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Pictured (top, l to r): Callie Harlow, Zoë DePreta, Jourdan Lewanda and Isa Ramos with (bottom, l to r) Joseph Ramski, Schanora Wimpie
Prop Thtr has announced the cast for the world premiere of 2 UNFORTUNATE 2 TRAVEL, a late-night, cabaret-style evening of multi-disciplinary live performances. This new devised adaptation of Thomas Nashe’s novella The Unfortunate Traveller is adapted and directed by Zach Weinberg and devised by the ensemble.
The cast includes Zoë DePreta, Callie Harlow, Jourdan Lewanda, Isa Ramos, Joseph Ramski, Schanora Wimpie, and Taylor Wisham.
A recently returned world traveler (and self-described “ally”) has transformed his recent vacation into a variety show depicting his adventures in a range of styles — everything from shadow puppetry to a live game show. His “safe space” — free from any political discussion — begins to unravel as the ensemble of five women works to bring his accounts to life, struggling within a play and a society that profits off of their silence.
“This piece is an attempt by a cadre of young artists to have it all; to dive into a deeply collaborative process and create something at once personal and political, entertaining and troubling, engaging and alienating, challenging the established social order and revealing the futility in fighting it, rigidly structured and terrifyingly loose,” said adapter/director Zach Weinberg. “In an era where we have been forced into political obsession and are desperate both to constantly fight for our rights and find some relief from the onslaught of bad news, I’m driven to create a piece of art that captures and exploits that duality.”
Artistic Director Olivia Lilley added: “As the next show in my first season as Prop Artistic Director, I am so proud to introduce the cerebral and whimsical theatrical imagination of director/deviser Zach Weinberg and his devising ensemble. 2 Unfortunate 2 Travel promises to take us down a rabbit hole of the burning questions of our times, to entertain and to provoke hours of discussion afterwards.”
2 UNFORTUNATE 2 TRAVEL will play March 8 – April 15, 2019, at 3502 N. Elston Ave. (near Kedzie and Addison) in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood. For more information visit propthtr.org.