If you're going to be in Chicago anytime soon..
- Check out "Lulu a Black & White Silent Play"
The Silent Theater Company in Chicago, Illinois is currently
staging LULU at City Lit Theater, which is located at 1020 West
Bryn Mawr in Chicago. Performances run Fridays and Saturdays
at 10:30 pm and Sundays at 8:00 pm through December 18th,
2005. Tickets are $15 and are available through the box office;
From the press release: "LULU marks the inaugural production
for Silent Theater Company. This new company is dedicated to
pushing the envelope and stretching the limits of what we
conceive theatre to be today.Ê This production was originally
produced as part of The Journeymen Theater Company's 2002
season. It received critical success including being 'Highly
recommended' by the Chicago Reader. Now, tonika todorova,
artistic Director for Silent Theater Company, revisits her work.
She states: 'The journey of this woman is as captivating as it is
reflective on society and its attitude toward the amoral.'
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
LULU is beautiful, narcissistic and young. She is a woman who
possesses a thrilling combination of powerful sexuality 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. And on Christmas Eve, the
concupiscent nature of Lulu reminds us that every man's desire
to sin deserves to be answered. On Christmas Eve, Lulu finally
gets her wish.
LULU includes: Brendan Greenwood Balfe, Nicholas DuFloth,
Lauren Ashley Fisher, Gillian Hastings, Curtis M. Jackson,
Matthew Massaro, Al an Pelesi , Marvin Eduardo Quijada, Joe
Vonderhaar and Kyla Louise Webb. Lighting design by:Ê Jennifer
Larkin. Set design by: Rick Gleeson. LULU is directed by tonika
todorova with original music by Isaiah Robinson."