Interrobang Theatre Project to Present World Premiere of THE DOLL'S HOUSE PROJECT: IBSEN IS DEAD, 5/8-6/8

Interrobang Theatre Project is pleased to conclude its 2013-14 season with Calamity West's world premiere THE DOLL'S HOUSE PROJECT: IBSEN IS DEAD, based on Henrik Ibsen's classic drama A Doll's House, directed by Co-Artistic Director James Yost, playing May 8 - June 8, 2014 at The Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport in Chicago. Curtain times are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. There will be added 3pm performances on Saturday, May 25 and Saturday, June 7. Tickets for THE DOLL'S HOUSE PROJECT: IBSEN IS DEAD are $20 general admission, $10 for previews, and students or industry members with ID and are available at www.athenaeumtheatre.org, in person at The Athenaeum Theatre Box office or by calling (773) 935-6875.

It's November 9, 1989 and The Berlin Wall is coming down for the entire world to see. A husband is reading of the deconstruction in the paper over a breakfast of scrambled eggs. A wife is hearing of it while shopping for couture. An old friend is watching it on a television window display on a street in Manhattan. And a doctor is sleeping right through it. Inspired by A Doll's House, THE DOLL'S HOUSE PROJECT: IBSEN IS DEAD explores and welds the genius of Henrik Ibsen and the grit of Calamity West in this world premiere play about deception, love, lies, class and gender.

THE DOLL'S HOUSE PROJECT: IBSEN IS DEAD features Matthew David Gellin, Stella Martin, Adam Soule and Jenifer Henry Starewich.

The production team for THE DOLL'S HOUSE PROJECT: IBSEN IS DEAD includes: Mike Mroch (Scenic Designer), Noël Huntzinger* (Costume Designer), Claire Chrzan* (Lighting Designer & Production Manager), Christopher Kriz (Sound Designer), Julia Rohed* (Stage Manager), Bobby Kennedy (Dramaturg) and Justin Snyder (Technical Director). *Denotes Interrobang Theatre Project Company.

Calamity West is a Chicago based playwright whose most recent full-length productions include: The Peacock (Jackalope Theatre Company, 2013), The Gacy Play (Sideshow Theatre Company, 2012) and Common Hatred (The Ruckus, 2012). West's short plays have recently been seen with: Victory Gardens, The Inconvenience, Chicago Dramatists, Two Birds Casting, The Anatomy Collective, First Floor Theater and The Good Night Ladies.

James Yost has staged more than 50 plays and has won several awards for his productions, as well as receiving Theatre Person of the Year in 2001 in Charlotte, NC. Selected plays include: Mr. Marmalade, Psycho Beach Party and Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical. Other credits include: The Graduate, The Play About the Baby, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Drift, Ugly Art, bash - the latter-day plays, Squirrels, The Wizard of Oz, Lend Me a Tenor, True West, The Pitchfork Disney and Noises Off. Yost teaches acting, directing, production design and film at the high school and collegiate level. He is published in Teaching Theatre Journal, a publication of Dramatics Magazine.

Founded in 2010, Interrobang Theatre Project (Jeffry Stanton and James Yost, Co-Artistic Directors) produces visceral and timely plays that are not readily seen on other Chicago stages. Interrobang is not recommended for audiences who prefer theatre to be benign or familiar.

Interrobang Theatre Project's fourth season opened with a hit production of Mark O'Rowe's Irish Drama Terminus, followed by Philip Ridley's dark comedy The Pitchfork Disney. The company's third season opened with a revival of Paula Vogel's Hot 'N' Throbbing. Other Interrobang Theatre Project productions include the one-man Here Lies Henry by Daniel MacIvor, the Midwest premiere of The Argument by Gregory Moss and Orange Flower Water by Craig Wright, a co-production with BareBones.

An interrobang is the combination of a question mark and an exclamation point, joining the Latin for "question" (interro) with a proofreading term for "exclamation" (bang). Punctuation expresses an attitude, an idea, an attempt to make things clearer. Through the plays we produce, Interrobang Theatre Project poses muscular questions. Navigating through the dark together with our audience we attempt to arrive at new understandings and fresh perspectives of who we are and the world in which we live.




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