Photo Coverage: Theatre Seven of Chicago Presents the World Premiere of UNWILLING AND HOSTILE INSTRUMENTS: 100 Years of Extraordinary Chicago Women
Theatre Seven of Chicago brings together nine talented Chicago's playwrights to commemorate the 100th anniversary of suffrage in Illinois with the world premiere of UNWILLING AND HOSTILE INSTRUMENTS: 100 Years of Extraordinary Chicago Women. Woven together into one full-length work are the incredible stories of Jane Addams, Myra Bradwell, Ann Landers, Mavis Staples, Cora Strayer, Maurine Watkins and Ida B. Wells, directed by Elly Green. UNWILLING AND HOSTILE INSTRUMENTS plays October 1 - October 27, 2013 at American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St. in Chicago. Tickets are available at www.theatreseven.org.
UNWILLING AND HOSTILE INSTRUMENTS is written by Seth Bockley (Maurine Watkins), Brian Golden* (various), Ike Holter (Jane Addams, 2013), Elaine Romero (Jane Addams, 1889) Emily Schwartz (Cora Strayer), Carla Stillwell (Ida B. Wells), Nick Ward* (Myra Bradwell), Travis Williams* (Mavis Staples) and Lauren Yee (Ann Landers).
UNWILLING AND HOSTILE INSTRUMENTS brings together nine Chicago playwrights to pen a play that combines eight stories about extraordinary women from Chicago's last hundred years to commemorate the 100th anniversary of suffrage in Illinois. In 1913, a vocal opponent of the suffrage movement called women "nothing more than the unwilling and hostile instruments of creation." This project turns that ignorant quote on its head, celebrating the accomplishments of Chicago's greatest historical women and also asking relevant contemporary questions about gender and social equality.
"We begin our season with a production that celebrates Illinois' leadership in the suffrage movement by telling dynamic stories about our city's most extraordinary women," comments Artistic Director Brian Golden. "But we're also digging a little deeper. In telling the story of ten Chicago actors trying to put on these new plays, we're using history and theatre to investigate the challenges and realities of race, gender and equality in Chicago today," adds Golden.
The production team for UNWILLING AND HOSTILE INSTRUMENTS includes: Kerith Parashak (scenic design), Brenda Winstead* (costume design), Mac Vaughey (lighting design), Joe Court (sound design), Joshua Hurley (props design) Isabel Ellison, Sarah Grant, Neal Ryan Shaw and Zev Valancy (dramaturgs) and Emmaline Keddy-Hector (stage manager).
Title: UNWILLING AND HOSTILE INSTRUMENTS: 100 Years of Extraordinary Chicago Women
Written by Seth Bockley (Maurine Watkins), Brian Golden (various), Ike Holter (Jane Addams, modern day), Elaine Romero (Jane Addams, 1889) Emily Schwartz (Cora Strayer), Carla Stillwell (Ida B. Wells), Nick Ward* (Myra Bradwell), Travis Williams* (Mavis Staples) and Lauren Yee (Ann Landers).
Director: Elly Green
Location: American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St., Chicago
Dates: Previews: Tuesday, October 1 at 7:30 pm and Wednesday, October 2 at 7:30 pm
Press performances: Thursday, October 3 at 7:30 pm
Regular run: Friday, October 4 - Sunday, October 27, 2013.
Curtain Times: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 3 pm
Tickets: Previews: $10; Regular run: $20. Students, seniors and industry $16. Single tickets for the 2013-14 season are available at www.theatreseven.org.
Photos by Emily Schwartz
Jessica London-Shields (as Ellen Gates Starr) and Marsha Harman (as Jane Addams)
Jaclyn Hennell (as Ann Landers)
BrittneyLove Smith (as Ida B. Wells) with Echaka Agba