by Claudine Toutoungi (United Kingdom)
directed by Giovanna Sardelli
Featuring: Matthew Boston, Katie Eisenberg and Roxanna Hope
Wednesday, April 17th @ 7 pm
A darkly comic play about Elena, a teacher in her late twenties about to undergo surgery to receive a cosmetic eye, and the relationship that grows between her and her prosthetics specialist, George. Flattered by her interest in him, George embarks on a relationship with Elena, in part as a distraction from his own chaotic inner life. But once he allows himself to have feelings for Elena, he starts to question her often erratic behaviour, and rather than helping her to achieve her goal, George instead becomes Elena’s greatest obstacle.
by Sonia Ristic (France/Serbia/Croatia)
translated by Whitney Eggers
directed by Tea Alagić
Featuring: Mark Berger, Reyna de Courcy, Logan George, Zabryna Guevara, Kate Hopkins, Omar Koury, Samuel Mercedes, Tony Plana and Nick Smerkanich
Thursday, April 18th, 2013 @7 PM
Ristic’s play tells the story of a Bosnian family during the siege of Sarajevo that lasted more than three years. Several generations are living in the same apartment, dealing with the everyday consequences of war, and have not only decided to survive, but are also determined not to let what they are going through rob them of the simple joys of life—as they are watched, always, by the Sniper.
IPHIGENIA AT AULIS
by Nicolas Billon (Canada)
directed by Lisa Peterson
Friday, April 19th @ 7 PM
Featuring: Pascale Armand, Ben Cole, Samantha Corbin, Inés Garcia, Clark Jackson, Briana James, Peter Francis James, Rachel Lin, Florencia Lozano and Larry Marshall
In this retelling, the Greek army, bound for Troy, is stalled at Aulis because the winds have died down. The Gods’ price for setting sail is the life of Agamemnon’s daughter, Iphigenia, whom he calls to Aulis under the false pretense of marrying her to Achilles. Agamemnon hems and haws about his decision, which leads to explosive arguments with his wife Clytemnestra and his brother Menelaus. Should he sacrifice his daughter for his country? As the army grows restless for action, Iphigenia makes an unexpected decision: she will die for the glory of a Greek victory at Troy.
PRIDE, PURSUIT & DECAPITATION
by Marion Aubert (France)
translated by Kimberly Jannarone & Erik Butler
directed by Lisa Rothe
Featuring: Tina Benko, Ana Grosse, Mia Katigbak, Michael Laurence, Susan Louise O’Connor, Daniel Pearce, Steven Rishard and Mark Vietor
Saturday, April 20th @ 7 PM
Under the cover of one of her many aliases— “M. Auberte the Mad”—the author takes the stage and conjures up a whirlwind of scenes. This comedy about power relations presents some thirty characters at the dinner table, in the bedroom, and in the boardroom—at work and at play, but always in trouble. Witness domestic drama, national scandal, and capital crimes—in a word, the everyday insanity of the world we live in. The Chonchons, dramatis personae of this play, come directly from Borgès’ book El libro de los seres imaginarios. They can be full of humanity, and then all of a sudden they will sin, out of pride, stupidity or fragility.
by Lot Vekemans (The Netherlands)
translated by Rina Vergano
directed by Erwin Maas
Featuring: Brennan Brown, Birgit Huppuch and Emilyn Kowaleski
Sunday, April 21st @ 2 PM
Six years after their divorce, a man and a woman meet each other again for the first time, at the place where their only child is buried. A letter, announcing that their child is going to be reburied because poison has been found in the soil, brings them back together. But whereas she is looking for someone with whom she can re-live the past, he wants someone who can look to the future. Both are torn apart by grief, but it is not until they let themselves become vulnerable enough to return to the past, to their child’s deathbed, that they seem to reconnect.
by Motti Lerner (Israel)
translated by Motti Lerner & Johanna Gruenhut
directed by Daniella Topol
Featuring: Ron Guttman, Maia Karo, Laith Nakli, Nicole Pursell, Gordana Rashovich, Najla Said, Ryan Shams and Tommy Schrider
Sunday, April 21st @ 7 PM
Set in Haifa in 1988 during the first Intifada, The Admissions a play about memory and denial in the context of what Israelis call their “War of Independence” and the Palestinians call their “Nakba.” It portrays one Jewish and one Palestinian family. Some of the families’ members are trying to reveal the events that took place during the 1948 war between Jews and Palestinians, hoping that an open and truthful discourse will heal their wounds—but some are trying to deny the events and bury their memories deep in the ground, hoping that peaceful co-existence without exposing the painful memories will heal those same wounds.
by Hellie Turner (Australia)
directed by Margarett Perry
Monday, April 22nd @ 7 PM
Featuring: Brian Dykstra, Constantine Lignos, Michelle Luz, Vanessa Morosco, Maria Christina Oliveras, Michael Puzzo and Henry Stram
This play, based on real events that took place in Hungary, is set in 1914, prior to and at the on-set of World War I, in a town where people live in a routine state of hum-drum; bored with the status quo of monotony, but nonetheless stuck in their ways. Then Bela Kiz comes to town, and life changes in wonderful ways for both the men and the women. His charisma leads to his becoming the town obsession, relegated to the rank of hero and savior. When the war breaks out in Europe he is called to the army, and his absence is a devastating blow to the community, until the sinister secrets of Bela Kiz are revealed to all.