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Stage reading at the Greenhouse Theater

Mon, Feb 18, 2013

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The Greens by Ben Joravsky and Rick Stone will be the next staged reading by Her Story Theater on Monday, March 4 at the Greenhouse Theater. The story takes place in the 1970s Cabrini-Green housing projects. According to prepared material, The Greens unravels itself as a “humorous romp” detailing a “coming of age story…through the eyes of one ebony and one very ivory young man.” Striving for authenticity, the reading contains explicit language.

Based of their novel of the same title, Reader reporter Joravsky and Black Ensemble Theater member Stone wrote the script from their memories of real-life incidents that occurred in Evanston and Cabrini when they were young. The play is, however, a work of fiction, and was written through the Chicago Writers Exchange, a tri-yearly gathering of local writers who share new and work-in-progress materials that highlight social issues.

The Greens is directed by Mary Bonnett, cofounder and artistic director of Her Story Theater. Bonnett referred to the reading as, “A funny piece and historical in nature” that “does not take itself seriously.” It presents “a different view of The Greens then one might expect.”
As with all the nonprofit theater group’s plays, The Greens is an original story written by local writers set in Chicago. It is designed to encourage the audience to observe modern issues of the city. Operating in various theater locations and traveling to schools and local organizations, Her Story aims to reveal how the hardships of the city reflect the greater issues of the world, especially those involving the mistreatment of women and children.

According to its website, the company seeks to “move an audience to say, ‘This must end. How can I help?’” Her Story provides dual support by sending its proceeds to various social justice organizations such as Deborah’s Place, PROMISE, and Dreamcatchers Foundation.
This staged reading will begin at 7 p.m. and will last until about 10 p.m. Doors open at 6:30, and admission is $5 paid at the door. Attendees can park either on the street outside Green House Theater (2257 N. Lincoln) or in the parking lot of the Children’s Memorial Hospital. Further information available at www.herstorytheater.org.

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