Art of Adaptation Festival 2011
City Lit Theater presents the fourth installment of The Art of Adaptation, its annual juried festival of world premiere adaptations of non-dramatic material, July 8-10, at its home at 1020 West Bryn Mawr Avenue. As in past years, the adaptor of the piece deemed best in show will be awarded a $500 cash prize by City Lit.
This year's selections draw inspiration from source material ranging from the Bible to a popular video game series to Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The eight adaptations to be performed are as follows:
Etiquette for a Golden Age, adapted from Emily Post's Etiquette by Laura Nessler, directed by Lisa Siciliano, and produced by Ariel Trocino;
Gone Flyin', adapted from the Icarus & Daedalus myth from Ovid's Metamorphoses by Tyler J. Monroe and directed by Kyra Lewandowski;
Abraham, Isaac, Bill, and Lindsay, adapted from the story of Abraham and Isaac in the Book of Genesis by Conor Woods, who will also direct;
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, adapted from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem by Steve O'Connell and Andrew Weir, who will also co-direct;
The Oval Portrait, adapted from the Edgar Allen Poe short story by the uni-named Donaldson, who will also direct;
Allyss, adapted from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland by Amy Geist, who will also direct;
2BR02B adapted from the Kurt Vonnegut short story by Ike Holter and Kelly Kerwin, who will also co-direct; and
!, adapted from Hideo Kojima's Metal Gear Solid video game series by Chris Zdenek and Joshua Weinstein, who will also co-direct.
Each adaptation will be performed twice during the festival. On Friday, July 8, at 8:00 PM, Etiquette for a Golden Age, Gone Flyin', Abraham, Isaac, Bill, and Lindsay and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner will perform without intermission. On Saturday, July 9, at 8:00 PM, The Oval Portrait, Allyss, 2BR02B and ! will perform without intermission. On Sunday, July 10, at 3:00 PM, all eight adaptations will be presented, with a 15-minute intermission, in a marathon performance. A panel of three judges will attend the Sunday performance and choose the winning adaptation. The adaptor of that piece will then be presented with the $500 cash prize.
The three judges for The Art of Adaptation are Arnold Aprill, City Lit's co-founder and first artistic director; Christina Calvit, a Lifeline Theatre artistic ensemble member; and Paul Edwards, whose world premiere adaptation of Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle is part of City Lit's 2011-2012 season. All three have won multiple Joseph Jefferson awards for their work as adaptors.
Ticket prices for The Art of Adaptation are $10 on Friday and Saturday, July 8 and 9, and $15 for the marathon on Sunday, July 10. Tickets can be reserved by going to www.citylit.org or by calling (773) 293-3682.
City Lit receives funding from the Alphawood Foundation, the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs CityArts program, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Its outreach program is funded in part by A.R.T. League.
City Lit specializes in literate theatre, including stage adaptations of literary material.
It is located in the historic Edgewater Presbyterian Church building at 1020 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, one block west of Sheridan Road and a block and a half east of the Bryn Mawr Red Line L stop. The 84 Peterson bus, the 147 Lake Shore Express bus and the 151 Sheridan bus all stop within a few steps of City Lit. Valet parking is available for theatre customers for all performances, as is a limited amount of free lot parking. Patrons should call the theatre for details about parking options.
City Lit Theater
1020 W. Bryn Mawr
Chicago, IL 60660