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Writers Theatre, community partners and select North Shore libraries are proud to present the thirteenth annual From Page to Stage series as part of Writers Theatre's 2017/18 Season. This comprehensive series of special events, lectures, workshops, and performances are designed to enhance and enrich your appreciation of the art.
The list of events surrounding our 2017/18 season of productions is constantly being updated below! Sign up for our email list to receive more details and invitations to these events. All events are FREE of charge and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Reservations must be made prior to each event to secure your seat(s).
In Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece A Moon for the Misbegotten, Josie is the only one of Phil Hogan’s children who stays in her hometown to help her father. Using this spirited relationship as a starting point, join us as we explore the sociology of family dynamics, focusing on the unique relationship between fathers and daughters. We will examine well-known father-daughter relationships throughout history and literature, and explore questions specific to these often complex relationships. From famous families in Shakespeare, American History and O’Neill’s own life, we hope this event leads to a better understanding of our families and how our place in a family contributes to who we are. RSVPs are requested to reserve your seat. RSVP for free today!
For Smart People
Sometimes it can be easier to let our differences divide us, rather than celebrate what makes us each unique. At this special Storytime with Kohl Children’s Museum, we will use the classic Dr. Seuss story The Sneetches and complementary theatre games to explore the importance of diversity and acceptance! Join us for this engaging collaboration featuring the Museum’s Director of Visitor Experience Vito Gioia and members of WT Education, inspired by the themes in the upcoming WT production of Smart People. All ages welcome; recommended for young people 0-8. RSVPs are requested to reserve your seat. RSVP for free today!
For Smart People
Featuring: Lori D. Barcliff Baptista (University of Illinois at Chicago), Annette D’Onofrio (Northwestern University, the Chicagoland Language Project) and Chloe Johnston (Lake Forest College, The Neo-Futurists)
“Yo!” “Greetings.” “Hey there!” Whether consciously or not, most of us have engaged in a phenomenon of social interaction popularly known as “code-switching,” where we alter our language, dialect or grammar depending on who we are talking to in any given situation. As Smart People examines issues of privilege, implicit bias and miscommunication, this From Page to Stage event seeks to decode the subtle shifts in how we perceive others, and therefore, how we choose to present ourselves and communicate. How much of our social interactions are “performances,” rather than organic? Is code-switching a learned behavior, or a skill everyone is born with? Experts in linguistics, sociology and performance join us as we use real-world examples to unpack these big questions and learn about depictions of science on stage and how we all use language to perform identity. Save the date!
For Smart People
Smart People examines the role that race plays in the lives of four particular people, whose personal and professional lives become intertwined. To take a deeper look at the idea of race, Joy Bivins (Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Chicago History Museum) shares highlights from the Chicago History Museum exhibit Race: Are We So Different? Open now through July 15, Race is the first national exhibition to tell the stories of race from biological, cultural and historical points of view. RSVPs are requested to reserve your seat. RSVP for free today!
The Wilmette THeatre Film Series:
For the second year in a row, we are excited to present this curated film series to complement our six productions. Join us for these special screenings and compare themes with the plays in our 2017/18 season. RSVP is requested, $10 admission.
Set in 1912 New England, the story takes place in the summer home of aging actor James Tyrone (Ralph Richardson) and his family. Tyrone, patterned after Eugene O'Neill's father, has long abandoned any aspirations to be a truly great actor, choosing instead to tour in the same weary stage vehicle year after year. His wife Mary has turned into a rambling morphine addict, with little or no contact with reality. Oldest son Jamie is a troublemaking alcoholic, envious of the writing talent of sickly younger brother Edmund (the Eugene O'Neill counterpart). The long's day journey concludes with a hellish night in which the three Tyrone men sit about drunkenly as Mary Tyrone hallucinates about her younger, happier days. $10 admission. Click here for tickets.
For Smart People
A satire that follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular African American-themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in post-racial America while weaving a universal story of forging one's unique path in the world. $10 admission. Click here for tickets.
Rated R for language, sexual content and drug use.
For Buried Child
Faced with an unresponsive mother and a criminal father, Ozark teenager Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) does what she can to manage the household and take care of her two younger siblings. Informed by the sheriff (Garret Dillahunt) that their father put their home up for bond and then disappeared, Ree sets out on a dangerous quest to find him. Her entire family's fate now in her hands, Ree challenges her outlaw kin's code of silence and risks her life to learn her father's fate. $10 admission. Click here for tickets.
From Page to Stage is generously sponsored by Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin.
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