Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Ridiculously Talented Kendall Sherwood

Most days Kendall Sherwood is basking in the warm sunshine of Los Angeles where she is establishing her footing as a serious screenwriter; however, in these early months of 2012, she’ll be taking a break from her normal 80-degree-weather-and-Vitamin-D-filled life to venture to Chicago to attend the opening of her play, “Devil May Care,” produced by some of her fellow Clemson alumni, Wishbone Theatre Collective.

The premise for “Devil May Care” came about as Kendall was beginning her Master’s thesis at Northwestern University. (Nope, she’s no stranger to a Chicago winter.) The play begins and ends in a church where the pastor and a woman from the community meet unexpectedly in the middle of the night. Both question the others' motives for being there at such an odd hour, and from their interactions they’re both changed forever.

“The play went through many drafts with different beginnings and endings, character histories,” explains Kendall. “However, the characters themselves, the pastor and Abigail, and the basic premise remained. The tone of the play was meant to be dark and twisted.”

“Devil May Care” draws more questions than answers, which makes it an alluring story to those who believe and those who don’t. Kendall weaves a not-so-subtle Southern drawl through the dialogue that brings touches of humor to the drama and darkness of the play.

While finishing her Master’s and developing “Devil May Care,” Chicago Dramatist produced a reading of the play and it was selected as part of the Goodman Theatre’s showcase in May 2011. Wishbone is so proud to produce the first full production while working closely with Kendall.

“Devil May Care” opens Friday, February 17 at 8pm at Collaboraction in the Flat Iron Arts Building located at 1579 N. Milwaukee in Wicker Park. 

Click here to get your tickets before they sell out! Student rates are available.

 -Monique Friloux

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