WDYAWB

Why Do You Always Wear Black?

directed by Anna Gelman

associate director Julia Rufo

Approximate Run Time: 60 minutes, no intermission

Production Photos – Click the photo thumbnail for a high resolution image.

Ensemble members Kat Christensen (left), Nyssa Lowenstein (back), Ariana Silvan-Grau (front), and Taylor Wisham (right) in Organic Theater’s production of Why Do You Always Wear Black?, directed by Anna Gelman, associate director Julia Rufo, March 21 – April 8, 2018. Photo by Anna Gelman.

 

 

 

Ensemble member Taylor Wisham in Organic Theater’s production of Why Do You Always Wear Black?, directed by Anna Gelman, associate director Julia Rufo, March 21 – April 8, 2018. Photo by Anna Gelman.

 

 

 

Ensemble member Kat Christensen in Organic Theater’s production of Why Do You Always Wear Black?, directed by Anna Gelman, associate director Julia Rufo, March 21 – April 8, 2018. Photo by Anna Gelman.

 

 

 

Ensemble members Nyssa Lowenstein (left) and Ariana Silvan-Grau (right) in Organic Theater’s production of Why Do You Always Wear Black?, directed by Anna Gelman, associate director Julia Rufo, March 21 – April 8, 2018. Photo by Anna Gelman.

 

 

 

Ensemble member Ariana Silvan-Grau in Organic Theater’s production of Why Do You Always Wear Black?, directed by Anna Gelman, associate director Julia Rufo, March 21 – April 8, 2018. Photo by Anna Gelman.

 

 

 

Ensemble members Taylor Wisham (left), Nyssa Lowenstein (center-left), Kat Christensen (center-right), and Ariana Silvan-Grau (right) in Organic Theater’s production of Why Do You Always Wear Black?, directed by Anna Gelman, associate director Julia Rufo, March 21 – April 8, 2018. Photo by Anna Gelman.

 

 

 

Ensemble members Taylor Wisham (left) and Kat Christensen (right) in Organic Theater’s production of Why Do You Always Wear Black?, directed by Anna Gelman, associate director Julia Rufo, March 21 – April 8, 2018. Photo by Anna Gelman.

 

 

 

Ensemble member Kat Christensen in Organic Theater’s production of Why Do You Always Wear Black?, directed by Anna Gelman, associate director Julia Rufo, March 21 – April 8, 2018. Photo by Anna Gelman.

 

 

 

 

Press Release:

ORGANIC THEATER COMPANY PRESENTS A WORLD PREMIERE: WHY DO YOU ALWAYS WEAR BLACK? directed by Anna Gelman – Chicago, IL

The Organic is committed to staging bold, relevant productions of classic, contemporary, and adapted works with a permanent group of artists over a sustained period of time. We return to the Greenhouse Theater Center this March for a very special presentation. From March 21 through April 8 we bring to the stage the World Premiere of WHY DO YOU ALWAYS WEAR BLACK? directed by Anna Gelman and devised with an ensemble cast.

This is an original work featuring the women of Anton Chekhov’s plays who confront the joy, despair, and absurdity of being a woman in 19th century Russia as well as contemporary America. This innovative, theatrical work weaves together Chekhov’s world and our own modern backwardness, with a healthy dose of radical feminism and sock puppets.

The piece will explore the similarities in society’s expectations of women between the 19th century and today, and challenge the idea that because Chekhov’s characters are considered some of the best ever written, the plays treat women with respect.

The piece will interrogate the roles women held in Chekhov’s time, as well as the assertion that he or his works were feminist because of the place the plays hold in the classical canon. In this way, WHY DO YOU ALWAYS WEAR BLACK? will examine the problematic aspects of Chekhov’s work, challenge conventions and expectations of classical theater, and ultimately question to whom these works belong.

LISTING INFORMATION:

WHY DO YOU ALWAYS WEAR BLACK?
Directed by Anna Gelman and devised by the ensemble.

OPENS: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 8:00 PM
DATES: March 21 – April 8, 2018
TIMES: Wednesdays – Saturdays at 8:00 PM & Saturdays/Sundays at 3:00 PM
VENUE: The Greenhouse Theater Center – 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue
WEBSITE: www.organictheater.org

The Cast: Kat Christensen, Nyssa Lowenstein, Ariana Silvan-Grau, Taylor Wisham

The Production Team:
Anna Gelman – Director
Julia Rufo – Associate Director
Angela Kring – Stage Manager
Angela Enos – Costume Designer
Tony Reimer – Sound Co-Designer
Morgan Hunter – Sound Co-Designer
Pauline Oleksy – Scenic Designer
Ryan Breneisen – Lighting Designer

Laura Sturm, Press Director: laura@organictheater.org

Joel Moses, Audience Outreach Director and Literary Manager: joel@organictheater.org (816)-582-8579

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