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Versatile Chicago performer heading to Timber Lake Playhouse

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By Tim O'Brien
Posted Apr 9, 2012 in Entertainment
It has been announced that Lili-Anne Brown will be the new Director at Bailiwick Chicago, according to the Chicago Tribune today (April 9).
According to its website, Bailiwick Chicago is a new theatre company that was formed by a group of dedicated actors, directors, and production professionals after Bailiwick Repertory Theater closed its doors in September 2009. This group, which we call the "Collective", is the artistic ensemble responsible for the artistic mission and vision of the company.
Meanwhile, it wasn't a twist that this versatile Chicago performer has seen a great deal of success in her chosen career. In fact, she can be seen in "A Twist of Water" this Fall in the Off-Broadway production.
It seems as if Lili-Anne Brown has twisted her way through many aspects of show business. Before she head to New York this Fall, she will twist her to that theater in the woods, known as Timber Lake in Mt. Carroll, IL, in August. Brown will direct the ever-popular and explosive "Cabaret" from Aug. 2-12.
Brown is no stranger to Timber Lake as she has staged "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" and last year's "Sweet Charity." Her career has included work as a performer, choreographer and director. Some credits include stints with Second City, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the Steppenwolf and the Writers' Theatre. A recent gig was "Rent," which was directed by David Cromer.
If that doesn't get one interested, she was also a featured performer in Patrick Swayze's last project called "The Beast," which aired on A&E.
In a season that sees a full slate of musicals at Timber Lake, "Cabaret" will attempt to tame the August heat. The play is well-known, but, in a nutshell, here it goes: There was a cabaret. There was a Master of Ceremonies. There was a city called Berlin in a country called Germany. It was the end of the world, and I was dancing with Sally Bowles, and we were both fast asleep. Kander & Ebb’s famed song and dance musical about artists living in Berlin between the wars as the Nazis were beginning to take power but life was still beautiful. Cabaret is an entertaining and thrilling experience full of showstoppers that have become classics including the title song, "Money" and "Maybe This Time." Bob Fosse’s Academy Award winning film adaptation made a star of Liza Minnelli in the role of Sally Bowles. She, too, won an Oscar for Best Actress.
In 1961, Timber Lake Playhouse was established as a professional, non-profit summer theatre company, dedicated to providing cultural opportunities for developing artists and a showcase of quality theatre for the residents of northwestern Illinois and eastern Iowa. TLP is the oldest continuously operating professional summer theatre in Illinois.
For more information, call Timber Lake Playhouse at (815) 244-2035. TLP is located in Mt. Carroll, IL.

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