May 2018 News!
Emilio Williams’ plays have been produced in Spain, Argentina, France, Estonia, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States (including productions and performances in Chicago, New York, Washington DC, and Los Angeles).
His most recent comedy “Your Problem with Men” was produced by Teatro Luna in Chicago, and has traveled to New York City, Los Angeles and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
In 2012, his one woman show “Medea’s Got Some Issues” received “Best International Show” at United Solo Festival, Off Broadway, New York City.
That same year, his comedy “Smartphones – a pocket-size farce,” received its world premiere at Trap Door Theatre in Chicago.In 2010, his “dramedy” “Tables and Beds, an unromantic comedy“was selected among 80 plays from 12 countries as the winner of the 4th Premio el EspectáculoTeatral.
An electrifying thriller exploring the heartbreak of gentrification and the scars we leave on each other....
Written by Isaac Gomez
Directed by Jo Cattell
Marísa and Lev have just moved into their new Pilsen apartment in hopes of rekindling a spark that's long been extinguished. While looking for the circuit breaker in the attic, a mysterious coconut appears, leftover from the previous tenants with a dark history inside it. The Displaced explores the wake of pain and yearning left behind when gentrification forces people out of their homes and the kind of vengeance that can come from it.
Jo Cattell was named 2018 Maggio Directing Fellow at the Award winning Goodman Theatre, Chicago.
by Stephanie Alison Walker
at Moxie Theatre
Directors: Maria Patrice Amon & Jennifer Eve Thorn
May 13 – Jun 10 / Opening Night: May 19
It's 1978 in Argentina and people are disappearing off the street. Belén is pregnant and has been missing for twelve weeks. When her mother and grandmother receive a surprise visitor, they'll hatch a dangerous plan to get her back. Based on the true and gripping story of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, whose protest captured the world's attention.
Voyage Chicago interviews writer and producer, Mia McCullough of
"For the moment, Haven Productions exists exclusively to produce our web series, The Haven. Elizabeth Laidlaw and I created this partnership so that we could make quality online content that is written in Chicago, produced in Chicago, shot in Chicago, and employs Chicago artists. We are extremely proud of the diversity of our cast and crew. We are proud that we paid everyone, something that doesn’t always happen in online content. And we are very proud that we’re putting realistic depictions of domestic violence survivors into the world.
Most depictions of domestic violence fall into the “gender violence porn” category where it’s always a woman being abused, she’s usually sexualized while she’s being abused, and if she escapes it’s because her abuser has been murdered. This is not how domestic violence plays out in real life, and the media does people a disservice by the misrepresentation.
By showing nuanced, realistic portrayals of abuse and escape, we allow people in these situations (not always women being abused by men) to see a way out. We had a panel discussion with four domestic violence survivors after a screening of two of our episodes. One panelist described how she was inspired to leave her abuser after seeing a character do it on Scandal. Modeling is important, and there’s not enough of it out there."
The Squirrel Plays by Mia McCullough
at the Wandsworth Fringe
There’s only one thing you need to know about newlyweds Tom and Sarah: They are definitely not “squirrel people.” Not that they judge, of course.
So when they discover a critter in their attic, they’re faced with a marriage-testing decision: To exterminate, or not to exterminate?
But the squirrels aren’t only invading Tom and Sarah’s home. They’ve infested the whole neighbourhood. This time, the issue doesn’t only tear Sarah and Tom apart.
It threatens the peace of an entire community.
The Squirrel Plays are metaphor plays written by award-winning playwright Mia McCullough, whose work has been produced at prestigious theatres such as the Old Globe in San Diego, and Steppenwolf in Chicago.
"THE MADRES" SAYS "NEVER AGAIN" TO A GENOCIDAL DICTATORSHIP WITH STRONG PERFORMANCES FROM IVONNE COLL (JANE, THE VIRGIN) AND LORENA DIAZ
Although the subject matter is difficult and depressing, playwright, Stephanie A. Walker, succeeds at showing the audience both the horror of the genocide and the beauty and pleasures of the Argentinian family lifestyle that the "Dirty War" interrupted and ended for at least 100,000 innocent civilians.
The play, which opened in Los Angeles last year could not be better, clearly shows how impossible it is for civilians to survive or even to publicly protest the advancing hatred of a violent ideology once a dictator-like regime has taken physical control of the populace including their clergymen, police and legislators.
Kimberly Katz, Buzz Center Stage
Teatro Vista’s “The Madres” is being performed at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater through May 27th. For more information visit TeatroVista.org.
"...The Madres (by Stephanie Alison Walker) is an overwhelmingly welcome work, one of the best of the year thus far. Its wrenching second half puts the talents of its ensemble fully on display as Walker arranges her own elaborate takedown of impotent masculinity. And yet, what matters most here is not the pathetic frailty of a couple of men but the durability of the women. The Madres demonstrates that women persevere, excel and conquer despite constant attempts to quell their spirit and impoverish their existence.
If we can move beyond paying lip service to unapologetically brave women or projecting tragedy onto those who have been wronged and actually work to make the lives of women better, which for men means actively engaging with the privileges of our gender, then the possibility of a world in which women are free to be exactly as they please, glimpsed here and elsewhere, can become a reality. It is a future that women the world over, mothers or not, more than deserve." Kevin Greene, Newcity Stage.
Teatro Vista at Victory Gardens Theater
2433 North Lincoln, (773)871-3000
Through May 27
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