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Proboscis Theater Company's La La La Strada
City Lit Theater
Chicago, IL
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Proboscis Theater Company's La La La Strada
"It may be worth seeing La La La Strada more than once to fully appreciate the extent of its artistry. The cumulative impact of the ensemble is quite seamless; together the actors weave a total  and totally bizarre  world.  Charles Donelan, Santa Barbara Independent.

La La La Strada, Proboscis Theater Companys second ground-breaking production, is a carnival-esque play starring seven female identifying actors, a musician and a puppet. Join us as we explore the making of Federico Fellinis 1953 masterpiece La Strada, a beautiful and heartbreaking film about a brutish circus strong man and his naive assistant Gelsomina.

La Strada is one of the most beloved films of the twentieth century and Fellini is one of the most enigmatic and celebrated artists of all time. The character of Fellini will be portrayed by a Bunraku style puppet. We see him first walking the tight rope, beguiling the audience with fantastical stories about his life, his art and the golden age of modernist Italian cinema. He extolls the virtues of being an auteur and takes for granted the privileges of his own genius. He boasts about reducing his actors to mere puppets and how they love him for it. But while he attempts to direct his actors they begin to challenge him. Especially Giulietta, his wife. They question his artistic process and admonish him for abandoning his principles. They call him a misogynist, an opportunist and he is forced to defend his obsessions and his right to project his own dreams on the big screen, to objectify and sexualize his female actors, to exalt the grotesque and estrange the normal. As Fellinis crisis comes to a climax, the audience must face their own prejudices about art, beauty and personal expression. Will Fellini be destroyed by his own decadence or will his creative DNA live forever in a magical double-helix of celluloid and images? However the story ends, the audience will surely have an unforgettable theatrical experience!


City Lit Theater (View)
1020 W Bryn Mawr
Chicago, IL 60660
United States


Arts > Circus
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre

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


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