This fall, Interrobang presents the U.S premiere of Elinor Cook’s fiery British drama OUT OF LOVE, directed by Artistic Director Georgette Verdin. Cook deftly portrays a female friendship through all its ups and downs, and the effects of a patriarchal society on the emotional trajectory of young women.
Next spring, Interrobang marks its 10th anniversary with a revival of its very first production: Daniel MacIvor's drama HERE LIES HENRY, newly staged by Artistic Producer Elana Elyce. MacIvor's labyrinthine single-actor show pits one man against himself as he dissects his own desires and failures in a self-imposed purgatory.
The 2019-20 season concludes next summer with Brandon Tessers’ SEXBOT, developed in collaboration with ITP’s ensemble and co-directed by ensemble member Matthew Nerber and Artistic Director Georgette Verdin. This bold, darkly comic world premiere takes audiences to the fringes of the near future where man and machine are asked to coexist, forcing humanity to re-examine the nature of love, lust and life.
Season 10 subscriptions and single tickets for OUT OF LOVE are currently available at www.interrobangtheatreproject.org.
Interrobang Theatre Project’s 2019-20 Season includes:
August 16 – September 14, 2019
OUT OF LOVE – U.S Premiere!
By Elinor Cook
Directed by Artistic Director Georgette Verdin
Press opening: Monday, August 19 at 8 pm
Trust. Betrayal. Loyalty. Humiliation. That’s what friends are for. Grace and Lorna have been inseparable since childhood, and vow one day to get out of their small English town and make something of themselves. But the world has different plans. An honest and brutal depiction of companionship, rivalry and the fiery bond that exists between women, Out of Love bravely examines one life-long friendship in all it’s beautiful, gory complexity.
HERE LIES HENRY
By Daniel MacIvor
Directed by Artistic Producer Elana Elyce
Henry's got a lot he has to tell you, he just can't guarantee that it's all true. In the spotlight, with only the audience as his witness, Henry grapples with his choices and failures in a scramble to make sense of his life before it's too late. Daniel MacIvor's gripping one-man play offers a provocative take on love, death, beauty, truth, and of course, good old-fashioned lying.
SEXBOT– World Premiere!
Developed with the Interrobang ensemble
Co-Directed by ensemble member Matthew Nerber and Artistic Director Georgette Verdin
The robots are coming and they just want to love you. In the near future, one tech company pushes the envelope with their lifelike automatons, and opens a pandora's box with far-reaching consequences. Sexbot explores the seismic shifts of our digital age through intersecting tragicomic tales that dare to ask: when the line between human and machine is all but erased, will we be drawn closer together or torn apart?
About the Artists
Elinor Cook (Playwright, Out of Love) was the winner of the George Devine Award 2013 for Most Promising Playwright and a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award 2018. Elinor is currently writing an episode of Killing Eve series 3 and has recent commissions from Fiery Angel/Paines Plough and Audible. Out of Love, Elinor’s commission for Paines Plough Roundabout Season, ran at the Orange Tree Theatre, having opened at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last summer and then toured the UK. She was recently commissioned by the Donmar Warehouse to adapt Henrik Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea, which was directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah for the Donmar’s Autumn/Winter 2017 season. Previous work includes: Extra Yarn (Orange Tree Theatre), Pilgrims(HighTide Festival, The Yard, Theatre Clwyd), Ten Weeks and Image of an Unknown Woman (Gate Theatre), The Boy Preference (Royal National Theatre Connections 2015), The Girl’s Guide to Saving the World (HighTide Festival) and This Is Where We Got To When You Came In (Bush Theatre). For television:The Secrets, directed by Dominic Savage for Working Title/BBC1.
Georgette Verdin (Director, Out of Love; Co-Director, Sexbot) has served as Artistic Director since 2015. She is also a freelance director, theater and speech educator and arts integration specialist. She was the founding theatre teacher at Polaris Charter Academy an Expeditionary Learning school on Chicago's west side where she taught full-time for eight years. Recent directing credits include the Yale Drama Series winners Utility by Emily Schwend and Still by Jen Silverman, the Jeff-Recommended productions of Grace and Recent Tragic Events by Craig Wright (Interrobang) and Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies (AstonRep). Assistant Directing credits include 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas (Lookingglass Theatre Company), Phoebe In Winter (Facility Theatre) and A Christmas Carol (Goodman Theatre). Upcoming projects include assistant directing Bernhardt/Hamlet at Goodman Theatre (Fall) and associate directing Eden Prairie, 1971 at Raven Theatre (Spring 2020). Georgette holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance from McNeese State University (Lake Charles, LA) and a Master in Directing from Roosevelt University (Chicago).
Daniel MacIvor (Playwright, Here Lies Henry) is originally from Cape Breton and currently divides his time between Toronto and Avondale, Nova Scotia. Daniel has written numerous award-winning theatre productions and his work has been translated into French, Portuguese, Spanish, Czech, German and Japanese. Daniel received the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama for his collection of plays I Still Love You and in 2008 he was awarded the Siminovitch Prize for Theatre. He is also the recipient of an Obie Award and a GLAAD Award for In On It, as well as a Canadian Screen Award for his feature film script Weirdos.
Elana Elyce (Director, Here Lies Henry) first worked with Interrobang in 2011, appearing in The Argument by Gregory Moss. She joined staff as producer for the 2012 production of Here Lies Henry by Daniel MacIvor and went on to produce the first two productions of Season 3. Originally from Detroit, she began teaching and directing while still a teenager with Detroit’s Summer Youth Arts program, working with teens and young adults, and did so for fifteen years in various organizations, schools and camps. Within that time, opportunities to direct adults began with a Detroit production of A Son Come Home by Ed Bullins with Urban Spirit Theatre Company. Since being in Chicago, she has directed multiple readings and short plays, as well as a critically acclaimed production of The Vagina Monologues with Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre in Evanston. Elana also acts, writes and coaches, is a company member with The House Theatre of Chicago and is the Business Manager of The Chicago Inclusion Project. www.elanaelyce.net
Brandon Tessers (Playwright, Sexbot) is a writer, actor and counselor from Salt Lake City, Utah. He has a BFA in acting from the University of Utah and an MA in Marriage and Family Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University. He has worked with Pioneer Theatre Company, The Arc Theatre, Strangeloop, Plan B, Wasatch and others. Brandon is also a national presenter and works as a counselor with gifted and talented young people. As an artist and a counselor, his goal has always been the same: to engage people in meaningful conversation with themselves and one another.
Matthew Nerber (Co-Director, Sexbot) is an actor, writer and director hailing from Buffalo, NY. He is a proud ITP company member, where he has been seen in Craig Wright's Recent Tragic Events, Still by Jen Silverman, and most recently For the Loyal by Lee Blessing. Matthew served as assistant director for ITP Artistic Director Georgette Verdin's inaugural production of Katrina: Mother-in-Law of 'Em All, as well as AstonRep's Jeff nominated production of Time Stands Still. He has worked with Shattered Globe, Strawdog, Jackalope, LiveWire and Chicago Dramatists. Matthew writes about theatre, film and music for Third Coast Review, and is a 2019 fellow at the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, CT.
About Interrobang Theatre Project
The recipient of 2019's Broadway in Chicago Emerging Theatre award, Interrobang Theatre Project, now in its 10th season and under the artistic leadership of Georgette Verdin, 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.” Chris Jones called Foxfinder, which kicked off Interrobang’s 2017-18 season, “...a ripping good yarn,” earning it 3.5 stars from the Chicago Tribune. Foxfinder also garnered seven non-Equity Jeff Awards nominations including Best Director and Production of a Play, and took home two awards for Best Original Music and Set Design. The company also earned seven non-Equity Jeff Nominations for their seventh season, including Best Director, Production of a Play, Solo Performance and acting nominations for Lead Actor, Actress (win) and Actor in a Supporting Role (win). Productions have included the world premiere of Calamity West’s Ibsen is Dead (Jeff Recommended), the Jeff Recommended The Pitchfork Disney, Orange Flower Water, Recent Tragic Events, The North Pool, The Amish Project, Falling, Grace, The Goat or Who is Sylvia? and I Call My Brothers. Director James Yost’s critically-acclaimed Really Really was one of six shows chosen for Chicago Tribune’s “Best of 2015 in Chicago Fringe Theater.”
What’s an interrobang?
An interrobang is the combination of a question mark and an exclamation point, joining the Latin for “question” (interro) with a proofreading term for “exclamation” (bang). Through the plays we produce, Interrobang Theatre Project aims to pose worthwhile and exciting questions which challenge our understanding and assumptions of who we are and the world in which we live.
For more information, please visit www.interrobangtheatreproject.org.