Polarity Ensemble Theatre presents the world premiere of Chicago playwright Bryce Wissel's madcap space romp Ephemera, March 22 through May 1, directed by ensemble member Laura Sturm, with production design by Chicago multi-medium artist lewis lain. Polarity Ensemble Theatre is in residence at Wicker Park's Josephinum Academy. The theater is located at the 1500 N. Bell Street entrance. Previews begin March 22nd, with press night on Thursday, March 24th and a Premiere Night Friday, March 25. Tickets are $10 for previews, $19 for regular run, and $35 for Premiere Night which includes a post-show reception. Senior discount tickets (age 65 and older) are $15, and student discount tickets are $10 with valid ID. Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm. Seating is general admission.
When a talking monkey appears in the airlock of the space station Ephemera, the crew learns they may be the last defense of planet Earth. Bryce Wissel's zany comedy features a tortured love triangle, a mariachi-singing robot, and the threat of interstellar combat with an unknowable enemy. Ephemera first appeared in Polarity Ensemble Theatre's 2008 Dionysos Cup Festival of New Plays and was further developed through workshop readings with the company. As directed by Laura Sturm and designed by lewis lain, it will be an immersive entertainment experience from the moment the audience enters the lobby. "Laura is casting actors to play androids who will run the box office and house manage, and lewis is planning an art installation in the lounge" said Polarity Artistic Director Richard Engling. "All three designers intend to extend the visual and sonic environment throughout the theatre. It's the kind of "full experience" theatre that we first attempted with Darren Callahan's The White Airplane. This time we're going even farther."
The cast features Kim Boler, Jonas Grey, Charley Jordan, Kaelan Strouse, Bob Wilson, Sarah Grant and Hilary Holbrook.
Directed by Laura Sturm, production design by lewis lain, sound design by Elliot Taggart, and lighting design by Julie Giampaolo. Technical direction by Erica Burger, stage management by Nicole Smith and production management by Lee Strausberg. Jen Poulin, Assistant Director, David Chrzanowski, Fight Director, Sarah Grant, Dramaturg, Dayna Shrader, Asst. Lighting Designer, Valerie Moore Medina, Choreographer and Amy Johnson, Sign Language Consultant.
Polarity Ensemble Theatre at Josephinum Academy
1500 N. Bell
Chicago, IL 60622
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|