Rockford native’s play set in Rockford opens in Chicago Jan. 3

"At His Best"
“At His Best”

Staff Report

CHICAGO — Rockford native and playwright Cassandra Rose will have her first full-length play, At His Best, produced by Cold Basement Dramatics in Chicago. The play opens at the Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, Jan. 3 and runs through Jan. 26.

Set in Rockford, At His Best tells the story of two women from different decades whose lives are affected and connected through the same man. At His Best is being produced by Cold Basement Dramatics, a small theater company founded in 2010 in which Rose is a founding member and current artistic director. Cold Basement Dramatics is dedicated to telling stories about the things that we hide from ourselves and others.

Rose graduated from Rockford Auburn High School in 2007 and participated in The Academy Gifted Program and CAPA (Creative and Performing Arts). She credits the theatrical foundation CAPA provided through the hands-on involvement in productions and independent study courses that allowed her to explore playwriting.

In 2006, Rose’s play, Freudian Slip, was produced at the Illinois High School Theatre Festival. In 2007, she won first place at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Creative Writing Festival for her play Postconception. She has since graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in playwriting and founded Cold Basement Dramatics. Plays she has also produced with Cold Basement Dramatics include: Snakes in her Hair (2010), Wake (2011) and Margret (2012). Her other Chicago theater affiliations include work with Jackelope Theatre, Steep Theatre, Redtwist Theatre, Raven Theatre, Victory Gardens and Chicago Dramatists.

At His Best tells the stories of two women living in two different times in the same apartment. The first woman, Ann, finds herself waking up the morning of her wedding day next to a man who is not her husband-to-be. Twenty-five years later, Ann’s daughter, Caroline, is prepping for her own wedding only a week away. She is visited by a mysterious man who claims to have known her mother well. As Caroline befriends the old acquaintance, secrets about the past and her mother are revealed, leaving her more skeptical of the truth and of her visitor’s intentions. The truth becomes clear about the dark events of the past, and tensions rise as Caroline’s wedding day draws near.

The production is made possible through public support. Visit the fund-raising campaign site for At His Best at Tickets for At His Best are available for $15 ($10 students/industry with proper ID) at

The Den Theatre can be reached at (773) 398-7028.

From the Dec. 18-24, 2013, issue

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