The Blind Owl Presents THE COMING WORLD Through 8/17 at the Prop Thtr
The Blind Owl returns to the Chicago theatre scene with the play THE COMING WORLD written by playwright and Pulitzer prize finalist Christopher Shinn. Directed by founding artistic director Azar Kazemi, THE COMING WORLD is set in Connecticut in a pre-9/11 America. It tackles issues regarding class, violence, intimacy, and the heartbreak that occurs when loving someone is more painful than letting them go. THE COMING WORLD runs August 1st through August 17th. Performances will take place Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm at the Prop Thtr located at 3502 N. Elston Avenue in Chicago's Avondale neighborhood.
Described by Patrick Marmion in the London Evening Standard as "An eerily intense poetic trance," THE COMING WORLD is a short play (it runs only 60 minutes) that wrestles with powerful, universal themes. Director Kazemi explains: "It tells the story of those seduced by the addictions that consume our culture and the mirage of second chances." From a director's standpoint, Ms. Kazemi was attracted to the play because, "At its core, it is a two person play with nothing for the actors to hide behind. There is no spectacle, only story, and this requires complete vulnerability of the actors. The play requires them to lay their hearts on the floor and come back tomorrow and do it all over again.
The cast of THE COMING WORLD features DePaul University graduates Alex Hardaway and Aislinn Kerchaert.
THE COMING WORLD contains adult themes and brief nudity and is therefore recommended for mature audiences only.
Ticket prices are $20 general admission. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.theblindowl.org. Prop Thtr is located at 3502 North Elston Avenue. The theatre is accessible by CTA "L" Train (Blue Line Addison or Belmont stops) by bus (152 Addison or 77 Belmont), or car (street parking and parking lot nearby).
Founded in 2011 by Azar Kazemi, a graduate of the MFA Directing program at The Theatre School at DePaul University, The Blind Owl is a socially-charged theatre where the political and the personal collide. It seeks to illuminate the otherness that exists in everyone and speaks for those the world chooses to ignore. The company is dedicated to producing relationship-based plays that are deeply influenced by political themes and champions the process of discovery over the end result. The Blind Owl takes its name from the book by the late Persian writer Sadegh Hedayat. As a writer he was inspired by existential writers Kafka and Camus and explored the many great mysteries of the human experience.