Directed by Justin Anderson
Although football’s Super Bowl trophy is named for him, few know the real story of Vince Lombardi—his inspirations, his passions and his ability to drive people to achieve what they never thought possible. Diligent young reporter Michael McCormick takes us inside the life of this legendary icon. Featuring Bart Hansard as Coach Lombardi.
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About the Playwright
Eric Simonson is an ensemble member and Artistic Associate of Steppenwolf Theatre of Chicago. There he has directed Tony Kushner’s Slavs!, John Olive’s Evelyn and the Polka King, Inspecting Carol, and The Secret Rapture. Also for Steppenwolf, he directed the Chicago, Australian, and Broadway productions of The Song of Jacob Zulu, for which he received a Tony nomination. He has directed his own adaptation of Bang the Drum Slowly for Huntington Theatre in Boston, Next Theatre in Evanston, Los Angeles Theatre Works, and for radio stations WFMT and KCRW, and his adaptation has been performed on National Public Radio Playhouse and at New American Theatre in Rockford, IL. Other directing credits include The Magic Flute at Minnesota Opera, Othello at Court Theatre, Coriolanus, The Normal Heart, Abingdon Square, and Knuckle at Next, Sneaky Feelings at Remains, Kiss of the Spider Woman at Pegasus Players, Scott McPherson’s Til the Fat Lady Sings at Lifeline Theatre, Waiting for Godot and As You Like It at Bailiwick Repertory, and Romeo and Juliet and The Effect of Gamma Rays… for Steppenwolf’s Outreach Program. As an actor, Mr. Simonson appeared in Steppenwolf’s Chicago, La Jolla, London, and New York companies of the Tony Award-winning production of The Grapes of Wrath. He has also appeared on television episodes of Missing Persons, The Untouchables, and The Ben Stiller Show. He is an Instructor at The University of Chicago. Mr. Simonson is the recipient of the Joseph Jefferson Award for The Song of Jacob Zulu, the Nathaniel Prussy Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement from Lawrence University, and the Princess Grace Foundation Award for his work at Steppenwolf Theatre. Mr. Simonson received training from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and graduated from Lawrence University in 1982.
Aurora Theatre Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez talks about Lombardi, “For many guys, the thought of an evening at the theatre does not sound like much fun. But this show is about an NFL legend. We intentionally planned the run of the show to coincide with the Super Bowl as a living history lesson. What I loved about the play is it is so much more than a man’s play. Behind every great man is a strong woman and Marie Lombardi held her own with a legend. I love the fact that actress Judith Light was nominated for the Tony Award for her performance of the role in the Broadway production.”
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January 16–February 9, 2014
Wednesday–Saturday at 8:00pm*
Saturday & Sunday at 2:30pm
Wednesday Discount Matinee
February 5 at 10:00am
Read the interview with Lombardi’s Carolyn Cook
On Saturday, February 1, Aurora Theare is hosting a Tailgate Party—the best part of attending a live football game! Aurora brings that game-day atmosphere to the theatre parking lot. Grab a hot dog and join us from 4:00pm–7:30pm between our Saturday shows. We’ll even have Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders in attendance!
Wine Down Wednesday
FREE wine tasting in the lobby before select Wednesday evening performances from 6:30–8:00pm.
The wines paired for our production of Lombardi are:
January 22—Draft Picks:
Chakana Estate Malbec
Napa by N.A.P.A. Red Wine
Piccolo Tesoro Rose Moscato
February 5—The Defense Line:
Montebuena Rioja Cosecha
Albarino Con un Par
Nebla Verdejo Reuda
Clos Mont Blanc “Xipella” Red Blend
Flor d’Englora Garnaxta
|Vincent Lombardi||Bart Hansard*|
|Michael McCormick||Chris Moses|
|Marie Lombardi||Carolyn Cook*|
|Jim Taylor||Jacob York|
|Dave Robinson||John Stewart*|
|Paul Hornung||Brody Wellmaker|
|Marie Lombardi u/s||Catie Councell|
|Dave Robinson u/s||Dane Troy|
|Michael/Paul/Jim u/s||Edward McCreary|
|Producing Artistic Director||Anthony P. Rodriguez|
|Associate Producer||Ann-Carol Pence|
|Stage Manager||Dillon Nelson|
|Set & Costume Designers||Isabel & Moriah Curley-Clay|
|Lighting & Video Designer||André Christopher Allen|
|Sound Designer||Thom Jenkins|
|Props Designer||Stephanie McCoy|
|Wig Designer||Monty Schuth|
|Company Manager||Katie Pelkey|
|Technical Director||James M. Helms|
|Assistant Technical Director||Daniel Terry|
|Scenic Artist||Sarah Thomson|
|Assistant Stage Manager||Katie Chambers|
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.