By Andrea Stolowitz
IthakaMay 28, 2013 - June 30, 2013
Directed By Gemma Whelan**
long does the battle continue after a soldier returns home?
How long does the battle continue after a soldier returns home?
*Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
THIS PRODUCTION RUNS 90 MINUTES WITH NO INTERMISSION.
This production has strobe lights, smoking of cigarettes and "marijuana" and simulated sounds of gunfire and explosions.
MILITARY DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE: Artists Rep has a long-standing commitment to the military personnel in our community and we welcome you to our theatre. As a member of Blue Star Families, Artists Rep offers 20% off tickets to military personnel and their immediate families. Click here for more information.
All Tuesday performances of Ithaka are free to military personnel, veterans and their families. Two-for-one tickets are available with military ID or veteran’s card.
ENRICHMENT & EDUCATION: In an effort to provide a supportive experience for our patrons and to engage with military personnel and veterans groups in our community, Artists Rep has extensive outreach and educational events surrounding this production that will include the following:
May 28-June 30: Morrison Lobby
Click here to read a detailed synopsis of this production. Spoiler Alert!
STUDY GUIDE! Click here to check out the extensive study guide for this production, it's a great resource!
PLAYBILL! Click here to check out the production's playbill compete with bios, headshots and notes from the playwright and director.
OPB's THINK OUT LOUD: Ithaka playwright Andrea Stolowitz, veterans and callers investigate topics surrounding the play on Oregon Public Radio's Think Out Loud. Listen to the podcast here.
Andrea Stolowitz is a playwright living in Portland, Oregon. Her plays have been presented at The Cherry Lane (NYC), The Old Globe (SD), The Long Wharf (CT), New York Stage and Film (NY), and Portland Center Stage (OR). The LA Times calls her work “heartbreaking” and the Orange County Register characterizes her approach as a “brave refusal to sugarcoat...issues and tough decisions.”
A recipient of Artists Repertory Theatre’s $25,000 New Play Commission, Andrea will premiere her newest work Ithaka at the theatre in 2013. Ithaka was supported by grants from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and Literary Arts which allowed her to travel to Camp Pendleton (CA) to complete her planned interviews with women marines. The play was also supported by residences at Hedgebrook, where she was awarded the Lorraine Hansberry prize, and the Whiteley Center, where she completed the first draft of the play.
Her latest play Antarktikos was workshopped nationwide at New Harmony Project (IN), Portland Center Stage’s JAW Festival, Artsists Repertory Theater and at Seattle Repertory Theater. Pittsburgh Playhouse mounted the world premiere in 2013. In April, 2013 Andrea won the Oregon Book Awards’ Angus L. Bowmer Award for Drama for Antarktikos.
The Old Globe Theater world-premiered Knowing
Cairo, which earned San Diego’s “Billie”
Best New Play Award and an LA Times’ Critic’s Pick. It is published by
Playscripts Inc. and continues to be presented nationally and internationally.
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"Dana Millican is exceptional as Elaine. She's onstage almost throughout the play, and her character goes through every emotion from glee to terror, but Millican never calls attention to her performance. She's just there, in character from the first moment we see her..." wrote Patrick Brassell for Broadway World. Read the full review here.
“Rather than wallow in the maudlin, the punchy dialogue and dark laughs push the show at a solid clip, and director Gemma Whelan’s seamlessly nimble staging moves from car to roller coaster to hospital bed to battlefield effortlessly and with some impressive effects,” wrote Penelope Bass for Willamette Week. Read that review here.
"...an artfully crafted and socially relevant piece of theater," wrote Jonathan Frochtzwajg for Portland Monthly's Culturephile. Read that review here.
“I’m floored. The playwright is a genius. To be able to take us to the depths of despair and then make us laugh is true genius.” - Audience member
"...Stolowitz’ writing feels honest and authentic in its details of military life, but more importantly in its evocation of the profound -- if sometimes goofy -- joys of friendship..." wrote Marty Hughley in a review fro The Oregonian. Read the full article here.
“I worked with veterans who returned from Viet Nam and this captured the experience so authentically. Incredibly moving!” - Audience Member
"Andrea Stolowitz didn’t set out to write a play about soldiers or war or death. She just wanted to write about friends," wrote Marty Hughley in a preview of Ithaka for The Oregonian. Read the rest of the article here.
“I wish I was educated enough to say all the ways it is incredible.” - Audience Member
A Q&A with Playwright Andrea Stolowitz by Portland Monthly Magazine's John Chandler. Read it here.
"Great acting, ingenious set design, and well paced, structured storytelling about an important topic. Bravo!" - Audience Member
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