UIC Theatre Premieres “…things i found on craigslist”

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UIC premieres “…things i found on craigslist”

The UIC Theatre presents the premiere of “i wonder if it’s possible to have a love affair that lasts forever (or) things i found on craigslist” by Christopher Oscar Peña, former playwright in residence at the Goodman Theatre, directed by Marti Lyons, literary manager of Lookingglass Theater, with music and lyrics by Melissa Lusk.

April 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 at 7:30 pm
April 13, 16 and 19 at 2:00pm

UIC Theatre
1044 W. Harrison St.

The play’s title is drawn from a self-portrait that Andy Warhol made in 1963–“i wonder if it’s possible to have a love affair that lasts forever”– and it portrays the love affairs of a clique of 20-somethings nearly 50 decades later, in 2011. Their impending 10-year class reunion prompts them to question their relationships with each other, their sexuality or lack thereof, and their increasing reliance on social media.

The friends’ Facebook status changes bring meddling by near-strangers. One friend places a “virginity for sale” ad on Craigslist. And Gino — the only one of the group to have moved far away, only to return — signs onto Facebook for the first time and immediately envies those who lived before social media because “the past stayed in the past…people could become different people and disappear forever.”

Three sprites serve as a mischievous Greek chorus throughout the play. They send the group back to pre-Internet times to remind them who they really are.

A workshop production of “craigslist” was described in the New York Times as “‘The Big Chill’ for millennials.” It was further developed through a second workshop in Los Angeles to arrive at the version UIC will produce, says playwright Christoper Oscar Peña.

Peña’s plays have been produced at New York’s Public Theater, the New York Theatre Workshop, the University of California-Santa Barbara Summer Theatre Lab, and many theaters in New York and Los Angeles.

About the director: Marti Lyons is literary manager and dramaturg for Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre Company. She was associate director and understudy of the recent Lookingglass production of “Still Alice” and assistant director of “Mister Ricky Calls a Meeting.” She was assistant director of “Julius Caesar” at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, “The Letters” at Writers Theatre, and “Oedipus El Rey” at Victory Gardens Theater.

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