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Press Contact: Francesca Peppiatt
Daytime Phone: 773.936-7896


April 3, 2008

Chicago, IL - Iris Lieberman appearing in a tour de force dramatic role in "Free Radicals"

Long time Chicago musical theatre actress Iris Lieberman is exploring a new dramatic character in the world premiere of "Free Radicals," a story of two women whose lives have been intertwined for three decades but are just now meeting for the first time. Iris plays Lydia Carmichael, a woman with roots in the 60's radical student movement. As a result of Lydia's misguided idealism, she spends the next two decades in prison for her involvement in a botched robbery that resulted in three deaths. Soon after her release she is kidnapped by Nancy Ormbsy, the grown daughter of one of her victims, played by Jenn SavaRyan. As playwright Brenda Kilianski writes, "There's nothing more dangerous than a pacifist with a gun."

The Chicago Reader says, "Played compassionately by Iris Lieberman, Lydia even becomes a surrogate mother to Jenn Sava Ryan's broken survivor."

Centerstage says of the performances, "Both SavaRyan and Lieberman played their roles beautifully, creating well-rounded human beings out of what could have been one-dimensional characters. Particularly, SavaRyan blazed with dynamic energy, humanizing quixotic Nancy's quick turns from rapture to rage and back."

The "Wanted Poster" created for the play utilizes a photo of Iris Lieberman taken when she was the same age as Lydia Carmichael would have been during the holdup. The "Wanted" poster and photos are available on the Stockyards website.

Come see one of Chicago's favorite performers in a truly tour-de-force role by Iris Lieberman.


Performance dates:
Opening March 27 - April 25, 2008
Wed - Friday at 8pm
Sunday at 7pm
(No shows on Saturday)
Tuesday, April 1 & 8 Industry Nights - 8pm

Location: North Lakeside Cultural Center
6219 North Sheridan Road, Chicago

Tickets: $20, $15 for seniors/students

Reservations: 773.936.7896 or

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Stockyards Theatre Project's mission is to advance women through theatre arts. The company is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization that has been producing theatre in the Chicago area since 1999.



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