By Emily Schwend
Directed by Artistic Director Georgette Verdin
April 9 – May 4 (Midwest Premiere)
Press opening: Tuesday, April 9 at 8 pm
Subscriber/Board opening: April 11 at 8 pm (reception to follow)
Amber is doing everything she can to keep her head above water, but no matter how hard she tries it never seems to be enough. Money is tight, her marriage is in turmoil, and she’s juggling two jobs just to make ends meet. As she struggles to plan her eight-year-old daughter’s birthday party, Amber must stay strong as she feels increasingly invisible in her own life. Meticulous and heartbreaking, Utility offers an empathic glimpse into America’s working poor.
For those wondering, "Whats an interrobang?", it is the combination of a question mark and exclamation point, joining the Latin word for “question” (interro) with a proofreading term for “exclamation” (bang). Through the plays we produce, Interrobang Theatre Project aims to pose questions that challenge our understanding and assumptions of who we are and the world in which we live.
Beginning this season, we are also proud to be in residence at Rivendell Theatre, located at 5779 N Ridge Ave in the Edgewater neighborhood.
Interrobang Theatre Project (ITP) produces visceral and timely works, rarely produced texts, and new American plays. We strive to excite a new generation of theatergoers, to engage our community through challenging plays, to maintain an environment in which artists can do their very best work, and to change our world one play at a time. ITP is not recommended for audiences who prefer theatre to be benign or familiar.
Now in its eighth season, ITP is under the artistic leadership of Georgette Verdin. Founded in 2010 by Jeffry Stanton, ITP has been hailed by the Chicago Tribune as a “company to watch” and by Time Out Chicago as “one of Chicago’s most promising young theatre companies.”
Over the past seven seasons, productions have included the world premiere of Ibsen is Dead by Calamity West, the Midwest premiere of The Argument by Gregory Moss, the Jeff Award Recommended The Pitchfork Disney, Terminus, Orange Flower Water, Speaking in Tongues, Here Lies Henry, Really Really, Recent Tragic Events, and the critically-acclaimed Hot ‘N’ Throbbing, which Time Out Chicago’s 5-star review called a “scintillating revival.”
During the 2016-2017 season, ITP was nominated for seven Jeff Awards, winning two:
Production - Play: The North Pool
Director - Play: James Yost (The North Pool)
Actor in a Principal Role - Play: Salar Ardebili (The North Pool)
Actress in a Principal Role - Play: Amy Johnson (Falling) WINNER
Actor in a Supporting Role - Play: Justin Tsatsa (Falling) WINNER
Solo Performance: Sarah Gise (The Amish Project)
Scenic Design: Greg Pinsoneault (The North Pool)
This season's FOXFINDER was nominated for seven Jeff Awards:
Best Production: FOXFINDER
Director: Margaret Knapp
Actor in a Principle role: Alexandra Fisher
Set Design: Eric Luchen
Original Music: Jesse Case
Sound Design: Jesse Case
Lighting Design: John Kelly
By Emily Schwend
Directed by Co-Artistic Director Georgette Verdin
April 9 – May 4, 2019 (Midwest Premiere)
Press opening: Monday, April 9, 2019 at 8 pm
Subscriber/Board opening: April 11, 2019 at 8 pm (reception to follow)
ITP supports the EDGEWATER THEATRE DISTRICT. With over twenty theatre companies based in Edgewater, the neighborhood is a hotbed for the kind of theatre that’s put Chicago on the map. Explore the theatres that are helping to make Edgewater the vibrant, exciting community that it is. LEARN MORE HERE
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Interrobang Theatre Project
5315 N. Clark St #142
Chicago, IL 60640
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(312) 219-4140 (box office)
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