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'Fog Island' Set to Roll in at Filament Theatre

 The children’s book has been adapted for the stage by the Filament Acting Company.
The children’s book has been adapted for the stage by the Filament Acting Company.
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Filament Theatre Ensemble

PORTAGE PARK — The tale of an Irish fishing village swathed in a spooky fog — and the two kids who take matters into their own hands to solve the mystery — will be the next main-stage production of the Filament Theater Ensemble's 2015 season.

Starting Sept. 25 and running through Nov. 1, "Fog Island" tells the story of Cara and Finn, who find themselves washed ashore on a dangerous island and forced to confront the age-old questions of what it means to grow up and how to face your fears.

Tomi Ungerer’s award-winning children's book "Fog Island," was adapted by Chicago playwright Emily Dendinger and developed for the stage in partnership with the Filament Acting Company and Artistic Director Julie Ritchey.

The play stars Filament Acting Company members Molly Bunder, Mara Dale, Lindsey Dorcus, Nathan Drackett, Christian Libonati and Andrew Marchetti.

Performances are designed for children age 6 and older, organizers said.

"Fog Island" will be the latest main-stage production at Filament's Six Corners home, 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave. The 7-year-old, formerly itinerant ensemble moved to Portage Park in 2012 and has transformed a former furniture warehouse into a performance venue.

The group has turned its new home into a community hub in the Six Corners Shopping District as part of an effort to turn the long-struggling area around Milwaukee Avenue, Cicero Avenue and Irving Park Boulevard into an arts and entertainment district.

Performances of the show will take place at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Tickets are $14 to $20 and will go on sale Sept. 1 on the group's website, filamenttheatre.org or at 773-270-1660.

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