Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Winner of Opening Night Ticket Giveaway Announced April 1st

Thanks to all who donated on Artemisia's Day of Giving, March 10th, to celebrate Women's History Month and to all of Artemisia's donors throughout the year!

If you made a donation of $25 or more on March 10th, your name was automatically entered to win two tickets to the opening night of Belfast Girls in Chicago.  Our winner will join Chicago VIP's and dignitaries, and meet award-winning writer Jaki McCarrick on May 16th at a star-studded reception following the performance.

The ticket winner will be announced via Artemisia's April 1st e-blast and will be contacted directly via email.  This giveaway only includes two tickets to the performance. No travel expenses are being offered or will be paid. 

Deepest gratitude to all our donors for your support of female-centered theatre. Artemisia is a 501 c 3 organization. Your donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. 

For more information about Artemisia's American Premiere of Belfast Girls and to purchase tickets visit http://www.artemisiatheatre.org/p/blog-page_2.html

Interview with Julie Proudfoot On Windy City Irish Radio

Tune in on April 1st at 8:00 pm to Windy City Irish Radio to meet Julie Proudfoot and hear the exciting news about Artemisia's American Premiere of Belfast Girls by award-winning Irish writer, Jaki McCarrick.  Windy City Irish Radio is a major sponsor of Belfast Girls, opening May 16th and running through June 14th at the Den Theatre in Chicago.  

"Mike and Tim entertain their listeners with fantastic coverage of Irish culture and music," says Julie Proudfoot, Artemisia's Artistic Director.  "Jaki McCarrick's Belfast Girls is a great new play that dramatizes the real-life history of women orphaned by the Irish Famine of 1850 who embark on a great adventure of love and betrayal." 

 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.   Visit  windycityirishradio.com to learn more about these two awesome Irish-Americans and to follow them on social media.

For more information on Belfast Girls and to purchase tickets CLICK HERE! 

Bring Your Group to Belfast Girls!

Artemisia's American Premiere of Belfast Girls opens May 16th and runs through June 14th at the Den Theatre in Chicago. A special event and discounted tickets are available for your group of ten or more. The event includes a pre-show reception, the performance, and a post show discussion with members of the cast and the Artistic Director. Artemisia's unique production model and development of new work will be covered with the audience, who will meet the wonderful actors and members of the creative team during the Q & A.  

Bring your friends, colleagues and members to Belfast Girls! For more information and to arrange for group tickets contact Julie Proudfoot at 832-819-4336 or artemisiatheatre@gmail.com.  

Belfast Girls: Award-winning writer 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.
Buy single tickets to Belfast Girls!  

Monday, March 9, 2015

Day of Giving to Celebrate Women's History Month - March 10th

Artemisia celebrates Women’s History Month with an official day of giving.  Starting at 8:00 AM on March 10th, visit http://www.razoo.com/story/Artemisia-A-Chicago-Theatre-Nfp to support theatre that empowers women, brings groundbreaking new plays to Chicago and produces the play the audience chooses from Artemisia’s annual Fall Festival.

Giving is Getting:  Donate $25 or more to get a shot at winning two tickets to opening night of Belfast Girls (May 16) and an invitation to the opening night reception where you’ll meet lots of Chicago VIP’s and playwright, Jaki McCarrick.  May 16 is close to sell-out!

In the true spirit of giving, send a link to your latest and best news to artemisiatheatre@gmail.com and it will be shared via Artemisia’s social media all day on March 10!  

You can make Artemisia’s Day of Giving successful by doing three simple things:  Visit http://www.razoo.com/story/Artemisia-A-Chicago-Theatre-Nfp to make a donation.  Reach out to 5 – 10 people in your network who will donate and / or help us get the word out via their social networks.  On Tuesday March 10:  Follow Artemisia on Twitter @Artemisia4vr and spend as much time as you can re-tweeting our messages.  You can also like and post to us on Facebook  - https://www.facebook.com/ArtemisiaChicagoTheatre

Join Artemisia on March 10th to honor incredible women, past, present and future.  Thanks for your amazing and generous support!


Please note:  A minimum donation of $25 is required to be entered in the ticket giveaway.  Winner will be announced April 1st.  Winner will be contacted directly via email.  Please note this is a ticket giveaway only - no travel will be paid.  If you choose to donate anonymously, your name will not be entered to win.  Tickets cannot be transferred.

Artemisia, A Chicago Theatre is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2011 by Artistic Director Julie Proudfoot with the mission of producing world and American premiere plays that empower women and challenge the audience with an unconventional view of the feminine experience.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Artemisia's American Premiere of Belfast Girls Opens May 16th

To purchase tickets  - CLICK HERE  or call Artemisia's Box Office at 832-819-4336.

Jaki McCarrick's play, Belfast Girls, about five young women who travel to Australia by ship in 1850 to escape the Irish Famine, will run as Artemisia’s American premiere from May 16, 2015 to June 14, 2015, in Chicago at The Den Theatre in Wicker Park.  Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 6:00 pm, with an additional matinee on Saturdays at 3:00 pm.

Preceding its American premiere are non-stop accolades for Belfast Girls from overseas.  McCarrick has been long listed for the Irish Laureate Award and shortlisted for the 2014 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Belfast Girls also received a well-regarded staged reading by Artemisia in Chicago last year, which set the tone for this highly-anticipated premiere.  

The Committee for the National Commemoration for the Irish Famine invited the play to be read as part of their events in Drogheda in 2012 and, currently, McCarrick is in talks with a U.S. based production company to develop Belfast Girls into a feature film.

“This event, this premiere, is so important,” says Julie Proudfoot, Artemisia’s Artistic Director and Founder, “Not just to Artemisia in advancing its mission, but it’s a great story—one I want Chicago audiences to see and to talk about. Our cast is amazing, and we have more support than we’ve ever had. Belfast Girls is an extraordinary event – one not to be missed.”   

To purchase tickets  - CLICK HERE  or call Artemisia's Box Office at 832-819-4336.  To become a sponsor, follow the company’s progress, or receive more information about Artemisia Theatre, please visit http://www.artemisiatheatre.org/

For the latest reaction to Belfast Girls, read "It Must Be the Way the World Works I'm Angry At: Belfast Girls by Regina Buccola, Associate Professor in the Department of Literature and Languages at Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Artemisia, A Chicago Theatre is a not-for-profit theatre founded in 2011 by Artistic Director Julie Proudfoot with the mission of producing world and American premiere plays that empower women and challenge the audience with an unconventional view of the feminine experience.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Artemisia's American Premiere of Belfast Girls by Jaki McCarrick

Artemisia's American Premiere of Belfast Girls, May 16 to June 14 at the Den Theatre in Chicago

Regina Buccola
"It Must Be the Way the World Works I'm Angry At":  Belfast Girls by Regina Buccola

Jaki McCarrick's Belfast Girls is a materialist feminist play in the tradition of Caryl Churchill's Fen: an unflinching exploration of the lethal combination of colonialist class hierarchy, patriarchal oppression, and the female misogyny generated in women trapped between the two. Like the women working the East Anglian potato fields of Churchill's Fen, McCarrick's mid-nineteenth century refugees, fleeing the "famine" of Ireland for the promised land of upward mobility in Australia aboard the Inchinnan, fall to snarling and snapping at one another like starved, caged animals after initially forming an uneasy sisterhood born of perceived common cause. Age, education, marital status and employment history ultimately stratify McCarrick's Belfast "orphans," causing them to destroy the quasi-familial bonds they have initially forged on shipboard.

Materialist feminist analysis explores the matrix of class, race, and gender oppressions. With a Jamaican-born woman of mixed-race descent onboard the Inchinnan, along with former prostitutes and a degraded member of the bourgeoisie, McCarrick covers all of these bases with deft characterization and subtle exploration of the social systems that work to circumscribe everyone escaping the famine on the Inchinnan's ark.  Molly Durcan - a maid from Sligo who longs to be an actor, and who turns out to be turning in a stellar performance on shipboard - introduces the contemporaneously-published class analysis of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels to her traveling companions, along with the first-wave feminism of the suffragettes. A little knowledge proves a dangerous thing for the group, as several of the women have their consciousness raised just enough to turn on one another. Molly longs to play Puck; in a bit of meta-theater evocative of the meta-theatricality of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Molly instructionally performs the role of maid for the other women, teaching them how to raise their class positions in service to those far above them in the social hierarchy.

The lone setting is the Inchinnan, a ship slicing through the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, passing by the African colonies of England on its way to Australia, another site of English colonialism and enforced servitude. Bodies of water are liminal zones: sites of passage from one place, one state of being, to another. McCarrick is preoccupied by liminality throughout, with a cast of characters who are supposed to be nineteen year-old orphans (or younger) in order to secure their place onboard, but who are, in reality, far wiser in lived experience of the casual cruelties of life. They are prostitutes, mothers guilty of infanticide - all, ultimately, are actors within the play, shifting between their "real" identities to the identities they have needed to assume in order to earn a place on the ship, all the while dreaming of new identities for themselves in Australia.

Shortly before they dock, a rude awakening: the realization that the "system" in Australia will not be liberatory for them, but a different version of what they have left behind. Having realized on the Inchinnan that it is "the way the world works" that they must fight against, they discover, before docking, that this time out of time, this life out of life on the ship has been the greatest freedom and self-actualization that they have yet known, or, perhaps, ever will. Their eyes wide open, McCarrick's Belfast Girls are not defeated: "If it's not us who will have those freedoms you talked of . . . then maybe our daughters will. That's the important thing."

Regina Buccola is an Associate Professor in the Department of Literature and Languages at Roosevelt University in Chicago, where she also serves as core faculty in Women's and Gender Studies and in Creative Writing. She has published several books on early modern British drama and culture, most recently as editor of 

A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Critical Guide and co-editor, with Peter Kanelos, of Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Suiting the Action to the WordShe serves as the scholar in residence at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and is one of the Midwest American reviewers for the online journal Reviewing Shakespeare. Buccola's creative work can be seen with the Chicago political sketch comedy show Democracy Burlesque; she is also a published poet, the author of the chapbook,

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Script Analysis Workshop - November 15, 2014

Artemisia, A Chicago Theatre will host a Script Analysis Workshop on November 15, 2014, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at Unity Lutheran Church, located at 1212 W. Balmoral in Chicago.  Taught by Founding Artistic Director, Julie Proudfoot, this workshop focuses on creating a direct emotional connection between the theatre artist and the play.  A system of analysis will be taught and discussed and exciting exercises used to identify the play’s core elements, action, themes, environment, genre and style.  This workshop is geared for actors, writers, directors and designers.  Equally effective for recent college graduates and seasoned theatre professionals, this workshop inspires any theatre artist to make bold, creative choices that will enhance their success.  A long time story analyst with HBO Films, instructor Julie Proudfoot creates a positive, supportive and exciting atmosphere that puts a whole new spin on story.

“This is an inspiring way for theatre artists to make a great creative connection with the play’s action.  I promise you will never read a play the same again,” said Artemisia’s Founding Artistic Director Julie Proudfoot.

For more information and to register visit artemisiatheatre.org