Past Productions

Kumovi

MAY 2ND | 2017 | CHICAGO, IL

The International Voices Project

BY Dušan Kovačević
TRANSLATED BY Dennis Barnett
DIRECTED BY Liz Carlin Metz

A staged reading, presented in association with The International Voices Project and the Consulate General of The Republic of Serbia in Chicago

Kumovi is a domestic comedy that takes place on Milan and Ana's twenty-fifth anniversary. Milan has recently lost his job and his best friend, Boban, has disappeared, leaving Milan depressed and anxious. But Milan has made a new friend, a stray dog, who comes to his rescue when he is mugged in the park, and one of the policemen investigating the mugging happens to be a dog "specialist." Through the combined efforts of Milan, the policeman and the dog, both the mystery of the missing man and Milan's anxiety find a happy resolution. (Synopsis from www.ivpchicago.org)


Multitudes

OCTOBER 20TH - NOVEMBER 12TH | 2016 | CHICAGO, IL

The International Voices Project

BY John Hollingworth
DIRECTED BY Liz Carlin Metz

The American premiere, Co-Produced by Vitalist Theatre and Rasaka Theatre Company in association with The International Voices Project

Under the direction of Vitalist’s artistic director, Liz Carlin Metz, this British new play scorches Brexit and Trump style anti-immigration policies with its moving, funny, and hard hitting exposure of the deeply personal effects of hate and fear.

See The Artists of Multitudes.

Multitudes (Staged Reading)

APRIL 9TH | 2016 | CHICAGO, IL

The International Voices Project

The International Voices Project presents the Vitalist Theatre Staged Reading of Multitudes, written by John Hollingworth.

Bradford, England. On the eve of a Conservative Party Conference, the country is in turmoil and one of its most multicultural cities awaits a visit from the Prime Minister. As the nation questions immigration policies and military support in the Middle East, one family faces their own internal conflict of faith, belonging, and who gets to call themselves British. (edited from the Tricycle Theatre, London website, where Multitudes had its world premiere in 2015)

See The Artists of the Multitudes Staged Reading.

The Silver Dish

JUNE 10TH | 2015 | CHICAGO, IL

The Silver Dish

A staged reading for the Saul Bellow Centennial Celebration

On what would have been Saul Bellow's 100th birthday, the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame assembled a powerful lineup to discuss and dramatize the Nobel Prize winner's work, especially his Chicago-based fiction.

Co-Sponsored By:
The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame
Chicago Public Library
Vitalist Theatre
Seminary Co-op Bookstore


The Walruses (Las Morsas)

FEBRUARY 22ND | 2015 | CHICAGO, IL

The Walruses

BY Laura Liz Gil Echenique
TRANSLATED BY Yael Prizant DIRECTED BY Kelly Lynn Hogan

"The essential desire to share genuine intimacy compels lovers to stumble toward one another in an eternal dance as basic as breathing, revealing that we can be as authentic as the rest of the creatures of the earth, who have much to teach us, if only we could listen."

See The Artists of The Walruses.








The International Voices Project

MARCH 7TH - MARCH 17TH | 2013 | CHICAGO, IL

The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs

"A nation's storytellers - its authors and playwrights - keep its stories. They keep the stories so that a country can know itself. Storytellers tell stories so that we know our past, recognize our present and help us create a vision of our future selves. The International Voices Project recognizes the extraordinary voices that bring stories to the stage."
-- Patrizia Acerra, IVP Artistic Director

See The Artists of The International Voices Project 2013.


pool (no water)

AUGUST 22ND - SEPTEMBER 30TH | 2012 | THE GREENHOUSE THEATER CENTER (DOWNSTAIRS STUDIO), CHICAGO, IL

Life is a Dream

BY Mark Ravenhill
DIRECTED BY Liz Carlin Metz

"A fever dream of a play--frenetic and frightening! Absolutely worth seeing--from the great beauty of it to the athleticism of the actors. Wonderful and exciting physical theatre."
-- WBEZ Dueling Critics

Read the pool (no water) rehearsal blog by Kathleen Donoghue.


International Voices Project

The International Voices Project

MAY 8TH - JULY 17TH | 2012 | CHICAGO, IL

"A nation's storytellers - its authors and playwrights - keep its stories. They keep the stories so that a country can know itself. Storytellers tell stories so that we know our past, recognize our present and help us create a vision of our future selves. The International Voices Project recognizes the extraordinary voices that bring stories to the stage."
-- Patrizia Acerra, IVP Artistic Director


The Ghost is Here

JANUARY 12TH - FEBRUARY 19TH | 2012 | DCA STOREFRONT THEATRE, CHICAGO, IL

Life is a Dream

BY Kōbō Abe
DIRECTED BY Jaclynn Jutting

"A play about economics might not sound interesting, but the brilliant performance by Vann combined with the beautiful set design (care of Craig Choma) are enough to keep the audience's attention."
-- Chicago Theater Beat




Calderón de la Barca's Life is a Dream in a New Version by Helen Edmunson

MAY 10TH - JUNE 11TH | 2011 | STAGE 773, CHICAGO, IL
Jeff Recommended

Life is a Dream

BY Helen Edmunson
DIRECTED BY Elizabeth Carlin-Metz
PHOTO courtesy of Anthony Aicardi

"Plato's allegory of the cave has spawned many creative explorations, right up to Neo and his excellent adventures in The Matrix. But none are as poetic as Pedro Calderón de la Barca's 1635 drama"
-- Chicago Tribune




The Night Season

SEPTEMBER 8TH - OCTOBER 17TH | 2009 | THE THEATRE BUILDING, CHICAGO, IL
Jeff Nominated; Jeff Award for Best Supporting Actress--Vanessa Greenway

Postcard Picture of The Night Season

BY E. M. Forster
ADAPTED BY Martin Sherman
DIRECTED BY Elizabeth Carlin-Metz

"The Night Season is a delight! Seldom do you see a new drama ripe with uniquely alive characters. A refreshingly new and surprisingly smart play that moves from dark humor to passionate encounters to fantasy. Highly Recommended"
-- ChicagoCritic.com


Anung's First American Christmas (World Premiere)

NOVEMBER 18TH | 2008 | - JANUARY 4TH | 2009 | THE THEATRE BUILDING, CHICAGO, IL

Postcard Picture of Anung's First American Christmas

WRITTEN BY Robin Metz
BASED ON THE NOVELLA BY Carl Nordgren
DIRECTED BY Elizabeth Carlin-Metz

"A marvel. Quick witted and visually stunning. Brilliantly crafted in every way."
-- ShotXShot, Chicago


A Passage to India

APRIL 8TH - MAY 18TH | 2008 | THE THEATRE BUILDING, CHICAGO, IL
Jeff Nominated; After Dark Award for All Around Technical Achievement

Postcard Picture of A Passage to India

BY E. M. Forster
ADAPTED BY Martin Sherman
DIRECTED BY Elizabeth Carlin-Metz

"Sumptuous artistry, starting with the set and costume designs, and—in one simple but glorious moment worthy of Julie Taymor—a thrilling evocation of an elephant ride."
-- Chicago Free Press



Mother Courage and Her Children

SEPTEMBER 11TH - NOVEMBER 5TH | 2006 | THE THEATRE BUILDING, CHICAGO, IL
After Dark Awards for Excellence in Direction--Liz Carlin Metz, Musical Composition--Kevin O'Donnell, and Leading Actress--Lori Myers

Postcard Picture of Mother Courage and Her Children

BY Bertholt Brecht
ADAPTED BY David Hare
DIRECTED BY Elizabeth Carlin-Metz

"…a combustible mix… eclectic, stylized, and riveting… Seldom have eight actors created a world so full. Highly Recommended." - Larry Bommer, Chicago Reader



Anna Karenina

SEPTEMBER 12TH - OCTOBER 20TH | 2005 | THE THEATRE BUILDING, CHICAGO, IL

Postcard Picture of Anna Karenina

BY Tolstoy
ADAPTED BY Helen Edmunson
DIRECTED BY Elizabeth Carlin-Metz

"A play this good should be written in the sky—the greatest production of Anna Karenina I've ever seen." - Yevgeny Yevtushenko




King Lear

SEPTEMBER 8TH - OCTOBER 24TH | 2004 | THE THEATRE BUILDING, CHICAGO, IL

Postcard Picture of King Lear

BY William Shakespeare
DIRECTED BY Elizabeth Carlin-Metz

Top Ten 2004 Chicago Plays "Then there are the shows that seem re-felt from start to finish, offered up as if there was no precedent for their discoveries. Such revelations are even more wonderful when the source is as deceptively familiar as King Lear, happily not so familiar when the Vitalist Theatre reinvent[s] the ultimate dysfunctional clan" - Performink


THE THREE LIVES OF LUCIE CABROL

JANUARY 24TH - MARCH 3RD | 2003 | THE THEATRE BUILDING, CHICAGO, IL

Postcard Picture of The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol

BY John Berger
ADAPTED BY Simon McBurney & Mark Wheatly
DEVISED BY the Theatre de Complicite
DIRECTED BY Elizabeth Carlin-Metz

"Highly Recommended. The Vitalist ensemble works beautifully together. Like Lucie Cabrol herself, this production is marked by great emotional and physical vitality. Vitalist has crafted a work of great loveliness, power, and depth." - Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun Times


FLOATING RHODA AND THE GLUE MAN

OCTOBER 17TH - NOVEMBER 22ND | 1998 | THE BLUE RIDER THEATRE, CHICAGO, IL

BY Eve Ensler
DIRECTED BY Elizabeth Carlin-Metz


Mill on the Floss

NOVEMBER 21ST - DECEMBER 21ST| 1997 | THE BLUE RIDER THEATRE, CHICAGO, IL

BY George Eliot
DIRECTED BY Elizabeth Carlin-Metz

 

Second Wave Productions

Emerging Artists Series

365 Days / 365 Plays

JUNE 4TH -8TH| 2007 | THE CHICAGO VIETNAM VETERANS' MEMORIAL PARK, CHICAGO, IL

BY Suzan-Lori Parks
DIRECTED BY Jaclynn Jutting


The Bay at Nice

JUNE 13TH - FEB 10TH| 2008 | GORILLA TANGO THEATRE, CHICAGO, IL

BY David Hare
DIRECTED BY Jaclynn Jutting

 

Jeff Awards Nominations
Vanessa Greenway (Rosaura/Astrea) has been nominated for a non-Equity Jeff Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Life is a Dream with Premiere Theatre and Vitalist Theatre. Read the full article in the Chicago Tribune.

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