Billboard Launches Debate Over Beauty Obsession in Impenetrable
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The last date listed for Impenetrable was Sunday October 7, 2012 / 3:00pm.
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Simply put: In the 18th century, you could not call a man's horse "fat" and get away with it. Young Lucidus, however, wishes the opposite was true in The Coward. Hounded by his honor-obsessed father, Lucidus is pressured into dueling over the equine slight. Not cut out for such sordid stuff -- he's more into entomology and tea -- the young nobleman hires a common criminal to fight in his place ... only to have the scoundrel make a bloody mess of things. A series of duels follows and Lucidus, to his dismay, finds his "fearsome" reputation exceeding his wildest expectations. Though set in the 1790's (sort of), The Coward is a knockout new comedy from Nick Jones (creator of the acclaimed "pyrate puppet rock opera" Jollyship the Whiz-Bang). Now Vance Smith directs its Midwest premiere at Theater Wit. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
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Definitely a must see for everyone~young, old, male, female. Realistic, poignant view on our ideals of beauty. Enjoyed the way the monologues intertwined with one another and how they took you back in time to tell the story for different points...continued
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Phenominal, inspiring, thought-provoking! I try to see 12 to 18 plays per year and this is the best one I've seen in the past 9 years - absolutely stunning - especially for a newly written and produced play which often has to go through numerous...continued
Quotes & Highlights
“Slicing and poignant… a series of charged encounters … a terrific Jennifer Pompa is vulnerable and bold in equal measures.” —_Chicago Tribune _
“[A] smart and spirited world premiere work… a snappy production by Stage Left Theatre… expertly directed by Greg Werstler.” —_Chicago Sun-Times _
“A drama at once disturbing, insightful and unexpectedly humorous … Derleth delivers a nuanced mix of strength and vulnerability; Pompa walks away with every scene she’s in, covering depths of hurt with defensive, self-deprecating humor.” —_Chicago Theater Beat _
“Derleth serves as a strong emotional anchor, playing Talya with a steely confidence that shields her vulnerable soul. As a bitter barista trapped in the ’burbs, scene-stealer Jennifer Pompa gets the best one-liners, but is equally sharp during intimate dramatic scenes.” —_Time Out Chicago _
_This show has some stronge language and references to violence. It’s recommended for those age 12 and older.
In line with its mission to raise social and political debate, Stage Left offers patrons a Symposium Series for every production. Immediately following each Sunday matinee, they invite the audience to stay for a discussion centered on a particular question raised by the performance. Admission to the Symposium Series is free, but it is recommended that attendees have seen the production in order to fully appreciate and participate in the discussion. Impenetrable raises debate about responsibility of the advertising media, biases based on appearance, and the ramifications that a popular culture which glorifies youth and beauty has on our own self image.
About Playwright Mia McCullough
Born and raised in New York, Mia McCullough has been writing plays in Chicago for 20 years. After migrating to Chicagoland to study theatre and creative writing, Mia opted to stay and make Chicago her artistic home. Her plays have been produced in Chicago at Steppenwolf Theatre Company (Taking Care and Spare Change_), Chicago Dramatists (Lucinda’s Bed _and Since Africa_), and Stage Left Theatre (_Spare Change, Echoes of Another Man, Chagrin Falls, Cyber Serenade) where she was an ensemble member for many years. Nationally, Mia’s plays have been produced at theatres such as The Old Globe in San Diego, Actor’s Express in Atlanta, Victory Theatre in Los Angeles, InterAct in Philadelphia, and the Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival.
About Director Greg Werstler
Greg Werstler’s Stage Left directing credits include The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, After Ashley, Ruby Vector (LeapFest 6), _The Face of a Ruined Woman _(LeapFest 7) and Blessed Assurance (Leapfest 8). Greg has worked as a theater administrator and director in Chicago for more than 15 years. He is the Director of Creative Sales, CFO of The ComedySportz Theatre. Other directing credits include ComedySportz Crew Meets: Snow White, and ComedySportz Crew Meets: Winnie the Pooh, also _Rumors _and Loveliest Afternoon for Eclipse Theatre Company, _Voice of the Prairie _and The Eight for Dolphinback Theatre (of which he was a founding member), A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Equity Library Theatre and Angels in America at Lake Forest College.
The cast* includes SLT ensemble member Melanie Derleth (Thalya) and guest artists Emi Clark (Julie), Kamal Hans (Mourad), Jennifer Pompa (Andie), Kyle Johnson (Pete) and Kayla Rea (Cari)
The staff includes SLT ensemble members John Kohn III (lighting design) and Adam Smith (sound design) with guest artists Jason Crutchfield (stage management), Kristin Toerpe (production management), Roger Wykes (scenic design), Erica Griese (costume design), Anna Henson (projections design), Rick Julien (technical direction), Lindsay Bartlett (dialect coach), and Amy Szerlong (assistant direction).
About the Ticket Supplier: Stage Left Theatre
Founded in 1982, Stage Left Theatre is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop and produce plays that raise debate and challenge perspectives on political and social issues. Over the past thirty-two years, Stage Left has produced over 120 mainstage, late-night, off-night, children’s and touring productions that have garnered critical accolades, as well as 46 nominations and 17 awards for excellence from the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.