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A Japanese typist, suspected in the disappearance of his wife, confesses he is actually a Pittsburgh, PA car salesmen living inside the typist's body. Illicit affairs, murder on the English countryside, phantom plane crashes, a body swapping tourist trade, and a hooker with a pilot's license all contribute to a surreal mash up of mystery, horror and high comedy.
Susan Padveen directed this world premiere at Polarity's new space in the Josephinum Academy, 1500 N. Bell, Chicago.
Feeding on Japanese novelists such as Kobo Abe, Spanish mysteries such as Arturo Perez-Reverte's The Nautical Chart, American Noir, and the midnight shows of Chicago theater, Callahan decided to create a peculiar kind of experience. “I wasn't really beholden to any conventions," he told us. "I wanted a something that was very malleable and memorable. The humor and the violence and what Polarity will bring to the table will really make for a fantastic experience."
Polarity also published The White Airplane and Horror Academy, two plays by Darren Callahan, the second book to come from Polarity Ensemble Theatre Press.
The White Airplane previewed February 13 and ran through March 22, 2009. Presented at the Josephinum Academy, 1500 N. Bell, Chicago.
Susan Padveen, Director
Richard Engling, Artistic Director
Ann Keen, Managing Director
Brian LaDuca, Production Manager
Nicole Smith, Stage Manager
Kristy Scheuer, Assistant Director
Mason Hill, Violence Coordinator
Jason Epperson, Set Designer
Stefin Steberl, Costume Designer
Eric Branson, Lighting Designer
Heath Hays, Sound Designer
Tony Koehler, Prop Designer
Eric Leonardson, Composer
Anna Friz, Composer
Susan Philpot, Dialect Coach
Mary Patchell, Hat Designer
Courtney Blomquist, Artistic Intern