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Theatre Seven to Present World Premiere of UNWILLING AND HOSTILE INSTRUMENTS, 10/1-27

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. UNWILLING AND HOSTILE INSTRUMENTS plays October 1 - October 27, 2013 at American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St. in Chicago. Tickets are available at

UNWILLING AND HOSTILE INSTRUMENTS is written by Seth Bockley (Maurine Watkins), Ike Holter and Elaine Romero (Jane Addams), Emily Schwartz (Cora Strayer), Carla Stillwell (Ida B. Wells), Nick Ward* (Myra Bradwell), Travis Williams* (Mavis Staples) and Lauren Yee (Ann Landers) with additional text by Brian Golden.

The production features Echaka Agba, Adithi Chandrashekar, Marsha Harman, Jaclyn Hennell, Robin Kacyn*, Tracey Kaplan*, Jessica London-Shields, Jake Szczepaniak, Brittney Love Smith and Joe Zarrow.

UNWILLING AND HOSTILE INSTRUMENTS brings together nine Chicago playwrights to pen a play that combines nine 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. After select performances, female bands, visual artists and actors will perform, creating an all-out festival honoring the accomplishments of Chicago women.

"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. "The story of Chicago's greatest women is the Chicago story - our play will tell that story in the ensemble-driven, collage-created way that has become a staple of Theatre Seven's most accomplished programming," adds Golden.

Tickets for Previews are $10, regular run: $20. Students, seniors and industry $16. Single tickets for the 2013-14 season are available at

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