Lineup for 2013 International Voices Project Announced
by Hedy Weiss
The International Voices Project (IVP) -- the largest event of its kind in the country, which introduces Chicago audiences to some of the most exciting voices on the international theater scene -- has announced its 2013 lineup, as well as the fact that the project, now entering its fourth season under executive director Patrizia Acerra, will be moving to the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln, where it will run March 7-17.
In a series of eight concert-style readings, presented in collaboration with consulates and cultural institutions throughout Chicago, the work of playwrights from Switzerland, France, Canada, Egypt, Austria, Brazil, Italy, and Wales will be showcased. Each play is performed by a professional cast with stage directions read aloud to allow audience members' imaginations to create the world of the play. After each reading, there will be a post-performance discussion with the cast and audience, followed by a reception hosted by the country's represented cultural partner.
The schedule is as follows:
± Thursday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m.: From Switzerland, IVP presents "Dog Paddle" by Reto Finger, translated by Lily Skyes, presented in collaboration with the Consulate General of Switzerland in Chicago, the Swiss Benevolent Society of Chicago and Sideshow Theatre, and directed by Jonathan Green.
± Friday, March 8th, at 7:30 p.m.: The Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Chicago hosts the reading of" Noise in
the Water" by Marco Martinelli, translated by Thomas Simpson, and directed by Paola Coletto.
± Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m:, The play "Symptômes," written by French playwright Gabriella Maione, will be presented through a collaboration among the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago, The Alliance Française de Chicago, and Trap Door Theatre, directed by Beata Pilch.
± Sunday, March 10th at 7:30 p.m.: Egypt will be represented by the play "n Search of Said Abul-Naga," written by Ahmed Hasan Al-Banna, translated by Mohammed Albakry and Rebekah Maggor, directed by Hassan Amejal, and in collaboration with the Consulate of Egypt Chicago.
± Thursday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m.: The Midwest premiere of acclaimed Canadian playwright Carol Frechette's "The Room at the Top of the Stairs," directed by Elizabeth Carlin Metz, will be performed in collaboration with the Consulate General of Canada in Chicago, The Quebec Government Office in Chicago, The Alliance Française de Chicago and Vitalist Theatre.
± Friday March 15 at 7:30 p.m.: The..... hosts the reading of "Hamlet is Dead" by Ewald Palmetshofer, in a translation by Neil Blackadder, and directed by Anna C. Bahow.
± Saturday, March 16th at 7:30 p.m.: IVP has commissioned the Brazilian play "Artsy" in collaboration with the Consulate-General of Brazil in Chicago and The Chicago Theatre Sweatshop, in a translation by Mariana Leite, and directed by Emilio Williams.
± Sunday, March 17th at 7:30 p.m.: The final reading is from Wales, represented by the play "The Almond and the Seahorse" by Kaite O'Reilly, and directed by Sandy Shinner, in collaboration with Victory Gardens' Access Project.
Note: All performances are at 7:30 PM. Each event is free and open to the public, reservations are strongly encouraged, and can be made at www.ivpchicago.org or by calling 773 (250) 7055. For further information, visit www.ivpchicago.org.