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Thursday, September 20, 2012
Piven Theatre Workshop News!
The Reviews of Tusk Tusk are in!
Don't miss these tremendous performances - Only three weeks left!
What the critics are saying...
"THIS is what theater is about. Engagement at this level is as rare as it is riveting. Don't miss it." - Splash Magazine
a showcase for teen actors - quite a few of whom Piven has trained
during the last 40 years - it's a powerhouse...Director Jennifer Green's
production has a decidedly grungier edge than one sees at this
venerable story-theatre outpost." -Chicago Tribune
cast of talented young actors, Jennifer Green stages a passionate,
emotionally complex production, with Northwestern freshman Olivia
Cygan establishing herself as a major rising talent in the role of
Maggie." - Time Out Chicago
"[Jennifer] Green's cast delivers some thrilling performances, work that belies their young ages." - Pioneer Press
the highs and lows emotionally together with the physicality needed
here would tax even a season actor yet Lunsky and Cygan (and little
Stern) gave skilled and emotionally deep performances. The future is
bright for these three." -Chicago Critic
Meet the playwright of Tusk Tusk!
Tusk Tusk playwright Polly Stenham will be in town on Thursday, October 4. Come see the play at 7:30pm, and then join us for a post-show discussion.
Artistic Director Jennifer Green returns to the Piven stage to direct the American premiere of Tusk Tusk,
award-winning playwright Polly Stenham's striking play about family
ties as an uncertain future looms. Stenham, one of the the youngest
playwright ever to be produced at the Royal Court Theatre, creates an
explosive story of London siblings left to fend for themselves after
their mother goes missing. The story confronts difficult familial issues
with a blunt, poetic, yet touchingly funny voice that speaks directly
to a generation facing a world of upheaval and change. Check out the Tusk Tusk blog
Also at Noyes Cultural Arts Center - support our neighbor!
Next Theatre Company's Iphigenia 2.0
Theatre's David Kersnar brings his unique brand of physical theatre to
the Next stage. An exuberant and modern retelling of Iphigenia at Aulis by Euripides, Iphigenia 2.0
is filled with pop culture and musical references about the tragic ways
in which history repeats itself. A great imperial power decides to go
to war, taking an action so wrong that it sets the empire on the road to
complete self-destruction. Agamemnon, the leader of the Greek army,
must prove to his uncertain troops that the dangerous battle they are
about to undertake is righteous and worthy by making the ultimate
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