written by Duncan McLean
directed by Vicky Featherstone
featuring the Lone Star Swing Band
at The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago
(2 blocks northeast of North and Elston)
February 2–4, 2012
“A rousing set of blues-tinged Americana standards that, with fiddle and slide guitar, make the connection between windswept island and lonesome prairie.” –The Guardian (UK)
Chicago Shakespeare Theater brings the National Theatre of Scotland back to Chicago for CST's World's Stage Series on the heels of its acclaimed production of Black Watch, presented by CST at the Chicago Park District's Broadway Armory. In a display of versatility in use of space and theatrical styles, the National Theatre of Scotland's Long Gone Lonesome will be performed at eclectic local music venue The Hideout. This music-driven production featuring the Lone Star Swing Band celebrates the life of Thomas Fraser, a fisherman from the remote island of Burra, Shetland, who was one of Scotland's least known but most fascinating musical heroes. Obsessed with country and the blues, Thomas mastered the styles of his idols and created thousands of tape recordings in the privacy of his home—which were discovered and reissued to CDs 25 years after his death, spreading his fame to Nashville.
Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, including intermission
International programming at Chicago Shakespeare Theater is supported, in part, by the Julius Frankel Foundation.