January 17 to February 23
Red Tape Theatre – 621 W Belmont
“In ancient gladiator style, and based on polls from viewers like yourselves, we have relocated our most patriotic finale to one of America’s actual war zones. During these events you will witness five of your favorites battle to defeat each other for the highest honor.” Don’t miss the sporting event of the year as Reiko throws down with the boys for the ultimate prize, which has nothing to do with a trophy. Karen Yates directs this Chicago premiere that questions love, power and loyalty against the backdrop of world war.
Featuring Ensemble members: Nicholas Combs and Carrie Drapac with Bryan Bosque, Sabrina Conti, Matt David Gellin, Julian Hester, Andy Lutz, Lyndsay Kane, Mark Penzien, Nicole Rudakov, and Derek Van Barham
Karen Yates (Director), Mike Mroch (Scenic Design) Izumi Inaba (Costume Design), Jacob Bray (Lighting Design), Chelsey Shilling (Projections Design), Casey Shillo (Props Design), Rachel Spear (Sound Design), Greg Poljacik (Fight Choreography), Paige Sawin (Assistant Director), Molly Mullen (Dramaturge), Majel Cuza (Production Manager), Jarrod Bainter (Technical Director), James D Palmer (Producer)
Karen Yates works in theater as a director, writer and actor. In 2012 she directed the critically well-received Ironmistress at Oracle Theater and has directed or assistant directed at Piccolo, Actors Revolution Theater, ATC, TUTA, Stage Left, Overdog, Chopin, among others. She is Associate Artistic Director of Chicago Opera Vanguard, and in 2011 directed two workshops of their new opera, The Suitcase, one of which took place in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is now writing a libretto for a new COV opera that will employ interactive technology. Yates has studied movement and devising with Complicité, SITI Company, Goat Island, and Antonio Fava. Her play, American Bacchae, will have a workshop production at Rhino Fest in 2013. In fall 2012 she will be an actor in the new David McVicar production of Elektra at the Lyric Opera Chicago. www.karen-yates.com
Ruth Margraff has toured with her Café Antarsia Ensemble throughout the world and has been produced at numerous New York City venues such as Ice Factory Festival, BAM’s Next Wave Festival, Guggenheim Museum, Hourglass/PS122, the Apollo, HERE Arts Ctr, Cooper Union, Lincoln Ctr, Kitchen; nationally at Rude Mechanicals, Salvage Vanguard, CentralTrak Gallery/ProjectX/Undermain, Club Dada, Theater of Note, Bottom’s Dream, Overtone Industries, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse, Red Eye, Frank/Walker Art Center. In Chicago, Ruth has worked with Trap Door, World Music Festival/Navy Pier, Chicago Cultural Institute, Viaduct, Silk Road, Chopin, etc. Ruth has received awards from Rockefeller, McKnight, Jerome, Fulbright foundations, Arts International, TMUNY, NEA/TCG, NYSCA, Illinois Arts Council among others and her work is widely published. She has taught at Yale School of Drama, Brown, UTexas/Michener Ctr and will spend her sabbatical from the Art Institute of Chicago writing in France, Serbia, Greece, Turkey and Austria. Ruth is an alumnae of New Dramatists, member of Theater Without Borders and in residence at Chicago Dramatists. www.RuthMargraff.com