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Art of Adaptation Festival 2010
City Lit Theater
Chicago, IL
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Art of Adaptation Festival 2010
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City Lit Theater will present The Art of Adaptation, its third annual three-day juried festival of world premiere short pieces of non-dramatic literature adapted for the stage, Friday and Saturday evenings, August 13 and 14, and Sunday afternoon, August 15, in its theatre at 1020 West Bryn Mawr Avenue.  The adaptation judged best in show will receive a $500 cash prize provided by City Lit.

This year's festival consists of world premiere adaptations of five short stories, one Greek myth, one children's book, and one graphic novel, of works by authors as diverse as Robert Louis Stevenson, Anton Chekhov, and Donald Barthelme.

The eight adaptations to be performed in this year's festival are:

Low, based on the short story Misery by Anton Chekhov, adapted by Robert Tobin and directed by June Eubanks;

The Body Snatcher, the short story by Robert Louis Stevenson, adapted by Greg Aldrich and directed by Rachel Edwards Harvith;

The Nearness of You, based on the graphic novel Astro City #1/2 by Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson, adapted and directed by Warwick Johnson;

Orpheus and Eurydice, adapted from the Greek myth and directed by Eliot Monaco and Amanda Brown;

Dandelion, a children's book by Don Freeman, adapted by Wysteria Edwards and directed by Jack Phillips;

The Palace at 4AM, a short story by Donald Barthelme, adapted and directed by Reina Hardy;

False Reverence, a short story by Randall Colburn, adapted and directed by Kristi Bogart;

Hell at Pooh Corner, a short story by Alan Coren, adapted and directed by Dan Robinson.

Each adaptation will be performed twice during the festival.  On Friday, August 13, at 8:00 PM, The Body Snatcher, Orpheus and Eurydice, False Reverence, and The Nearness of You will perform without intermission as an 120-minute program.  On Saturday, August 14, at 8:00 PM, Low, Hell at Pooh Corner, The Palace at 4AM and Dandelion, will perform without intermission as a 90-minute program.  On Sunday, August 15, at 3:00 PM, all eight adaptations will be presented, with intermission, in a marathon performance.  A panel of judges will view the Sunday performances and vote to choose the adaptation they consider best.  That adaptor will then be presented with the $500 cash prize.

The judges for The Art of Adaptation include multi-Jeff winning adaptors Arnold Aprill, City Lit's co-founder and first artistic director, and Paul Edwards, whose adaptation of Jack Finney's novel The Body Snatchers made its world premiere as part of City Lit's 2009-2010 Season.  

Ticket prices for The Art of Adaptation are $10 on Friday and Saturday, August 13 and 14 at 8:00 PM, and $15 for the marathon on Sunday, August 15. at 3:00 PM.  Tickets can be reserved by going to or by calling (773) 293-3682.

City Lit receives funding from the Alphawood Foundation, the Elizabeth F. Cheney 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.

City Lit Theater 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.  Discounted parking is available for theatre customers with validation from the Edgewater Beach CafĂ©, located in the Edgewater Beach Apartments building one block east of the theatre.



City Lit Theater
1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Chicago, IL 60660
United States

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