Anthrax, Orestes/West and Lady Into Fox Will Receive Free Chicago Readings

News   Anthrax, Orestes/West and Lady Into Fox Will Receive Free Chicago Readings
Chicago's Greasy Joan & Co. will present its first annual free readings series, Cutting Edge Classics, Aug. 16 and 17.

The Jefferson Award-winning theatre company will stage three new commissioned works, Anthrax, Orestes/West and Lady into Fox, at venues across Chicago.

Up first is Ann Marie Healy's Anthrax: A Contemporary Mash-up of Phaedra and Dr. Faustus Aug. 16 at 2 PM. Greasy Joan artistic director Julieanne Ehre stages the work, which is an update of the Faustian myth reset in contemporary academia with elements of Phaedra as additional source material. (Presented at Made Gallery).

Peter A. Campbell's Orestes/West, under the direction of Meghan Beals McCarthy, will be presented Aug. 16 at 6 PM. The third part of his trilogy of Greek mythology-based works incorporates the Taneyev opera of "The Oresteia." (Presented at Juicy Wine Co.)

The final reading will be Joe Meno's stage adaptation of Lady Into Fox by David Garnett playing Aug. 17 at 2 PM. Lady Into Fox is directed by Greasy Joan associate artistic director Libby Ford and tells of the absurd account of a woman who is suddenly transformed into a fox. (Performed at the Book Cellar).

All performances are free and open to the public. For further information visit GreasyJoan. *

Founded in 1995, Greasy Joan re-imagines classic plays for the contemporary stage. The company's premiere adaptations and translations present fresh, innovative stagings of the classics. With a strong commitment to symbolic design, Greasy Joan productions create visually compelling theatre. Greasy Joan & Co. has received 13 Joseph Jefferson awards and nominations.

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