Adventure Stage Chicago Presents the World Premiere of SIGHT UNSEEN

 

Adventure Stage Chicago Presents the World Premiere of SIGHT UNSEEN

Prequel to its 2014’s Critically Acclaimed Spark

CHICAGO–March 7, 2016 – Adventure Stage Chicago’s (ASC) spring production tackles the issues of social inequality and familial, generational, and environmental responsibility in its world premiere of Sight Unseen: Chapter Two of The Prometheus Project, written by ASC Producing Artistic Director Tom Arvetis and directed by Rives Collins.

This highly-anticipated prequel reunites the playwright and director from 2014's critically-acclaimed Spark.  Developed with community input, this piece continues ASC's commitment to exploring the concerns and aspirations of Chicago youth.

In Sight Unseen, audience members will follow young brothers Zeph and Kegan in a dystopian future as they struggle to keep their family together in Shambles, a lawless land kept apart from those living in the privileged, fortressed Tower.  Their father, Mel, has succumbed to a mysterious illness afflicting only adults.  In this world of haves and have-nots, they must navigate a set of ever-changing rules, and determine who is friend or foe on their heroic journey to a place called Sanctuary, which promises a better life.

Inspired by Greek mythology and personal stories from young people gathered from Chicago classrooms, Sight Unseen explores themes of power, allegiance, and our responsibility to past and future generations.

“Sight Unseen is the second in a cycle of plays inspired by the ancient myth of Prometheus.  In that ancient story, there is a period of darkness that is visited upon humanity when Zeus denies them the gift of fire.  It became an interesting source of inspiration to wonder (along with several dozen Chicago Public School students) what life would be like under such circumstances," says Arvetis.  "Could we survive in a world without fire?  What would that life look like?  And what might the metaphor of fire represent?  It was so inspiring to see young people unanimously band together and decide that the most important thing they could do under these circumstances was to take care of each other.  I find it reassuring to know that the kids themselves are full of hope and that their imaginations are not suffering from a lack of spark.  It is because of them that this play reinforces the values of tolerance, empathy, and engaged citizenry."

Adventure Stage Chicago (ASC), a program of Northwestern University Settlement House, is a professional theatre production company that creates new work and tells heroic stories about young people.  All productions of Sight Unseen take place at Vittum Theatre, 1012 N. Noble Street in the West Town neighborhood.  Each performance is framed by Curtain Conversations, pre- and post-show discussions moderated by ASC that encourage curiosity and reflection long after leaving the theater. Visit www.adventurestage.org for show times.

Sight Unseen: Chapter Two of The Prometheus Project
By: Tom Arvetis*
Directed by: Rives Collins
Performed by: Sarah Cartwright, Matt Daniels, Al Evangelista, Michael Anthony Rawlins, Allison Latta*, Michael Steele, Understudies: Terry Bell, Christine Williams
Design Team: Simon Lashford (Scenic Design), Rachel Sypniewski (Costume Design), Rebecca Barrett (Lighting Design), Michael Huey (Original Music & Sound Design)
*ASC Ensemble Member

Adventure Stage Chicago performances are best enjoyed by audiences 8 and older.
Cada función presentada con subtítulos en español.

Show run dates:
March 26 – April 16, 2016

Five public performances:
Saturday, March 26 at 4:00PM (Preview)
Saturday, April 2 at 4:00PM (Opening night)
Saturday, April 9 at 4:00PM
Friday, April 15 at 7:00PM
Saturday, April 16 at 4:00PM (Closing night)

Website show information: adventurestage.org/current-season/sight-unseen

Box office contact information: 773-342-4141 or boxoffice@adventurestage.org

School weekday matinee performances:
March 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31
April 5, 6, 7, 12, 14, 19
Matinee performances begin at 10:30AM.
Contact for school group bookings: dani@adventurestage.org

Location:
Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St., Chicago IL 60642

 

About Adventure Stage Chicago:
Adventure Stage Chicago (ASC) creates and tells heroic stories about young people.  Uniquely involving our West Town neighbors into the creation process, ASC’s original productions contain themes and ideas that are developed with input from community members.  ASC also offers: the in-classroom arts residency program Neighborhood Bridges; Trailblazers, a youth mentoring program for ages 11-15; summer drama camps and drama instruction in Head Start.  This is its 12th season.

ASC is a program of the Northwestern University Settlement House, a community service organization founded in 1891, which provides Chicago’s West Town community and surrounding neighborhoods with wrap-around social service, educational, and arts programs.

Adventure Stage Chicago is a member of IPAY (International Performing Arts for Youth), League of Chicago Theatres, Theatre Communications Group (TCG), and TYA/USA.

Contact:
Carol Moran
Adventure Stage Chicago
773.969.5554
carol@adventurestage.org

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