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Stories of the Body

The Ready
4546 N. Western Ave Chicago

The collection of presentations includes, "The Woman with No Legs," inspired by Visky's close personal friend and her inability to stay alive, to stay in a body; "Eva," a documentary piece created from an interview with a Roma sex worker based in Budapest; "Artemisia," which examines the life of Artemisia Genstileschi, considered the first professional female painter in Western Culture, who created masterpieces amidst her father's suit against her tutor and rapist, Agostino Tassi; and "The Unburied. The Saint of Darkness," about the life of Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

Presented by Theatre Y

Thru - Jul 15, 2018

Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 7:30pm
Saturdays: 7:30pm
Sundays: 2:00pm

Show Type: Drama

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Chicago Reader - Recommended

"...The experiences they reveal are traumatic, raw, and filled with violence. A gifted painter, Artemisia is exploited by her father and raped by a tutor, then subjected to torture when she dares to testify on her own behalf at the rapist's trial. Mother Teresa experiences divine inspiration as torment, first the acute agony of voices that compel her to care for the poor and sick, then the worse pain of silence, an absence that abandons her to the fate of the most neglected on earth."
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Irene Hsiao

NewCity Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...These “Stories of the Body” are written by András Visky with direction by Visky’s son, Andrej, and Melissa Lorraine. They are mostly beautiful, frightening and poetic. Each one, named for the woman at its center, is self-contained and in dialogue with the others, sharing staging and images or providing thematic counters."
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Jay Van Ort

Picture This Post - Recommended

"...Aptly named STORIES OF THE BODY, Theatre Y presents four stories-Eva (about a Hungarian sex worker), Artemisia (about the first woman painter in the western world and her experiences of being raped by her tutor), Lina (about an immobile and mutiliated dancer ) and Theresa (about now sainted Mother Theresa). All of these are from the pen of Hungarian-based playwright Andras Visky and two are directed by by his Yale Drama School graduate son, Andrej Visky and the balance by Theater Y Artistic Director Melissa Lorraine."
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Amy Munice

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