As the TimeLine Theater Company production of Relentless by Tyla Abercrumbie, directed by Ron OJ Parson opens tonight at The Goodman, strong demand for tickets has spurred an extension to six performances. The acclaimed original cast, including Ayanna Bria Bakari (Annelle, Mother), Jaye Ladymore (Janet), Demetra Dee (Zhuukee, aka Annabelle Lee), Travis Delgado (Marcus), Rebecca Hurd (Mary Anna Elizabeth) and Xavier Edward King ( Franklin) – appears in this “starting downtown”, which weaves a mother’s past with her daughters’ present in a centuries-old story of family, heritage and progress. Relentless opens tonight, Monday April 11, and runs until May 8. Additional performances include May 5 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; May 6 at 8 p.m.; May 7 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and May 8 at 2 p.m. (closed). Tickets ($15-$63, subject to change) are available now at GoodmanTheatre.org/Relentless or by phone at 312.443.3800. The Goodman is grateful for the support of JP Morgan Chase & Co. (Lead Corporate Sponsor) and Winston & Strawn LLP (Corporate Sponsor Partner).
Set in the black Victorian era, TimeLine Theater’s acclaimed production of Relentless examines the deep personal secrets we keep to protect those we love most. We are in 1919. After the death of their mother, two sisters return to Philadelphia to settle her estate. Annelle is a happy socialite desperate to regain the illusion of a perfect life with her husband in Boston. Janet is a single professional nurse, determined to change history and propel black women to a place of choice and respect. After discovering diaries left behind by their late mother, they find themselves face to face with a woman they never really knew, exposing buried truths from the past that are chilling, explosive and unrelenting.
THE COMPANY OF THE IMPLACABLES
Biographies and artist profiles are available at GoodmanTheatre.org/Relentless
Ayanna Bria Bakari…….Annelle, Mother
Jaye Ladymore……….. Janet
Demetra Dee……………. Zhuukee, also called Annabelle Lee
Rebecca Hurd…………….Mary Anna Elizabeth
Xavier Edward King …….Franklin
ENHANCED AND ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCE
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Touch Tour and audio-description performance: Sunday, April 24, 12:30 p.m. Touch Tour; Performance at 2:00 p.m. – Action/text audibly enhanced for patrons via headphones. NOTE: Guided tours for the 2021/2022 season will not have access to the stage due to current health and safety protocols, but will offer alternative sensory introductions before the show.
Spanish subtitles: Thursday April 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Interpreted in ASL: Saturday, April 30 at 2 p.m. – An American Sign Language interpreter signs the action/text as it is played.
Subtitled: Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m. – An LED panel presents a dialogue in synchronization with the performance.
ABOUT TIMELINE THEATER COMPANY
TimeLine Theater Company, recipient of the prestigious 2016 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, was founded in April 1997 with a mission to present stories inspired by history that connect to today’s social and political issues. Currently celebrating its 25th anniversary season, TimeLine has presented 83 productions, including 11 world premieres and 38 Chicago premieres, and launched the Living History Education Program, which brings the company’s mission to life for public school students in Chicago. A recipient of the Alford-Axelson Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management and the Richard Goodman Strategic Planning Award from the Association for Strategic Planning, TimeLine has received 58 Jeff Awards, including an Outstanding Production Award 11 times. .
The company has long spilled out of its currently rented home at 615 W. Wellington Avenue in Chicago’s Lakeview East neighborhood, where the theater has been in residence since 1999. In December 2018, TimeLine announced the purchase of property at 5033 – 35 North Broadway in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood to be the site of his new home. Plans include an intimate black box theater for up to 250 spectators, an expanded area for the immersive lobby experiences that are a feature of TimeLine, new education and engagement opportunities, a room to allow members audiences to arrive early and stay late for theatrical experiences that extend far beyond the stage, and more. TimeLine is working with HGA as the architect for its new home project, which is expected to be completed in early 2024.
TimeLine is led by Artistic Director PJ Powers, General Manager Elizabeth K. Auman and Chairman of the Board John Sterling. Society members are Tyla Abercrumbie, Will Allan, Nick Bowling, Janet Ulrich Brooks, Wardell Julius Clark, Behzad Dabu, Charles Andrew Gardner, Lara Goetsch, Juliet Hart, Anish Jethmalani, Mildred Marie Langford, Mechelle Moe, David Parkes, Ron OJ Parson, PJ Powers and Maren Robinson.
Major corporate, government and foundation supporters of the TimeLine Theater include the Abe and Ida Cooper Foundation, Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Arts Advisory Group, Bayless Family Foundation, Elizabeth Foundation F. Cheney, City of Chicago, Crown Family Philanthropies, Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation, Forum Fund, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Laughing Acres Family Foundation, MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince, National Endowment for the Arts, Polk Bros. Foundation, Pritzker Traubert Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, United States Small Business Administration and Walder Foundation. The TimeLine production of Relentless is supported in part by the Bayless Family Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support provided by Douglas Bradbury and the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation. For more information, visit timelinetheatre.com or Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (@TimeLineTheatre).
ABOUT THE GOODMAN THEATER
A Chicago theater since 1925, the Goodman Theater is a nonprofit arts and community organization located in the heart of the Loop, distinguished by the excellence and breadth of its arts programming and community engagement. Led by Artistic Director Robert Falls and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, the theater’s artistic priorities include the development of new plays (more than 150 world or US premieres), large-scale musical theater works, and reimagined classics. Artists and productions have won two Pulitzer Prizes, 22 Tony Awards and more than 160 Jeff Awards, among other accolades. The Goodman is the first theater in the world to produce all 10 plays of August Wilson’s “American Century Cycle”. Its long tradition of annual holiday A Christmas Carol, now in its fourth decade, has created a new generation of spectators in Chicago. The Goodman also frequently serves as a production and programming partner with national and international companies and Chicago’s Off-Loop Theaters.
As a cultural and community organization invested in quality, diversity and community, Goodman Theater is committed to using the art of theater for a better Chicago. Using the tools of the theater profession, Goodman’s education and engagement programs aim to develop generations of citizens who understand the cultures and histories of diverse voices. The Goodman’s Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement is home to these programs, which are offered free of charge to Chicago youth, 85% of whom come from underserved communities – schools and lifelong learners.
Goodman Theater was founded by William O. Goodman and his family in honor of their son Kenneth, an important figure in Chicago’s cultural renaissance of the early 1900s. The Goodman family’s legacy lives on through continuous work and the dedication of Kenneth’s family, including Albert Ivar Goodman, who, along with his late mother, Edith-Marie Appleton, contributed the funds needed to establish the new Goodman Center in 2000.
Today, the management of the Goodman Theater also includes the distinguished members of the artistic collective: Rebecca Gilman, Henry Godinez, Dael Orlandersmith, Steve Scott, Kimberly Senior, Chuck Smith, Regina Taylor and Mary Zimmerman. The Chairman of the Board of the Goodman Theater is Jeff Hesse and Fran Del Boca is the Chair of the Women’s Council, Craig McCaw is the Chair of the Young Professional Scene Makers Council.