Wednesday, February 8, 2006

Silent Black and White Play in Chicago

From the press release of the new Louise Brooks-inspired play in Chicago. For more information (including images), check out the website at www.silenttheatre.com 

Silent Theatre in association with The Journeymen Theater Company present
Lulu
Conceived and Directed by tonika todorova
Adapted from the LULU plays by Frank Wedekind

Playing at Theatre Building Chicago, located at 1225 West Belmont Avenue, in Chicago. Performances run Fridays and Saturdays @ 8:00pm & 11:00pm and Sundays @ 7:00pm through February 26th, 2006. Running time 80 minutes with no intermission. All tickets are $20 and are available through the box office @ 773-327-5252 and at all TICKETMASTER outlets. Here's a special offer for Louise Brooks fans. When purchasing tickets, say "luluesque" at the Box office, and get half off!

LULU is adapted from German playwright Frank Wedekind's 1894 Lulu cycle "Earth Spirit" and "Pandora's Box" and follows the escapades of the unbearably sexy Lulu who causes many to destroy themselves while pursuing the maddening passion she inspires.

LULU is beautiful, narcissistic and young. She is a woman who possesses a thrilling combination of powerful and candid innocence that has made her the object of ardent admiration since childhood. As Lulu passes through Berlin’s high society, she exercises a cruel power over the many men and women who love her to the point of obsession, exploiting them before she herself can be used. But her beauty is cursed, and her power short-lived; it is she who will ultimately be destroyed by her lovers.

LULU presents its story in complete silence. It takes the silent film genre, combined with German expressionism and portrays it on stage to accent with gesticulation and body language, what words sometimes fail to express.

LULU includes Brendan Balfe, Nicholas DuFloth, Lauren Ashley Fisher, Gillian Hastings, Curtis M. Jackson, Matthew Massaro, Scott Moulton, Alzan Pelesic, Brian Quijada, Marvin Eduardo Quijada, Joe Vonderhaar and Kyla Louise Webb. Lighting design by Jennifer Larkin, set design by Rick Gleeson, directed by tonika todorova with original music by Isaiah Robinson.


WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING ABOUT “LULU”

“…dreamlike…luscious…highly effective…a bona-fide knockout.”  - CHICAGO TRIBUNE

“…the embodiment of feminine . Lulu is a must see… a totally unique Chicago stage experience…” - CHICAGO CRITIC

“…giddy excitement…energetic strangeness…” - NEW CITY

“…marvelous…flawless…gorgeous. Hats off to director Tonika Todorova and the riveting, ridiculously skilled cast.” - CHICAGO READER

“…We’re dealing with smart people…Don’t miss!” - TIMEOUT CHICAGO


Production History: Premiered @ The Journeymen Theater Company (September/October 2002). Remounted with Silent Theatre in association with The Journeymen @ City Lit Theatre (November-December 2005).

Valet & metered parking available and restaurant discounts (with TBC ticket stubs) at nearby restaurants TBC restaurant partners: http://www.theatrebuildingchicago.org/images/restuarants.gif

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