July 14th, 2012 - August 25th, 2012

at The Building Stage

Zoe awakes on a couch in a strange room.  Soon, familiar people begin to flood unexpectedly into the room and Zoe finds herself on a propulsive and moving journey through the most significant and heartbreaking events of her young life. A Scent of Flowers is an epic and wildly inventive tale, immense in its scope and searing in its intimacy.  Written by James Saunders in 1965, this moving masterpiece is virtually unknown inside the United States.  BackStage Theatre Company is thrilled to bring this remarkable story to Chicago audiences for the very first time.



“Four Stars.  Highly Recommended.”

“It’s wonderful when risk gets rewarded, when an enterprising artistic director’s faith in an unknown play by a forgotten writer pays off in every scene. Matthew Reeder fell in love with the underappreciated British playwright James Saunders’ 1965 three-act A Scent of Flowers, and it’s requited: You feel his devotion returned in almost all the 140 minutes of BackStage Theatre Company’s season ender, a true “return engagement.”

“This play may haunt its watchers long after it’s over.”

“The ensemble’s commitment to Saunders’ dazzle amounts to artistry on fire.”

- Lawrence Bommer, Chicago Theatre Beat (Read the full review)

“Reeder’s adroit, multilayered production for BackStage Theatre Company conveys compassion and complexity.”

- Zac Thompson, Chicago Reader

Cast & Crew

Jen Poulin

Assistant Director

Lindsey Miller

Stage Manager/Production Manager

Tony Bozzuto

Fight Director

Heath Hays

Scenic Designer

Megan Sullivan

Costume Designer

Josh Hambrock - Scrivens

Angela M. Campos - Props Designer

Rachel Haile - Dialect Coach

Stephen Ptacek - Sound Designer

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