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).
THE RULES OF ROMANTIC COMEDIES
Thursday, August 16 at 7pm
Hosted by Highland Park Public Library | 494 Laurel Avenue, Highland Park
The “meet-cute.” The “grand romantic gesture.” Romantic comedies are filled with recognizable tropes like these, and while Vietgone by Qui Nguyen isn’t your typical rom-com, it draws on several of these familiar elements and references or subverts them to tell its own unique story. Join us at this free From Page to Stage event as film expert, playwright and journalist Randall Colburn analyzes the rules of romantic comedy to take a close look at the classics to find out where these rules originated, what they’ve come to mean and why artists have so much fun breaking them! Seating is limited, RSVP is requested to reserve your seat. RSVP for free today!
Celebrating our differences
Thursday, August 30 at 3:30pm
Hosted by Kohl Children's Museum | 2100 Patriot Boulevard, Glenview
In Vietgone, Vietnamese refugees Tong and Quang find themselves in the unfamiliar land of the United States, where they are judged for their differences by the new people they meet. Join us at Kohl Children’s Museum for a free interactive From Page to Stage event, where WT Director of Education Kelsey Chigas and the Museum's Director of Visitor Experience Vito Gioia will team up to deliver a double-feature of family-friendly programming about embracing one another’s cultural differences with the book Yoko by Rosemary Wells and related theatre activities. All ages welcome; recommended for young people age 0-8.
FROM HAMLET TO HAMILTON: POPULAR MUSIC'S ROLE IN DRAMA
Sunday, September 9 at 2pm
Hosted by Glencoe Public Library | 320 Park Avenue, Glencoe
Theatre has a long history of being influenced by contemporary music, and Vietgone by Qui Nguyen is no exception. In recent years, there has been a surge of productions that incorporate modern music, from Mamma Mia! to Jersey Boys to Hamilton. In Vietgone, the characters use rap music to express themselves throughout the story, and the rap music genre is itself a respected form of storytelling. At this free From Page to Stage event, join us as we examine the role of popular music in theatre and the theatricality inherent in rap and hip-hop. Seating is limited, RSVP is requested to reserve your seat. RSVP for free today!
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.
THE SCENT OF GREEN PAPAYA
Sunday, September 16 at 2:00pm
Hosted by the Wilmette Theatre | 1122 Central Ave, Wilmette
In this Vietnamese drama, a young peasant girl named Mui is hired to work for a well-to-do family in Saigon. Although the household's fortunes change for the worse, Mui stays with them as a servant and grows infatuated with one of their friends, the handsome Khuyen. Years later, Mui is employed by Khuyen, who has become a renowned pianist. Although Khuyen has a girlfriend, he gradually begins to realize his own strong connection with Mui.
$10 admission. Purchase tickets here
From Page to Stage is generously sponsored by Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin.