International Voices Project Festival 2018

IVP Wales
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 7:00pm to Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 7:00pm

Presented in collaboration with each country’s consulate general and/or a country’s cultural institution, the International Voices Project celebrates the voices of international playwrights with eight premiere concert-style readings. A professional cast performs each play to allow audience members’ imaginations create the world of the play. After each reading, there is a post-performance discussion with the cast and audience, followed by a reception.


IVP 2018Schedule is below and can also be viewed by clicking here.*

NOTE: Schedule is subject to change. Online schedule will be the most current


Tuesday, May 1 at 7 p.m.

From Spain

Arizona, in collaboration with The Blue Parrot Chicago

By Juan Carlos Rubio

Directed by Jacob Janssen

Translated by Laureano Corces


George and Margaret are defending the Southern Border of the United States. But when Margaret starts asking too many logical questions their absurdist plot spirals out of control.


Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m.

From Serbia

Hypnotized By Love, in collaboration with Vitalist Theatre

By Dušan Kovačević

Directed by Elizabeth Carlin-Metz

Translated by Dennis Barnett


Tuesday, May 8 at 7 p.m.

From Poland

Trap Door Theatre returns for its ninth installment. Details forthcoming.


Thursday, May 10 at 7 p.m.

From Syria

Mihbaj, in collaboration with Columbia College Chicago

Written and directed by Riad Ismet


A gripping play that sheds light on the Syrian tragedy: Near the areas occupied by ISIS in northern Syria, a widow struggles to to keep her three sons together, who represent three conflicting points of view, while an international proxy war spreads sectarianism, extremism and hatred in a country that was once a harmonic grinder of all religious ethnicities, like a Mihbaj which prepares coffee beans for hospitality.


Tuesday, May 15 at 7 p.m.

From Finland

Internalized Theory of Love, in collaboration with Akvavit Theatre

By Vera Kiiskinen

Directed by Breahan Pautsch

Translated by Merja Talvela and Leslie Hyd


Tuesday, May 22at 7 p.m.

From French Canada

Haven,in collaboration with Rasaka Theatre

By Mishka Lavigne

Directed by Anna Bahow

Translated by Neil Blackadder


Haven is the story of Elsie, who's just lost her mother, and of Matt, who's searching for his past. They're brought together by the hole that opened up in the asphalt and the contents of the car lying at the bottom.


Thursday, May 24 at 7 p.m.

From India

AMuslim in The Midst

By Anand Rao

Directed by Kamal Hans


September 14, 2001: Three days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on American soil, on the other side of the world in the Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore, a poor Muslim family is stranded. Desperate to reach a relative’s home in a distant suburb, the new immigrants to the city are struggling to find a ride late in the night. Watching them closely from inside a car is an American-Indian Hindu couple, executives of American companies. The westernized and affluent couple offers to take the traditional and rural Muslim couple along. In the car, their conversation quickly takes an unexpected turn. Fueled by a pro and anti-Islamic rhetoric and warnings about potential terror threats playing on the radio, the characters fight with their prejudices and fears even as they attempt to look beyond the obvious differences and worldview to unravel a common fellowship based on humanity.


Thursday, May 31at 7 p.m.

From Germany


By Marius von Mayenburg

Directed by Warner Crocker

Translated by Maja Zade

“Bang" is a play about "political emotions.  About the irrational desire for explosions and sensations in the political sphere," a biting satire of the "longing for macho men, leaders who provide simple solutions for complex problems." (Marius von Mayenburg)

Location and contact
Instituto Cervantes
31 W. Ohio St
Chicago  Illinois  60654
United States