|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!|
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."
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.
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. "
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."
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."
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."
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.