Night of New Works

 June 2, 4, and 6, 7:30pm

Something Marvelous presented a collection of short new plays inspired by Paul Bond's painting The Releasing of Sorrows. Created by playwrights from around the country, each "real world" had something magical about it.

Performed at Stage 773 in the Cabaret space. Production team included Garth Moritz, Dustin Pettegrew, and Eric Backus.

 

Canyon's Edge by Barbara Lindsay

Directed by Bec Willett

Roy........................................... Paul Pasulka

Coral........................................ Lisa Stran

Kathy....................................... Rebecca Sparks

 

The Vast Expanse by Jonathan Spector

Directed by Claire Redfield

Tamara..................................... Gillian Hemme

Tim........................................... Gabe Fries

Alison....................................... Meghan Coppoletti

 

Inhale/Exhale by Amy Dellagiarino

Directed by Claire Redfield

Jackie........................................ Lauren Stanek

Dan........................................... Matt Fleming

 

Sunrise: Ardmore Beach by Hallie Palladino

Directed by Emmi Hilger

Carl.......................................... Matt Lloyd

Laura........................................ Arti Ishak

Marcus...................................... Mansa Ubuntu

 

The Blue by Brough Hansen

Directed by Bec Willett

Fiona.......................................... Catherine Grace

Robbie........................................ Joe Vargo

 

Sheltered by Laura Nessler

Directed by Emmi Hilger

Saffron....................................... Arti Ishak

Bully........................................... Mansa Ubuntu


Workshops

May 16, 7:30pm: Workshop Public Reading: Koalas by J. Joseph Cox

J Joseph Cox

Ray’s status as man of the house is upset by several unexpected guests: his unemployed brother, memories of his controlling father, and a recently escaped koala. As his brother bonds with Ray’s gender nonconforming child, a threatened Ray tightens his grip over the household - clinging to his notions of fatherhood and manly responsibility like a koala does a tree. Ray must decide: what does it really mean to be a man?

Location: Studio Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E Randolph Street

Directed by Emmi Hilger. Featuring: Jack Bourgeois, Nicholas Loumos, Chris Meister, Steve Munro, Becca Savoy, and Jordan Shome.

Presented as part of our "In The Works" residency with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE.)

May 23, 6:30pm: Workshop Public Reading: The Hall of Final Ruin by Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos

Gertrudis “La Tules” Barcelo, the high-stakes gambler and wealthy “madrina” of 19th century Santa Fe, is determined to die a good death. But before she can leave this mortal world, the cunning gambler must not only manage the eccentric aspirations of her granddaughters – she must also orchestrate a final card game in which the fate of her eternal soul and her entombment “under the feet of Santa Fe” ultimately rests.

Location: Studio Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E Randolph Street

Directed by Claire Redfield. Featuring: Tamika Nittel-Morales, Erica Ramos, Nathalie Mendez, Angelica Acebedo-Frint, Annie Hogan Petrusek, and Maritza Cervantes.

Presented as part of our "In The Works" residency with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE.)

May 30, 6:30pm: Workshop Public Reading: The Popup Kid by MT Cozzola

MT Cozzola

Christine, a lonely, overstressed, single woman confronts Kid, a wild beast of destruction who seems to think she’s Christine’s daughter. As her life spirals out of control, and Kid’s demands become increasingly insistent, Christine must choose between her real work life and her imaginary relationship.

Location: Studio Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E Randolph Street

Directed by Stephanie Stroud. Featuring: Alison Dornheggen, Angela Horn, Michael Wexler, Rachel Edwards Harvith, Mark E. Penzien, Lauren S. Deaton, and Nick Loumos

Presented as part of our "In The Works" residency with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE.)


Special Events

 

April 15, 7:30 pm: Something Marvelous 2015 Kickoff Party

This "pay what you can" potluck style dinner featured magical menu items from surprise desserts to oddly delicious food combinations to the homemade classics. We announced the rest of our season, and offered an exclusive sneak peak of each of our three workshop shows.

Location: The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave.

 

May 3, 3pmThe Grown-Up Special Event with Shattered Globe Theatre

We partnered with Shattered Globe Theatre Company on a special talk back event for The Grown-Up, featuring Something Marvelous member Cruz Gonzalez-Cadel.

Location: Theater Wit, 1229 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

 

June 5, 11:00pm: Strawdog Direct-Off

Five directors faced off in this late night directing competition!  Each director brought a magical realism scene to life on the spot, then faced the judges...

Location: Strawdog Theater, 3829 N Broadway

 

June 8, 7:30pm: Actor’s Gym Aerial Arts Workshop

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A one hour aerial arts workshop with a focus on Spanish Web, this event was geared towards actors and anyone who hopes to perform feats of "magic" onstage.  Visit the Actors' Gymnasium website for more info.

Location: Noyes Cultural Arts Center. 927 Noyes Street, Evanston, Illinois 60201

 

June 12, 7:30pmTransients Welcome by Lisa Holmes

The Fine Print Theatre Company presented a staged reading of Transients Welcome by Lisa Holmes.  The play appeared in our inaugural season and was going through a development process with Fine Print this spring!  Following the reading, there was a short feedback session with the Something Marvelous team.

When naïve Henry is tricked into meeting under-aged Imogene in a motel room for an evening of romance, the girl’s god-like boyfriend plagues them until Henry’s hopes for a love connection are dashed. However, Henry is holding a darker secret than anything Imogene can imagine. Will Henry and Imogene be stuck in eternal purgatory? Or will they somehow find redemption in themselves or each other?

Location: Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, 3905 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60613

 

July 20: Designer Panel with 20% Theatre Company

20% Theatre Company hosted a Designer Panel to discuss the needs, challenges, and potential for innovation when designing for magical realism and science fiction.

Location: Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, 3905 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60613


Based in Chicago, IL, Something Marvelous is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Contributions for the charitable purposes of Something Marvelous are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Special thanks goes to Paul Bond–his painting On the Transmigration of Souls is our website and poster background. We have used his paintings The Releasing of Sorrows, The Girl Who Circumnavigated the World in a Dream of her Own Making and Mostly Sunny as inspirations for past festivals. Learn more about Paul's art at his website

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