Always so sad to close a theater show. And Smartphones closes this Saturday night, for a sold out session. (We have been selling out all week!)
This closing is particularly sad for me because it will be also the farewell party for our dear Amelia (Geraldine Dulex) who is moving to NYC.
When Beata Pilch introduced me to Geraldine we went out and drank martinis together. I felt an instant connection to her. She always quotes me on that fateful dinner: "Who knew that a Swiss and a Spaniard could have so much in common?"
Since then Geraldine has played many roles in my life: muse wrapped in bubble-wrap, lady in a pink dress, sister, mother, daughter, object of my affection, object of my desire, master, servant...friend.
One of the most regarding experiences of "Smartphones" has been seeing her grow into the role of Amelia and inhabit the crooked logic of Fede's apartment with equal doses of restraint and total abandon. During that process as she was finding the physicality and sound for her character, I always thought "Is it possible that I didn't even know Geraldine before I wrote this play?"
Geraldine Dulex has touched many of our lives in Chicago with her commitment to bare-bones theater, her amazing work ethic and attention to detail, her understanding of the audience as human beings, and her unsurpassed energy and passion on everything she does.
We're going to miss Geraldine so much...
but we know this is the right thing for her!
We hope that NYC will give her everything she deserves.
Here is a selection of some of the most memorable performances by Geraldine Dulex in the Chicago stage.
Thanks for all the memories!!!
|Geraldine with the ladies of "the bitter tears of petra von kant" directed by Beata Pilch for Trap Door Theater|
|Ms. Dulex with Kevin Cox on Minna by Howard Barker directed by Nicole Wiesner for Trap Door Theater|
|With John Gray in The Censor. They won an Orgie Award for this groundbreaking basement production.|
|Geraldine and Dave Holcomb ended being the supper in Werner Schwab's overweight unimportant misshape- a European Supper at Trap Door Theatre|
|As the hysterical, Amelia in "Smartphones" at Trap Door Theatre|