday at 3:15 PM. Please note, there are added performances on Sunday, November 4 and Sunday, November 25 at 7:15 PM. There is no performance on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 22). Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Tickets are $35 ($24.50 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or go to www.59e59.org.

Noah is raising his adopted daughter Jira alone in the wake of his partner’s death in a car accident. When Jira decides to seek out her birth mother, Noah’s already strained relationship with her is pressed to the breaking point. Direct from its sold-out run in Chicago, A TWIST OF WATER is a profoundly touching story of love and loss, of fathers and daughters, and of rebuilding this non-traditional family after an unspeakable tragedy.

The cast, who were all in original Chicago production, includes Alex Hugh Brown, Lili-Anne Brown (David Cromer’s Rent at American Theatre Company), Falashay Pearson, and Stef Tovar (Jeff Award-nominated On An Average Day in Chicago and LA).

The design team features Stephen Carmody (set design), Sean Mallary (lighting design), and Lindsay Jones (sound design and original music). John Boesche, who won a Jeff Award for the Chicago production, is projection designer.



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A beautiful sermon encouraging parishioners to see TWIST

Posted by A Twist of Water on May 30, 2011

Thank you to The Reverand Rex E. Piercy for including A Twist of Water as part of the message of his lovely sermon, “From Emmaus to Jerusalem: Signs of Faithful Following” on May 15th, 2011 at The Congregational United Church of Christ in Arlington Heights, IL.

You can read the entire sermon HERE, and below is the passage where the Reverend speaks so eloquently about the play:

“Yesterday I attended a new play called “A Twist of Water.” It is a must see at the Mercury Theater on Southport. The playwright has woven the story of Chicago into the story of a gay man whose partner has died leaving him to raise a somewhat rebellious and angry teenage daughter on his own. At one point near the end of the play, he speaks as narrator and says that Chicago and its people are “moved by water and unearned hope.” Oh my when I heard those words, I thought so are we all as God’s children, moved by water and unearned hope. It is all grace. All grace.”

Such a beautiful sentiment honors and moves all of us, and we are so glad that the play reached the leader of this congregation. Thank you, Reverend Piercy.

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Another mention by the Mayor, and more fantastic reviews of TWIST at The Mercury!

Posted by A Twist of Water on May 13, 2011

It’s an exciting week in Chicago, as one era ends and another begins. Our new Mayor Rahm Emanuel was interviewed by Time Out Chicago and talked about all the great performances he’s seen in Chicago since the election ended, including A Twist of Water when it was still playing at Theater Wit! Thanks, Mayor Emanuel! We’re so glad you came and that you had a memorable experience!!

Read the whole interview HERE.

Meanwhile, the reviews keep rolling in for the transferred production of TWIST at The Mercury Theater!

Colin Douglas of Centerstage Chicago recommends A Twist of Water as a MUST SEE:

“…a heart-rending, eloquent new play by Caitlin Montanye Parrish, collaborating with Erica Weiss, the production’s director. An homage to the perseverance of this “City of Big Shoulders,” it is also a tribute to every stalwart citizen who calls Chicago his home. Named for the ocean-like Lake Michigan upon whose shores it is located, the very nature of water shapes this story of love and survival. Played upon a simple set enveloped in rippled canvas, upon which John Boesche’s marvelous, sometimes animated historical projections flow, this play touches the heart with its spirit…Altogether, this exquisite cast bathes in the waters of truth.”

Read the whole review HERE.

Dan Zeff of Chicagoland Theater Reviews says:

I missed the original run and finally caught up with the transfer at the Mercury to see if all the original excitement was justified. It is! What is most admirable about “A Twist of Water” is its honesty… Parrish has written a splendid script and found a sensitive and insightful director in Erica Weiss… Stef Tovar’s performance as Noah elevates the evening to the exceptional…a master class in nuanced character exploration the viewer receives with wonder and gratitude.”

Read the whole review HERE.

Al Bresloff of Around The Town Chicago re-visited TWIST at The Mercury after raving about the show at Theater Wit:

“As a theater reviewer, attending 5-7 productions a week, it is not often that I find myself wanting to go back to a play that I just saw, one with the same cast, just a different house, but I am extremely glad that I did. They say that love is even better the second time around, and viewing this highly emotional story about love, love lost and love regained; about family and about how people, like a city can come back from almost fatal destruction to be strong once more; a story of hope and  truth- filled with marvelous dialog, some of which escaped on first viewing was a tremendous experience. I feel even stronger about this production than I did before!”

Read the original review and the whole updated rave HERE.

Then get your tickets now for performances through June 26th!! go to www.mercurytheaterchicago.com or call 773 325 1700!!

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TWIST announces extension through June 26th at The Mercury!

Posted by A Twist of Water on May 9, 2011

It’s official! A Twist of Water, originally scheduled to close on June 5th, will now run through June 26th at The Mercury Theater!

BUY YOUR TICKETS TO A TWIST OF WATER HERE – or call the The Mercury Theater box office at 773-325-1700


Thursdays at 7:30 PM
Fridays at 8PM
Saturdays at  at 4PM and 8PM.
Sundays at 4PM

This Limited Engagement now runs through June 26, 2011

Location: The Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport Ave, Chicago, IL.
BUY TICKETS HERE or call 773-325-1700

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Patch.com gives “Twist” another rave!

Posted by A Twist of Water on May 5, 2011

“The production, directed by Erica Weiss, serves as a brilliant example of just how bright Chicago’s theatrical star shines and just how much this city’s storytellers can innovate.”Daniel P. Smith, Patch.com

Read the whole review below or HERE.

Though New York captures much of the nation’s attention when it comes to live theater and stage originality — Chicago once again falling into its “Second City” moniker — there’s little denying the strength of Chicago’s theatrical heritage and the boom of its voice. From cutting edge theaters such as The Second City and Lookingglass to original works that have achieved commercial and critical acclaim — Grease and A Steady Rainbeing a historical and recent example, respectively — Chicago has the talent and ingenuity to match any of the nation’s marquee theater scenes.

Count A Twist of Water as a current example.

Originally opened by the Route 66 Theatre Company at Theater Wit in February, Twist has found new life — and a bigger home for its crafty, spirited show — at the reopened Mercury Theater in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood where it will run through June 5. The production, directed by Erica Weiss, serves as a brilliant example of just how bright Chicago’s theatrical star shines and just how much this city’s storytellers can innovate.

Caitlin Montanye Parrish’s original work shares the story of Noah (played by Route 66 founder and artistic director Stef Tovar), a widowed, 39-year-old, gay high school teacher and his adopted daughter, Jira (Falashay Pearson). A year after the sudden death of Richard, Noah’s husband and Jira’s preferred dad, the father-daughter tandem struggles with the realities of life in transition. The plot complicates when Jira pushes to find her birth mother for “more family” and Noah pursues a romantic relationship with Liam (Alex Hugh Brown), Noah’s colleague, Jira’s English teacher, and a character filled with sarcasm and wit to balance out the play’s weighty issues.

Thought provoking and insightful, Twist touches upon issues central to the human existence — grief, family, love, and personal reinvention — with tact, depth and humanity. In Noah, it’s the delicate situation of entering into new love after heartbreak; in Jira, it’s the teen’s quest to find the unknown and the self as she navigates the choppy waters of loss and uncertainty.

All of this is set against the backdrop of Chicago, a city that has encountered the parallel issues of turbulence and reinvention. Indeed, Twist offers a history lesson of a city far from second, personifying the city’s resilience and persistence throughout its history — not so unlike the individual quest Noah and Jira encounter in the wake of Richard’s sudden passing. For the city and its inhabitants, life moves much like water: onward.

Above all, Twist showcases the depth and power of the original work to be found on Chicago area stages and confirms what we Chicagoans have long known: Chicago is second to none.

 A Twist of Water, at the Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport Ave. in Chicago, through June 5, 2011. Shows are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8:00 p.m. on Friday; 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Saturday; and 4:00 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $38.50-44.50. For additional information, call the box office at 773-325-1700 or visit www.mercurytheaterchicago.com.

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Pictures from Twist’s Grand Re-Opening at The Mercury Theater!

Posted by A Twist of Water on May 4, 2011

A Twist of Water on the marquee at The Mercury Theater

The cast of A Twist of Water (Falashay Pearson, Stef Tovar, Lili-Anne Brown, and Alex Hugh Brown) pose outside the The Mercury on opening night.

The Director (Erica Weiss), cast (Falashay Pearson, Stef Tovar, Lili-Anne Brown, and Alex Hugh Brown), and playwright (Caitlin Montanye Parrish) pose outside the The Mercury on opening night.

Walter Stearns, Executive Director of The Mercury, with Route 66 Artistic Director Stef Tovar

Director/Co-Creator Erica Weiss and Mercury Theater Exec Director Walter Stearns


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Praise for “A Twist of Water” from Chicago NOW.

Posted by A Twist of Water on May 2, 2011

“Caitlin Montanye Parrish writes an original and loving tribute to the Second City.  With the help of co-creator and Director Erica Weiss, Chicago has a well-deserved starring role in this show….” – – Katy Walsh, Chicago Now

Read the full review HERE.

“It’s a second chance to drink in A TWIST OF WATER.  This WATER runs deep with comedy bridging the drama.  And it’s one more reason to be proud of living in Chicago… original theatrical productions!” 

Buy tickets at www.mercurytheaterchicago.com

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Chicago Theatre Addict has high praise for TWIST at The Mercury

Posted by A Twist of Water on May 2, 2011

“Seeing this artfully drawn family drama in this newly rechristened venue was such a communal experience. People coming together to support an important new work and a vital space reborn.” – Bob Bullen, ChicagoTheatreAddict. 


“A Twist of Water is a play about rebuilding and new beginnings, Chicago style. This stunning new work, written by Caitlin Montanye Parrish and directed by Erica Weiss who is also the co-creator, perfectly sets the tone for the re-opening of the Mercury Theater”

Thanks to Bob Bullen at www.chitheatreaddict.com for joining us for a wonderful opening night last evening at The Mercury Theater! Check out his review and then buy your tickets HERE.

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The Chicago Tribune interviews Stef Tovar on the Re-Opening of “Twist” at the Mercury

Posted by A Twist of Water on April 28, 2011

Doug George of The Chicago Tribune interviewed Artistic Director and star of A Twist of Water on the transfer and grand re-opening of TWIST at The Mercury Theater. Check out the whole article HERE.

“We sort of realized our place as a Chicago play — and how much it speaks to the city.” – Stef Tovar

“By playwright Caitlin Montanye Parrish and Route 66 Theatre Company, its initial run sold out at Theater Wit. It extended for a week and sold out again. Further extensions weren’t possible in that space, says artistic director Stef Tovar, who also stars as Noah, so a deal was quickly put together to move to the Mercury Theater; the set was trucked over within days and it will be the first production in the 300-seat venue since L. Walter Stearns took over. But the show had to take a couple of weeks off to readjust and let cast member Lili-Anne Brown direct “Passing Strange” for Bailiwick Chicago.”

“We didn’t want to lose momentum,” Tovar said, “but we just couldn’t start as quickly as we wanted.”

But we’re back now! A Twist of Water officially re-opens at The Mercury Theater on Sunday, May 1st, and will run through June 5th. There are three remaining preview performances 4/28-4/30. Get your tickets HERE or call 773-325-1700.

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Theater In Chicago feature article and interview!

Posted by A Twist of Water on April 26, 2011

Lawrence Bommer of TheatreInChicago.Com interviewed playwright (and Route 66’s newest Company Member!) Caitlin Montanye Parrish and director/co-creator Erica Weiss about A Twist of Water as a distinctly Chicago play and the process of creating this world premiere production.

“A huge hit when it opened at Theater Wit as a vibrnat world premiere by Caitlin Montayne Parrish, A Twist of Water has made a major move. This just triumph reopens at Lakeview’s Mercury Theater on May 1 to deliver even more shocks of recognition to appreciative audiences. The biggest one is that cities and families are just a matter of degree.
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The success is no surprise: It’s appropriate that, shortly after his election, Mayor-elect Rahm Emmanuel saw and praised this very Chicago piece, a play that goes beyond the genre of domestic drama to make connections with the city that shapes its story. Perfectly shaped by Erica Weiss, Route 66 Theatre Company’s staging is as much a labor of love as the script that inspires it… Few plays become their own civic commentary, let alone redefine how we feel the place where we live…Like two other Chicago icons, The Front Page in the 1920s or A Raisin in the Sun in the 1950s, A Twist of Water is the right story in the right place at the right time.”


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