From Page to Stage Series
Writers Theatre, community partners and select North Shore libraries are proud to present the fourteenth annual From Page to Stage series as part of Writers Theatre's 2018/19 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 2018/19 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).
YOU'RE BEING RIDICULOUS: SPOOKY!
Saturday, October 20 at 8:00pm
Litowitz Atrium | Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe
The popular Live Lit event comes to WT! At You’re Being Ridiculous, real people tell true stories about their lives. Each performer is linked by a rotating theme, and by the desire to make you laugh—and once in awhile, cry. In honor of the Writers Theatre production of Witch and the Halloween season, the theme for this round will be: Spooky!
The You’re Being Ridiculous motto: Good stories are better than good times. “We laugh at ourselves and laugh with each other.” Scheduled Performers: Margaret Benson, Jennie Ellman, Elizabeth Gomez, Allison Hendrix, Archy Jamjun, Taylor Flory Ogletree and Jeremy Owens! $15 admission.
THE DEVIL YOU KNOW...
Monday, October 22 at 6:30pm
Hosted by Evanston Public Library | 1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston
In the world premiere play Witch, the Devil visits Elizabeth in the small town of Edmonton to offer her a deal—and her unexpected response puts the events of this smart modern fable into motion. Throughout history, humankind has been captivated by stories of temptation or torment by the Devil, who is presented by turns as charismatic, comedic and terrifying—sometimes all at once. As the weather turns colder and Halloween approaches, join us for this free From Page to Stage event as we delve into the history of the Devil as we know it, across cultures and contexts, to examine our fascination with the complex battle of good vs. evil. Seating is limited, RSVP is requested.
BRUSH UP YOUR SHAKESPEARE: TRIVIA!
For Twelfth Night, Or What You Will
Thursday, November 1 at 7pm
Hosted by Highland Park Public Library | 494 Laurel Ave, Highland Park
Featuring: Chris Jones, chief theatre critic and Sunday culture columnist, Chicago Tribune.
WT returns to Trivia Night at Highland Park Public Library! Think you can tell all your Richards apart? Do you fancy yourself an Elizabethan expert; a Bard buff? Test your Shakespearean smarts in a battle of wits at this free From Page to Stage event connected to Twelfth Night, Or What You Will! Come with your own team or meet new teammates there, and we’ll see who knows the most about legendary productions, modern adaptations and more obscure facts about Shakespeare and his work! Seating is limited, RSVP is requested.
THE WILMETTE THEATRE FILM SERIES:
For the third 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 2018/19 season. RSVP is requested, $10 admission.
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
For Twelfth Night, Or What You Will
Sunday, November 18 at 2:00pm
Hosted by the Wilmette Theatre | 1122 Central Ave, Wilmette
William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) is on a cold streak. Not only is he writing for Philip Henslowe (Geoffrey Rush), owner of "The Rose," a theatre whose doors are about to be closed by sadistic creditors, but he's got a nasty case of writer's block. Shakespeare hasn't written a hit in years. In fact, he hasn't written much of anything recently. Thus, the Bard finds himself in quite a bind when Henslowe, desperate to stave off another round of hot-coals-to-feet application, stakes The Rose's solvency on Shakespeare's new comedy, "Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter." The problem is, "Romeo" is safely "locked away" in Shakespeare's head, which is to say that not a word of it is written. Meanwhile, the lovely Lady Viola (Gwyneth Paltrow) is an ardent theatre-goer -- scandalous for a woman of her breeding -- who especially admires Shakespeare's plays and, not incidentally, Bill himself. Alas, she's about to be sold as property into a loveless marriage by her mercenary father and shipped off to a Virginia tobacco plantation. But not before dressing up as a young man and winning the part of Romeo in the embryonic play. Shakespeare soon discovers the deception and goes along with it, using the blossoming love affair to ignite his muse. As William and Viola's romance grows in intensity and spirals towards its inevitable culmination, so, too, does the farcical comedy about Romeo and pirates transform into the timeless tragedy that is Romeo and Juliet.
$10 admission. Purchase tickets here
From Page to Stage is generously sponsored by Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin.