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“It’s hardly fair to critique material that is not yet finished, although I will say that I heard enough of the score of Exposure, which involves a New York photographer and a homeless teen on the streets of Chicago, to want to hear a lot more” -Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

Exposure, a finalist and winner from Chicago’s FWD Theatre Project, follows a “discarded” female youth, who projects as a male and most specifically as James Dean, as she tries to navigate the treacherous homeless systems in Chicago. When she crosses paths with a disgruntled former star-photographer, she reignites his artistic imagination. He has visions of using her as his muse while desperately trying to recreate his earlier success. Ever present, the relentless spirit of James Dean shadows our homeless girl and becomes a force of comfort, friction and eventually salvation. Come hear the innovative and captivating score that has enamored audiences and stars alike.

Music and Lyrics by Erik Della Penna. Musical Direction by Doug Peck (The Jungle Book, Porgy and Bess, Carousel, Chicago Guys and Dolls). Created and conceived by Cathy Nathan. Photograph by Sandro.


Krystal Joy Brown

Chris Dwan

Tracy Jai Edwards

Jenn Gambatese

Nikka Graff Lanzarone

Jess Godwin

Clark Kinkade

Janelle McDermoth

Matthew Morrison

Andrew Mueller

Sydney Patrick

Matthew Saldivar

Lillias White

David Yazbek

Past Performances

  • Mon, May 23 :9:30 pm
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