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    Name: Theatre Y presents Stories of the Body
    Date: June 15, 2018
    Time: 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM CDT
    Event Description:

    Theatre Y is pleased to present the world premiere collection of four one-acts, STORIES OF THE BODY, by András Visky.

    Reuniting long-time collaborators Theatre Y Artistic Director Melissa Lorraine and Romanian-Hungarian playwright, poet, and essayist, Andras Visky, Stories of the Body, will be co-directed by Lorraine and Andrej Visky (his son), and designed by Péter Szabó. Two of the four one-acts will be performed in changing combinations on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and two Mondays at 7:30pm. All four plays will be performed on Sundays at 2pm in a new order every Sunday. There are 20 different ways to experience STORIES OF THE BODY. A detailed calendar can be found on our ticket site:

    Visky's plays explore the themes of gender, justice, and trauma. The four plays are about the bodies of women in history.

    Every single performance of Stories of the Body is presented FOR FREE thanks to the Free Theater Movement. 


    “Lina”- A play based on the trauma of a friend, Lina is a whimsical exploration of the mutilated body, the moment a beautiful, capable body loses its mobility. This once-never-again-dancer excavates all that is beyond movement to learn the still dance of the dragonfly and the love and forgiveness that is still within reach. Lina is played by ensemble member and Suzuki ensemble trainer Laurie Roberts. It is directed by Melissa Lorraine.

    "Eva"- A play based on an interview with a Hungarian sex worker located in Budapest. Born Roma, unwanted, abused, and sold, Eva struggles to claim a life of her own based on trust and dignity. This text explores the traumatized psyche of a true innocent who will redefine happiness if this world is determined to consume the weak. Eva is played by Theatre Y artistic director Melissa Lorraine and directed by Andej Visky.

    "Theresa"- A play based on the life of Theresa of Calcutta, a modern Antigone, who felt a call to care for the unburied. This strange necrophilia, blinds her to the possibilities of living. When the soul eclipses the body, only to be left in cosmic silence, we face the terrifying possibility that a love for God can forsake all others. Theresa is played by ensemble member Katie Stimpson and directed by Melissa Lorraine. 

    "Artemisia"- A play based on the life of Artemisia Gentileschi, the first professional female painter of the Western world. She painted violent, revolutionary masterpieces amidst her father's public trial against Agostino Tassi, her art tutor and rapist. Her life and work became a rebellion against a society where a woman is considered property. Artemisia is played by ensemble member and managing director Katie Sherman and directed by Andrej Visky.

    Water will be provided and drinks will be available for purchase on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Water and light snacks will be provided and there will be drinks available for purchase on Sundays. 

    Note: While tickets are FREE thanks to the Free Theater Movement, only MEMBERS of the Free Theater Movement are guaranteed seating. Members donate a small amount each month, thereby making Theatre Y's performances, children's programming, outreach programs, and training classes FREE to the community. For more information about the Free Theater Movement and how you can join, visit http://www.theatre-y.com/free-theatre-movement/.
    4546 N. Western Ave
    Chicago, IL 60625

    Just a few blocks south of the Western Brown Line 
    Date/Time Information:

    STORIES OF THE BODY runs May 25th through July 15th

    Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Monday performances at 7:30pm.
    Sunday performances at 2pm.

    Wednesday, May 23rd : Artemisia & Theresa

    Thursday, May 24th : Lina & Eva


    Opening Weekend

    Friday, May 25th : Eva & Artemisia

    Saturday, May 26th : Theresa & Lina

    Sunday, May 27th : Lina, Artemisia, Theresa, & Eva

    Week 2

    Thursday, May 31st : Theresa & Artemisia

    Friday, June 1st : Eva & Lina

    Saturday, June 2nd : Artemisia & Eva

    Sunday, June 3rd : Theresa, Lina, Eva, & Artemisia

    Monday, June 4th : Theresa & Artemisia

    Week 3

    Thursday, June 7th : Lina & Theresa

    Friday, June 8th : Eva & Artemisia

    Saturday, June 9th : Theresa & Lina

    Sunday, June 10th : Artemisia, Eva, Theresa, & Lina

    Week 4

    Thursday, June 14th : Theresa & Lina

    Friday, June 15th : Artemisia & Lina

    Saturday, June 16th : Artemisia & Theresa

    Sunday, June 17th : Theresa, Artemisia, Lina, & Eva

    Week 5

    Thursday, June 21st : Lina & Theresa

    Friday, June 22nd : Eva & Theresa

    Saturday, June 23rd : Artemisia & Lina

    Sunday, June 24th : Artemisia, Eva, Lina, & Theresa

    Week 6

    Thursday, June 28th : Lina & Artemisia

    Friday, June 29th : Eva & Theresa

    Saturday, June 30th : Lina & Eva

    Sunday, July 1st : Eva, Theresa, Artemisia, & Lina

    Monday, July 2nd : Eva & Lina

    Week 7

    Thursday, July 5th : Artemisia & Eva

    Friday, July 6th : Lina & Artemisia

    Saturday, July 7th : Eva & Theresa

    Sunday, July 8th : Lina, Eva, Artemisia, & Theresa

    Closing Week 8

    Thursday, July 12th : Eva & Artemisia

    Friday, July 13th : Lina & Artemisia

    Saturday, July 14th : Theresa & Eva

    Closing Sunday, July 15th : Theresa, Lina, Artemisia, & Eva

    Contact Information:
    Tickets are FREE thanks to the Free Theater Movement.

    However, because seating is limited, only members are guaranteed seats.

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