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International Voices Project 2019: Italy Performance
  • Presented By: International Voices Project
  • Location: Instituto Cervantes
  • Address: 31 W. Ohio, Chicago, IL
  • Dates: May 14, 2019
  • International Voices Project (IVP) is proud to announce this year’s five-week celebration of international plays. The 10th anniversary season of play readings by playwrights from around the world takes place at Instituto Cervantes, 31 W. Ohio, May 2 – June 4. Performances continue on a regular weekly schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. The series is presented in collaboration with consulates and other cultural institutions in Chicago. A reception follows each evening’s reading. The International Voices Project is the largest event of its kind in the country and introduces Chicago audiences to some of the most exciting voices on the international theater scene. Performances are free to the public and reservations are requested. Additional information and updates about the 2019 IVP festival will be available on IVPChicago.org.

    International Voices Project 2019: Italy Performance

    Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m.
    From Italy
    A Notebook for Winter and Events Horizon, in collaboration with The Italian & American Playwrights Project and Instituto Italiano Chicago
    Written by Armando Pirozzi and Elisa Casseri
    Translated by Adriana Rossetto
    Directed by John Green and Matt Masino

    A Notebook for Winter is a two-actor-piece, which is in three acts and tells the story of an introvert professor of literature who finds a burglar on his way back home. The knife-wielding burglar wants something unexpected from him: it is a question of life or death. During the entire night the two characters talk, exchange ideas, feelings, ask painful questions out of hope and desperation, in a completely new and unexpected atmosphere. They will meet again years later, both affected by that night. Although their personal memory of that night is different, it may have triggered a change in both of them, by offering a further comprehension and awareness of each other. The key idea is based on the power of writing as a way to directly impact reality: the wonder and resilience of poetry is not seen as a literary exercise, but rather as a vibrant force which affects life.

    In Events Horizon, Olga is stuck in a studio apartment, which has a wall with many doors and cupboards, a front door which doesn’t open, and no windows. She cannot figure out what has happened. She only knows that she cannot escape. When she tries to open one of the doors on the wall, she immediately comes back from another one and continues to stay there. At some point, however, she realizes that time is messed up and that every time she leaves, she enters a different time of her life.

International Voices Project 2019: Italy Performance
  • Location: Instituto Cervantes
  • Address: 31 W. Ohio
  • May 14, 2019
  • Instituto Cervantes