Rockford's Smallest and Newest Performance Space
Rockford Area Arts Council (RAAC) has recently renovated its historic Shumway Building from a regular office space to a performance venue and art gallery. The Shumway held two “soft openings” in October and December and now invites the public to its grand opening.
The grand opening will feature Feverland, a new and original play by Connie Kuntz, with live music by Matthew Flamm, choreography by Caitlyn and Meghan Baylor, and a cast of veteran actors including Caitlyn Baylor, Meghan Baylor, Matthew Flamm, Jesse Kuntz, Sharon Nesbit-Davis and a chorus of thirteen children.
Feverland is a dark comedy that commemorates the 88th anniversary of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. It is a feverish celebration of the love between Al Capone (corruption) and Lady Liberty (the American dream). The play features historical characters such as Al Capone, Herbert Hoover, Emma Lazarus, and Eliot Ness as well as the Statue of Liberty herself. The characters appear and disappear within the confines of Al Capone’s final fever dream. Feverland itself is a 1920’s speakeasy in Chicago and though not mandatory, we hope the audience will come dressed in 1920’s apparel. We will sing, laugh, dance and think at Feverland.
The Shumway is Rockford’s tiniest performance space, but grand art is taking place for sure. The space is viable for theatre, dance, music, poetry, art, film and so much more. We encourage everyone to come check it out!
WHAT: Feverland – a love story between Al Capone and Lady Liberty. A cast of veteran actors, dancers and musicians will perform an original play written and directed by Connie Kuntz with music by Matthew Flamm and choreography by Caitlyn and Meghan Baylor.
WHERE: The Shumway, 713 E. State Street, Rockford, IL 61104. Park in the rear parking lot for free
WHEN: Two performances on Monday, February 13 and Wednesday, February 15 at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.
HOW: $5 tickets. Reservations are highly encouraged. Call 815-963-6765 to reserve your ticket or
stop by the office between 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
CONTACT: RAAC 815-963-6765 or Connie Kuntz at 779-772-0716