Experience Global Theater in Chicago


The International Voices Project (IVP) is to return to Chicago this September for its 12th season. 

During this free, three-week event, playwrights from across the world will take to the stage at Instituto Cervantes of Chicago. Every Monday and Wednesday from September 12 to 28, live readings will take place at 6:30 p.m., followed by question and answer sessions. 

This event aims to acquaint Chicago with international leaders in theater via collaborations with theater companies, cultural institutions and prominent universities in the area. 

The Project’s website quotes Executive Director Patrizia Acerra: ‘“International Voices Project looks forward to welcoming audiences back to celebrate the power of theatre with a global perspective.”’

The featured playwrights emphasize their respective cultures and native tongues in their artistry. In accordance with the Project’s motto: “A global city demands global art,” the International Voices Project supports this celebration of diversity with translations of each work, allowing for broader, international audiences to experience the beauty and messages of their plays.

And– it’s true. What better city to host writers from Palestine, Norway, Ukraine and more than Chicago, a city developed as a result of rail lines that created a melting pot of cultures and identities? Opportunity for international art lies at the heart of the Windy City.

“It is our belief that IVP is one more bridge to that present-and-future Chicago, by creating opportunities for conversation and connection among diverse urban voices,” Acerra states on IVP’s website.

Join the conversation and experience the world’s magic with IVP’s first performance on September 12. “The Mapmaker,” written by Spanish playwright Juan Mayorga, covers the legend of a cartographer and a quest to find an old map. 

View the full line-up of shows and reserve your spot here

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