Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Industry Tickets & Theatre Thursday - Belfast Girls

Chicago Critic - Recommended:  "Director Julie Proudfoot breathes life into characters caught in a difficult transition.  Playwright Jaki McCarrick dramatizes the Irish Famine with a fine study of characters and their world."  Jacob Davis, Chicago Critic

Playlist HQ - Recommended:  "The action goes from strong female bonding and love all the way to hatred and violence.  Will everyone survive the three month journey?  See Belfast Girls now and find out."  Quinn Delaney, PlaylistHQ

$15 Industry Tickets available at the door on a first come, first serve basis on May 28th at 7:30 pm and May 31st at 6:00 pm.  Box Office opens 30 minutes before curtain.

Belfast Girls runs through June 14th at The Den Theatre in Wicker Park.  Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 6:00 pm, with an additional matinee on Saturday at 3:00 pm.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Deep Thanks to Artemisia's Major Corporate Sponsor

Artemisia gratefully acknowledges Mutual of America as a major corporate sponsor.  Mutual of America celebrates our country's proud heritage by helping Americans plan for a financially secure future.

Generous Sponsor of Belfast Girls

Artemisia gratefully acknowledges the Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust as a generous sponsor of the American premiere production of Belfast Girls.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Audiences and Critics Rave about Belfast Girls!

Caitlin Chuckta as Hannah
"The sense of helplessness is gut-punching and the disturbing aftermath is heart-wrenching.  By the time the ship docks, we are bonded to each of these girls.  And I get misty imagining what lies ahead for these pioneering women."  Recommended - Katy Walsh, The Fourth Walsh

'Hannah is played to dreamy perfection by Caitlin Chuckta and Cassandra Schiano is excellent as Molly.  Belfast Girls is a stirring tale."  Recommended - Colin Douglas, Chicago Theatre Review

"Belfast Girls is a thought-provoking work of historic fiction and tremendous imagination.  The cast beautifully bands together and jostles through the angry waters."   Recommended - Ruth Smerling, Theatreworld Internet Magazine
Don't miss out on Artemisia's exclusive offer for Memorial Day weekend!  See the show on Thursday, May 21st at 7:30 pm or Saturday May 23rd at 3:00 PM for just $15 dollars.  Box office opens at 7:00 PM on Thursday, May 21st and at 2:30 on Saturday May 23rd.

For more information or to buy tickets on line visit or call Artemisia's Box Office at 832-819-4336.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Windy City Irish Radio Interviews Award-Winning Writer Jaki McCarrick in Chicago!

Tune in May 13th at 8:00 PM to hear an exclusive interview with Jaki McCarrick, the award-winning playwright of Belfast Girls by Jaki McCarrick.  "This is a great story," says Tim Taylor, who with his business partner Mike Shevlin started Windy City Irish Radio in August of 2013.  "We're proud to sponsor Artemisia's American Premiere of Belfast Girls, an exciting play based on Irish history and the immigrant experience." 

McCarrick is currently in negotiations to adapt Belfast Girls for film and has recently been long listed for the Irish Laureate Award.   "I am thrilled that Belfast Girls is premiering in Chicago, a city whose appetite for cutting-edge stories is legendary," says McCarrick.  "And Artemisia's vision of bringing female-driven plays to the fore makes it even an even greater compliment.  I'm so looking forward to being in Chicago for the opening weekend."  

Windy City Irish Radio, with Mike Shevlin and Tim Taylor, broadcasts weekly on Wednesday evenings from 8pm to 9pm CST on WSBC 1240AM Chicago and WCFJ 1470AM Chicago Heights.  Windy City Irish Radio broadcasts the best in Irish music, theater, books, culture and craic.  

Belfast Girls Play Signing - Meet Jaki McCarrick

Come to the fabulous Coffee Haven at the Den May 18th 5-6:30 pm for a meet and greet and play signing with Belfast Girls playwright Jaki McCarrick and Julie Proudfoot, Artemisia's Artistic Director.   

Get your own autographed copy of Samuel French's publication of Belfast Girls, featuring talent from Artemisia's American premiere and an amazing essay by Chicago's own Regina Buccola.

FREE ADMISSION! Samuel French edition of Belfast Girls can be purchased at signing. Limited number of plays available.  

The Coffee Haven is located at 1333 N. Milwaukee, first floor.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Samuel French publishes Belfast Girls - Jaki In Chicago for Play Signing!

Jaki McCarrick
Samuel French will publish Jaki McCarrick's Belfast Girls in conjunction with Artemisia's American premiere, opening at the Den Theatre on May 16th.  Jaki will be in Chicago from May 12 through May 18, making a number of important appearances, including book signings at well-known Chicago organizations and bookstores.  Stay tuned for details about those events!  Copies of Jaki's incredible play will be on sale at the box office during the run of the play.  Belfast Girls opens May 16, 2015, and runs through June 14, 2015, in Chicago at The Den Theatre in Wicker Park.  Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 6:00 pm with an additional matinee on Saturday at 3:00 pm.  Artemisia's cast and production team will be featured in the publication, along with Regina Buccola's terrific essay, It Must Be The Way The World Works I'm Angry At.  

In Belfast Girls, Jaki McCarrick dramatizes Irish history.  On the cusp of a great societal revolution, five street women orphaned by the Irish Famine embark on a journey of love, betrayal and adventure, hopeful they will find a fresh start in a new land.  The five “Belfast Girls are dramatized based on the real-life women who sought passage in 1850 aboard the Inchinnan, a ship bound for Australia.  

McCarrick has this to say about her upcoming trip to Chicago for opening weekend.  “I am thrilled that Belfast Girls is premiering in Chicago, a city whose appetite for cutting-edge stories is legendary,” says McCarrick.  “And Artemisia’s vision of bringing female-driven plays to the fore makes it even an even greater compliment.  I’m so looking forward to being in Chicago and meeting Artemisia's talent and audience.”