The Debate Society’s The Light Years
In 1893, Chicago was recovering from a devastating fire two decades earlier and winning the bid for the World’s Columbian Expostion was a tonic for the city. Chicago was poised to host the great World’s Fair, and impresario Steele MacKaye has built an innovative 12,000-seat theater for the occassion.
The Debate Society, a collaborative writing and performing group, explore and expand this history in The Light Years. Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen have written an intimate personal story, directed by Oliver Butler, from the event, presented by The Debate Society and Playwrights Horizons at @PHnyc’s Main Stage Theater through April 2nd. (Come back for a review of this experimental work on these screens the week of March 13th.)
The disappeared in Villa
PlayCo’s U.S. English premiere production of Villa, translated by William Gregory from Guillermo Calderón’s play also directed by Mr. Calderón cannot replicate the premiere which took place on location at the demolished site of the Villa Grimaldi, an infamous detention camp located just outside Santiago, Chile, it tells the same harrowing story. In Villa, three women will decide the fate of the historical site, where about 4,500 people were held and disappeared during the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship during the late 1970s.