Season Eleven explores women achieving self-definition in a world that tries to define them in relationship to the men around them.

 

THE VEIL

A MIDWEST PREMIERE

BY CONOR McPHERSON

DIRECTED BY ANN KREITMAN

AUGUST 17 - SEPTEMBER 17, 2017

THE EDGE THEATER, 5451 N BROADWAY                                                                                                                                  

 

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With her family facing financial ruin as the Irish rural way of life comes to an end, Hannah's impending marriage to a British lord will settle her mother's debts and save the estate.  Catastrophe strikes, however, when a defrocked reverend pushes her to embrace the strange voices that have haunted her since birth.  Against the backdrop of Ireland's troubled colonial history, The Veil is a transfixing, mystical story about the search for love and the circularity of time - and the ghosts that are woken by scarcity and the fear of dispossession.

Featuring Ashley Crowe (Hannah Lambroke), Alison Dornheggen (Lady Madeleine Lambroke), Jean Marie Koon (Maria “Grandie” Lambroke), Scott Olson (Reverend Berkeley), Nathan Pease* (Charles Audelle), Leslie Hull (Mrs Goulding), Ross Frawley (Mr Fingal), and Catherine Dvorak (Clare Wallace).

* Idle Muse Theatre Company Ensemble Member or Artistic Associate


Previously This Season:

ATHENA FESTIVAL

NOVEMBER 19 - 20, 2016

JACKALOPE'S FRONTIER SPACE, 1106 W THORNADLE AVE  

CURATED BY ENSEMBLE MEMBER SARA ROBINSON*

FESTIVAL STAGE MANAGER: SHELLIE DiSALVO* 

 

 

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Athena Festival is an annual project to provide a greater voice and representation for women in Chicago theatre. Athena is the Greek goddess of reason, intelligent activity, arts and literature. Likewise, Athena Festival will feature four staged readings of plays by diverse women playwrights, directed by women, and featuring women in prominent roles. 

Saturday, November 19 at 2 p.m. - Where Have They Gone? written by Tiffany Oglesby, directed by Sonita Surratt              

Saturday, November 19 at 6 p.m. - Watch Me Burn written by Rae Binstock, directed by Sara Robinson*

Sunday, November 20 at 2 p.m. - Tempest in a Teapot written by Shualee Cook, directed by Bec Willett

Sunday, November 20 at 6 p.m. - Reckoning written by Jenny Seidelman, directed by Katherine Seigel

* Idle Muse Theatre Company Ensemble Member or Artistic Associate


THE SCULLERY MAID

A CHICAGO PREMIERE BY JOSEPH ZETTELMAIER

DIRECTED BY ARTISTIC DIRECTOR EVAN JACKSON* 

MARCH 16 - APRIL 9, 2017

THE EDGE THEATER, 5451 N BROADWAY                                                                                                                                  

 

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As King Edward celebrates an uneasy truce with France, the lowliest servant in Nottingham castle, Miriam the scullery maid, initiates a murder plot that will see him dead before the night is done - no matter the cost.  Loyalties and conspiracies unravel as a raging tempest sets in, giving rise to new betrayals and unearthing long-buried secrets as Miriam approaches the point of no return.  Religious, political and familial identities all clash with storm-like intensity in a medieval thriller that asks:  are we defined by our prejudices or can we escape becoming what we hate? 

Featuring Lydia Hiller as MIriam, Dave Skvarla as King Edward III, Anne Marie Lewis as Bess, Leslie Hull as Dulcie, and George Ellison as Pascal.

Production Team: Shellie DiSalvo* (Stage Manager), Sara Robinson* (Scenic Designer / Technical Director), Laura Wiley* (Lighting/Projection Designer), Joe Palermo (Music/Sound Design), Erin Gallagher* (Costume Designer), Tristan Brandon* (Properties Designer/Dramaturgy/Literary Director), Libby Beyreis (Violence Designer), and Kathy Logelin (Dialect Coach)

* Idle Muse Theatre Company Ensemble Member or Artistic Associate



Supported by The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation