2016 SEASON


 John Hollingworth

John Hollingworth

Multitudes

Britain

April 9th, 2016 at 2:00pm

BY: John Hollingworth

TRANSLATOR:  No translator

PARTNERS: Vitalist Theatre

DIRECTOR: LIz Carlin-Metz

SYNOPSIS:

Bradford [England].  On the eve of a Conservative Party Conference the country is in turmoil and one of its most multicultural cities awaits a visit from the Prime Minister.

Kash, a liberal British Muslim, prepares his address to politicians about the state of the nation. His girlfriend Natalie, a recent convert to Islam, cooks for anti-war protesters gathered at the Town Hall. Lyn, her mother, moans to anyone who’ll listen about the decline of her cherished England.  It’s all too much for Kash’s daughter Qadira, who begins to plan a radical intervention. As the nation questions immigration policies and military support in the Middle East, one family face their own internal conflict of faith, belonging, and who gets to call themselves British.


Dust

 Playwright Saverlo La Rulna

Playwright Saverlo La Rulna

Italy

April 10th, 2016 at 7:30pm

BY: Saverio La Ruina

TRANSLATOR:  Thomas Simpson

PARTNERS: 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.


 Playwright Magda Fertacz

Playwright Magda Fertacz

Trash Story

Poland

April 11th, 2016 at 7:30pm

BY: Magda Fertacz

TRANSLATOR: Benjamin Paloff

PARTNERS: 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."


 Ewald Palmetshofer

Ewald Palmetshofer

the unmarried woman

Austria

April 12th, 2016 at 7:30pm

BY: Ewald Palmetshofer

TRANSLATOR:  Neil Blackadder

PARTNERS: 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.


 Fredrik Brattberg

Fredrik Brattberg

The Returning

Norway

April 18th, 2016 at 7:30pm

BY: Fredrik Brattberg

TRANSLATOR: Henning Hegland

PARTNERS: 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….


 Eva Barr

Eva Barr

Woman in Berlin

Germany

April 19th, 2016 at 7:30pm

BY: Unknown

ADAPTOR: Eva Bar

PARTNERS: 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.


 Judy Vermendi

Judy Vermendi

Voiceless Melodies

Pakistan

April 24th, 2016 at 7:30pm

BY: Iftikar N. Hassan

ADAPTOR: Judy Veramendi

PARTNERS: 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.


 Issam Mahfouz

Issam Mahfouz

The Dictator

Lebanon

April 25th, 2016 at 7:30pm

BY: Issam Mahfouz

TRANSLATORS: Robert Myers and Nada Saab

PARTNERS:

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.


Staff for IVP 2016

Brady Comenduley - Social Media Intern

Holden Meier - Social Media Intern

Sarah Kroth - Dramaturg

Cassie Scaman - Dramaturg

Rebecca Edmonson - House Manager

Jinni Pike - Stage Manager

David Horvath - Poster and Banner

 


Co Production of "Multitudes"