On this episode of Spiel Chicago I speak with two artists about their upcoming projects. Spark at 20% Theatre Company follows three sisters living in the US, caught in the mess of a recent war’s aftermath. I spoke on the phone with director Denise Serna about how the play explores how poverty affects the dynamics of emotional labor and why showing the small and quiet moments of marginalized lives is so empowering.
I also chatted with Anna Gelman about her new devised piece, Why Do You Always Wear Black? exploring the women in Chekhov’s plays. Gelman is, as she says, obsessed with Chekhov. She brings both her particular perspective as the daughter of a translator of Chekhov’s plays and her experience studying at the Moscow Art Theatre to this new piece. She and her cast of devisers explore the interconnectedness of Chekov’s female characters across his five major plays as well as interrogating the author’s misogyny and who classical theatre is for.
Mentioned in this episode:
- Spark at 20% Theatre Company
- HOMESET is produced by Pop Magic Productions, and the secret locations are released by RSVP only. Next shows are March 18th and April 14th.
- #DadaWillSaveUs is being produced by Nothing Without a Company (March 2019).
- Denise is directing “Le Fruit Dèfendu” by Asia Nichols for HISTORY LEZONS at Pride Films and Plays.
- Denise is directing a reading of Just Like Us by Karen Zacarias at The Observatory on March 31st.
- Denise is directing a reading of Three Year Summer by Amy Berryman on May 6th at Prop Thtr, as party of their Church of the New Play Series.
- Anna Gelman is directing Why Do You Always Wear Black at Organic Theatre Company. Tickets and more info here.
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