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The 10th running of City Lit Theater’s THE ART OF ADAPTATION, a juried festival of world premiere adaptations of non-dramatic material, will play July 28, 29 and 30. A jury of theater professionals will select a best in show piece whose adapter will be awarded a $500 cash prize. This year’s judges are Paul Edwards, Brian Pastor, Mark Richard and Ed Rutherford.
This year’s selections draw inspiration from source material ranging from Greek mythology through classical texts, including Dante’s DIVINE COMEDY, to an unscripted story created live at the MOTH. The nine adaptations are:
GIOVANNI BOCCACCIO’S DECAMERON, DAY 9, adapted by Kieran Carrol and directed by Bec Willett.
SUBPOENA, adapted by Marzie Ghasempour from the short story by Donald Barthelme. Directed by Amelia Mroczkowsk.
THE WRONG DREAM, adapted by Stephen Murray from O. Henry’s final story and directed by Juan Castaneda.
CARLA, adapted by Chip Bolcik from a story told on the MOTH, and directed by Kalli Randal.
POSIN’ OR AIR FOR NORMAN ROCKWELL by Mark Mason, adapted from Friedrich Schiller’s poem “Die Ideale” and the infamous Third Reich art triptych “The Four Elements.”
ECHO by Genevieve Locksley, from the Greek myth.
REDWOOD, from the Red Riding Hood story, adapted by Jacqueline Wright and directed by Diane Robinson.
BORDER CROSSING by Marianne Kallen, adapted from the book of the same name by Maria Colleen Cruz.
IT MAY BE DIVINE, BUT I DON’T KNOW ABOUT A COMEDY by Larry Rinkel, adapted from Dante’s INFERNO and directed by Molly Lyons.
The festival schedule is:
Friday, July 28, 7:30 PM
DECAMERON, DAY 9; SUBPOENA; THE WRONG DREAM; and CARLA will be performed without intermission.
Saturday, July 29, 7:30 PM
POSIN’ OR AIR FOR NORMAN ROCKWELL; ECHO; REDWOOD; BORDER CROSSING; and IT MAY BE DIVINE, BUT I DON’T KNOW ABOUT A COMEDY will be performed without intermission.
Sunday, July 30, 2:00 PM
All 9 adaptations performed in a marathon with a 15-minute intermission. The panel of judges will attend the Sunday performance and choose the winning adaptation. The adapter of that piece will be presented with the $500 cash prize at the end of Sunday’s performance.
Tickets are $12 on Friday and Saturday, July 28 and 29, and $15 for the marathon on Sunday, July 30. Tickets can be reserved by going to citylit.org or by calling 773-293-3682.