Patrizia Acerra Discusses the 9th Season of IVP on WBEZ Worldview

Weekend Passport: International Voices Project Premieres 9th Season


The International Voices Project is going on its ninth year working with Chicago’s ethnic and diplomatic communities to present contemporary plays from around the world. The monthlong festival has plays translated into English then read by professional actors and often followed with discussions of the plays’ significance. One of this year’s plays comes from Syria and it’s a collaboration with the Columbia College Theater department. Mihbaj, by Riat Ismet, explores the family dynamics of military conflict. Set amid a drought and the rise of ISIS, the play offers a humanist view of what’s been going in in the Middle East.

To discuss the festival, we’re joined by Patrizia Acerra, the founder and executive director of the International Voices Project, and John Green, who is a professor of theatre at Columbia College Chicago. He is working with with Ismet on premiering Mihbaj at the International Voices Project. We’ll also hear from global citizen Nari Safavi on more ways to have an international good time on the weekend.

The new season kicks off this Tuesday May 1st and continues through May 30th at the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago (31 W. Ohio). For more information about the schedule and to reserve tickets please visit us at

Keep the festival free! For six years, we have kept our readings free of charge. Now we need your help. Please donate today to keep the new season free and open to the public. Help support IVP by making a donation today. Any amount helps us achieve our goals.

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International Voices Project (IVP), now in its 8th season, presents a five week celebration of international plays. The series is presented in collaboration with consulates and other cultural institutions throughout Chicago and this year’s engagement features plays from Spain, Ireland, Finland, Romania, Serbia, Germany, Australia, India, Wales and Sweden.

A reception follows each evening’s reading. The International Voices Project is the largest event of its kind in the country. Performances are free to the public. Reservations are requested.  For the complete program, more information about IVP, or to reserve your seat, visit

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