PREVIEWS: Friday, January 10; Saturday, January 11; Wednesday, January 15 at 7pm; and Sunday, January 12 at 4pm (matinee)
OPENING: Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 7pm
CLOSING: Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 4pm (matinee)
This January, Theatre Y returns to its roots with the text that started everything. András Visky's lacerating, loving monologue JULIET -- written in tribute to his mother, mixing myths Shakespearean and Biblical -- is the story of a Juliet with no Romeo arrested and deported with her seven children to the Romanian wilderness under the Communist regime of the 1950s. JULIET will be presented for the third time at Theatre Y in a lush and emotional new staging starring Melissa Lorraine, from the mind of director Kevin V. Smith.
Press from past Theatre Y productions of JULIET:
"Melissa Lorraine, shouldering some terrifically complicated demands in this one-woman show, gives a performance that will lodge itself in your memory long after you've left the theater." (Nina Metz - Chicago Tribune)
"The piece ends up being life-affirming in the truest sense--as the end result of a clear-eyed, unrelenting journey to the heart of things." (Tony Adler - Chicago Reader)
"Lorraine has been performing Juliet for years on tour, and the material seems practically seared into her flesh. Not a word that comes out of her mouth is false or forced, and she brings a feral, untamed physicality to her arguments with God." (Time Out Chicago)
"This production of Juliet is extraordinary. Chicago is profoundly lucky to have such a dark and rare gem in its midst and even luckier to add Theatre Y to the ranks of its bravest and most uniquely intriguing theater companies." (Chicago Stage Review)
"Theatre Y’s Chicago premiere of Juliet solidifies itself as my favorite black box theatre company...their work is untouchable and a must see for Chicago. Connecting Eastern European literature and theatre to an American audience, their stories are riveting, beautiful in their strength in darkness." (Chicago Critic)
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