The Chopin Theatre, June 10- 27, 2010
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SKETCHBOOK is Collaboraction at its best: breaking down the walls that divide theater, music, visual art, video and the Internet. Selected from hundreds of submissions via the Internet, SKETCHBOOK once again brings together the collective talents of more than 200 pioneering directors, designers, actors, musicians and artists from Chicago and around the country for a jaw-dropping evening of creativity, experimentation and celebration.
For the past decade, Collaboraction’s critically acclaimed SKETCHBOOK Festival has provided a unique and uninhibited platform where hundreds of multi-disciplinary artists have come together to create an immersive, singular world, inviting the audience to be both spectator and artist. For the landmark 10th anniversary, the sky is the limit as Collaboraction explores the theme of Exponential with SKETCHBOOK X featuring an immersive multi-media evening of never-before-seen original works, all seven minutes or less, intermingled with a different live musical performance each night, a visual art component and group participatory art projects.
SKETCHBOOK X returns to perform at the Chopin Theatre where the inaugural SKETCHBOOK Festival debuted in January 2000.
Over the 10 year history, SKETCHBOOK has featured such notable artists as David Mamet, Regina Taylor, Michael Shannon, Wendy MacLeod, Quiara AlegrÌa Hudes, Frank Maugeri, Sean Graney, Brett C. Leonard, Itamar Moses, Beth Henley and hundreds of additional established and emerging theater artists, have been featured.
SKETCHBOOK X: People's Choice
SKETCHBOOK X LINEUP
Astronomy for Beginners
by Kristin Idaszak, directed by Sarah Moeller
Sponsored by Stoptime341
At a romantic crossroads, a scientist is confronted by a younger version of herself.
by Sean Graney, directed by Jen Ellison
Faced with her own mortality, Elle
is inspired by a vision of the world in which all matter is composed entirely
by Cory Tamler, directed by Daniel Stermer
Everyone but Grandma is worried that
the town of Eighty-Four, Pennsylvania, has recently squared itself.
by Ira S. Murfin, directed by Jamie Abelson
Waiter attacks man, narrated from
three different points of view.
Play (by play by play by play by play by play by play by play by play by play by play. No repetition.)
by Ira Gammerman, directed by John Gawlik
The disintegration of a romantic
relationship becomes an absurd exercise in repetition.
by Greg Hardigan, directed by Keira Fromm
A desperate man faces his
demons--and his prescription drugs--in a metaphorical boxing ring.
Tight Curls Today
by Jennifer Barclay, directed by Logan Vaughn
Hair styles may change but Hildy,
Debs, and Rachelle never will--at least until it's too late.
The Untimely Death of Adolf Hitler
by Andy Grigg, directed by Jeremy Wechsler
Mark thinks he's doing the right
thing by traveling back in time to assassinate Hitler, but the road to robot
Armageddon is paved with good intentions.
by Jason Grote, co-directed by Seth Bockley and Ethan Dubin
The seven-minute story of the Book
of Exodus, as told by Gertrude Stein, Wikipedia, and finger food.
What I'm Looking For
by Brett C. Leonard, directed by Anthony Moseley
In a dance of death murderers kill
the ones they love.
Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche
Devised by Evan Linder
Collaborators: Andrew Hobgood and The New Colony ensemble
Global thermonuclear war breaks out at the Annual Quiche Breakfast of the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein.
Devised by the New Colony.
Devised by Patrese McClain
Collaborators: Pure Art: Patrese D. McClain, Jessica Ellis, Whitney White, Rhonda Bynum, Andi Earles, Samantha Jones, Brandice Manuel, Ashley Honore
Four dancers and four actresses move
through time and space to tell the story of the journey of African-American
women from slavery to the present.
The One about the Whale
Devised by Emily Schwartz (five-time SKETCHBOOK writer, Artistic Director of Strange Tree Group), with Strange Tree Group, directed by Anna C. Bahow
In his ten years living inside the belly of a whale, a man hosts an eccentric assortment of guests.
Devised by the Strange Tree Group.
Devised by Dean Evans
Collaborators: Dean Evans, Molly Plunk and Anthony Courser
Physical theater performer Dean
Evans and two clowns explore a post-apocalyptic landscape.
The Saint and the Imp
Devised by Carolyn Hoerdemann
Collaborators: Carolyn Hoerdemann, Kennedy Greenrod of The Thinman
The Saint, a fifteenth century
religious icon, and her Imp, a musically gifted monk, embark on a
meta-spiritual journey across time.
Spider in the Attic
Devised by Jessica Hudson
In this physical theater solo
performance, a spider sits at a typewriter recording memories of a lost loved
Devised by Derrick Sanders
Through poetry and movement, an ensemble reflects on the tragic death of Chicago Public School student Derrion Albert.
When I was...
Devised by Larry Grimm
Collaborators: Larry Grimm and Steve Wilson
The Red Orchid Youth Ensemble
performs interviews with adults about their childhood.
You Enjoy Myself
Devised by Chloe Johnston and Jon Sherman
Collaborators: Sophie Ostlund, Tim Reid, Vanessa Valliere
A movement piece explores the science and philosophy of human consciousness and the way humans make contact with each other.