Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Bohemians, Sept 19 @ 8PM


A noted female poet/punk rocker, a la Patti Smith, struggles with a stalled career after personal tragedy hits; she and those in her world find that getting old in a youth-obsessed New York ain't for sissies.  Don't miss Jaki McCarrick's newest and most daring play yet!  FREE ADMISSION & LIMITED SEATING - MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS TODAY!
Jaki McCarrick
About the Playwright
Jaki McCarrick is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin. Her first play, The Mushroom Pickers, won the 2005 Scottish Drama Association's National Playwriting Competition, and premiered at the Southwark Playhouse in London in May 2006 and in New York in February 2009 to numerous four-star reviews. Her play Leopoldville was selected by David Hare as a finalist in the 2010 Yale Drama Series Playwriting Competition and won the 2010 Papatango New Writing Prize and later premiered at the Tristan Bates Theatre, Covent Garden. Jaki's play, Belfast Girls, was developed at the National Theatre Studio, London, was shortlisted for the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the 2014 BBC Tony Doyle Award. It recently premiered in Chicago, staged by Artemisia, A Chicago Theater - to magnificent reviews - and is published by Samuel French, featuring Artemisia's cast and production team.  Jaki has also published poetry and critically acclaimed and award-winning short stories.  Jaki, who was longlisted this year for the inaugural Irish Fiction Laureate, is currently editing her first novel.  (Represented by Knight Hall Agency for Drama and by AM Heath Ltd for Fiction)

"I am delighted to work with Artemisia on my new play, BOHEMIANS. I mean, what's not to like? This is the team that pretty much knocked Chicago's socks off with their production of BELFAST GIRLS. So I am ecstatic that they have agreed, once again, to commit actors to staging my words and include my new piece in the company's Fifth Fall Festival of Plays!  BOHEMIANS is the first play I've written with an entirely American cast of characters. I can't think of a more appropriate company to work on this new piece of mine."
Grace V. Cannon
About the Director
Grace V. Cannon is thrilled to join the staff at American Theatre Company where she coordinates the programming for the Youth Ensemble.  She went to Vassar College where she majored in American Culture, with a focus on Literature and Anthropology, and minored in German Studies. While at Vassar, she co-founded No Fog West Theater Company with two fellow students. 

Upon graduation, Cannon spent a year serving with AmeriCoprs in Chicago, and applying for a Fulbright Scholarship. When she was awarded the scholarship, she traveled to Berlin and spent a year studying the cultural meaning of the enthusiasm within Germany for the American Wild West over the last 100 years.  Grace returned to Chicago, where she recently assistant directed American Theatre Company's wildly successful production of The Projects.  Grace joins Artemisia for a second time as a director in the annual Fall Festival, where she has also volunteered as a dramaturge.

Catherine Dvorak
About the Actors
Catherine Dvorak is an actor and fight director in Chicago.  She played the title role in Atalanta, K.O. in Artemisia's 2014 Fall Festival and staged the fights for Artemisia's American premiere of Belfast Girls.

"I'm excited to be a part of a play festival that features women whose lives should be portrayed and stories are relatable to whatever gender. Our protagonists should come in all shapes and sizes, and I think these readings will serve to present the underrepresented world of women. "
Matthew Lunt
About the Actors
Matthew Lunt is a writer and actor in Chicago.  He recently interned with Steep Theatre and acted in the Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) with Theatre Hikes and Midwinter Night's Tale with Duplicity Ensemble.

"For young actors, opportunities like the Fall Festival are vital to becoming a good artist. I'm excited for the opportunity to work with an incredible script, top talent, and a theatre dedicated to social advancement."
Michael Doonan
About the Actors
Michael Doonan was recently featured in Chicago Shakespeare's production of Cyrano de Bergerac and will play Edmund in Long Day's Journey into Night at the Court Theatre in the spring of 2016.

"I am limited in my view of the world. We all have our own set of perceptions. If we're lucky we encounter a person, an event, a work of art that challenges those perceptions.  Artemisia's mission is to produce works that challenge our world view. I feel lucky to be in this festival."
Jennifer Gawlik
About the Actors
Jennifer Gawlik graduated from Loyola University in Chicago where she received a B.A. in theatre.  She headed to the Big Apple where she has appeared with Resonance Ensemble, and Oberon Theatre Company, among others.  Jennifer has worked with the prestigious Hartford Stage and the Williamstown Theatre Festival.  In 2013, Jennifer returned to Chicago, where she continues to pursue her acting career.

"I'm excited to be a part of a new works festival that focuses on female-driven plays and to be working with Artemisia, a theatre that represents the importance of such work."
All New Performance Venue!
Artemisia performs its 2015 Fall Festival at The Frontier/Jackalope Theatre located at 1106 W. Thorndale in Edgewater.  Easy access to the CTA Red Line and lots of street parking.  Seating is limited so make your reservations today!

Her Story is Our Story
Artemisia is breaking down gender norms all festival long.  See six thrilling female-driven plays that are being staged as readings for the very first time.  Then cast your vote to choose our next hit show!  Free Admission.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Converting to Bangladesh, Sept 19 @ 2PM


Travel to Bangladesh to research water and sanitation gives a young woman researcher a lot more adventures than she bargained for.  It's a clash of gender and culture that is not to be missed.  FREE ADMISSION & LIMITED SEATING - MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS TODAY!
Victoria Cano
About the Playwright
Victoria Cano is a recent Northwestern graduate where she participated in the prestigious playwriting sequence that led to the development of her play What Are Friends For.  Her one act play Dixieland Tune was a National VSA Award Finalist. In 2015 she was also declared a Fulbright finalist.
In 2013, Victoria traveled to Dhaka, Bangladesh on a grant from Northwestern to investigate the relationship between gender and sanitation development.  Her play Converting to Bangladesh came directly out of that experience. Victoria's words to live by are "Your life is an occasion. Rise to it."
"To be a part of Artemisia Theatre run by women, supporting women, and giving a platform to women's stories makes me hopeful that women are claiming their voice and their space in theatre.  I could not ask for a better company with which to make my debut as a professional playwright."

Jamal Howard
About the Director
Jamal Howard is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of New American Folk Theatre.  He directs, choreographs, and teaches jazz/hip-hop dance classes in grade schools on Chicago's Southside and at the Beverly Arts Center. Directing and Choreography credits include Once on This Island, Cats, Hairspray!, and Little Shop of Horrors. Jamal has recently performed with Quest Theatre Ensemble, Emerald City, and Endpoint Theatre Company.


"I am excited to direct in Artemisia's Fall Festival this year! I prefer to work on projects and stories powered by female characters and I am glad to see this array of new works focused on women who make strong choices."

Clara Byczkowski
About the Actors
Clara Byczkowski is a recent graduate of UIC, where she earned her BFA in acting and was seen in The Tempest and 'Tis Pity She's a Whore.

"I'm excited to be a part of a play festival that features women whose lives should be portrayed and stories are relatable to whatever gender. Our protagonists should come in all shapes and sizes, and I think these readings will serve to present the underrepresented world of women. "
Emily Berman
About the Actors
Emily Berman graduated from the University of Michigan and her recent Chicago credits include Sense and Sensibility at Chicago Shakespeare, Sondheim on Sondheim at Porchlight Theatre and Days Like Todayat Writers Theatre.

"I'm excited to return to Artemisia for my second Fall Festival to celebrate and explore new female-centric plays!"

Lance Newton
About the Actors
Lance Newton is a Chicago actor whose recent work includes Lord of the Flies and Animal Farmat Steppenwolf and Southbridge at Chicago Dramatists.  

"This will be my first time working with Artemisia Theatre for their fall festival of staged readings.  To take this journey where playwright, performer and director come together to create thought provoking art in such a short amount of time is always an unpredictable and joyous experience I can never get enough of."

Anu Bhatt
About the Actors
Anu Bhatt was born in London, grew up in San Diego, and made Chicago her home in 2010.  Recent Chicago acting credits include Lifeline's production of Jane Eyre, Rasak Theatre's Much Ado About Nothing - Bollywood Styleand Henry VIII at Chicago Shakespeare.  

Arti Ishak
About the Actors
Arti Ishak holds a B.F.A. in theatre performance from Western Michigan University.  Her recent work in Chicago Theatre includes Unveiled at Silk Road Rising and Sunrise, Ardmore Beach and Sheltered at the Something Marvelous Festival.

"I am thrilled to work with Artemisia, a theatre that promotes women's voices by producing new work.  This year's Fall Festival audience will experience great stories about diverse perspectives."

Gregory Madden
About the Actors
Gregory Madden holds a B.F.A. in theatre from the University of Illinois-Chicago, where he appeared in Blackta, The Piano Lesson and Ivanov.  

"To be a newcomer to Artemisia's Fall Festival is an exciting experience.  Artemisia presents new plays that explore female driven themes and ideas, which is something I don't see often enough in theatre companies."
All New Performance Venue!

Artemisia performs its 2015 Fall Festival at The Frontier/Jackalope Theatre located at 1106 W. Thorndale in Edgewater.  Easy access to the CTA Red Line and lots of street parking.  Seating is limited so make your reservations today!
Her Story is Our Story

Artemisia is breaking down gender norms all festival long.  See six thrilling female-driven plays that are being staged as readings for the very first time.  Then cast your vote to choose our next hit show!  Free Admission.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Somewhere In the Middle - Sept 18 @ 8PM

A homeless artist meets a wealthy businessman in Grant Park and sparks fly when he decides to help reignite her stalled career.  FREE ADMISSION & LIMITED SEATING - MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS TODAY!

About the Play & Playwright

Inspired by the work of painter Jenny SavilleSomewhere in the Middle is a sexy, dark comedy about the dangers of mixing romance and business and the clash of art and commerce. 

Julie Proudfoot is the Artistic Director of Artemisia, A Chicago Theatre and a story analyst for HBO Films.  Julie recently directed Artemisia's American premiere of Belfast Girls by Jaki McCarrick and participated in the Wyoming Theatre Festival, which is devoted to the development of new American plays.


About the Director

Carrie Lee Patterson is an associate member of the SDC.  She recently produced and directed in the All Access Reading Series for Equity Library Theatre.  She has directed for the Attic Playhouse, Peck Theatre, Graceland University, and several shows for the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film.

"Artemisia's Fall Festival gives talent and audience a unique and exciting experience by challenging our views of women and men - what's not to love?"


About the Actors

Barbara's work has been seen at the Goodman Theatre, Writers' Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Northlight Theatre and at the Shakespeare Project of Chicago, where she is also the Associate Artistic Director.  Barbara also directs and is devoted to the development of new plays.

"Artemisia's Fall Festival creates exciting theatre while respecting and illuminating the writer's creative process."



About the Actors

Joe has worked at many Chicago theaters including Drury Lane Oakbrook, the Marriott Theatre, Illinois Theatre Center, The Shakespeare Project, Shaw Chicago and has appeared at Green Valley Theatre and Fireside Theatre.

"I am thrilled to be a part of this festival of brand new, female-driven plays that explore the experiences, stories and artistry of women."



All New Performance Venue!

Artemisia performs its 2015 Fall Festival at The Frontier/Jackalope Theatre located at 1106 W. Thorndale in Edgewater.  Easy access to the CTA Red Line and lots of street parking.  Seating is limited so make your reservations today!

Her Story is Our Story

Artemisia is breaking down gender norms all festival long.  See six thrilling female-driven plays that are being staged as readings for the very first time.  Then cast your vote to choose our next hit show!  Free Admission.



Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Her Story is Our Story - Artemisia's 2015 Fall Festival

Pick your next theatrical adventure at Artemisia's 2015 Fall Festival.  Fall Festival audiences chose Jaki McCarrick's Belfast Girls for full production and critics called the show "gut-punching," "heart-wrenching" and "impeccable."  For the fifth year in a row, Artemisia stages six, full-length, new female-driven plays. Performances are Sept. 18, 19, 25 & 26 at 8:00 pm on Friday and 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm on Saturday at The Frontier/Jackalope Theatre, 1106 W. Thorndale Ave., Chicago IL 60660.  Reservations are strongly encouraged due to limited audience seating and can be made at artemisiatheatre.org.  Admission to all six plays is free; donations are accepted.

This year's line-up of plays are Somewhere in the Middle, by Julie ProudfootConverting to Bangladesh by Victoria CanoBohemians, by Jaki McCarrickMaize, by Judith PrattCuttings, by Thomas M. Atkinson and Visiting, by Ed Proudfoot.  From these staged readings, the festival audience will choose their favorite play for full production in one of Artemisia's upcoming theatre seasons.  Audience members must attend a minimum of two performances to receive a voting ballot.

What do an idealistic college student, an ex-punk rock star, a homeless painter, an eccentric, reclusive plant geneticist, a woman disabled by a childhood accident and a brilliant high school student with a family history of depression have in common?  They're all leading characters in feminist plays searching for full production and featured in the 2015 Fall Festival.  Make your reservations beginning August 1st at artemisiatheatre.org and pick Artemisia's next hit show.  

For a complete listing of plays and performance times and to make a reservation visit artemisiatheatre.org.

FREE ADMISSION - All performances at The Frontier/Jackalope Theatre, 1106 W. Thorndale Ave., Chicago IL 60660 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Her Story Is Our Story - 2015 Fall Festival - Save the Dates!

Artemisia's Fifth Annual Fall Festival

Save the Dates and Help Pick Artemisia's Next Hit

Sept 18 - 8 PM Somewhere in the Middle, by Julie Proudfoot
A female artist in her forties threatens to break the heart of a wealthy middle-aged patron after he falls madly in love with her and her paintings.

Sept 19 - 2 PM Converting to Bangladesh, by Victoria Cano
A college student’s identity is challenged when she travels to Bangladesh to complete the research on her thesis.
Sept 19 - 8:00 PM - Bohemians, by Jaki McCarrick
The career of a female punk rock musician is derailed by the death of her daughter; years later she struggles to find her authentic self in a youth-obsessed culture.

Sept 25 - 8:00 PM - Maize, by Judith Pratt
A brilliant young female scientist ages into an eccentric recluse after her groundbreaking work with the maize plant is threatened.

Sept 26 - 2:00 PM - Cuttings, by Thomas M. Atkinson
A woman recalls a childhood accident and struggles with the shadows of loss and loneliness it has cast on her life.

Sept 26 - 8:00 PM - Visiting, by Ed Proudfoot
A long history of mental illness challenges a high school senior during a picnic with her family at a rest stop.

RESERVATIONS AVAILABLE AUGUST 1ST

FREE ADMISSION - All performances at The Frontier/Jackalope Theatre, 1106 W. Thorndale Ave., Chicago IL 60660

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

15 Buck Tickets at the Door for Belfast Girls - June 11-14

Patty Malaney & Cassi Schiano
Don't miss Jaki McCarrick's award-winning play that has audiences and critics raving!  Belfast Girls closes June 14th at The Den Theatre in Wicker Park.  Final performances are Thursday, June 11, Friday, June 12, and Saturday June 13 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, June 14 at 6:00 pm, with an additional matinee on Saturday, June 13 at 3:00 pm.

15 Bucks at the Door for any of the final five performances.  Box office is located on the 2nd floor of the performance venue and 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.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Final 2 Weeks of Belfast Girls!

Award-winning writer Jaki McCarrick dramatizes the untold story of Ireland's Potato Orphans.  Belfast Girls is a stirring tale about five women who seek passage aboard the Inchinnan to escape the Irish Famine in 1850, searching for a better life in Australia.

Here's what audiences are saying about Artemisia's American premiere of Belfast Girls!

A talented cast and rich and interesting story.

Wonderful acting all around and beautiful direction.

Insightful writing and moving performances, incredibly entertaining.

Belfast Girls is great!  A Must See!

Recommended by Chicago Critics:  

Use discount code BGARTIST2015 to purchase your tickets on line today!  Please note you must buy one ticket per transaction for the discount code to be applied.

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.