Continuum Theater and The Jewish Plays Project present: The Midwest Jewish Play Writing Contest 2018
Summer Night, With Unicorn*
by David Rush
"Magical realism in the Chicago night as force-of-nature Estelle whisks Warren to a gaggle of unexpected spiritual guides. When the sun rises, who will say the Kaddish?"
Sunday March 25, 2018
Northbrook Theatre and Performing Arts
Northbrook Leisure Center
3323 Walters Avenue
Northbrook, IL 60062
David Rush has had productions of his plays at George Street Playhouse, Delaware Theater Company, Mark Taper Forum, Stage Left, Chicago Dramatists and others. His scripts have had readings and workshops at major festivals including Great Plains, Odyssey, Utah Shakespeare, and Abingdon Theater. He has won or was a finalist in several national playwriting contests including Dayton FutureFest, Fremont Center, Great Plains Theater Festival, Firehouse Theater, Ashland Shakespeare and others. He was a writer in residence at the Inge Center in Independence, Kansas. His awards include several Chicago Jeff Awards, a Los Angeles DramaLogue Award, a Dayton FutureFest Best Play(twice), a Holland New Play Award (at GPTC), Firehouse Theater Project New Play Award and two Midwest Emmies. His recent play, “Nureyev’s Eyes” won 5 national contests Among his plays and musicals are “Nureyev’s Eyes,” “Lenny Dreaming,” "Leander Stillwell," "Miller and the Jabberwock," "Cuttings," "Police Deaf Near Far, “Germinous Seeds," "Prairie Lights" "Women of Choice," and an adaptation of “Billy Budd”. His adaptation of “Antigone” is published by Playscripts; his musical, “Feathers in the Winds” -- about the wise fools of Chelm – is handled by Havescripts.Com publishers. His script, “Women of Choice: A Collection of Monologues,” is available through national booksellers. Retired from his position as Head of Playwriting at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, he has written two college textbooks on playwriting and play analysis. Rush is an emeritus member of Chicago's Stage Left and a past affiliate of Chicago Dramatists.
"Jo Cattell is the latest early-career Chicago-based director to be named a recipient of the annual Michael Maggio Fellowship, Goodman Theatre announced Tuesday.
As the 2017-18 fellow, Cattell will assist on a Goodman production and collaborate with the Goodman's artistic team.
Cattell is currently creating “An Epic Tale of Scale” for Chicago Children’s Theatre and is part of the LightPoets, whose immersive theater production “HEARTCORPS: Riders of the Storyboard” premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
Recent fellows include Jess McLeod (2016-17), Vanessa Stalling (2015-16), Marti Lyons (2014-15) and Erica Weiss (2013-14)."
An Epic Tale of Scale
Created and Directed by Jo Cattell and Henry Wishcamper
Music and Lyrics by Gabe Ruiz
Collaboratively Designed by Frank Maugeri
Playing March 10 - April 8
at Chicago Children’s Theatre
Recommended for Ages 6 and up
By Lisa Dillman
The 5 & Dime, A Theatre Company
A scholarly young woman confronts her mother’s mental illness and tragic death, and the possible consequences of her own complicated inheritance, in this time-bending play about the elusive nature of madness. THE WALLS takes a look at the effects of mental illness – and the various forms of separation it so often brings with it – on a group of women and their families in three different time periods. The play is an exploration of separation as a physical reality – the high walls of the dreaded asylums of the past – and as a multilayered metaphor – the often impenetrable walls of our own perception, the subjective walls that necessarily divide every human relationship, the walls between the sick and the well, and the lifesaving but potentially soul-deadening walls erected by psychotropic medications.
THE MADRES By Stephanie Alison Walker Announced as The 77th NNPN Rolling World Premiere
by BWW News Desk
National New Play Network, the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, announces its 74th Rolling World Premiere (RWP): The Madres by Stephanie Alison Walker. The Roll will run through Skylight Theatre Company (March 10-April 29 in Los Angeles, CA) and Teatro Vista (April 21-May 27 in Chicago, IL), MOXIE Theatre (May 13-June 10, in San Diego, CA), and Shrewd Productions (August 24-September 15 in Austin, TX). The Madres was presented at NNPN's 2016 National Showcase of New Plays, hosted by the Department of Theatre and Danceat the University of Texas-Austin.
From Ms. Walker: "The Madres is a story about the strength and resilience of women. It's about brave women who refused to be silenced. When they chose to speak out, to stand up and march, they were called "crazy/ Las Locas" - as women who speak truth to power often are. No one believed their stories of their missing children. No one believed the government could or would do such a thing. No one wanted to believe them. This didn't stop Las Madres from speaking out, demanding justice and showing up every Thursday to march right in front of the Casa Rosada (Argentina's equivalent of our White House.) Las Madres - the original Women's Marchers - were the first to resist the Argentine dictatorship.
"The timing of the world premiere of The Madres is remarkable because it seems people are finally listening to women. I pray that we never stop listening. There is so much we can learn from Las Madres and their brave act of resistance. Let us never forget, let us never be complacent in the face of injustice, let us always be as brave as Las Madres. Ni olvido, ni perdón!"
In an NNPN Rolling World Premiere, the Network provides production support to the playwright and the partnering theaters, including assistance with the creation and the contracting of the premiere agreement, collaborative interactions between the theaters, and travel and housing funds for the playwright to further develop the play in each city.
ABOUT THE MADRES
It's 1978 in Buenos Aires, Argentina where people are disappearing right off the street but no one is talking about it. The so-called "Dirty War" waged by the military Junta against its own people is in full-swing. Carolina and her mother Josefina are searching for their pregnant daughter/granddaughter, Belén, who has been missing for twelve weeks. When they receive a surprise visit first from a former neighborhood priest who is now stationed at the ESMA (the Navy Mechanics school turned concentration camp in the middle of the city,) they come up with a plan to try to see Belén one last time. Will it work? Will they be able to save her baby? Will they be able to save themselves?
MOXIE Theatre presents...
BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!) by Jami Brandli
Jan 28 – Feb 25
Housewives are dutiful. Husbands are brawny. It’s 1960 and Emily Post’s guide to etiquette is keeping America “great.” But in a delicious turn of events, a stranger materializes who might end life as the citizens of North Orange know it. This audacious Joint World Premiere reimagines the tragic heroines of Greek Mythology as pill-popping housewives in a cautionary tale with deadly consequences.
Greek Gods Meet Seething Suburbanites in ‘BLISS’ at Moxie Theatre
The fun of “BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!)” is the mashup of Greek mythology and modern-day sensibility, set in the “Mad Men” era, on the cusp of the battles for women’s rights and civil rights...Brandli could not wish for a better production for her joint world premiere (after San Diego, separate productions will be mounted in L.A. and Chicago). Here, the piece is in the hands of the gifted, insightful former Moxie artistic director Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, who has marshaled a splendid ensemble and encouraged them to create juicy, multi-layered characters. Times of San Diego
Smart, snappy 'Bliss' gives tragic heroines a hopeful future
Playwright Jami Brandli smartly upends theatrical history this month in her hilarious, sharply written and fast-paced comedy-drama “Bliss (or Emily Post is Dead!),” which opened Saturday at Moxie Theatre in a world premiere co-production with L.A.’s Moving Arts and Chicago’s Promethean Theatre. The San Diego Union-Tribune
The Light by Loy Webb
Runs January 05, 2018 - February 25, 2018
The New Colony at The Den Theatre
A surprise proposal takes an unexpected turn that upends the world of Genesis and Rashad, forcing them to confront a devastating secret from the past and putting the future of their relationship at risk. Featuring two of Chicago’s most dynamic actors, THE LIGHT is a 70-minute, real-time rollercoaster journey of laughter, romance and despair that uncovers how the power of radical love can be a healing beacon of light.
Now on stage: 3 exciting works driven by African-American artists
Gasps and tears from the audience at world premiere 'The Light'
Theatre By Numbers:
Webb’s script builds a beautiful relationship worth rooting for...
A Gripping Romantic Drama
Chicago On Stage:
“The Light” Shines on Dark Secrets and a Couple in Love
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