Halcyon Theatre concludes its Fifth Season with The Alcyone Festival 2011: Remixed, featuring new works from five of the country's top emerging female playwrights

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Contact: Jenn Adams  
Associate Artistic Director, Halcyon Theatre  
Halcyon Theatre concludes its Fifth Season with The Alcyone Festival 2011: Remixed, featuring new works from five of the country's top emerging female playwrights
CHICAGO, IL (March 31, 2011) Halcyon Theatre concludes its Fifth Season with The Alcyone Festival 2011: Remixed, featuring new works from five of the country's top emerging female playwrights, four of  which were written exclusively for this year's festival. The Alcyone Festival 2011: Remixed will be performed at the Greenhouse Theatre Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. 
The theme for The Alcyone Festival 2011 will be Remixed; new works based off of classical texts by women. It is pretty common to rework the dead men of the cannon. No one is really re-imagining Charlotte Mary Stanford Barnes or Anna Cora Mowatt (At least not that we're aware of.) We're producing works adapting/inspired by/sampling/ remixing plays written by women from Hrosvita (c. 935 to c. 1002) through 1870. Our hope is to celebrate both new and (really) old writers and see how the lineage of  female playwrights over the past thousand years can inspire and  inform contemporary audiences and  artists. 
Says Artistic Director Tony Adams, “Instead of picking scripts that have already been written, we're  picking writers and taking off the brakes. While we can't afford to commission, we can commit to producing. And that's what we did. Amidst all the talk of development hell, etc, we're putting some of our  favorite writers in the driver’s seat, and seeing what happens. The only rules the writers had were: it has to be based in some way off a work by a female playwright written before 1870 and it has to be ready to go into rehearsal in April. No holds barred.” 
Performances will be Thursdays at 7:30, Fridays at 7:30, Saturdays at 2:30 and 7:30, and Sundays at 2:30, in rotating rep, from June 9 through July 10, 2011. Tickets are $10-25, and are available through the Greenhouse Theater box office at greenhousetheater.org or at 773.404.7336.  Festival passes are available for $50. 
Members of the media are invited to attend any performance.  
This year's festival features:  
 J. Nicole Brooks' Shotgun Harriet   
  inspired by Pauline Hopkins' Peculiar Sam   
  directed by Carla Stillwell  
 Jennifer Fawcett's The Invaders   
  inspired by The Forest Princess by Charlotte Mary Stanford Barnes  
  directed by Associate Artistic Director Jennifer Adams  
 EM Lewis's Strong Voice 
  inspired by works of Hrosvitha 
  directed by Margo Gray  
 Coya Paz's FA$HION  
adapted from Anna Cora Mowatt's Fashion 
  directed by Coya Paz  
 Caridad Svich's A Little Betrayal among Friends   
  freely adapted Maria de Zaya y Sotomayor's La Traicion en la Amistad  
  directed by Artistic Associate Lavina Jadhwani  
About the Writers:
J. Nicole Brooks is an actor, playwright, director, blogger and demigod. In 2007 her debut play Black Diamond: The Years the Locusts Have Eaten (2007 Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination) was 
commissioned & produced by the Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago to critical acclaim. Other productions include Kamala, Masterclass (2007) for The Siddhartha Project commissioned & produced by Collaboraction Theatre, and Fedra Queen of Haiti (2009 Black Theatre Alliance Award) commissioned & produced by Lookingglass Theatre Company. She was recipient of the Black Theatre Alliance Award Best Actress 2010, LA Ovation Award Best Featured Actress 2008, and is a TCG Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship (Round 4). She is an ensemble member with Lookingglass Theatre and an associate with Collaboraction. She currently resides in Los Angeles where she acts, writes and tosses grenades at those who block her path. For more Tom Foolery visit www.doctaslick.blogspot.com
Jennifer Fawcett's work has been developed and produced in theatres across the US and Canada including Halcyon Theatre (Chicago), the Adirondack Theatre Festival (Glens Falls, NY), the Kennedy Center, Curious Theatre Company (Denver), Little Festival of the Unexpected (Portland Stage Co, ME), Riverside Theatre (Iowa City), the New Bridges Festival (Palm Beach Dramaworks, FL/Theatre Masters, Aspen) and the NNPN National Showcase of New Plays, among others. She is the recipient of the National Science Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center for Atlas of Mud, and a Creation Fund Award from the National Performance Network. A graduate of the Iowa Playwrights Workshop, she was the NNPN Emerging-Playwright-In-Residence at Curious Theatre Company in 2008-09.  This summer she’s traveling to Rwanda with the International Theatre and Literacy Project to help students create a play for the Center x Center Festival in Kigali.  In the fall, she’ll be co-writing and directing the Midwest premiere of Telling: Iowa City, a play created with veterans about their experiences in the military. Jennifer is a founding member of Working Group Theatre.   www.workinggrouptheatre.org.
EM Lewis won the 2009 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for her play Song of Extinction and the 2008 Francesca Primus Prize for an emerging woman theater artist for Heads from the American Theater Critics Association. Her work has been produced around the world, and published by Samuel French. She is currently working on a new play called Magellanica: A New and Accurate Map of the World at Princeton University, where she is the 2010-2011 Hodder Fellow in Playwriting.  For more information, visit her website at www.dramatistsguildweb.com/members/emlewis.
Coya Paz is a poet, director, and lip gloss connoisseur who was raised in Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Brazil before moving permanently to the United States in 1987. Coya is a proud co-founder of Proyecto Latina and the director in residence for the Poetry Performance Incubator at the Guild Complex. She cofounded Teatro Luna in 2000, and served as co-Artistic Director until 2009. Recent projects include: Nation of Cowards, a multi-sited performance piece about interracial dialogue; Tour Guides;  and Machos, which won the 2008 Non-Equity Jeff Awards for Best New Work and  Outstanding Ensemble.  She is at work on a new play called The Americans, based on interviews with people in 10 states across the USA. Coya teaches in The Theater Department at Columbia College, and holds a PhD in Performance Studies at Northwestern University.  She is a regular commentator on race, media and pop culture for Vocalo.org (89.5) and has published several articles on Latina performance, Latina/o identities, and public violence. Coya’s artistic work has been profiled in The New York Times, American Theater Magazine, Theater Journal, and the Chicago Tribune, among others.  She has been a featured reader at dozens of poetry events including: Proyecto Latina, Paper Machete, Palabra Pura, and Revolving Door. Coya was named one of UR Magazine’s 30 Under 30 (when she was under 30!), a GO-NYC Magazine 100 Women We Love, and received a Trailblazer Award for her service to LGBTQ communities. Most recently, she has been awarded 3Arts Residency at Ragdale. Above all, she believes in the power of performance and poetry to build community towards social change. 
Caridad Svich is a US Latina -translator-lyricist and editor of Cuban-Argentine-Spanish-Croatian descent whose works have been staged across the US and abroad at diverse venues including DenverTheatre Center,  Mixed Blood Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Artheater-Cologne and Edinburgh Fringe Festival/UK. In Chicago, she's worked with the Latino Theatre Festival at the Goodman, TUTA, Caffeine Theatre, Latino Chicago, Teatro Vista, Northwestern University. Most recently, her play Iphigenia...a rave fable, was produced by Halycon. Among her key works: 12 Ophelias, Any Place But Here, Alchemy of Desire/Dead-Man's Blues, Magnificent Waste and The House of the Spirits (based on the novel by Isabel Allende). She's alumna playwright of New Dramatists, founder of NoPassport theatre alliance & press, contributing editor of TheatreForum, and associate editor of Contemporary Theatre Review. She holds an MFA from UCSD. Visit her website: www.caridadsvich.com
About Halcyon:  
Mission- We are fiercely committed to making the stage as diverse as the city of Chicago; presenting new voices from inadequately represented communities, as well as recasting classic works to showcase their contemporary relevance.
About- Halcyon Theatre was formed to connect people, transform our borders and ascend towards a more  just union. We strive to make incredible theatre from stories around the world, to help show our world in new ways, and rediscover the individual beauty of people from our global community. Our artistic philosophy is driven by our continuing belief that at every point of human history where there has been an explosion of artistic creativity, it has happened when different cultures and traditions have intersected and informed each other.  If every artist working with an organization looks and thinks the same, it is difficult for them to grow. A homogeneous group produces homogeneous art. Striving for artistic excellence with artists of varied cultural backgrounds and training is at the forefront of everything we do. 
WHAT: Halcyon Theatre concludes its Fifth Season with The Alcyone Festival 2011: Remixed, featuring 
new works from five of the country's top emerging female playwrights. 
WHERE: The Alcyone Festival 2011 will be performed at the Greenhouse Theatre Center, 2257 N. 
Lincoln Ave. 
WHEN: The Alcyone Festival 2011 will play Thursdays at 7:30, Fridays at 7:30, Saturdays at 2:30 and 7:30, and Sundays at 2:30, in rotating rep 
ADMISSION: $10-25 for single tickets.  Festival Passes are available for $50.  
BOX OFFICE: Tickets are $10-25, and are available through the Greenhouse Theater box office at 
greenhousetheater.org or at 773.404.7336. 
FEATURING NEW WORKS BY: J. Nicole Brooks, Jennifer Fawcett, EM Lewis, Coya Paz, Caridad 
WEBSITE: halcyontheatre.org ; halcyontheatre.org/alcyone11
CONTACT: Jenn Adams  
Associate Artistic Director, Halcyon Theatre