Chicago Shakespeare Theatre announced Sunday night the shows it will present in the first half of 2013, as part of its World Stages series of global work, much presented in partnership with the British booker and producer Richard Jordan Productions.
The slate includes a return visit to Chicago by the Belarus Free Theatre, a new piece by the Market Theatre of Johannesburg in South Africa, new work by Piccolo Teatro di Milano of Italy and a new British piece that will transport Chicagoans to an apartment somewhere in the city where they then will be confronted by the realities of global human trafficking.
The four-show season opens Jan. 30-Feb. 3 with "Minsk, 2011: A Reply to Kathy Acker," a new piece from the Belarus Free Theatre ("Being Harold Pinter") with text by Natalia Kaliada with Nicolai Khalezin, directed and adapted by Uladzimir Shcherban. It's a lament for the soul of Minsk, in the light of the changes in the city during the repressive Belarusian regime.
From Feb. 15-24, the Market Theatre of Johannesburg will stage "Cadre," penned by Omphile Molusi. This "joint world-premiere" shared by Chicago and Johannesburg is about the life of an activist during the Apartheid era.
From May 11-26, Chicago will host the American premiere of "Road Kill," the human-trafficking piece by Cora Bissett that literally involves transporting an audience to an unknown locale by minibus. The production will move thereafter to St. Ann's Warehouse in New York City. "Road Kill" was a major hit at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival.
From June 25-29, Piccolo Teatro di Milano will stage the first America presentation of their "Inner Voices," a 1948 play by Eduardo De Filippo, written in reaction to World War Two and performed in Italian.
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