IVP 2017 Spain - Promised Land
Apr
17
7:00 pm19:00

IVP 2017 Spain - Promised Land

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Monday April 17th – Spain “Promised Land” Playwright: Guillem Clua

Monday April 17th – Spain “Promised Land” Playwright: Guillem Clua

Promised Land

Country - Spain

Playwright - Guillem Clua

Translator - Marion Peter Holt

Director - Emelio Williams

Synopsis - “Promised Land” is a farce on the subject of climate change and the inefficiency of international organizations to stop its terrible consequences. The play is set in the future at the United Nations headquarters in New York City and tells the story of the president and the diplomatic delegation of a fictitious country, Malvati, that is about to sink under the sea. Comedy, melodrama, political intrigue and mythology intertwine to make Promised Land one of Guillem Clua’s more reality-aware plays but also one of his funniest.  Although an array of characters appear in the play, the script requires only four actors. Clua has given the roles of the mythological Malvati, one self-satisfied UN official, and some twenty-five delegates from different countries to a single actor. It can only be called an actor’s tour-de-force.

Eventbrite - Spain -
IVP 2017 Ireland - The Virgin Father
Apr
18
7:00 pm19:00

IVP 2017 Ireland - The Virgin Father

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Tuesday April 18th – Ireland "The Virgin Father" Playwright: Jimmy McAleavey

Tuesday April 18th – Ireland "The Virgin Father" Playwright: Jimmy McAleavey

The Virgin Father

Country - Ireland

Playwright - Jimmy McAleavey

Director - Warner Crocker

Synopsis - “Surely you don’t think you failed him?’ Who, me? God’s chosen one? The holy stepfather? Of course I failed him. He’s dead, isn’t he?” Mary has disappeared. And now Joe is being hunted down. He urgently needs to understand what has happened to his family if he is to save himself….

Joe married the quiet girl in the village even though she was carrying someone else’s child. He failed to deal with her delusions about the pregnancy, and to keep the boy from joining a cult. But what could he have done in a land occupied by foreign forces who were targeting their son? Jimmy McAleavey’s superb monologue is a love story about the temptation to believe…

Eventbrite - Ireland - "Cyprus Avenue"
IVP 2017 Finland - Jessika's Cub
Apr
24
7:00 pm19:00

IVP 2017 Finland - Jessika's Cub

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Monday April 24th – Finland “Jessika’s Cub” Playwright: Leea Klemola

Monday April 24th – Finland “Jessika’s Cub” Playwright: Leea Klemola

Jessika's Cub

Country - Finland

Playwright - Leea Klemola

Director - Brehan Pautsch

Translator - Juha Mustanoja

Collaborator - Akvavit Theatre

Synopsis - Jessika’s Cub is a comedy about Jessika’s family, her role as a wife and a mother, and her panic attack-inducing longing for nature and need to get away from the technological world of today.

Jessika, her mother, her husband, and her mental health therapy dog stage a play to help Jessika confront her demons. The idea is to show Jessika’s now adult, absent son what she wishes his upbringing had been like via a video feed of the play. Instead of staying home in front of the computer, in Jessika’s scenario the whole family goes into the woods to get lost.

Right from the get-go, everything goes awry. Despite their best efforts, Jessika’s mother and husband don’t seem able to create a world without technology that would satisfy her. Through personal and marital crises they are, however, able to understand that Jessika doesn’t belong in the modern era but with mammoths and other wild beasts, and start again from there. Jessika’s Cub is about animal instincts and being untamed.

Eventbrite - Finland - "Jessika's Cub"
IVP 2017 Romania - Migraaaants
Apr
25
7:00 pm19:00

IVP 2017 Romania - Migraaaants

  • Instituto Cervantes
Tuesday April 25th – Romania “Migraaaants” Playwright: Matei Visniec

Tuesday April 25th – Romania “Migraaaants” Playwright: Matei Visniec

Migraaaants

Country - Romania

Playwright - Matei Visniec

Translator - Nick Awde

Director - Kate Hendrickson

Collaborators - Trap Door Theatre

Synopsis - They're from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Eritrea, Syria, Irak, Lybia, Mali, Algeria, Morocco, Haiti and many other places where life is no longer compatible with the idea of a future. There are millions of them. How many million? No one knows. They're called "migrants" and they have only one thing on their minds: the desire to reach Europe.


In the space of just five months, Europe panicked. Political authorities and public opinion understood that there are about 80 million people on the planet living in war-torn regions and they have the right, in principle, to ask for international protection and thus political asylum in Europe. Borders began to close; the symbol of barbed wire rose up from the nightmarish depths of history. Europe didn't know what was happening to it, didn't know what to do, and the temptation to repudiate its values was great (freedom of movement, human rights, an open society, etc.) and to stop the millions of candidates for exile on the way.

Eventbrite - Romania - "Migraaaants"
IVP 2017 Serbia - Kumovi
May
2
7:00 pm19:00

IVP 2017 Serbia - Kumovi

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Tuesday May 2nd – Serbia “Kumovi” Playwright: Dušan Kovačević

Tuesday May 2nd – Serbia “Kumovi” Playwright: Dušan Kovačević

Kumovi

Country - Serbia

Playwright - Dušan Kovačević

Translator - Dennis Barnett

Director - Liz Carlin-Metz

Collaborator - Vitalist Theatre

Synopsis - Kumovi is a domestic comedy that takes place on Milan and Ana's twenty-fifth anniversary. Milan has recently lost his job and his best friend, Boban, has disappeared, leaving Milan depressed and anxious. But Milan has made a new friend, a stray dog, who comes to his rescue when he is mugged in the park, and one of the policemen investigating the mugging happens to be a dog "specialist." Through the combined efforts of Milan, the policeman and the dog, both the mystery of the missing man and Milan's anxiety find a happy resolution.

Eventbrite - Serbia - "Kumovi"
IVP 2017 Germany - The Nest
May
5
7:00 pm19:00

IVP 2017 Germany - The Nest

  • Instituto Cervantes Chicago
Friday May 5th – Germany "The Nest" Playwright Franz Xaver Kroetz

Friday May 5th – Germany "The Nest" Playwright Franz Xaver Kroetz

The Nest

Country - Germany

Playwright - Franz Xaver Kroetz

Translator - Conor McPherson

Director - Andy Hager

Collaborators - TUTA Theatre

Synopsis - Parents-to-be Kurt and Martha just want the best for their baby.  They're not afraid of hard work - the latest buggy doesn't come cheap. But when Kurt's boss offers him a chance to make some easy money with a mysterious side job, his rashness catches up with him. A fable about the moral and environmental cost of our materialistic nesting instincts, Conor McPherson's powerful new version of Franz Xaver Kroetz's Das Nest premiered at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, in 2016. 

Eventbrite - Germany - "The Nest"
IVP 2017 India - A Fine Balance
May
11
7:00 pm19:00

IVP 2017 India - A Fine Balance

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Thursday May 11th – India “A Fine Balance” Author: Rohinton Mistry

Thursday May 11th – India “A Fine Balance” Author: Rohinton Mistry

A Fine Balance

Country - India

Author - Rohinton Mistry

Adaptors - Sudha Bhuchar and Kristine Landon-Smith

Director - Kamal Hans

Collaborators - Rasaka Theatre

Synopsis - With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recalls the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India.

The time is 1975. The place is an unnamed city by the sea. The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers--a spirited widow, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village--will be thrust together, forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future.

As the characters move from distrust to friendship and from friendship to love, A Fine Balance creates an enduring panorama of the human spirit in an inhuman state.

Eventbrite - India - "A Fine Balance"
IVP 2017 Australia - Rice
May
12
7:00 pm19:00

IVP 2017 Australia - Rice

  • Instituto Cervantes
Friday May 12th – Australia “Rice”Playwright: Michele Lee

Friday May 12th – Australia “Rice”Playwright: Michele Lee

Rice

Country - Australia

Playwright - Michele Lee

Director - Bec Willett

Synopsis - Rice by Michele Lee explores the role of two Australian women of Asian heritage and their roles in the business of global food production. Nisha, a late 20s second generation Australian Indian is the Executive Officer of Golden Fields, Australia’s biggest rice company. Yvette, an older Chinese woman and cleaner at the same office is trying to connect with her daughter whose experience growing up in Australia is far removed from her own. The relationship that forms between these women is one that reveals the complexity of the Australian identity.

Eventbrite - Australia - "Rice"
IVP 2017 Wales - The 9 Fridas
May
16
7:00 pm19:00

IVP 2017 Wales - The 9 Fridas

  • Instituto Cervantes Chicago
Tuesday May 16th – Wales “The 9 Frida’s” Playwright: Kait O'Reilly

Tuesday May 16th – Wales “The 9 Frida’s” Playwright: Kait O'Reilly

The 9 Fridas

Country - Wales

Playwright - Kait O'Reilly

Director - John Green

Collaborator - Columbia College Chicago

Synopsis - Kaite O'Reilly's The 9 Fridas was commissioned by Sherman Cymru Theatre (Wales, UK), and is exclusively licensed to Taipei Arts Festival to conduct the premiere outside the UK. Directed by internationally known director/actor-trainer, Phillip Zarrilli, co-produced by Mobius Strip Theatre and Hong Kong Repertory Theater, The 9 Fridas challenges conventional ways of looking at the world famous female Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo--an everywoman whose life has great resonance for today. The 9 Fridas explores disability, love, creativity, and politics. It is a salute to the artist as well as to the tenacity and passion in life.

Eventbrite - Wales - "The 9 Fridas"
IVP 2017 Sweden - [almost equal to]
May
18
7:00 pm19:00

IVP 2017 Sweden - [almost equal to]

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Thursday May 18th – Sweden “[almost equal to]” Playwright: Jonas Hassen Khemiri

Thursday May 18th – Sweden “[almost equal to]” Playwright: Jonas Hassen Khemiri

[almost equal to]

Country - Sweden

Playwright - Jonas Hassen Khemiri

Translator - Rachel Willson-Broyles

Director - Anna C. Bahow

Synopsis - How much do you earn? Who do you serve? In Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s recent play ≈ [Almost Equal To] we encounter a number of people who are colliding with the economy surrounding them.

Martina dreams about growing her way out of the contemporary economic system; Mani wants to crush it. Andrei is looking for a job; Freja is seeking revenge. They all invest money in postage and pine nuts, fake bubbles and perfumes, strollers and utopias. Everyone seems invaded by numbers. How are we, our eyes, our words, our bodies affected by the economic system that surrounds us?

≈ [Almost Equal To] is a funny and brutal play that tries (and fails?) to give the audience a maximized entertainment value for every dollar invested. Premiered October 23, 2014 at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, and was performed until spring 2016.

Eventbrite - Sweden - "[almost equal to]"

IVP 2016 Lebanon
Apr
25
7:30 pm19:30

IVP 2016 Lebanon

  • Victory Gardens Theater

The Dictator

Country - Lebanon

Playwright - Issam Mahfouz

Translator - Robert Myers and Nada Saab

Collaborators -

Director - Warner Crocker

Synopsis -

Absurdist political play by Lebanon’s most renowned playwright Issam Mahfouz. Takes place during an offstage, and perhaps imaginary, coup directed by a general and his faithful assistant, Saadoun.

 

IVP 2016 Pakistan
Apr
24
7:30 pm19:30

IVP 2016 Pakistan

  • Victory Gardens Theater

Voiceless Melodies

Country - Pakistan

Author - Iftikar N. Hassan

Adapter - Judy Veramendi

Collaborators - Pakistani Colsul General, Rasaka Theatre

Director - Puja Mohindra

Synopsis -

Shazia, a lovely young Punjabi girl with a determined vision of how her life must unfold, moves through light and shadow before coming into her glory. Experience her story, and her world, through songs, dances, and celebrations of love and marriage, interwoven with the Voiceless Melodies of her ancestors.

 

IVP 2016 Germany
Apr
19
7:30 pm19:30

IVP 2016 Germany

  • Victory Gardens Theater

Woman in Berlin

Country - Germany

Author - Unknown

Adapter - Eva Barr

Collaborators - Lookingglass Theatre

Director - Tracy Walsh

Synopsis -

The memoir, A Woman in Berlin, by Anonymousis one woman's account of her experiences during the first eight weeks of the Russian invasion of Berlin in April, 1945.  This adaptation visits the material as if it is in the process of being staged as a play with a three-person acting company and a director some twenty years after the events described, and six years after its original publication, and subsequent suppression, in Germany in 1959.  The memoir was first published in the United States in 1954.

 

IVP 2016 Norway
Apr
18
7:30 pm19:30

IVP 2016 Norway

  • Victory Gardens Theater

The Returning

Country - Norway

Playwright - Fredrik Brattberg

Translator - Henning Hegland

Collaborators - Akvavit Theatre

Director - Breahan Pautsch

Synopsis -

In The Returning we meet a mother and a father grieving the loss of their son, Gustav, whom they assume to be dead. The funeral is breath-taking, where they have filled the coffin with tings reminding them of Gustav. After a while daily life returns. The parents manage to go on with their life. One day there is a knock on the door….

 

IVP 2016 Austria
Apr
12
7:30 pm19:30

IVP 2016 Austria

  • Victory Gardens Theater

the unmarried woman

Country - Austria

Playwright - Ewald Palmetshofer

Translator - Neil Blackadder

Collaborators - TUTA Theatre

Director - Andy Hager

Synopsis -

Three women, three generations, an unresolved past that stinks of betrayal and blind obedience: the unmarried woman connects April 1945 with the present. The woman is old and has an alienated daughter and a grand-daughter whom she feels closer to, even though the young woman is digging through her past. A female chorus of four completes the ensemble through which Palmetshofer uncovers who might have done what, and why.

 

IVP 2016 Poland
Apr
11
7:30 pm19:30

IVP 2016 Poland

  • Victory Gardens Theater

Trash Story

Country - Poland

Playwright - Magda Fertacz

Translator - Benjamin Paloff

Collaborators - Trap Door Theatre

Director - Monica Payne

Synopsis -

"An award-winning anti-war play, Trash Story is the harrowing tale of a Polish family living on land that once belonged to Germany. Told through the eyes of a 10-year-old girl, the play poses important questions about violence, both present and past, and the secrets it leaves behind."

Eventbrite - Poland - Trash Story
IVP 2016 Italy
Apr
10
7:30 pm19:30

IVP 2016 Italy

  • Victory Gardens Theater

Dust

Country - Italy

Playwright - Saverio La Ruina

Translator - Thomas Simpson

Collaborators - Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

Director - Anna Bahow

Synopsis -

In a sequence of short scenes between two characters, “Dust" tracks the development of an abusive relationship between a man and a woman, focusing especially on the violence hidden in the silences behind apparently banal words and actions.

 

Eventbrite - Italy - Dust