“Oh Lord! What were we thinking?”
Here’s what director Sarah Whitney and playwright Dan Noonan were thinking: Noonan’s play, BLUE OVER YOU, would bring laughter and tears to audiences. After many years of fine-tuning the script but no production offers, explains Noonan, “the idea of producing it ourselves began to percolate.”
They formed Spot On Company because, says Whitney, “LITS – Life Is Too Short.”
“I stuck out my pinky which Dan knew he needed to swear on,” adds Whitney. So Noonan stuck out his pinky and now the show opens on January 5th in an intimate performance space at Evanston’s Northminister Presbyterian Church.
In BLUE OVER YOU, a high school drama teacher named Francis comes home one day to discover that his wife Mitzi is missing. It’s a solo show (with “musical bits”) and therefore less stressful to stage.
Less stressful -- unless you’re the actor playing Francis. That would be Michael Joseph Mitchell. “Learning a solo show is WAY stressful,” says Mitchell. But he adds, “I’ve chipped in my two cents for years” as the script was developed in readings and workshops. “When Sarah and Dan decided to take charge and produce it themselves, I simply had to say yes.”
How’s it going? Sometimes it feels like it’s all uphill. But mostly it’s a joy. Besides his wondrous script, Whitney claims that Noonan’s big heart keeps them chugging along. “Dan’s middle name is compassion which, I told his mom, is kind of weird.”
Who could use a little compassion, plus humor and heart and music in the middle of winter? Just about everyone.
BLUE OVER YOU runs January 5-28. For much more information, visit www.BlueOverYou.com.
Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 PM
Sundays at 3:00 PM
Northminster Presbyterian Church
2515 Central Park Ave.
About the Author
Susan Lieberman is a playwright, journalist, teacher and script consultant who commits most of her waking hours to Chicago theatre. She is currently working on a commission for BBC Radio.