Residence@95: Elemental Theatre Collective’s 44 Plays for 44 Presidents Opens Thursday
Elemental Theatre Collective presents:
44 PLAYS FOR 44 PRESIDENTS by Andy Bayiates, Sean Benjamin, Genevra Gallo-Bayiates, Chloe Johnston, and Karen Weinberg
directed by Dave Rabinow
44 PLAYS FOR 44 PRESIDENTS is a 2-hour play comprised of biographical sketches of forty-four of the most influential and famous (or infamous) Americans of all time. By turns hysterical, musical, tragical, and farcical, this play parades our history before us in a pageant of the best and worst that America has to offer. Written by current and former Chicago Neo-Futurists in the high-energy fast-paced style of their long-running hit TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND, 44 PLAYS FOR 44 PRESIDENTS embraces a melting pot of theatrical styles as it tells the story of this country through the lives of the men who (for better or for worse) have led us to where we are today, at our national moment of choice. All performances followed by FREE post-show talk backs, featuring performers and local scholars and historians. Also, there’s a bar!
Thursday, November 1 at 7 pm
Friday, November 2 at 7 pm
Saturday, November 3 at 7 pm
Sunday, November 4 at 2 pm
ELECTION NIGHT SPECTACULAR:
Tuesday, November 6 at 7 pm
95 Empire Black Box
produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. (www.playscripts.com)
About the Plays for Presidents Festival:
As part of our focus to connect all the 2012 productions, we will also unveil an online composite video production of 44 Plays for 44 Presidents made up of contributions from all 44 productions.
We hope the Festival will evolve beyond this to include other contributions in the spirit of 44 Plays for 44 Presidents–artistic as well as educational–that we will highlight and share. And we will encourage collaboration and communication between producing entities.
We invite theaters of all sizes as well as schools and universities to join the Festival. The first 44 productions to join are welcome to take part in the composite, video production. But this is only the first in what we hope will be a a series of collaborative projects we might spawn as we build our network of 2012 productions.