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Art of Adaptation Festival
City Lit Theater
Chicago, IL
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Art of Adaptation Festival
City Lit Theater will present its first festival of literary adaptations, The Art of Adaptation, August 17-19, 2007, Artistic Director Terry McCabe announced today.  The festival will feature seven world premieres of stage adaptations of six pieces of fiction and one ancient mythic poem, chosen from 43 submissions to the festival.

"It's a fascinating assortment of voices," McCabe added.  "A comic tour de force about a talking dog in Lakeview, a PEN/Hemingway Award winner about a Korean-American man caught up in espionage, a darkly funny parable about the inter-relatedness of love potions and poison, an ancient Viking poem about the end of the world, a heartbreaking story of a young Belfast woman who unwittingly places herself in danger by reading graffiti, and classic stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer and Edgar Allan Poe.  Each of these seven pieces has been turned into an imaginative script by a talented adaptor, and we're proud to be presenting them all on our stage."

The Art of Adaptation is a competitive juried festival.  Four of the pieces will perform on Friday evening, August 17, and the other three will perform on Saturday evening, August 18.  All seven pieces will perform a second time on Sunday, August 19, as part of a festival-ending marathon.  At the end of Sunday's performance one of the seven adaptations will be named the best of the festival and awarded a $500.00 cash prize.  The judges for The Art of Adaptation are Bernard Beck, a member of Piven Theatre Workshop and an original cast member of Paul Sills's groundbreaking Story Theatre adaptation, Christina Calvit, four-time Jeff-winning adaptor based at Lifeline Theatre, and Paul Edwards, professor of Performance Studies at Northwestern University and two-time Jeff winner for adaptations produced at the old Roadworks Theatre.  The Art of Adaptation is funded in part by The Saints, Chicago's volunteer organization for the arts.

The seven adaptations in the festival, listed alphabetically by title, are:
The Chaser by John Collier, adapted by Ed Rutherford;
The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe, adapted by Ivan Faute;
Frigg's Grief, adapted from the ancient Scandinavian poem Voluspa (The Seeress Prophecy)by Russell Berns;
Native Speaker by Chang Rae-Lee, adapted by Nambi E. Kelly;
Taibele and Her Demon by Isaac Bashevis Singer, adapted by Jordan Mann;
The Wall-Reader by Fiona Barr, adapted by Thomas Murray; and
Why Dogs Don't Talk by Dean Monti, adapted by David Rice.

The performance schedule for The Art of Adaptation is as follows:

Friday, August 17 at 8:00 p.m.
    Native Speaker
    The Wall-Reader
    Frigg's Grief
    The Chaser

Saturday, August 18 at 8:00 p.m.
    The Fall of the House of Usher
    Taibele and Her Demon
    Why Dogs Don't Talk

Sunday, August 19 at 3:00 p.m.
    Native Speaker
    The Wall-Reader
    Frigg's Grief
    The Chaser
    The Fall of the House of Usher
    Taibele and Her Demon



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

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Owner: City Lit Theater Company
On BPT Since: Jul 21, 2007
Brian Pastor

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