Jesse Klug (BFA ’05), a graduate of the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department‘s Theatre Design Program, is designing the lights for two major Chicago-area stage openings in September. Funnyman, a world premiere, stars George Wendt as a vaudeville comic trying to revive his career in an avant-garde Off-Broadway play. The show runs September 11-October 18 at Northlight Theatre, located at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., in north suburban Skokie. For tickets, click here.
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Klug came to Chicago to study at Columbia College and work in Chicago’s vibrant theatre scene. He is resident lighting designer at Drury Lane Theatre in suburban Oakbrook Terrace and has worked at most of the Chicago area’s major theatres as well as Off-Broadway and around the U.S. He recently received two nominations for the Joseph Jefferson Award (Chicago’s top theatre prize) for Lighting Design (Large Theatre)–for Les Miserables at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora and Pericles at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. The award winners will be announced October 5.