Artemisia to Present Staged Readings of CHEWING ON BECKETT, 5/8-10

Artemisia to Present Staged Readings of CHEWING ON BECKETT, 5/8-10

Artemisia's workshop/staged reading of Chewing On Beckett will perform May 8, 9 and 10, 2014, and is a wild, female riff on Waiting For Godot. Inspired by the discovery that the Beckett Estate prohibits women from performing Beckett's masterpiece, Chewing On Beckett takes a personal, tragic and hilarious look at the close bond between two women, who find themselves abandoned in a futuristic wasteland.

Written by Ed Proudfoot, Chewing On Beckett was presented as a staged reading during Artemisia's 2013 Fall Festival. This production will be directed by Steve Scott, of The Goodman Theatre, and feature actors Julie Proudfoot, Diane Dorsey, Molly Lyons, Karen Vance and Caitlin Hart. Writer Ed Proudfoot has had two plays produced in Los Angeles and currently works as a story analyst for HBO films.

In Chewing On Beckett, Eloise and Viola (a la Vladimir & Estragon) await rescue and stave off hopelessness by desperately trying to reconstruct Eloise's forgotten past as a Beckett
Scholar. Visits from cannibals and an old woman complicate their struggle, which descends into absurdity as Viola and Eloise fight for survival.

Chewing On Beckett will run May 8, 9, and 10 with performances at 8:00 PM. On May 10th there is also a matinee performance at 2:00 PM. All performances are at Holy Covenant United Methodist Church, located at 925 W. Diversey in Chicago. General admission is $10 and tickets go on sale April 7th. Visit artemisiatheatre.org to purchase tickets and for more information.

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