Friends of Stockyards Have a Busy Spring
There's a lot going on as we transition out of winter into, we hope, more reasonable weather and temperatures. Friends and collaborators of Stockyards Theatre Project are making the most of their creative opportunities to write, direct, and perform in a variety of projects coming up.
Indie Boots Theatre Festival 2015: The Ella Plays
This year's Indie Boots Theatre Festival features nine short plays that include the name Ella in their title. The variety of works that can come from a single name helps fulfill one of Indie Boots' missions, displaying different perspectives on whose stories are worth telling, what's funny, and how the world works.
The competition features a play by Stockyards artistic director Francesca Peppiatt and highlights the work of several past Stockyards collaborators as writers, directors, and performers, including Ashely Bagot, Jessica Jane Childs, Cat Davidson, Elana Elyce, Crystal Hartford, Katurah Nelson, Richard Paro, and Cyra K. Polizzi.
In addition, Stockyards is proud to be one of the fest's sponsors and, in fact, Monday, April 27, will be Stockyards Theatre Project night! The Indie Boots team is pleased to offer friends of Stockyards a special discount for online orders. When purchasing at indieboots.bpt.me, simply use the password: STOCKYARDS.
Mudgeonsoul Productions presents the festival on Monday, April 27, through Wednesday, April 29, at 7:30 pm at The Side Project Theatre (an accessible theater at 1439 W. Jarvis Ave., just a block from the Red Line). For more information about Indie Boots, please visit www.indieboots.org, facebook.com/indieboots or twitter.com/indieboots.
Chicago's Fifth Annual One-Minute Play Festival
Once again the One-Minute Play Festival comes to Chicago, and once again it's got a bit of Stockyards flavor. Francesca Peppiatt, along with Play for Keeps alumni Jenny Seidelman and Mallory Primm, are all represented with new written work. This year's festival will be held on Wednesday, April 29, and Thursday, April 30, at the Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at 1MPF.brownpapertickets.com.
Women's Theatre Alliance
2015 New Play Development Workshop: The Bechdel Test Part Three - Year of the Supers
The Women's Theatre Alliance, led by Stockyards alum Sara Keely McGuire, develops new plays that pass the Bechdel test, Alison Bechdel's rule of thumb for avoiding gender bias in fiction. The WTA's simple rules are that each work:
For 2015, they've added one more twist: Each play must include a superhero, a super mom, or a super star.
- Must include two named female characters
- Who talk to each other
- About anything other than a man
Francesca Peppiatt is included among the writers, and her new material will be directed by Stockyards collaborator Patricia Tinsley and feature Ivory Stahly, who recently appeared in a Stockyards reading of our upcoming play Conversations with Myself. (Please keep an eye out for announcements of auditions for this play and a full production later this year). The WTA showcase of new works will be performed one evening only, Tuesday, May 19. Don't miss it!