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Fighting Words Festival
Otherworld Theatre Company
Chicago, IL
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Fighting Words Festival
The second annual Fighting Words Festival showcases three developing scripts via readings, all reflecting how women define themselves and their places in their world. Tickets are FREE to every reading, with refreshments and a talkback follow each reading.

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Saturday, June 1st:
3:00 p.m.
Life in A Sandcastle.
by Jayme McGhan, directed by Kelsey Kovacevich* with fight choreography by Kim Fukawa*

Two getaway weekends on the shore of Lake Michigan collide when childhood friends and family from separate worlds find themselves doing battle for the same beachside fire pit. Political persuasions, economic privilege, religious beliefs, regional proclivities, educational barriers, and a mess of cheap beer, expensive wine, and dill pickles chips quickly become both shields and weapons as the women do battle for the sandy square footage they feel is rightly theirs. Life in a Sandcastle is a hilarious and touching exploration of the fates that bring us together and the tax brackets that keep us apart.

7:00 p.m.
Summer Nights and Fireflies
by Bianca Sams, directed by Kanomé Jones with fight choreography by Chloe Baldwin*

Summer Nights and Fireflies, follows Zandra Richards, the owner of a small eastern Texas bar which has been in her family for generations. On the surface Zandra's finally moving forward in life, but secretly everything is falling apart at the seams. Her bar is struggling financially, younger brother Tyrone is involved in a tumultuous relationship and her boyfriend Sean wants more from her than she's capable of giving. To make matters worse, Zandra is literally haunted by ghosts from her past which force her to confront a lifetime of abuse that she'd rather leave dead and buried. Summer Nights and Fireflies explores issues of modern femininity, the cycle of violence, and the power of self love.

Sunday, June 2nd:
3:00 p.m.
by Deborah Yarchun, directed by Alexis Randolph with fight choreography by Maureen Yasko*

Yelena returns to her childhood home for the first time in twelve years only to discover that her older sister Simone has transformed it into a "Burning Man-inspired" (and booby-trapped) game-room of fairy wings and glitter. As monstrous noises filter in from an offstage room, the two sisters battle in a series of escalating games over whether or not to finally confront a violent incident from their past.

*Denotes BWBTC Ensemble Member


Otherworld Theatre Company (View)
3914 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60613
United States


Arts > Theatre

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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