The Right Brain Project kicks off the 2019 Season with the world premiere of Lured: The Curse of Swans by Terry Boyle. Performances will be at Loyola University March 14th – 16th at Mullady Theatre 1125 W Loyola Ave and March 21st – April 6th at Athanaeum Theatre, 2963 N Southport Ave.
It is the tenth anniversary since Paddy (husband to Grainne and father to Maeve and Deirdre) tragically passed away. His passing, and the circumstances of his death, created a rift in the family. In order to bridge this uncomfortable awkwardness, Grainne has organized a family trip to Ireland. On the eve of the journey, they prepare to reunite after a period of painful separation. While living in the same city, they have managed to drift apart, fearing the intimacy that threatens to break open old wounds. As the evening passes and their impending journey gets closer, shadows of the past being to haunt them. Caught between the people they once were and the people they have become, each one must decide what is true and what is false. While each of them struggles to be authentic, we begin to see the fallacies they have created in order to protect themselves from the truth.
Performances will be: At Athanaeum Theatre: Thursday March 21st – Saturday March 23rd at 7:30pm Sunday March 24th at 3pm Thursday March 28th – Saturday March 30th at 7:30pm Sunday March 31st at 3pm Monday April 1st at 7:30pm Thursday April 4th – Saturday April 6th at 7:30pm At Loyola: Thursday April 11th – Saturday April 13th at 7:30pm Tickets are $25 for general admission, $15 on Sundays. Industry discounts will always apply. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended and can be purchased at: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/1005751. For more information about Lured: The Curse of Swans or the Right Brain Project, please visit www.TheRBP.org.
Why Lured: The Curse of Swans? Becca Holloway (Director): “The first thing that drew me to Lured was the prospect of directing an all-female piece. I think stories for and about women are always important, and are frequently underrepresented. Lured is special because it has these intense, relatable, familial conversations set in this world of magical realism based in Irish folklore. What I love about this script is that these women are all in different places, and yet are always connected. The entire play is built from phone conversations happening in the same city, yet they all feel so much isolation. The movement and narration of this piece bring together the Irish folklore and these modern women, leading to a sense of self-identity in the end.”
Terry Boyle (Playwright): “At the early part of the 20th Century, when W.B Yeats formed the Irish National Theatre in Dublin, the famous Irish poet encouraged writers to resurrect the ancient myths of Ireland. His vision, to capture the spirituality of the Celts and present these stories in a universal way, continues to inspire Irish artists who enjoy the syncretistic layers of Irish Catholicism. This play, which is set in contemporary Chicago, is loosely based on the Irish story ‘The Children of Lir’. In this tale, the fusion of druidism and Christianity is beautifully interwoven and syncretized. Beginning in ancient times, the idyllic lives of a king, a queen, and their four children are devastated when the queen unexpectedly dies. Distraught and forlorn, the king marries, Aoife, his wife’s sister. As with old stories, there’s always a wicked stepmother, a woman who is deemed to be the source of all trouble. Aoife is one such woman. She has great power, which she uses in a negative way. Retelling such a story offers a creative challenge to change the balance of gender power without affecting the essential theme of the work. Lured retains the central theme of the tale, appearances can be deceptive, but re-casts the villain.”
Terry Boyle (Playwright): Terry Boyle has worked as a professor at Loyola University, Chicago since 2004. He was awarded his D.Phil from the University of Ulster in 1995. The main focus of his doctoral thesis was playwright, Denis Johnston, whose play The Old Lady says No! was the first Irish drama to use modernist techniques.
Becca Holloway (Director) Becca Holloway is excited to work with Right Brain once again after working on: The 13th Birthday Showcase (excerpt of How to Make Friends and Then Kill Them), and debuting her original songs in their On Our Way: A Passion Project Showcase. Most recent directing credits include Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, Vol. 2, and Oregon Trail (2018 Women's Theatre Alliance Finalist). Becca has been lucky enough to work on the directing teams of several companies including: Broken Nose Theatre, Hell in a Handbag, Theatre Evolve, The Comrades, Refuge Theatre, among many others. Up next, she will take on a new role as Producer of Red Theater's Non-Player Character. Much love as always to CWW and ML.
The Production Team for Lured includes Director Becca Holloway, Assistant Director Taylor Pasche, Stage Manager Susan Herrington, Sound Designer Danny Rockett, Costume Designer Felicia Lowe, and Producers Kathi Kaity* and Krista Reeves*
CAST ANNOUNCED In alphabetical order: Annabella De Meo, Liz Goodson*, and Sylvie Sadarnac With understudies: Elyssa Trevino and Marisa Lerman
*Denotes RBP Company Member **Denotes RBP Artistic Associate
About the Right Brain Project Since 2001, The RBP has concentrated on intimate theatre that strives to bring the actor and the audience together in unique fashions. In Spring of 2017, the legacy of The Right Brain Project was passed on to a new generation of theater practitioners and became one of the only Chicago theatre companies to boast all-female leadership. The RBP has reevaluated its Mission and continues to move towards providing opportunities for underrepresented artists through performance, readings, and community outreach. We strive to tell stories that represent the diverse community here in Chicago, including but not limited to gender, race, physical ability and sexual orientation.
Startlingly intimate, proudly raw, and innately political, The Right Brain Project is excited to stage further productions that reflect the passions of both our artists and audiences. For more information, please visit www.TheRBP.org.
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