The WORLD PREMIERE OF “SMARTPHONES- A POCKET-SIZE FARCE”
Written and Directed by Emilio Williams (Spain)
Cast: Antonio Brunetti, Geraldine Dulex, Jodi Kingsley and Chris Popio.
What happens when our lives become more absurd than an avant-garde play?
“Smartphones" is the new comedy by Spanish award-winning playwright and director Emilio Williams.
The play is a madcap comedy, both a parody and a tribute to the great theater of the absurd, and the surrealist films of Luis Buñuel, such as “The exterminating angel” and “The discreet charm of the bourgeoisie.”
Last March the play received its first public reading in Spain at the world-renowned Teatro Español. Luis Maria Anson, a leading cultural critic wrote in the Sunday edition of El Mundo newspaper a raving review: “The author has placed a mirror between Samuel Beckett and Yasmina Reza to reflect the new realities of human relationships. (…) He has threaded together perfectly-pitched dialogues with profound thoughts and social criticism.”
Emilio Williams is increasingly known in his native Spain as one of the most interesting new voices on the alternative stage. Since 2007, his profound comedies have gained him both critical and audience acclaim. His work has been produced in Spain, France and the United States.
Earlier in 2010, his play “Tables and Beds” (Camas y Mesas) was selected among 80 works from 12 countries the winner of the 4th Premio el Espectáculo Teatral. In 2011, his farce “Medea’s got some issues” opened at the KGB in New York City. This summer another of his plays, “Your problem with men,” will receive its world premiere at Teatro Luna in Chicago. He will also be co-directing with Molly Brennan the bilingual version of “That’s weird, grandma" for the Barrel of Monkeys.
Set Designer Brian Sidney Bembridge/ Scene Shop: Means of Production/ Lighting Designer Richard Norwood / Costume Designer Tonette Navarro / Original Music Gabriel Dib / Stage Manager Gary Damico / Make up Designer Zsofia Otvos/ Graphic Designer Michal Janicki / Fight Coreography Justin Verstraete/ P.R. Austin Hassett/ Assistant Director Mariana Leite
This production has been supported by Instituto Cervantes Chicago and International Voices Project.
Opens: Thursday, July 19th at 8PM- Closes: Saturday, August 18th, 2011 at 8PM
Runs: Wednesday, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8PM
Admission: $20, with two for one admission on Wednesday and Thursdays.
TRAP DOOR THEATRE 1655 West Cortland Ave. Chicago, IL 60622
For Reservations: 773-384-0494 or online www.trapdoortheatre.com