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.

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 Sponsors of Belfast Girls


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Artemisia gratefully acknowledges the following generous sponsors of the American premiere production of Belfast Girls:  The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust, Mutual of America, Windy City Irish Radio, Culture Ireland, The Saints and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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