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.
NOTE: Schedule is subject to change. Online schedule will be the most current
Tuesday, May 1 at 7 p.m.
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.
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.
Trap Door Theatre returns for its ninth installment. Details forthcoming.
Thursday, May 10 at 7 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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)