The Lady's Not For Burning

Closes Halloween night with special party performance:
For Sunday, October 31, party and dinners starts at 5 p.m. and curtain at 7 p.m.  Come in costume and enter the costume contest parade at 6:30 p.m.

The Lady's Not for Burning

Directed by Fred Anzevino, Artistic Director

The Director’s position is graciously funded by The Saints of Chicago, volunteers for the performing arts.

Previews:  September 17-18
Opening Night:  September 19
Regular Run:  September 19-October 31

Curtain Times: 7:30 p.m., Thursdays;  8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, and 7 p.m., Sundays

Halloween Party Performance:  5 p.m., Sunday October 31

Location:   No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood.

The Play

Set in the middle ages, it is a romantic comedy written in verse by Christopher Fry in 1948. The story is about a disillusioned veteran, who wants to be hanged until he is wooed from his desire for death by the happier, accused witch on her way to the stake who wants to live.  The story takes place in the home of the mayor of the town Cool Clary.  In form, it resembles Shakespeare’s pastoral comedies.

Director’s Vision

The Lady’s Not for Burning:  the musical?

You won’t hear the orchestra in the “pit” tuning their instruments 10 minutes before curtain tonight, nor will you experience lavish song and dance numbers stretched across our chess board stage.  However as I see it, The Lady’s Not for Burning–without a single song or dance number in its body–is the most prolific musical piece of theatre I have ever directed.  I have loved this play for many years and am I drawn into its uncanny reflection of the human condition asking those big questions:  What is life?  What is death?  What is love?  Or, as the mayor of the small market town of Cool Clary asks “What is the meaning of this?  What?  What?  What?”

Christopher Fry has managed, through exquisitely complex poetic verse-dialogue, to create a sort of spoken operetta raising the stakes as high as hangings and witch-hunts that gives us a bold and honest manifesto on the meaning of life.  The Lady’s Not for Burning is a poetic drama, comedy and, yes, musical. . .a communal prayer to the gods that ward off petty fears and ignorance that still fester in our world today.

What better time and place for us to summon these gods and sing (I mean speak) Fry’s words loud and clear here at the historic No Exit Café.


Jenny Lamb as Jennet Jourdemayne, the witch

Layne Manzer as Thomas Mendip, the discharged soldier

Adam Kander as Richard, the orphaned clerk

Sonja Field as Alizon Eliot

David Weiss as Nicholas Devize

Susan Fay as Margaret Devize, mother of Nicholas

Eric Martin as Humphrey Devize, brother of Nicholas

Jeff (Preddie) Predmore as Hebble Tyson, the Mayor

Andrew J. Pond as Edward Tappercoom, The Justice

Drew Longo as The Chaplain and Matthew Skipps


Assistant Director/Production Manager:  Ben Mason

Scenic Design:  Nate Crawford

Costume Design:  Teresa Hamm

Lighting Design:  David Heimann

Sound Design:  Ethan Deppe

Props Master:  Justin Goh

Stage Manager:  Rachael Holiday

Marketing & PR:  Martha Hudak

Program Layout:   Rob Dorn