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March 5, 2005

Chicago, IL - The new Vex Theatre Company announces its inaugural production: "The Designated Mourner" by Wallace Shawn. The play will be performed June 4-5, 10-11 at the Crossroads Theater, 22 E. Chicago Avenue in downtown Naperville.

Woven out of three monologues, "The Designated Mourner" is a dark tale of love, politics, and the value of art in dangerous times. Its playwright, Wallace Shawn, was described by Salon magazine as "one of the most creative and confrontational American playwrights of our time." 

"The Designated Mourner" tells the story of three people: Howard, a famous poet and intellectual, who has long been at odds with the regime that rules his country; Judy, his quiet, passionate and loyal daughter; and Jack, his son-in-law, who never quite fit in with the privileged class to which Howard and Judy belong. As the government begins to crack down even on quiet dissenters like Judy and Howard, the issue of what sort of books people like to read and how they choose to amuse themselves becomes unexpectedly entangled with questions of survival. 

Performance dates:
Saturday, June 4, 8 pm
Sunday, June 5, 4 pm
Friday, June 10, 8 pm
Saturday, June 11, 8 pm
Location: 22 E. Chicago Avenue, Naperville, Illinois
Ticket Price: $15
To Purchase Tickets: 630-428-4730

About Vex Theatre Company
Founded by Palatine residents Cathleen Ann and Rich Geiger, and Oswego resident Michael Rios, Vex Theatre Company is a new voice in the suburban Chicago theatre scene. The company's goal is to produce dramas, offbeat comedies, and new works that are not often found in suburban playhouses. Vex is an itinerant professional company dedicated to producing shows in the Northwest and Western suburbs.