Director – God’s Bored Game by Lisa Reinke – Primary Stages ESPA at Jimmy’s No. 43, NYC
Director – Workshop Production – Stained Glasseds by Megan Murtha – Dixon Place, NYC
Director – Staged Reading – War Play by Paul Ketchum – Brooklyn College MFA Playwrighting Showcase (Headed by Mac Wellman and Erin Courtney)
For Paul Ketchum’s experimental cartoon satire on war, I focused on the element of the “machine” breaking down in war and paralleled this notion with the idea of the mechanism of theatre breaking down.
Director – The Last Night of Ballyhoo by Alfred Uhry – Project 891 Theatre Company, Chicago
Rost’s site-specific staging in Edgewater’s former Gunder Mansion feels perfectly old-society and makes remarkably clever use of depth and sightlines. – Kris Vire, Theater Editor of Time Out Chicago
4 out of 4 Stars. (Out of 508 productions reviewed in 2010, Chicago Theatre Blog chose The Last Night of Ballyhoo as one of the Top 25 in the city of that year.) Skillfully staged in the mansion’s wood-paneled front parlor, with seating for just 23, this intimate production features superb acting…For those who prefer their December entertainment without cloying overdoses of sentiment and good cheer, The Last Night of Ballyhoo offers everything a holiday show should have: Great performances, depth, humor and pathos. – Leah A. Zeldes, Chicago Theater Blog
Opened November 27, 2010 at the North Lakeside Cultural Center in Chicago, IL.
From Director’s Note: Alfred Uhry in a recent interview with the Jersuselum Post states, “I find what’s so interesting, is that…we’ve certainly made great racial strides in this country – enormous racial strides – but that labeling is still here.
2010 -Assistant Director – A Delicate Balance by Edward Albee – Redtwist Theatre, Chicago (2011 Jeff Nomination for “Best Production of a Play”)
Working with director Steve Scott (Associate Producer of the Goodman Theatre)
A Delicate Balance, which, while not as verbally devastating as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? probably cuts closer to the bone in exposing the demons we carry with us in the form of family, friends and our own inability to understand how we ended up with the people in our lives. Steve Scott’s intelligent and intimate staging for Redtwist brings the story into deliciously uncomfortable focus. -Kerry Reid, The Chicago Tribune
2010 – Assistant Director – Equus by Peter Shaffer – Redtwist Theatre, Chicago
Working with Redtwist Artistic Director, Michael Colucci, I was fortunate enough to be a part of a revitalizing of Peter Shaffer’s Equus.
“… it looks and feels like a pagan ritual…eerie and mesmerizing–” -Zac Thompson, Chicago Reader
“…the audience is seated almost on top of the action….Redtwist is doing something interesting with the constraints of its cramped, narrow space” -Nina Metz, The Chicago Tribune
2009 – Director – Boys’ Life by Howard Korder – Hangar 9 Theatre Company
“Though Korder’s humor seems tame by current standards, the dramatic subtlety and easy character interplay of this Hangar 9 Theatre Company production help it translate.” -Marissa Oberlander, Chicago Reader
“Rost’s production moves briskly…it’s clear this year-old company’s packed with talent and potential.” -Caitlin Montanye Parrish, Time Out Chicago
2008 – Director – Hesperia by Randall Colburn – Hangar 9 Theatre Company
This was Randall Colburn’s first Chicago production. I was fortunate enough to direct this play with my own company.
“Director Jason Rost draws convincing, detailed performances from most of his young cast.” -Justin Hayford, Chicago Reader