Inquests and Investigations

Whose Body? dramaturg Patrick Runfeldt investigates the process of detectives and coroners in turn-of-the-century London. ‘The office of coroner is of so great antiquity, that its commencement is not known. By some it is said to be coeval with that of sheriff…’– Coroner’s Act of 1887 The coroner’s inquest exists to determine the circumstances surrounding […]

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An Interview with Jess Hutchinson & Katie McLean Hainsworth

In advance of the opening of Whose Body?, dramaturg Patrick Runfeldt sat down with director Jess Hutchinson and actor/ensemble member Katie McLean Hainsworth to ask them a few questions about the story, process, and more! (Editor’s note: The following transcript has been lightly edited for clarity.) Patrick Runfeldt: We’re gonna kick this off with fun, Katie. So this is the conversation that […]

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An Interview With Phil Timberlake & Elise Kauzlaric

In advance of the opening of Emma, dramaturg Maren Robinson sat down with adaptor Phil Timberlake and director Elise Kauzlaric to ask them a few questions.  MR: Elise, this is your third foray into the world of Austen after having directed Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey.  What do you think you have learned most about the world of Austen and her characters and why do […]

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An interview with Bilal Dardai

Dramaturg Zev Valancy sat down with ensemble member Bilal Dardai to chat about his history with, and current adaptation of, The Man Who Was Thursday. ZV: How did you first encounter The Man Who Was Thursday, and what about it made you feel like you had to adapt it? BD: I first encountered the title by way of […]

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Chicago Below Contest and Exhibit

Neil Gaiman’s novel suggests that every city has a city below and each city has a price to pay. As part of our production of Neverwhere, Lifeline is curating “Chicago Below” — an exhibit of images of the Chicago that lives just underneath the glittering parts of the city: the alleys, subways, viaducts and darker […]

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The price all good cities have to pay

Dramaturg Maren Robinson kicks off a series of Neverwhere posts as we approach previews and opening. Note: contains spoilers but strives not to reveal key plot points. There are not many times a dramaturg gets to revisit a play. Having worked on Lifeline’s first production of Neverwhere, I found when we decided to produce the […]

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