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Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to kick off its 2018 Season with a revival of its 2013 hit L’IMITATION OF LIFE, a dead on parody of the 1959 film Imitation of Life about race, mothers and daughters – and looking fabulous! Adapted by Ricky Graham and Running with Scissors and directed by ensemble member Stevie Love, L’IMITATION OF LIFE will play March 31 – May 6, 2018 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago.

L’IMITATION OF LIFE features Handbag ensemble member Ed Jones*, as Lana Turner with Robert Williams Annie Johnson, two very different women raising their daughters in a world made for a man. Ensemble member Chazie Bly plays Steve Martin, Lana’s hunky boy toy. New to Handbag are Katherine Bellantone, playing Suzie Turner and Ashley J. Hicks playing Sara Jane Johnson – the daughter that was “born to be hurt.” Allison Petrillo and Chase Wheaton-Werle round out the cast as various characters.

In this hilarious parody of the 1959 film Imitation of Life, Lana Turner is a determined white widow and single mother with aspirations of becoming a Broadway sensation. When Lana meets Annie Johnson, a struggling single African-American mother, the two team up and take on the world as Lana does “whatever it takes” to make it in show business – while Annie takes care of the homestead and raises both daughters.

The two women face insurmountable challenges led by their daughters. There's the blonde, perky and “so white it's frightening" Suzie, daughter of Lana Turner, and the raven-haired rebellious light-skinned beauty, Sara Jane, daughter of Annie. Sara Jane learns the hard truth about acceptance and the color of your skin – especially when she tries to “pass” as white.

  • The gold standard of camp in ChicagoThe Chicago Reader
  • Why do we love Hell in a Handbag? Because propriety has no place even walking past the stage door of one of their shows. Because deep down, we all long to be naughty. Because they are masters in the fine art of camp and that is the kind of anti-culture that soothes the wicked soul.Gay Chicago Magazine
  • Is there anyone serving it (Camp) up, or serving it better, than Hell in a Handbag artistic director David Cerda? The brilliant Cerda appears to be Chicago’s answer to New York’s Charles Busch, a comic performer of the likes of the great cross-dressing performers Everett Quinton and Miss Coco Peru, to name a few.New City

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Artistic Director David Cerda talks to Of Notoriety’s Phil Potempa


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David Cerda – 2017 Special Jeff Award Recipient


CONGRATULATIONS DAVID!!
– Love, Your Ensemble

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WELCOME BABY GRAYSON!!!!!!
CONGRATS MOMMIES DANNI & LIZ!!!