Chicago's Eclipse Theatre Will Stage Three Works by Naomi Wallace in 2011

News   Chicago's Eclipse Theatre Will Stage Three Works by Naomi Wallace in 2011
Eclipse Theatre, the Chicago company that presents one playwright over a single season, will present the work of writer and poet Naomi Wallace in its 2011 schedule.

Wallace's One Flea Spare, Trestle at Pope Lick Creek and The Fever Chart: Four Visions of the Middle East (making its Chicago premiere) will surface there in the calendar year. The 2010 season is devoted to the work of Arthur Miller.

Here's the 2011 Eclipse season at a glance:

One Flea Spare
Directed by ensemble member Anish Jethmalani
April 7-May 22, 2011
Opening Night April 10
The Greenhouse Theater

"Set in plague-ravaged 17th-century London, a wealthy couple is preparing to flee their home when a mysterious sailor and a young girl appear sneaking into their boarded up house. Now, quarantined together for 30 days, the only thing these strangers fear more than the Plague is each other. The definition of morality is up for grabs and survival may take many forms in this fiercely intense and humorous play [which won] the 1996 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize."

The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek
Directed by guest artist Jonathan Berry
July 21-Sept. 4, 2011
Opening Night July 24
The Greenhouse Theater

"High atop a railroad trestle that spans a bone-dry creek, two teenagers plan to race across the bridge against an oncoming locomotive. At first their scheme adds excitement to their life in a small factory town during the Great Depression, but their sensual experience, dawning sexuality and confusion awakens dangerous passions in an era of stifled ambitions. With theatrical flourish, humor and lyrical finesse, Naomi Wallace delves into a world where people struggle to change lives that bear down upon them."

The Fever Chart: Four Visions of the Middle East
Chicago Premiere
Co-directed by guest artist Robin Witt and ensemble member Sarah Moeller
Sept. 15-Oct. 30, 2011
Opening Night Sept. 18
The Greenhouse Theater

"Four multi-faceted works exploring the urgency and complexity of the Middle East's political landscape, through the voices and experiences of the people who inhabit it. In A State of Innocence, an Israeli soldier encounters a mysterious Palestinian woman in a dreamscape of the Rafah Zoo. Between this Breath and You takes place in a clinic in West Jerusalem, where a Palestinian father, after the death of his son, connects with a young Israeli woman with whom he shares more than either thought. In The Retreating World, an Iraqi bird collector tells of his conscription into Saddam's army and life in the aftermath of the surrender to U.S. forces. No Such Cold Thing explores the American war in Afghanistan in human terms, through the story of teenage sisters divided by conflict, and the U.S. serviceman who finds an intimately human connection to their tragedy." Wallace's plays have been produced all over the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. Her major plays also include In the Heart of America, Slaughter City and Things of Dry Hours. Her work has received the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Kesselring Prize, Fellowship of Southern Writers Drama Award and an Obie. She is also a recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship. Wallace's award-winning film "Lawn Dogs" is available on DVD along with "The War Boys" (co-written with Bruce Mcleod). With Mcleod, she is currently working on a new film project entitled "Cross My Mind." Wallace obtained her bachelor of arts from Hampshire College and did graduate studies at the University of Iowa. Naomi Wallace divides her time between Kentucky and the Yorkshire Dales, U.K.

The Greenhouse Theater is at 2257 N. Lincoln Ave, in Chicago. For Eclipse subscription information, call (773) 325-9655 or visit

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