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When: Wednesdays. Continues through Oct. 21 2020

The International Voices Project, which, under the leadership of executive director Patrizia Acerra, has focused on readings by playwrights around the globe for 11 seasons, goes virtual this year with eight pieces. The plays will be presented every Wednesday at 7 PM, followed by a talkback/Q and A with the artists and IVP staff. Below is the announced schedule, which is subject to change; visit the IVP website for current information.

September 2: Jauría (Spain), in collaboration with Instituto Cervantes of Chicago and Water People Theater, written by Jordi Casanova, translated by Tim Gutteridge, and directed by Iraida Tapias. A trial forces a complainant to give more details of her personal privacy than the accused.

September 9: Take The Rubbish Out, Sasha (Ukraine), in collaboration with Promethean Theatre Ensemble, written by Natal’ya Vorozhbit, translated by Sasha Dugdale, directed by Nicole Hand. A dead Ukrainian colonel is ready to be resurrected when his country is engulfed in conflict.

September 16: All Adventurous Women Do (Serbia), written by Tanja Šljivar, translated by Aida Spahić, directed by Anna C. Bahow, about the necessity of going elsewhere for a woman to fully realize her bodily desires and destiny.

September 23: Testosterone (Germany), written by Rebekka Kricheldorf, translated by Neil Blackadder, directed by Warner Crocker. A blackly comic parable about "toxic masculinities and the limits of liberal do-goodery in extreme times."

September 30: Decomposed Theatre (Romania), in collaboration with Trap Door Theatre, written by Matei Visniec, translated by Jozefina Komporaly, directed by Josiah Davis. Visniec's play offers a portrait of a world shattered like a mirror, where in our attempts to make it whole again "we create something, a mirror that reflects so many surprises despite its imperfections."

October 7: Second Nature (Finland), in collaboration with Akvavit Theatre, written by Pipsa Lonka,translated by Kristian London, directed by Breahan Pautsch, "a play about getting used to living, the ethical choices that are hidden in our everyday lives and the moments in life that shake up our habitual behavior."

October 14: The Boatman (Egypt), in collaboration with the Egyptian American Society, written by Sameh Mahran, translated by Dina Amin, directed by Liz Carlin-Metz. In this surrealist satire, a couple who have been engaged for years, but are too poor to get their own apartment, attempt to find a private place to consummate their relationship.

October 21: A Distinct Society (Canada), in collaboration with Silk Road Rising, written by Kareem Fahmy, directed by Patrizia Acerra. A library on the border between Canada and the U.S. during the "Muslim ban" becomes a meeting place for an Iranian family that has been separated from each other.

Price: Free, but donations accepted