Indie Boots Theatre Festival 2016
: The Ava Plays
Monday, May 16 – Wednesday, May 18 . 7:30pm
The fourth annual Indie Boots Theatre Festival celebrates new short plays featuring underrepresented perspectives on whose stories are worth telling, what’s funny, and how the world works. Monday, May 16 through Wednesday, May 18 at 7:30pm at Stage 773 (an accessible theatre at 1225 W. Belmont, near the Red/Brown/Purple lines in the Belmont Theatre District), teams of Chicago directors and actors bring life to new scripts selected from hundreds of submissions inspired by the prompt, “Ava.” Then, it’s up to the savvy audience to experience these lively, full staged collaborations and determine the winning plays! Tickets are $15 for this entertaining 100 minute show, with discounts available for artists, students, educators, seniors, low income and social justice workers. Each night, all nine short plays are performed in quick succession with one brief intermission. For more information about the plays, players, or Indie Boots, please visit www.indieboots.org, facebook.com/indieboots, or twitter.com/indieboots. Tickets are available at the Stage 773 box office, http://stage773.com/Show?id=448, and 773.327.5252.
– All the plays are performed each night.
– Running time is approximately 100 minutes (including a brief intermission).
– Listing does not reflect running order.
– Stage Manager: Amy Hopkins
– The cast includes: Cat Davidson, Sydney Germaine, Kiera Lynn Haaland, Crystal Hartford, Colleen Kiel, Stella Martin, Julie Mitre, Alex Molnar, Katurah Nelson, Erin K. O’Brien, Cyra K. Polizzi, Robin Posavetz, Danielle Rennalls, Avi Roque, Elise Spoerlein, and Charlita Williams.
Three Cheers for Ava
Written by Aisha Leveret . Directed by Breahan Eve Pautsch
Three chums plot the future of their relationship with their annoyingly perfect friend Ava, in this satirical critique of competition, capitalism, and colonialism.
A No-No Box for Ava
Written by Hannah Benitez . Directed by Majel Cuza
In this relatable comedy, teen sisters Ava and Yasmin grapple over the mysterious and embarrassing disappearance of a very personal item.
Future Girl Ava Visits Barbie’s Mom
Written by Ellen Davis Sullivan . Directed by Angela Alise Johnson
Faced with insecurities about her health and body, Ava travels back in time to meet the unlikely creator of the Barbie doll.
For Ava & Ava & Ava & Ava, Amen
Written by Kathleen Rooney . Directed by Richard Paro
A high school language arts teacher is taken aback when her class is suddenly filled with historical Avas.
Ava Takes Up Aviation
Written by John Weagly . Directed by Crystal Hartford
Ava’s friends have their hands full when they find her up a tree, in this heartbreak- and cocaine- fueled comedy.
Written by Deborah Chava Singer . Directed by Juan Castaneda
Ava is thrown back into the activist world, still torn by her decision to leave, the inner workings of the organization, and how to move forward.
Ava in the End
Written by Addison Heimann . Directed by Jessica Rae Olsen
In this dark comedy, Ava is suddenly awoken in a hard drive, the computer her only companion as she faces her mortality.
Ava in Heat
Written by Eileen Tull . Directed by Gaby Labotka
Ava and Shay sweat in the heat of a Chicago summer, contemplating the impermanence of changing seasons, love, and global warming.
Written by Ken Preuss . Directed by Ashely Bagot
Ella sets out to prove Ana is still in love with her ex-girlfriend, Ava. Wordplay, romance, and smoothies ensue.
Rutabagas, Business Cards, and Ava (Out of Competition Bonus Play!)
By Kristin P.
In this comedy about community, Brit and Ava’s attempts to connect are thwarted as they wait for job interviews at the LGBTQ advocacy office.
For more information about the plays, players, or Indie Boots, please visit www.indieboots.org, facebook.com/indieboots, or twitter.com/indieboots.