PREVIEW: INTERNATIONAL VOICES PROJECT 2017 FESTIVAL APRIL 17 – MAY 18

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 IVPChicago.org.

An Interview with the Translator

Thanks to the brilliant work of our many translators, it’s easy to forget that the plays presented at IVP weren’t written in English. Robert Myers and Nada Saab, the translators for The Dictator had an especially hard job of it. I contacted Robert to find out more about the work he and Nada did on The Dictator, please enjoy the interview.

By Dramaturgy Sarah Kroth

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Knucklebones

Knucklebones

Knucklebones or jacks is a game that has a very ancient origin. Originally played with the knucklebones of sheep in farming towns, the “jacks” are now manufactured toys usually made of metal although sometimes made of plastic in modern times.

By Dramaturg, Cassie Scaman

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Air-Raid Shelters in Germany

Air-Raid Shelters in Germany

In Woman in Berlin, we see the story of a woman who is in an air-raid shelter in Germany. From the 1930s-on we saw a rise in above-ground shelters in Germany to protect against bombing during the war.

Dramaturg Cassie Scaman

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The Returning Blog Post

There is a colloquial definition of insanity that goes “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. One could say that Absurdism is theatre’s answer to that phrase.

Blog by dramaturgy Sarah Kroth

 

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the unmarried woman

The unmarried woman is a densely packed piece of theatre. Not only is it highly stylized, but the material itself hits on a wide range of subject matters. It goes through women’s prisons after the war, a mother taking care of her daughter as well as her own mother, dementia, deferred guilt, a sexual fetish, and army deserters.

Dramaturg Sarah Kroth

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Ehemalige deutsche Ostgebiete

Ehemalige deutsche Ostgebiete

In Trash Story, we see the world of a divided society through the eyes of a young girl. We see that the violence and discrimination, specifically of Polish people who are living on what was once German land, is still very prevalent and can affect the lives of so many people.

By Dramaturgy Cassie Scaman

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