SPARKfest® 2017

SPARKFEST® 2017, A Festival With Three New Works

SPARKfest® will take place at Filament Theatre in the Portage Park neighborhood from September 7-24, 2017. Alongside the festival, there will be exhibits, panels, and workshops expanding upon the themes addressed in the productions. The events will be free and open to the public with your ticket purchase. Tickets are on sale now! Or, purchase a SPARKpass – 6 shows for $72 (best value). 

Click here to see the full SPARKfest 2017 press release.

Panels and Workshops – All 3 shows will be performed over 3 weeks, but each weekend will highlight the mental health partner of 1 show within the festival. All panel discussions will be held in the theatre and all workshops will be held in the lobby. Panels and workshops are FREE!

Plan your visit! There is plenty to do in the neighborhood surrounding Filament Theatre.

THE REVIEWS:
Chicago Magazine: Wrestling Stigmas on Stage

THE SPARKS:

 

WALK A MILE
Devised and performed by Stacy Stoltz

How do you reconnect or strengthen your ties to your family? How does your connection to them affect the way you move through the world? With all the chaos and confusion in the world, in our country, why is family important? Walk a Mile is about a woman uncovering her family’s stories, personalizing those stories and re-telling them as though they are her own. While attempting to grow her empathy for the people who made her who she is, she hopes to inspire others to consider their own family connections.

Production
Director: Matt Hawkins
Stage Manager: Gianna Petrosino
Lighting Designer: John Kelly
Sound Designer: Sarah Espinoza
Clinical Company Liaison: Rebecca Fritz, LCSW

BREATHE WITH ME
Devised by Millie Hurley and Maura Kidwell

43.5 million Americans are currently caring for an ill or elderly family member, according to the latest research on caregiving done by the AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving. While we speak of caregiving as both a gift and a burden, we never really consider how hard it is on the actual person who is having to balance work, family, and the needs of the ailing family member. How does the caregiver get taken care of? How does the person taking care get emotional support? This work explores the quiet and complex emotional world of the end-of-life caregiver and those who choose to care for others.

Cast
Sam: Dave Belden
Olive: Susie Griffith
Avery: Shariba Rivers
Understudies: Heather Bodie (Avery), Jermaine Hill (Sam), Jean Marie Koon (Olive)

Production
Director: Heather Bodie
Stage Manager: Mariana Green*
Clinical Company Liaison: Farah Harris, MA, LCPC

THE LIES WE TELL
Devised by Mariana Green, Charlotte Drover, and Adam Poss

The story of one man’s struggle with addiction, starting in high school, continuing through college, graduate school, and in the workforce. As a high functioning addict, he told lies to friends, family, coworkers, and girlfriends to protect the addiction. Along with the lies he tells, the work explores the lies others chose to believe. How does addiction impact relationships? What truths are impossible to share when you are an addict, or someone involved with an addict?

Cast
Sara: Adelina Feldman-Schultz
Chris: Josh Odor
Understudy: Mikey Gray (Sara)

Production
Devisors: Mariana Green*, Charlotte Drover and Adam Poss*
Director: Charlotte Drover
Stage Manager: Kit Ryan
Clinical Company Liaison: Mihaela Campion, MA, LCPC

*Erasing the Distance Artistic Company member
+member of Actor’s Equity Association

Thank you to our sponsors who make SPARKfest® possible:

Platinum Level Sponsor

Silver Level Sponsor

Bronze Level Sponsors

Pre-Show Reception Sponsors

Aetna Better Health of Illinois
Gladden Home Care

Group Ticket Sponsors

Graphic Purchasing Solutions, LLC
Byrne, Byrne and Company

 

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