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Art of Adaptation Festival 2012
City Lit Theater
Chicago, IL
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Art of Adaptation Festival 2012
City Lit Theater presents the fifth installment of The Art of Adaptation, its annual juried festival of world premiere adaptations of non-dramatic material, June 29- July 1, 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 a Shakespeare sonnet to a Will Eisner graphic novel to an anonymous Craigslist posting. The eight adaptations to be performed are as follows:
How to Talk to Girls at Parties by Neil Gaiman, adapted for the stage by Daniel Carlyon, directed by Michael Medford;

The Womb of Time, adapted for the stage from William Shakespeare's Sonnet #138 by Dennis Sook, directed by Charlie McGrath;

LIAR! adapted for the stage from I, Robot by Isaac Asimov by Jordan Mann, directed by Beth Wolf;

W4M from Craigslist (author unknown), adapted for the stage and directed by Ilana Plen;

Head and Shoulders by F. Scott Fitzgerald, adapted for the stage and directed by Anna M. K. Brenner;

Counterpoint by Joe Haldeman, adapted for the stage by David Denman, directed by Aaron Henrickson;

The Street Singer from A Contract with God and other tenement stories by Will Eisner, adapted for the stage and directed by Jennifer Olson; and

Ulysses off the Cliff from Ulysses by James Joyce, adapted for the stage by Nick Freed, Derek Jarvis, and Ned Record.

Each adaptation will be performed twice during the festival. On Friday, June 29, at 8:00 PM, How to Talk to Girls at Parties, The Womb of Time, LIAR! and W4M will perform without intermission. On Saturday, June 30, at 8:00 PM, Head and Shoulders, Counterpoint, The Street Singer and Ulysses off the Cliff will perform without intermission. On Sunday, July 1, 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.
Ticket prices for The Art of Adaptation are $10 on Friday and Saturday, June 29 and 30, and $15 for the marathon on Sunday, July 1.  Tickets can be reserved by going to 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, The Saints, The Freedom to Read 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 (View)
1020 W. Bryn Mawr
Chicago, IL 60660
United States

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