Theatre Y is proud to premiere a new staging of András Visky’s lacerating, loving monologue JULIET at their performance space at 4546 N. Western Ave. Written in tribute to his mother, the work is colored with myths Shakespearean and Biblical. It is the true story of a Juliet without her Romeo, arrested and deported with her seven children to the Romanian hinterland under the Communist regime
of the 1950s.
Director Kevin V. Smith, assistant director/choreographer Daiva Bhandari (RE|Dance Group), sound designer/composer Dominic Johnson (Carnegie Hall/Drunk History) with Jeff Award winning vocal coach Nicholas Tonozzi, Theatre Y’s set designer Henry Wilkinson, costume designer Rebecca Hinsdale, and technical director Cody Beyer, lighting designer Tyler King, additional content devisor Jessica Anne (Neo-Futurists), props designer Alanna Gerardi, dramaturg Amber Robinson (TUTA), graphic designer Halina Hubrienko, and production stage manager Emily Bragg.
Starring Melissa Lorraine (Theatre Y’s Co-Founding Artistic Director), and introducing a chorus of mothers and babies: Simina Contras, Milan Campbell, Christian Jones, Miah Jones, Tania Gillian Musso, Emma Xareni Musso, Gabrielle Cross, Emmaline Cross, and Franklin Cross.
Playwright András Visky (born April 13, 1957) is a Hungarian-Romanian poet, playwright and essayist and the resident dramaturg at Cluj-Napoca Hungarian Theatre, Romania, where he also holds the position of associate artistic director.
Theatre Y creates challenging and innovative theater that addresses the contradictions of the human experience. The following values and practices form the foundation of our work:
1) We operate as in INTERNATIONAL laboratory, inviting artists from diverse cultures and backgrounds, because this exchange enriches our work.
2) Inspired by director Anne Bogart, we believe that “all great life-changing work made for the theater has historically been made by companies.” That is why Theatre Y has constituted itself as a continuously training ENSEMBLE devoted to experimentation and artistic excellence.
3) We joined the FREE THEATRE MOVEMENT to make work for our community and remove all financial barriers that would exclude anyone.
“If they were creating their art under a corrupt and brutal regime, they would no doubt have already been imprisoned and would quite possibly be dead by now…it is as if you are watching the ghosts of great artists poignantly, vehemently and posthumously rage against the very structural machine of human deprivation.” (Chicago Stage Review)
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