Railroad Backward, written and directed by Kestutis Nakas traces a Chicago man's bizarre journey through frontier Illinois. He meets Abraham Lincoln, discovers the secret of the “reverse underground-railroad”, becomes a pirate and joins desperadoes spreading terror throughout the frontier. Finally, he bears witness to a shocking crime that changes history. It is an American Heart of Darkness, but funnier. Original songs evoke the sounds of our country’s past.
Nicky Paraiso and Edgar Oliver join Kestutis Nakas and a cast of six Chicago actors: Chris Amos, Kent Brown, Kevin Crowley, Samantha Grisafe, John David Hall and Frederick Harris.
Kestutis Nakas is a writer, performer, director, and teacher whose work has been presented at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Yale Rep, La Mama, Dixon Place, P.S. 122, St. Mark's Church in the Bowery, 8BC, The Kitchen, Highways, Prop Theatre and numerous other national venues. Performance works and plays include My Heart, My President, Hunger and Lightning, The Andrew Carnegie Story, and the critically acclaimed tragi-farce cycle: When Lithuania Ruled The World, Parts I, II, III. & IV. In the 1980's, he was active in New York's East Village performance scene and was Artistic Director of Gates of Dawn, which showcased cutting edge performers. He has previously taught at NYU, UCLA, CUNY, and the University of New Mexico. Currently he is Associate Professor at Roosevelt University in Chicago.