From September 11, 2010 to May 1, 2011, Public Notice 3 by Jitish Kallat will be on display in the Grand Staircase at The Art Institute of Chicago.
From October 6 to November 21, 2010, Scorched by Wajdi Mouawad is in an extended run in the Pierce Hall of The Historic Chicago Temple Building, as part of the Silk Road Theatre Project.
Public Notice 3 directs our attention to the 108 years between the First World Parliament of Religions held on September 11, 1893, and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. As we read the speech, which is a prayer really, we also ascend the stairs to physically and symbolically take ourselves to a higher level. Hope is restored that there will be others who have said this prayer at the top of the stairs who are also making the journey.
Scorched transports the audience through a contemporary Canadian family drama and mystery, and into an historical fiction of war torn Lebanon. What Scorched does so effectively is to take us to the heart of war and all that we must despise about it, and very gently shows us ourselves reflected there. Through excellent writing and directing, the cast delivers outstanding performances that make us love, hate, and know these characters and thereby confront and possibly increase our understanding of the human condition.
Jitish Kallat: Public Notice 3 The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL.
Wajdi Mouawad: Scorched Performance Venue: Pierce Hall at The Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 West Washington St, Chicago, IL. Tickets: (312) 857-1234 Silk road Theatre Project.