Love and Human Remains
LOVE AND HUMAN REMAINS by Brad Fraser
Directed by Ernie Nolan
June 4 to July 11, 2015 at Rivendell Theatre
Originally titled Unidentified Human Remains and the Nature of True Love, Brad Fraser’s controversial play had its American premiere in Chicago in 1991 in the now-defunct Halsted Theatre Centre. That production, a follow-up to the play’s 1989 debut in Fraser’s native Canada, was an out-of-town commercial tryout preparing for its New York debut. Immediately deemed controversial for its violence, nudity, frank dialogue and sexual explicitness, Remains ran for over a year and left a huge impact on local audiences. After its Chicago run, the play continued to New York where it was wildly celebrated and named one of the Top 10 Plays of the Year by TIME Magazine. It has only been produced locally one time since, in 1995 at Circle Theatre.
Love and Human Remains returns to the Windy City after nearly 20 years this summer. Award-winning director Ernie Nolan and Cor Theatre bring you a bawdy, carnal, modern day tale of Chicago thirtysomethings who are looking for love…in all the wrong places.
The play revolves around David, a waiter with a short-lived career on TV, who has captured the adoration of a young busboy named Kane. His friends, Bernie, a brawny straight-mate who experiences late night drinking binges that leave the door open to homoerotic tendencies, and Candy, David’s roommate who is obsessed with finding the perfect mate – male or female, round out the cast.
But as young women across Chicago are found brutalized and mutilated, the trio realize that relationships take deadly shapes in the shadow of a serial killer. Featuring a sizzling hot roster of Chicago’s freshest talent and playwright Fraser’s crackling dialogue, Love and Human Remains is a show that will take your perception of love, devotion and companionship and set it ablaze.
Play runs June 4 to July 11, 2015 at Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N. Ridge Ave., in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood
- Previews are Thursday and Friday, June 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m.
- Soft Opening is Saturday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m.
- Preview and Soft Opening tickets are $10.
- Press opening is Sunday, June 7 at 3 p.m.
- Regular performances continue through July 11: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 5 p.m.
- Performances are $25; $10 students and industry.
- Show is two hours with one intermission.
Tickets available at CorTheatre.org and (866) 811-4111.
Note: This production contains explicit content, violence and sex. Mature audiences only.
Cast & Production Team
- Kate Black-Spence – Candy
- Tosha Fowler – Benita
- Andrew Goetten – David
- Sam Guinan-Nyhart – Bernie
- Lauren Sivak – Jerri
- Eric Staves – Robert
- Ethan Warren – Kane
- Ernie Nolan – director
- Nick Sandys – violence
- Navid Afshar – set
- Alarie Hammock – costumes
- Claire Chrzan – lights
- Chris LaPorte – sound
- Stefin Steberl – props
- Adam Gutkin – technical director
- Catherine Miller – dramaturg
- Alison McLeod – production stage manager