OWNERS & REALLY REALLY Set for Interrobang Theatre Project's 2014-15 Season
Interrobang Theatre Project has announced its 2014/15 Sseason! Bridging continents and 43 years of theatre history, ITP's 5th Season brings together the first professionally produced plays that launched the careers of two distinctive contemporary playwrights: OWNERS (1972) by the now legendary, groundbreaking British playwright Caryl Churchill and REALLY REALLY (2013) by the tenacious 27-year-old American playwright Paul Downs Calaizzo. These two productions share a common concern with issues of power, entitlement, politics, economics and gender and their critically acclaimed premieres heralded Churchill and Calaizzo, respectively, as writers to watch, bold new voices with their fingers of the pulse of their generation.
Interrobang Theatre Project is a resident company at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. in Chicago, where its full 2014/15 season will be presented. Tickets are available through the Athenaeum Theatre Box Office at www.athenaeumtheatre.org or by calling (773) 935-6875. For additional information, visit www.interrobangtheatreproject.org.
The Interrobang Theatre Project 2014/15 Season:
By Caryl Churchill
Directed by Co-Artistic Director Jeffry Stanton
October 2 - November 2, 2014
Marion's husband wants her dead, but she's too busy to notice. The North London real estate market is booming, and she's out to make a killing. When Marion discovers she can't buy out a family from one of her properties, she takes ownership of their most prized possession.
As resonant today as when it premiered in 1972, Owners is a provocative, yet savagely funny play about our obsession with power, possessing, and being possessed, encapsulated by the central character's motto, "Do what you want. Get what you can."
The author of groundbreaking, genre-redefining, even gender-bending modern masterpieces such as Top Girls, Serious Money and Cloud 9, Caryl Churchill is widely regarded as one of the English language's greatest living playwrights. In a career spanning from Owners, her first professionally produced play, to Love and Information, currently making its American premiere in New York, Ms. Churchill's body of work reflects a long and deep engagement with issues of politics, economics, gender, and personal responsibility.
The Midwest Premiere of
By Paul Downs Colaizzo
Directed by Co-Artistic Director James Yost
February 13 - March 15, 2015
In the hazy aftermath of a wild campus party, dawn breaks on what appears to be just another day in the undergrad carnival that revolves around a circle of friends. But when morning-after gossip about privileged Davis and ambitious Leigh turns ugly, the veneer of loyalty and friendship is peeled back to reveal a vicious jungle of sexual politics, raw ambition and class warfare where only the strong could possibly survive.
Paul Downs Calaizzo's first play Really Really debuted at the Signature Theatre in 2012, then went on to a sold-out twice extended run Off-Broadway at MCC Theater in 2013. The play garnered Calaizzo a 2013 Helen Hayes New Playwright Award. His most recent play, Pride in the Falls, premiered in 2013 at the Signature Theatre starring Christine Lahti. Entertainment Weekly listed Paul as one of the Next Wave of New Hollywood writers to watch and his career was profiled in a 2013 New York Times feature. Paul recently developed a one-hour pilot for ABC and is currently writing on staff for Ryan Murphy's new HBO drama, Open.